The history of gambling in South Africa is quite complicated and it takes everyone back all the way to 1965. In this year, the first Gambling Act was placed into effect and it practically forbids all types of gambling activities except for betting on horse races.
However, all of that changed shortly later. The new Nelson Mandela-run government saw all the economic benefits of the gambling industry, which is why in 1996, they legalized casinos, lotteries, bingo, and online sportsbooks. In the same year, the NGB was established and the government gave licenses to 40 casinos.
Following the 1996 amendment, the Lotteries Act, which legalized lotteries was brought in 1997 and put into effect in 2000. Statistics showed that on the first lottery day, over 800,000 tickets were sold. After the laws were loosened, 2003 was the year when the so-called limited payout machines were legalized.
In 2004, the NGA, which had a focus on online gambling was also brought. While it regulated online sportsbooks, it stated that online casinos are explicitly illegal. Then, in 2008, the Gambling Amendment Act, which approved live casinos and online casinos was passed but never enacted.