New gambling board established to tackle issues head-on

2017-10-25 06:00
The members of the newly elected Northern Cape Gambling Board (NCGB) were ­commended by Mack Jack, Northern Cape MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism. From the left are Tebogo Moraladi, Lesego Seametso (acting CEO of the NCGB), Jennifer Bokwa, Jack, Levona Itumeleng, Connie Sefo (NCGB chairperson), Neo Rakwena (deputy chair of the NCGB) and Zamani Mathiso.Photo: Supplied

The members of the newly elected Northern Cape Gambling Board (NCGB) were ­commended by Mack Jack, Northern Cape MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism. From the left are Tebogo Moraladi, Lesego Seametso (acting CEO of the NCGB), Jennifer Bokwa, Jack, Levona Itumeleng, Connie Sefo (NCGB chairperson), Neo Rakwena (deputy chair of the NCGB) and Zamani Mathiso.Photo: Supplied

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The six members of the newly elected Northern Cape Gambling Board (NCGB) were commended by Mack Jack, Northern Cape MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, on Wednesday (18/10).

The board consists of a chairperson, a deputy chairperson and four additio-nal members.

Two candidates, Lahlu Mabula and Thabo Thobeli, also filled vacant posts on the Northern Cape Liquor Board (NCLB).

The appointment follows Jack’s decision to dissolve the NCGB in terms of the powers vested in him by section 7(4) of the Northern Cape Gambling Act, Act No.3 of 2008.

According to the MEC, this was due to the malfunctioning of the previous board after the resignation of two members earlier this year.

“The two remaining members did not constitute a quorum, so it was therefore in the public interest to disband the board with immediate effect,” explained Jack.

An acting CEO has since been ­appointed as the accounting authority of the entity in absence of the board in terms of Section 49(2)(b) of the Public Finance Management Act.

“However, for the purpose of the issuing, revoking, suspension, transfer, amendment or removal of licences, the powers lie with the board and that cannot be delegated, hence this resul-ted in a serious backlog.”

He urged the members to serve the Northern Cape community not only with distinction, but with total commitment and passion, as they are faced with a huge backlog of gambling licence applications.

“Bookmaker applications and limited payout machine site applications are what you will hit the ground running with.

“Illegal gambling is on the rise across the Northern Cape, and is oversha-dowed by massive illegal online and land-based gambling, which has gained momentum in recent years.

“The new board is expected to not only issue licences, but also to work with our communities to strengthen the fight against illegal gambling and gambling addiction.”

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