South Africa: Gambling Legislation Overview

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SouthAfricaA full overview over operators in sports betting and online gambling in South Africa.  Here you find a full overview over all operators for betting on sports and horse racing, casino and poker for South African players. 14,3 % of the South African Population are gambling in some way. Except for the National Lottery, wagering on horse racing and betting on sports is the most popular form of gambling, followed by scratch cards and licensed casinos.




In South Africa, betting on sports and horse racing is legal. South Africa consist of nine provinces and each one them has their own gambling and racing board. To be able to offer online betting, bookmakers needs to be licensed by every jurisdictions own gambling board. Operators need to apply to the province where they are based to be able to provide online betting. Gauteng and Western Cape are the regions with the highest turnover, meaning most bookmakers and casinos are registrered in this jurisdictions. Only SA residents are allowed to play on SA gambling websites. For wagering on horse racing 6 % is deducted from winning to cover VAT. No additional tax is charged to recreational bettors and recreational gambling winnings are not considered income for incom tax purposes.



Gaming Regulators Africa Forum, the GRAF,  is a body representative of gambling regulators within the African Continent. GRAF aspires to an effective and credible organ for the regions and continentally. Gambling is legal in South Africa after a decision made by the governement in 1994. GRAF are looking out to keep a controlled, safe and secure gambling market within the country.They have developed a strategy for all jurisdictions to follow and they are seeking to see what lacks there is on the current legislation to create a more effective monitoring of the gaming market to avoid illegal gambling and addiciton problems.


Online gambling

Online gambling is not legal to participate in for South African Residents. That includes online casino, bingo, pay-out machines and other interactive games such as poker. Section 11 of the National Gambling Act states that “A person must not engage in or make available an interactive game except as authorised in terms of this Act or any other national law.” It is also illegal to provide an online casino within South Africa.

So, if you are a South African Resident, you can find an operator that offers sports betting and horse racing within ZA. To play online on a casino on an international operator is not legal either, to play from within South Africa is restricted by law even though the government don't go for individual players that play on operators with servers outside the country.



Below you find bookmakers for South African Players that are legal to play on. You also find operators that offer online casino and poker to South African players, remember that you play on your own risk when gambling on an international operator outside of the Republic. Source:

Legal Bookmakers

  • This operator is one of South Africas most trusted bookmakers who has been operating since 1989. Also on mobile.
  • Offering a wide range of sports and when registrering you get a free Learn to Bet-guide. Mobile.
  • Sportsbook with a weekly rewardprogram and available to play on mobile.
  • a new site, launched in 2014 by GoldrushGaming Group in partnership with BetTech
  • has a nice design and offer football, rugby and cricket among other sports. Mobile.
  • Worldsportbetting is one of the biggest sportsbooks and with great range and live-betting. Mobile.
  • has a variety of sports but is a bit less modern.
  • Betting Exchange who also offers lotto.Available on mobile.
  • Betflash offers betting onsoccer, rugby and cricket. You can also bet on your mobile device.
  • Bettingworld able you to bet on rugby, soccer, cricket and horse racing.  Available on mobile.
  • Interbet. With Interbet you find the best odds and can place a bet with nearly 100 of South Africas leading bookmakers. Mobile.


Illegal Casinos

  • Royal Vegas Casino
  • Jackpot City
  • Club Casino
  • Omni Casino
  • Casino Midas
  • Club SA Casino


South Africa: Gambling Legislation Overview
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