The socio-economic impact of legalised gambling in South Africa, 2009


The gambling industry grew rapidly during the 1997 to 2002 period with various gambling modes and/or facilities being introduced. In 2002 the National Gambling Board (NGB) commissioned a socio-economic impact study to establish a baseline on the South African population’s gambling conduct and behaviour with regard to
various aspects such as propensity to gamble, the impact of gambling on household welfare levels and the frequency of visiting gambling outlets. The study found that the gambling industry showed typical characteristics of a developing gambling market with substantial volatility.

This initiative was followed up in 2005 with a similar study.
During this study it was concluded that the gambling sector
in South Africa attained a high level of maturity within a relatively short time span. These two studies were replicated with a somewhat more extensive study in 2009


Evaluation Number:
Report Approval:
Sunday, 01 November 2009
Monday, 10 December 2012
Initiated By:
National Gambling Board
Undertaken By:
Bureau for Market Research, UNISA
Evaluation Period:
November 2008-November 2009
Evaluation Area:
Social development, social security & assistance
Economic planning and development
National Outcome:
National Outcome 4: Decent employment through inclusive economic growth.
Commissioned By:
Evaluation Type:
Evaluation Subject:
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Evaluation Documents

File Name
69 EQAT 20130319 sr_mb.pdf
SocioEconomicImpactofLegalisedGamblinginSouthAfrica.pdf 69.pdf

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