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Tanzania Gambling Board to Curb Illegal Slot Machines

THE Gaming Board of Tanzania (GBT), has embarked on an Information Communication and Technology (ITC) strategy, that can track and curb illegal slotting machines, which have been denying the country regulated tax revenues for many years. GBT Director General, John Mbalwe, made

the announcement during the recent 44th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF). Mbalwe said if everyone in the industry

committed to following gaming rules and regulations, there would also be a positive impact on the national income. “The existence of a fake slotting machines is

a big problem; We have been running several operations together with Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and police but as industry executives, we saw that such operations might not provide us with a long-lasting solution,” he said.

Mbalwe said in 2019 the GBT commenced

developing an ICT system, which would help in monitoring the sector. He added that the system will be connected to all machines and that it will help GBT to identify all registered machines and their location. According to him, GBT is on the final stages to complete the work and that so far the procedures for procuring equipment have already kicked off. “We are looking forward to complete the

exercise by August 20, and starting September, the system will be on,” he noted.

28 JULY 2020 Statistics show that sports betting

companies are taxed 25 per cent, SMS are taxed 25 per cent, each slot machine is charged 43.11US dollars and the national lottery is taxed 20 per cent and machine sites 25 per cent. Physical casinos are taxed 18 per cent while

digital casinos are taxed 25 percent of revenue after winnings. GBT was established under the Gaming Act No 4 of 2003 that oversees the whole gaming sector in the country. Meanwhile, Mr Mbalwe said the GBT had

already submitted its recommendations on a propsed national lottery to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Planning in which the government will decide when to launch it.

Emperors Palace Opens

Peermont’s flagship property, Emperors Palace Hotel, Casino, Convention and Entertainment Resort, is open for business. Conveniently located next to the O.R. Tambo

International Airport, the Palace of Dreams’ reopening is in accordance with provisions as stipulated by the Department of Health (DOH) and World Health Organisation (WHO). Precautionary measures include, wearing a face

mask or shield at all times, daily temperature screening (if a temperature of 37.5ºC and higher is recorded, access will not be permitted), record keeping of guests at entrances, thorough and regular cleaning of all areas and touch points, and the deployment of extra hand sanitiser dispensers to key public areas. The resort’s gaming activities resumed with a limited number of players per table games and alternate slot machines being disabled to ensure adherence to social distancing requirements. To effectively manage capacity, access to the various

gaming areas is limited to Winners Circle loyalty members. In addition, protective screens have been placed at all Cash Desks including at the Winners Circle Desk. “We have been working tirelessly to ensure, every possible measure is in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone who enters our property. And that is why we have enforced a multi-layered set

of protocols and procedures to safeguard the well-being and safety of our guests. Furthermore, our employees have been fully briefed and trained on best practices,” comments Clive Tavener, Complex Operations Executive at Emperors Palace. The luxurious five-star Peermont D’oreale Grande, one of the resort’s four hotels, is open to business travellers. All hotel rooms have been deep cleaned with utmost care and hygienically sealed, with all non-essential, high touch-point items removed.

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