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GAMING FOR AFRICA


Gaming For Africa


Casino International’s Africa partner is the excellent Gaming For Africa magazine, bringing you the continent’s latest developments


Leading sportsbook & white label gaming solutions provider FSB expands into Africa


Rob Wheeler, Business Development Director at FSB talks about the company’s plans for Africa and how it is helping operators leverage the tremendous opportunities available across the region: Africa is a land of tremendous opportunity for


gambling operators and at the time of writing we are already live with partners in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique and Ghana, with more set to launch in Nigeria soon. FSB recognizes the importance of the African


market and is committed to expanding its presence across the continent. To this end we are pleased to announce that we have recruited Bukola Joloasho as our new Business Development Manager for Africa and opened our office in Nigeria on July 1. The flexibility in the FSB platform, enabling


operators to deploy the right platform with the right tax metrics, is key to our success in Africa. Operators working across more than one country


are able to deploy multiple platforms across multiple territories to meet specific in-country legislation. We can also react quickly as legislation changes, as recently required with the sudden changes to the tax law in Kenya. From a product and services perspective, FSB has a truly bespoke and modular approach, tailoring the solution to the operators’ specific requirements. FSB provides a customizable UX, driven by a


comprehensive and dynamic Content Management System in the back office. Operators also have the option of taking ownership of the UX development; FSB will then provide the APIs to plug in to that top-level site and mobile app. FSB’s trading team is led by Mark Wilson, who has been with FSB since 2013 and brings unrivalled experience. Mark and is his team work with our operators on a 24/7 basis to provide a fully managed trading service


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including pricing (odds) and risk management. FSB provides full transparency and


comprehensive reporting in the FSB Custodian back office, allowing operators to interrogate the system at any time to get a true picture of their operation. There is a customizable dashboard where


operators can view their key P & L stats with 49 different reports to choose from, allowing them to mine their player data. If an operator wants a bespoke report that is not currently available, FSB will be build it for them at no extra charge. Providing the right localized offer to operators in


Africa is key to FSB’s success going forwards. We want to make sure we are facilitating the most popular bet types and offers as we work with operators to ensure we have the most compelling product and deliver the absolute best player experience. FSB works with its operator base to create true


partnerships in order to drive successful, long term business relationships. You will find us to be a responsive partner, deliver on customer requests as enhancements and changes are required and support you in order to maximize the business opportunity together. By taking this approach and working with us,


operators can truly maximize the potential in Africa and position themselves for long-term success in what is fast becoming one of the largest betting markets in the world.


Lotteries Commission Legally Required to Disclose Beneficiaries


The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) is to be summonsed to appear before Parliament’s Trade, Industry and Competition Portfolio Committee after the Parliament’s chief legal advisor found that the NLC’s refusal to disclose a list of beneficiaries would not “withstand Constitutional scrutiny’”. Parliament’s Trade, Industry and Competition


Portfolio Committee will instruct the National Lotteries Commission to immediately submit details of all recipients of Lottery grants. The Committee also resolved, during an online


meeting on 15 July, to summons the NLC to appear before it to answer questions, including about the NLC’s decision not to make beneficiary details public. The committee’s decision is based on a legal opinion by Chief Parliamentary Legal Adviser Advocate Z Adhikarie, who found that the NLC’s reasons for not making the information public did not hold water. This brought to a head an ongoing row over the


NLC’s failure to publish details of beneficiaries of its grants in its 2019 annual report, after doing so for the previous 18 years. The NLC also refused a request by the committee for the lists of Lottery grants, as well as a list of the recipients of a R150 million NLC COVID-019 relief grant to assist its beneficiaries. Documents leaked to independent media outlet


GroundUp had allegedly revealed how the NLC, in the 2019-2020 financial year, gave millions of rands to dodgy projects like old age homes that were still unfinished, years after receiving grants. The NLC argued that it had been wrong in


previously publishing these details, citing sections of the Lotteries Act, Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), and Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI). In a letter last week to the committee chair Duma Nkosi, NLC Chairman Alfred Nevhutanda argued that if the information was supplied to Parliament it would first have to be declared “confidential” by the NLC. “We submit that the financial statements of the


NLC must disclose the information and that this information must be available to the Auditor General as the NLC is subject to the PFMA (Public Finance Management Act),” Adhikarie said in his opinion.


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