South African Gambling Legalization Talks DerailPublished April 1, 2008 by OCR Editor
The legality of advertising by online casinos is a sticking point in new legislation, until now seen as imminent, allowing for online gaming in South Africa.
A Tough Blow for Reformist Hopefuls
In what was recently regarded as optimistic news for proponents of South African political talks leading toward a legalization of online gambling, the process there seems to have stalled.
Disappointed advocates of the proposition hope that this new snag in the process won't be enough of a blow to end the idea completely, as has been suggested.
To Advertise, Or Not To Advertise?
The issue here seems to be whether or not to allow newly licensed Internet casinos to advertise their services.
This seemingly trivial issue threatens to spark a review of casino advertising in general, which would translate into unpredictable results for the whole legalization process, as members of the country's National Assembly wrangle for solutions.
Department of Trade and Industry officials warn it could now be the summer before the legislation is adopted.