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GAMING FOR AFRICA


Billion Group’s Mayfair Casino opens in Mthatha – job boost for Eastern Cape


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n a much-needed boost for the Border-Kei region and the Eastern Cape, South Africa’s newest


world-class casino – Mayfair Casino – has opened its doors in Mthatha. Having broken ground late last year, Mayfair Casino has opened its doors to the public, creating hundreds of jobs and bolstering the economy of the Eastern Cape’s third-largest city while also bolstering its appeal to business and leisure travellers. The entertainment centre, built by South Africa’s pre-eminent property development company, Billion Group, boasts Mthatha’s only licensed casino as well as top-tier conferencing facilities, bars and restaurants. Having been in the pre-development phase two years, the project broke ground late last year. It forms the latest addition to Billion Group’s existing live-work-play precinct that already houses the successful 60,000 metres-square BT Ngebs City Shopping Centre – which opened in


The world class Mayfair Casino has opened its doors in Mthatha. It is South African development company Billion Group’s latest project, positioned alongside the plush four-star Mayfair Hotel, which opened its doors last year, complimenting the successful BT Ngebs Shopping Centre – also


developed by Billion Group – which opened amid much fanfare in 2015. The precinct is a major business and leisure traveller drawcard for the Eastern Cape’s third-largest city


2015, bringing leading brands to Mthatha for the first time – and the plush, four-star Mayfair Hotel, which opened in 2017. It further continues Billion Group’s


stated mission of bringing aspirational developments and world-class facilities and services to areas that would not otherwise have access to them.


“This project completes the vision


we had for a world-class shopping and entertainment node in Mthatha,” said Billion Group CEO Sisa Ngebulana. “We are really excited to see this casino come to fruition.” The 2,000 square metre facility is


expected to have a significant impact on the local economy, with 200 permanent jobs created upon


opening. 50 direct jobs have been created during the project’s construction phase, covering unskilled and fully skilled workers. “It’s a fact that for every job you


create, you create three indirect jobs. We are very proud to be bringing employment to this part of the Eastern Cape,” said Dewald van Staden, development director at Billion Group. “It is our intention to employ as


many locals as possible, and to manage the process of employing workers across all three categories where possible: skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled.” Three upmarket restaurants within


the new complex will span 700 square metres and offer a choice of a steakhouse, a buffet restaurant or Asian cuisine. To accommodate both large and small conferencing needs, the casino’s modern conference facilities will cate for up to 275 people – an area which can be divided to create two smaller rooms and a private break-away area. The facilities will also feature a bar area and will have access to cuisine from the restaurants.


Quanta acquires stake in Nigeria Lottery ILGL; world’s first deal to reform traditional lottery with blockchain


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uanta has announced that it has signed contracts to acquire a stake in International Lottery and Gaming Limited


(ILGL), a Nigeria lottery giant, concluding the world’s first deal to see a blockchain company acquire a local lottery company. “This acquisition declares an era when


innovation takes over tradition, injecting the power of blockchain technology into the lottery business with the possibility to scale with cryptocurrency as a global financial instrument. We are confident


that we can make blockchain lottery popular and this acquisition represents a significant base for Quanta to target other emerging markets in Africa,” said Kostas Farris, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Director of Quanta. Commenting on behalf of ILGL, Charbel Saadeh, Managing Director of Naija Lottery said, “ILGL has provided popular and entertaining games to the Nigerian players; we are very excited to collaborate with Quanta. This is a historic moment to create an even more compelling experience to optimize


lottery playing for the 200-million Nigerian market.” The Nigeria lottery industry is a major source of


wealth distribution in the country, while the role of cryptocurrencies continue to garner national-level attention.


30 FEBRUARY 2019


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