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South Africa: Internet Gambling Law Passed

(June 2, 2008) The South African Parliament approved a new gambling law designed to curb gambling-related negative socio-economic problems; it was published on May 19, 2008. The bill introduces rules on player protection, licensing, taxation, and advertising. It requires that every player be registered with a licensed interactive gambling provider and submit an affidavit indicating age, to make sure that minors do not participate in games. In addition, the bill allows electronic monitoring systems to do away with “potentially addictive behavior and restrict credit extensions to players.” The bill will go in to effect once it has been approved by the President of South Africa. (RSA Parliament Approves Internet Gambling Law to Counter Crime, THE MERCURY (Durban), May 19, 2008, Open Source Center No. AFP20080520543005.)