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Gaming for Africa Issue 133
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    Jacques Booysen Appointed Tsogo Sun CEO Clarion Launches African Gambling Trade Event Malawi Calls to Issue Sportsbetting Licence Sun International Unveils New Meropa Hotel Rio Casino’s Revamped Privè

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    EDITOR Roy Bannister CONSULTING EDITOR Tom Learmont ACCOUNTS & Administration Fax: 086 648 1634 Email: afrogame@mweb.co.za PUBLISHER & Advertising Headstart Productions P.O.Box 607 Langebaan 7357 Fax: 086 648 1634 Cell: 082-468-8622 e-mail: afrogame@mweb.co.za LAYOUT AND DESIGN Nicole Cook Email:nicole@graphicd.co.za PRINTED BY Headstart Productions GAMING FOR AFRICA is a bi-monthly magazine focused on casino operators and the manufacturing sector of the African gaming industry. We publish informed comment, and cover developments in legislation, new products, marketing and sales, promotions and general casino resort tourism trends in Africa Information published in GAMING FOR AFRICA or views or opinions expressed by writers are their own and not necessarily endorsed by the owner, publisher or editor of GAMING FOR AFRICA. While reasonable care is taken to report on events and occurrences in an accurate manner, we cannot accept any responsibility for inconveniences arising from misinformation. We welcome unsolicited articles and photographs but cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Press releases are published in good faith and the publishers assume that information provided is correct. Gaming for Africa is a trade publication aimed at the b2b casino and gaming industry in South Africa and across the African continent where legalized gambling is permitted. As such all advertising and editorial in this publication is aimed at professionals within the gambling industry, and not the general gambling public. Gaming for Africa endorses and promotes responsible gambling and proudly subscribes to the aims and initiatives of the legalized gambling industry thorugh the National Responsible Gambling Programme. National Responsible Gambling Counselling Line – 0800 006 008 From the Editor: FOR THE past three years I have been talking about the need and importance for a single African Gaming Trade Show, and as much as I have been involved in founding, launching, promoting and ensuring the success of Gambling Indaba - Africa’s fledgling trade event - it has now become obvious that the existing event requires a professional international hand to steer it, and take an African show to its natural progression. As such, I have parted ways with Gambling Indaba and am very pleased to announce that Clarion Gaming - the extremely professional team behind the world’s largest gambling trade event - ICE Totally Gaming in London - that draws over 30 000 attendees, has entered the African continent with Gaming Africa - a free-to-attend event for Regulators and Operators from across the continent to be held in Johannesburg o 24 & 25 October 2017. So, if you’re keen to look beyond the horizon and see the future of African Gaming - register at www. gamingafrica.za.com Roy Bannister Contents 2 Jacques Booysen Appointed CEO of Tsogo Sun 4 Sun International unveils new Sun Meropa Hotel 6 Malawi to Issue Sportsbetting Licence 6 Rio Casino Launches Newly-Revamped Privé Area 6 Clarion Announce launch of Gaming Africa 10 Problem Gambling on the Rise amongst Women 12 Sun International Rises against Hunger at GrandWest 12 Graceland Casino Donates R1.5m to Build a School Hall 14 Aruze Gaming Africa Rose Against Hunger, did you? 14 Aruze Gaming Africa Commemorates June 16 18 Tsogo Sun wins 77 TripAdvisor 2017 awards 20 Gambling Indaba in Pictures 24 Women ‘own their thrones’ with Tsogo Sun and Proudly SA 26 Sibaya Casino provides help to Children’s Home 26 NWGB Assists Pre-School as part of CSI Projects 28 Scorebet Site Opening in Zeerust Creates Jobs for the Less-Priviledged 28 Aruze Appoints Constance Matlejoane as Sales Coordinator 29 Garden Route Casino Gets a New General Manager 29 Nigerian Professional Football League Launches New Lottery With Highest Jackpot in Africa 30 Gaming Industry Appointments 30 Manufacturers & Suppliers Who’s Who 31 South African & African Gaming Regulators & Associations 32 Gaming Industry Who’s Who PIC: INGRID BANNISTER August / September 2017 I Gaming For Africa I 01

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    Jacques Booysen Appointed CEO of Tsogo Sun Tsogo Sun Holdings has appointed company veteran Jacques Booysen as the chief executive of Africa’s biggest hotel and casino operator. This comes after Marcel von Aulock resigned. Booysen, an industry veteran with many years’ experience as both regulator and operator has been promoted from his role as head of the gaming division. AMONG OTHER senior appointments within the Tsogo Sun group, which owns and operates 14 casinos and over 100 hotels in Africa, Seychelles and Abu Dhabi, is the apppointment of Glenn Joseph as COO Gaming. Tsogo Sun is the leading hotels, gaming and entertainment company in South Africa, providing a variety of hospitality and exciting entertainment and leisure experiences. Combining an established heritage with a professional and energised approach, the group proudly encompasses 14 casinos and over 100 hotels in South Africa, Africa, the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi. The company’s hospitality interests offer a wide distribution of hotels in Africa, providing world-class accommodation across all markets, including elegant, individually branded luxury hotels and well-known trusted market leaders in the premier through budget segments, including Southern Sun Hotels, Garden Court, SunSquare, StayEasy and SUN1 hotels. The exciting urban and resort casino portfolio includes the most popular entertainment destinations, strategically located throughout South Africa. In the Gauteng province, Tsogo Sun owns the group’s flagship property, Montecasino in Fourways, which features, amongst other attractions, the award-winning Teatro; Gold Reef City Casino and Theme Park in Southern Johannesburg; and Silverstar Casino to the West in Krugersdorp. Additional properties are owned and operated in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, including the jewel on Durban’s Golden Mile, Suncoast Casino, Hotels and Entertainment. Tsogo Sun is proud to be a Level 1 B-BBEE Contributor with 135% B-BBEE procurement recognition status, 62.1% black ownership and 34.4% black women ownership. Tsogo Sun invests substantial resources into developing skills, supporting emerging businesses, nurturing communities and creating awareness about the importance of conserving our environment. The cornerstones of Tsogo Sun Citizenship are managed as part of the group’s sustainability and growth strategies within the specific areas of community, entrepreneurs and the environment. Glenn Joseph Jacques Booysen

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    l-r at the Sun Meropa opening are Peter Guthrie (General Manager: SunMeropa); Serobi Maja (Chief Executive Officer: Limpopo Gaming Board); Anthony Leeming (Chief Executive Officer: Sun International); Raleigh Maesela (Chairman: Sun Meropa) and Demi- Leigh Peters-Nel (Miss South Africa 2017). Sun International unveils new Sun Meropa Hotel Saturday, 29 July 2017 marked the start of an exciting new era for Sun Meropa with the official unveiling of a new hotel at the complex. The opening of the upmarket Sun Meropa Hotel comes less than a year since Sun International and the Domba Empowerment Corporation (Pty) Ltd. announced the expansion plans for the complex. Construction workers and equipment have swarmed the site since September 2016 to complete the project ahead of schedule. SUN INTERNATIONAL’S R76-million investment in the hotel at Sun Meropa forms part of the company’s commitment to the City of Polokwane and the Limpopo Gambling Board. In the last financial year, Sun Meropa directly contributed over R1.2 million in Socio Economic Development projects mainly in Education, Sports and Culture initiatives. And through the Domba Trust has also ploughed back over R8.9 million in various projects focused on education. The hotel development provides economic stimulus for the region, through job creation and tourism to the area. Approximately 475 jobs were created directly and indirectly through the development, with the majority of labour sourced from the local community. Sun Meropa’s General Manager, Peter Guthrie says the development reaffirms Sun Meropa’s commitment to supporting the city’s economic priorities, and growing Polokwane into a destination of choice for international and domestic travelers. “We continuously strive towards excellence to enhance Sun Meropa’s appeal so as promote tourism to the city and thereby contribute to the local economy. By enhancing Sun Meropa with a quality hotel, offering a high standard of accommodation, we believe we can increase our contribution to economic growth and tourism in the area. “We are delighted with the results of what has been a demanding, yet exciting, construction phase. With the largest, contemporary casino floor in Polokwane, a selection of dining and entertainment options and our beautiful new hotel, Sun Meropa is poised to become the premier leisure, business and conferencing destination in the region.” The new Sun Meropa Hotel flows seamlessly into the casino complex and reflects the discerning Moroccan styled, architecture and aesthetics that make the complex distinctly Sun Meropa. The hotel boasts 60 immaculate rooms with a Moroccan theme. Including four suites and two Luxury suites. Catering to business and leisure travellers, the hotel features all amenities and the high quality of service that Sun International’s guests are accustomed to. Sun Meropa, which celebrated its 15th anniversary in March this year, is a vibrant entertainment hub at the heart of Polokwane, offering an array of entertainment and experiences for young and old. The complex features the upmarket Harvest Grill & Wine restaurant; the contemporary Jembe Tavern which hosts regular live entertainment, and a well equipped and versatile conference centre. Sun Meropa hosts a variety of events annually, with artists such as Mi Casa, Candy, Muzo Bothers and Loyiso Gola amongst the well known entertainers that have graced its stage. The casino itself boasts 417 slot machines and 17 tables, including classics like Roulette, Blackjack and Poker. Part of Sun International, Southern Africa’s premier gaming, hospitality and entertainment group, Sun Meropa offers guests the assurance of quality entertainment, premium facilities and the unparalleled high standard of service for which the company is renowned. Members of Sun International’s Sun MVG loyalty programme can access the array of benefits and rewards they qualify for at Sun Meropa. Sun International recently reinvented its well recognised Most Valued Guest (MVG) loyalty programme to deliver more rewards, exciting benefits and exclusive offers to guests visiting its casinos and hotels in South Africa. A key enhancement of the new Sun MVG programme is the opportunity it provides to customers to earn both casino and leisure points when playing slots, table games, staying in hotel rooms and dining at selected restaurants and outlets at Sun International properties. Casino Points can be used for playback on the slot machines and table games and Leisure Points for hotel accommodation, dining experiences or exciting entertainment. 04 I Gaming For Africa I August / September 2017

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    Malawi to Issue Sportsbetting Licence AS THE popularity of sportsbetting across the African continent continues to grow, Malawi has recently issued an call for interest in a sportsbetting licence. The Malawian National Lotteries Board (NLB) invited proposals for a Sports Betting licence in terms of the Lotteries Act (Act No. 9 of 2003). The licence shall be issued under Section 36(2) of the Lotteries Act. All procedural requirements for submission of a proposal are explained in a Request for Proposal (RFP) document that shall be released by the NLB. The RFP also contains the evaluation criteria that shall be applied by the NLB to award the Sports betting Licence. RFP applications closed on 18 August 2017. Rio Casino Launches Newly- Revamped Privé Area Rio Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort has opened its newly revamped Privé area to the public, with plenty of exciting new features, facilities and décor elements to offer guests the ultimate carnival-themed gaming experience. THE FRESH and contemporary update brings new life to the much loved Privé lounge, which maintains its signature vibrant and colourful aesthetic. A re-tiled entrance area, all-new carpeting and wallpaper, freshly painted ceilings and brand-new upholstery add to the Privé area’s exciting new look, along with enhanced lighting to highlight the area’s best features. The restrooms have also been exquisitely refurbished with new vanity tops and tiling. “We are thrilled with how the Privé lounge has turned out and look forward to welcoming our regular Rio Casino guests and newcomers alike to the stunning, newly revamped Privé area,” says Mpho Mokoa, Marketing Manager for Rio Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort. “The revamp brings a different look and feel to the atmosphere and will enhance the overall gaming experience for customers engaging with the various gaming products at Rio.” There is currently one blackjack table, one roulette table, and 46 thrilling slot machines with denomination of between 50cents and R50 – five of which will be replaced with new Aruze machines. The exclusive Privé parking is in the process of receiving an upgrade, with an extra 40 parking bays being added to the 20 existing parking spaces to give guests the luxury of convenience and ease of access to the Privé lounge. 06 I Gaming For Africa I August / September 2017

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    Clarion Announce launch of Gaming Africa Clarion will be applying its knowledge and experience gained working in the international gaming space with the launch of Gaming Africa, a free-to-attend two-day conference taking place in Johannesburg across 24 and 25 October. The decision to launch Gaming Africa follows requests from major industry players for a quality businessto-business event dedicated to meet the specific gaming needs of the continent. The Clarion organising team has experience working with the market having staged a highly successful World Regulatory Briefing (WrB) in Kenya earlier this year, which was preceded by WrB Nigeria in 2015. The new conference for Africa Looking Beyond the Horizon EXPLAINING her expectations for gaming’s latest brand, Kate Chambers, Managing Director of Clarion Gaming, said: “Wherever we operate in the world we do so at the request of the market. I would draw parallels with the development of Juegos Miami, which was launched following requests from operators who wanted us to develop a bespoke event. This is exactly what we are doing with Gaming Africa and will assess the response and the market dynamics before confirming our plans for 2018. “Any similarities with ICE will be based around the standards of organisation, of content and of professionalism that we are bringing to this new event. Whilst there is huge growth in Africa, it takes many decades of nurturing to develop an event anywhere close to the scale of ICE, which in 2017 comprised over 500 exhibitors occupying 42,000 sqm of stand space. Gaming Africa will be an event where operators and regulators can meet, share knowledge and move forwards in a strategic and sustainable manner.” She added: “We know from the many conversations that we’ve had with the market, not just in Africa but also throughout the gaming world, how important training is in terms of raising standards and creating a professional and sustainable industry. To satisfy this, we will be bringing the highly acclaimed ‘Totally Gaming Academy’ master classes to Gaming Africa, offering full training streams covering online, land based, sports betting and affiliate sectors.” The Gaming Africa agenda has been designed specifically with operators and regulators in mind, providing a line-up of expert speakers to help identify the opportunities for business growth. Topics being debated at Gaming Africa include: Africa’s Growing Economy – what sort of influence the dynamics of the economy might have on the gaming industry; Payments: is Cash Still King? – learn how to replicate the success of the Kenyan market’s use of Mpesa and unlock the full potential of digital gaming in Africa; Does Being Responsible Pay? – explore the argument and uncover examples of how this has worked successfully in other jurisdictions; 24th / 25th October 2017 Johannesburg, South Africa Anti-Money Laundering and Sports Integrity – discover key solutions to one of the largest inhibitors of progress for the African gaming industry; Moving Forward with External Investment – explore the international perspective on African market entry, the operational needs of the market and the domestic view on foreign partnerships; Best Ways to Manage Public Relations – determine how the gaming industry can work together to change perceptions and better communicate the social benefits of a thriving, sustainable market. Gaming Africa will also feature a series of Regional Roundtables covering East, West and South Africa, and where the emphasis will be on the sharing of ideas, challenges and market opportunities. For more information on how to build relationships with the industry’s best at Gaming Africa 2017, visit: www. gamingafrica.za.com. Entry Is Free To Operators And Regulators. Gaming Africa A4 cover-print.indd 2 25/08 08 I Gaming For Africa I August / September 2017

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