Apply for licences, says FSGLA

2015-04-30 16:57

BETHLEHEM. – The Free State Gambling and Liquor Authority (FSGLA) would like to see more people from previously disadvantaged communities coming in numbers to apply for gambling licences.

This is according to Johan de Bruyn, manager: business regulation of the FSGLA.

De Bruyn spoke at a FSGLA roadshow aimed at education and awareness in the Bethlehem Town Hall on Thursday (19/03).

“We are here to explain to the communities the gambling modes, the licensing of gambling entities, in particular Limited Pay-out Machines (LPM), and book-making.

“We indicated to them that we were rolling out these licencing modes especially to the previously disadvantaged communities,” he said.

The Limited Pay-out Machines have a minimum jackpot of R500.

According to De Bruyn this would help business owners to become part of the industry.

“LPM would help them in rolling out gambling in their businesses and generate more income. We are trying to facilitate new entrants into the market from the previously disadvantaged communities. Our people can generate more income if they can take part,” he said.

The entities that joined the authority’s awareness campaign were the Free State Development Corporation (FDC) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda).

The objective of the roadshow was to generate awareness of the opportunities that were available in the gambling and liquor industry, to inspire transformation within the industries and to educate the public on the role of different entities within these industries.

These licences are aimed at previously disadvantaged business people, De Bruyn said.

De Bruyn said the common challenges they had encountered during the roadshow were that some of the businesses did not have the required financial statements, they were not paying tax or did not have business plans.

He, however, reassured those who were interested in becoming involved that they would be assisted and guided by route operators

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