MEC PARKS TAU APPOINTS NEW GAUTENG GAMBLING BOARD TO RESTORE GOVERNANCE
Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Parks Tau has announced the appointment of new members for the Gauteng Gambling Board (GGB).
Advocate Anthea Platt SC has been appointed as chairperson of the board and businessman Timothy Sukazi as her deputy chairperson.
The appointment of the new board is part of measures undertaken by MEC Tau to strengthen governance and management at the GGB. MEC Tau has directed the new board to resolve matters of governance that would include the appointment of the executive management.
“The GGB, which is responsible for regulating the gambling industry in the province, is critical to Gauteng’s economy. The gambling industry in Gauteng plays an important role in assisting the provincial government to create jobs and to grow the province’s economy,” MEC Tau said.
MEC Tau has directed the new board to accelerate the GGB’s efforts to promote socio-economic inclusivity in the gambling industry.
“Transformation of the gambling industry is one of the key deliverables of the GGB. We expect the new board to drive transformation in the industry for the benefit of the people of the province, and the country as a whole,” MEC Tau said.
Since inception the GGB has collected taxes well over R14 billion on behalf of the Gauteng provincial government. Despite the difficult domestic and global economic environment due to the Covid-19 pandemic over the past two years, the contribution of the GGB continues to be a significant source of revenue to the provincial fiscus.
The Gauteng provincial government will continue to act decisively to address challenges at provincial entities to ensure that they fulfill their economic and developmental mandates.
“I believe that under the leadership of Advocate Platt SC, the new board for the Gauteng Gambling Board will get on with the urgent task of ensuring that the GGB fulfil its core function, amongst others, to protect the public and to ensure the integrity of the gambling industry,” MEC Tau said.
Speaking after her official swearing in today, Advocate Platt SC, said: “As new members of the board, we are fully committed to regulating the gambling industry in a transparent, ethical, equitable, competent, and efficient manner for the benefit of all stakeholders”.
“We will work hard to improve the regulatory framework while we also ensure that we embrace new technologies through the introduction of new gambling legislation for the province. It is essential that we discharge our duties to maintain law and order in the gambling industry by making sure that the environment is fair, not only for the licensees but also for the punter and all affected stakeholders. It is essential that the GGB continues to carry out its mandate and further contribute to the economic recovery solutions of the Gauteng Province,” said Advocate Platt SC.
The new board will also consist of:
- Adv. Anthea Platt (Chairperson)
- Mr. Timothy Sukazi (deputy Chaiperson)
- Ms. Matshidiso Modise
- Ms. Refilwe Matenche
- Ms. Kashree Rajoo
- Mr. Ramateu Monyokolo
- Dr. Peter Masegare
- Ms. Thandeka Mgoduso
- Ms. Ditaba Maraka
- Mr. Pholoso Matjele
- Ms. Nakedi Ribane
- Mr. Phathudi Mamabolo