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GAMING FOR AFRICA U


Ugandan sportsbetting moratorium could cost country Ush50-bn in lost revenue annually…


ganda’s recent and sudden decision to place a moratorium on all new sportsbetting licences, could cost the


country Ush50-billion in lost revenues. David Bahati, the State Minister of Planning,


recently announced that President Museveni had ordered government not to register new sports betting companies or renew licences for the existing companies upon expiry. Mr Bahati has been quoted as saying the government will determine the number of betting companies and where they will operate in a new regulatory regime, in what appears to be a review of the current licensing regime. “The President’s directive is that we do not issue licences to new companies and we should not renew licences of those that expire, with the aim of strengthening the regulatory framework,” he said. “What we are doing is to review the betting sector with the view to regulate the number of betting companies because there are complaints that they are mushrooming everywhere. For example we will determine how many to


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uses mist sprays which go off three times per day and features drip irrigation so that no water is wasted.Having grown up on a farm, Chef Hanroe has natural green fingers and revels at working amongst his crops. For the moment, he tends to the garden on his off days and he is also upskilling some members of staff who have shown an interest in the vegetable garden. “I am keen to share my love of gardening and


growing with people who are interested in learning. I am slowly teaching them about maintaining the garden. You have to have a genuine interest in it in order for the vegetation to thrive. This is not something that you can force on people,” he says. Sun City’s culinary teams across the resort are


persistent on using fresh, seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients in their dishes.


licence and where they should operate across the country in order to strengthen the monitoring and protect youth from the effects of betting,” Mr Bahati added. The minister, who said the monitoring would also stretch to online sites, did not give the time frame in which the new regulations would be implemented but that “sooner than later the ongoing review team will issue a statement on the procedures.” Figures released by the Uganda National Gaming Board last year indicate that in 2016/17 financial year, government earned Sh37 billion from sports betting companies. At the time, Mr Edgar Agaba, the chief


executive officer of the National Gaming Board, said the projection for 2017/18 was at Ush42 billion, and Ush45 billion for 2018/19 f inancial year.


He said Uganda would earn up to Ush50 billion in 2019/20 financial year. Information from the Gaming Board indicates


that government issued licences to 40 general betting companies, 20 casinos, 15 slot machines and one pool betting facility last year.


…while gaming board clamps down on illegal slots


T


he Uganda Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board (LGRB) has clamped down on illegal slot machine operators in Ntugamo district. So


far over 50 machines havebeen impounded and will be destroyed within a months’ time, says the Board. The Uganda LGRB is a body corporate establishedunder the Lotteries and Gaming Act No. 7 of 2016.The Board is mandated by law to supervise and regulate the establishment, management and operation of lotteries, gaming betting and casinos in Uganda, andto protect the citizens from the adverse effects of gaming and betting in Uganda. The Board has also issued a call to the general


public to report any illegal gaming operations in their neighborhoods, municipalities and towns to NGB (tollfree 0800100090 or email to info@ngb.go.ug)


Sun International Chair will not seek re-election G


ambling and hotel group Sun International says its chair, Valli Moosa, is


retiring from its board and will not be standing for re-election as a director at its AGM in May. Moosa joined the group as a


board member in November 2005, shortly after leaving his post of environmental affairs and tourism minister. Prior to this job he was constitutional development minister. He is still a non-executive chair at mining house Anglo American Platinum, and is on the boards of insurance group Sanlam,


paper producer Sappi and transport firm Imperial. He also had a stint as chair of power utility Eskom from 2005-2008. Moosa, who became Sun


International’s chair in July 2009, will be replaced, depending on the results of the AGM, by Jabu Mabuza, who was


CEO of Sun International rival Tsogo Sun until 2011. Mabuza currently serves as


the chair of Telkom, Eskom and beverage group Anheuser Busch InBev/SAB Miller Africa. He is also the chair of Business Leadership SA, as well as the Casino Association of SA.Mabuza was recently appointed by the presidency as a co-convener, together with finance minister, Tito Mboweni, to look into the state of the South African economy.Mabuza holds a doctorate in commerce from Wits.


28 MARCH 2019


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