As stated in the National Gambling Act, 7 of 2004, ‘‘bingo’’ means a game, including a game played in whole or in part by electronic means:

(a) that is played for consideration, using cards or other devices:
    i. that are divided into spaces each of which bears a different number, picture or symbol; and
    ii. with numbers, pictures or symbols arranged randomly such that each card or similar device contains a unique set numbers,              pictures or symbols

(b) in which an operator or announcer calls or displays a series of numbers, pictures or symbols in random order and the players match each such number, picture or symbol on the card or device as it is called or displayed; and

(c) in which the player who is first to match all the spaces on the card or device, or who matches a specified set of numbers, pictures or symbols on the card or device, wins a prize, or any other substantially similar game declared to be bingo in terms of section6(4).

Of the nine provinces in South Africa and as at 31 March 2016, bingo has been rolled out in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West, Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal. A total number of 31 (out of 33 licensed) bingo halls were operational as at 31 March 2016, of which 11 were operational in Gauteng, 9 in Eastern Cape, 6 in KwaZulu-Natal, 3 in North West and 2 in Mpumalanga.

The bingo operators which are operational in South Africa are represented by Galaxy Bingo in Gauteng, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and North West; Viva Bingo in Gauteng and Mpumalanga; Gold Rush in North West and Eastern Cape; Boss Gaming in Eastern Cape and Great Bingo in KwaZulu-Natal.

GGR generated in the bingo sector represents 3.6% of the total amount of GGR generated by all licensed gambling modes during FY16. Although extremely high increases in GGR were recorded since FY13 to FY15 (i.e. increases in GGR generated by 67.7% from FY13 to FY14, and by 52.5% from FY14 to FY15), a decrease of 16.1% was noted from FY15 to FY16. Initial high increases in GGR generated was mainly as a result of an increase of 36.5% in the number of operational bingo seats from FY13 to FY14, by 17.8% from FY14 to FY15, and by 12.3% from FY15 to FY16 (Quarter 4). An increase in the number of EBTs was recorded in Eastern Cape, as well as an increase in the number of traditional bingo positions in KwaZulu-Natal from FY15 to FY16.  Taxes/levies collected from bingo have increased from R3 million in 2001/02 to R85 million in 2015/16.


Quarter 1

1 Apr – 30 Jun 2015

Quarter 2

1 Jul – 30 Sep 2015

Quarter 3

1 Oct – 31 Dec 2015

Quarter 4

1 Jan – 31 Mar 2016

Operational bingo outlets





Operational bingo positions

5 457

5 469

6 031



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