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NWest School Gets Upgrade with Help of Sun City

Lerome Secondary School in Moruleng village in the North West has received a R5.6m facelift. Sun City International resort collaborated with the North West department of education, Northam Platinum and its Zondereinde Community Trust to help develop the secondary school. The resort contributed R1.6m while the

Zondereinde Community Trust and the department of basic education each contributed R2m.

The school will receive additional

classrooms, ablution facilities and a kitchen. Khumo Magano, socioeconomic development, community and stakeholder engagement manager for Sun City resort, said the school with an enrolment of 926 pupils from grade 8 to 12 had limited classrooms. “The project which was handed over to the

developers two weeks ago is expected to be complete by April next year. This will be great for the school which is classified as a no-fee school as they did not have a proper kitchen to prepare food and the ablution facilities were limited,” Magano said. He said the project had to be halted as a

result of the Covid-19 lockdown but now all parties were on board. Magano said he was hopeful more partners

will come on board to aid the school further. “We still need to come up with a plan for

digital solutions for the school in order to provide really sustainable development to our surrounding communities,” he said.

MultiChoice Expands into Gambling with Stake in Nigerian Sportsbetting Operator

South African pay TV operator Multichoice has acquired a 20% stake in BetKing, a gambling company with major operations in Nigeria. The value of the deal is said to be worth R1.8 billion. The company revealed the details when presenting its half-year to September results, saying BetKing is a high-growth sports betting group with operations in Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia. Multichoice said it had bought the shareholding in

order to expand the group’s entertainment ecosystem further. “Sports betting is an interesting market that is

aligned to our pay-TV business,” said MultiChoice CEO Calvo Mawela in a recent media interview. “We have a lot of sport on our platform, and many people that are betting watch more games.” he said. “BetKing started in Nigeria and has shown rapid growth over the past two-and-a-half years, according to the CEO. “They plan to be pan-African and will be entering South Africa at some stage, too,” Mawela said.

World had 7.451m Gaming Machines in 2019 Australian trade association GTA has completed

its latest study of the number of gaming machines operated around the world in 2019. The study is one of very few authoritative

investigations into jurisdictions and machine numbers that is available on the market. The Gaming Technologies Association, with nearly all of the active suppliers in the Australian market in membership, told InterGame this week that the number of authorised machines globally in 2019 was 7,431,125. This is up 39 per cent from 2018. In its own market of Australia, the GTA

pinpointed that there are 192,800 machines operating, down 3,501 from the previous year.

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The estimate indicated that in 2019 Australia operated 2.58 per cent of the world’s legally installed machines. All jurisdictions across Australia, except

for Western Australia, saw a decline in gaming machine numbers compared with the previous year. Gaming machines can be found in various

establishments internationally, from casinos to cruise boats, clubs and local bars, racing venues, amusement parlours, restaurants, petrol stations and even in corner stores and cafes. The World Count of Gaming Machines, as the report is named, illustrates the evolving nature

of the industry, both in Australia and internationally. It found that Japan has the most gaming

machines in the Asia Pacific region with 4,195,930; the US has the most in North America with 900,704; Argentina leads in South America with 97,555; Italy in Europe with 407,267; and South Africa is the leader in terms of numbers in Africa with 37,815. The GTA first commissioned the World Count

of Gaming Machines in 1999 in response to unfounded and exaggerated figures that were circulating at that time. A copy of the report can be found on count-of-gaming-machines-2019/

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