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Jewel in the crown
Monte-Carlo SBM, the largely
state-owned Monegasque
casino and hotel operator, is to
open its first project abroad in
Morocco. The Jawhar
Marrakech (Jawhar means
‘Jewel’), a 95-suite luxury hotel
will open in 2010 providing a
VIP welcome for guests near
the Atlas Mountains. The
project is a result of
suggestions made by regular
guests of the company,
particularly at its casinos. There
will, however, be no gaming in
the new hotel.
Existing providers of online casinos in South Africa, where internet
had to be withdrawn.
gambling exists only in a legal grey area, could find that they are
The NGB believes that the
regulations will be approved
excluded when new regulations come in to force.
within months, “provided that
public comments do not result
NGB aims to
in significant changes to regu-
lations. If there are major
changes, it will have to be
republished for public
disbar sub-legal
Under the proposals,
players will have to open bank
accounts dedicated to online
online operators
gambling alone, and will be
obliged to use a card to make
payments from them. A
maximum of R20,000 (about
E1,600) will be permitted in the
gamesafoot requirements from operating. The NGB has in its sights to their activities…If we are from doing so because of leg- account at any point.
SOUTH AFRICA Under the regulations, particularly Silversands, an able to prevent them from islative delays. The NGB hopes to issue ten
which were officially pub- internet casino based in operating in South Africa, that The Casino Association of online gaming licences once
The National Gambling Board lished in February and are Cyprus, which is also one of would be a big victory.” South Africa (CASA) last year the regulations have been
(NGB) of South Africa has currently being discussed, the most popular. The NGB’s The NGB has the support tried to get Silversands’ adver- agreed, which will be awarded
said one of its principle aims any operator working illegally acting CEO Thebi Moja said: of the existing legal casino tising withdrawn by lodging a to companies whose servers
as soon as new regulations cannot apply for a licence nor “They know very well that industry in the country, many complaint with the Advertising are located in South Africa and
on internet gambling come would it be allowed to adver- they are operating illegally of which are itching to set up Standards Authority, but as which would be subject to tax,
into force is to prevent com- tise its services in the and we have for a number of their own branded operations there was no law against probably of six per cent of
panies that do not meet the country. years attempted to put a stop but have been prevented which to hold the company, it gross gaming revenues.


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