National Gambling Amendment Bill sent to mediation committee

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20 Dec 2021

The National Gambling Amendment Bill has been rejected by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) and referred to the mediation committee.

The bill was tabled in parliament in August 2018.

The National Assembly (NA) gave the green light to the bill and sent it to the NCOP for concurrence in December 2018.

The select committee on trade and industry, economic development, small business, tourism, employment and labour adopted the bill in March 2019.

In the same month, the NCOP sent the bill back to the select committee.

The bill lapsed in May 2019 but was revived by the NCOP in October 2019.

It aims to amend the National Gambling Act of 2004, so as to:

  • amend and delete certain definitions;
  • provide for the procedure for the forfeiture of unlawful winnings to the National Gambling Regulator;
  • provide for the quorum to make a final decision in the second meeting with the majority of the members present in that meeting;
  • provide for the dissolution of the National Gambling Board;
  • provide for the establishment of the National Gambling Regulator;
  • provide for the appointment of the Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer in the National Gambling Regulator;
  • provide for the powers of the national inspectorate to curb payments emanating from illegal gambling activities;
  • enhance the powers and duties of the gambling inspector;
  • provide for transitional arrangements; and
  • provide for matters connected therewith.

A bill is referred to the mediation committee if the NCOP and the NA cannot agree on a section 76 bill.

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