Pursuant to South Africa's National Gambling Act of 2004, the country's National Gambling Board created an interactive gambling policy committee that assembled for the first time in early 2005 with the aim of compiling a report that would serve as a foundation for an Internet gambling regulatory model. The report says that South Africa's three main objectives for regulating online gambling should be protecting players, preserving South Africa's reputation in the world community as an upstanding and responsible global citizen, and promoting a successful interactive gaming industry. The report also proposes that a single regulatory body-- probably the National Gambling Board-- should be responsible for providing, administering and enforcing guidelines.
The report further proposes that South Africa become a "free-market" international regime in which licensees would not be restricted from accepting bets from citizens of any particular country, regardless of the legal status of the country where the gambler resides. The report also supports the notion that "gambling takes place where and at the moment when the wager is accepted."
In response, the National Gambling Amendment Bill, a piece of legislature that seeks to legalize and regulate online gaming in South Africa, was approved by Parliament in May 2008. It was then signed into law by President Thabo Mbeki in July, however the legislation will not be implemented until a date chosen by the President.
The Bill requires operators to apply for a national license which covers the interactive gaming operator, equipment, and personnel. There is an added provision which states that operators must locate interactive gambling equipment within the Republic of South Africa.
On November 13, 2008 the Minister of Finance released the Draft Interactive Gambling Bill, the goal of which is to establish taxation of online gambling activities as called for in the National Gambling Amendment Bill. The draft bill was tabled in Parliament and was open for comments until March 1, 2009.