South African authorities want to develop ways to block offshore sites from providing online play in the country.
The South African Department of Trade and Industry and the country’s National Gambling Board have both called for the development of new strategies to block the offshore sites.
There has been a move in the country’s Legislature to expand the nation’s current online sports betting regime to include poker and casino options, but those moves have met stiff opposition.
The Casino Association of South Africa has claimed that illegal online gambling is responsible for at least five percent of the land-based gaming industry’s decline over the past couple years.
NGB member Estelle Johnkheid said the government had established a “multi-disciplinary task team” to consider “strategies, interventions and actions against more than 2,000 illegal operators and sites” currently serving South African gamblers.