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Illegal Gambling Machines Crushed

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On Friday, 6 November 2015, Miss Mpumalanga 2015, who is also MGB Ambassador for Responsible Gambling, Zamanene Nene attended the destruction of 34 illegal gambling machines in Mbombela. The machines were seized from illegal operations throughout the Province.

The machines, the majority of which are chinese roulettes or 50c machines as popularly known to the locals, were confiscated following a number of sting operations conducted by the MGB in conjunction with the Provincial Organized Crime Unit. These machines have not gone through laboratory testing and certification by the standards authority, and as a result, they cannot be allowed for public consumption, as they have a potential to cause health risks and to swindle unsuspecting members of the public of their money.

We appeal to members of the public to stay alert from falling prey to illicit operators, selling illegal gambling machines or offering any form of gambling without a valid gambling licence, which must always be on display at licensed gambling venues. The illegal operators do not only deceive the public, but also undermine Government’s efforts on job creation and gambling taxes.

The machines destroyed on Friday, were those that had been evidence in court cases. They have no redeeming social value; therefore, they are subject to destruction. The MGB will continue to monitor any locations that may be using these illegal devices. If anyone is still in possession of illegal gambling machines out there, they need to take note and remove such from public consumption.

Other illegal gambling activities that the public need to be aware of and desist from, is gambling on the internet, fahfee (umshaina) and any betting in areas or venues without a licence.

To report any illegal gambling activities or to ascertain the legality of gambling activities and gambling venues in your area, please contact the Mpumalanga Gambling Board on (013) 750 8000 or email

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