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It gives me great pleasure to present, on behalf of the Board, the Strategic Plan (SP) of the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board for the period 2020/21-2024/25. This Board’s SP is rooted in the principles and targets of the development trajectory as set out in South Africa’s National Development Plan.

The SP of the Board is informed by the Provincial Strategic Plan (PSP) 2019 - 2024. The PSP sets out the Western Cape Government’s (WCG) vision and strategic priorities. Its content is defined by the WCG’s approach to addressing the economic, social, and development challenges in the Province.

Mr D Lakay
Previous Chairperson of the Board


I am pleased to present the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board’s Annual Report for the 2022/23 reporting period.
The WCGRB’s prime mandate is to regulate the gambling industry in the Western Cape. Its ancillary mandate includes contributing to the economy of the Western Cape in an innovative and socially responsible manner.
The WCGRB is legislated to have seven non-executive members who together act as the WCGRB’s Accounting Authority. The WCGRB, for the major portion of the year under review only had the quorate number of five board members.
An amount of R 1 076 758 695 was collected in gambling taxes and levies. This is a significant increase from the gambling taxes and levies collected for the 2021/22 financial year which amounted to R 780 262 439.
However, the growth is placing an enormous strain on the Office of the Board to meet the expectations of license holders and optimally attend to the regulatory functions of the Board. The WCGRB resolved to appoint a service provider to investigate the development of an optimally functioning organisational structure for the WCGRB. This exercise seeks to optimise the ability of WCGRB to accomplish its service delivery mandate effectively and sustainably with the goal of providing an affordable, skilled, and appropriately aligned staff structure.
Concomitantly, the board recognises that opportunities for gambling and racing pose particular risks and dangers to vulnerable persons. Therefore, the WCGRB resolved to advance its approach to responsible gambling. To achieve this, the Western Cape Responsible Gambling Committee (a Committee of the Board) has replaced the Western Cape Responsible Gambling Forum. The focus has shifted from a reactive to a more proactive approach and concentrating more on responsible gambling as opposed to problem gambling.
The Board resolved to undertake a study on gambling prevalence and problem gambling incidence in the Province, to be undertaken during the 2023/24 financial year. The WCGRB has also commenced with a consultative process with the industry regarding revised or additional responsible gambling measures.
The WCGRB, in ensuring the achievement of its mandate, achieved fifteen (15) out of sixteen (16) annual targets, while at the same time attempting to perform its operations in the most cost-effective manner. The Board achieved and maintained a clean audit outcome on both financial and predetermined objectives for FY2023. The WCGRB is pleased to report that the industry contributed R29 249 596 towards CSI progammes for the reporting period.
The WCGRB, as a government entity, is required to enforce the principles of B-BBEE in the industry. This is achieved through the imposition of licence conditions. The Board resolved to review its current licensing processes to ensure compliance with the SCA judgement (Tsogo Sun Caledon (Pty) Ltd and Others v Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board and Another (89/2021) (2022) ZASCA 102 (24 June 2022) and more specifically the 4-stage process when reviewing the BBBEE conditions imposed on licence holders pursuant to Section 53 of the NGA.
In accordance with its statutory mandate, the Board will continue to regulate gambling and strive to achieve the following goals: Protection of society from over-stimulation of gambling; Protection of players, integrity, and fairness of the industry through strict control and supervision of the industry; The collection of taxes and levies that contribute to government revenues; Economic empowerment of the historically disadvantaged; and Promotion of economic growth, development and employment.
Finally, I wish to acknowledge and thank Provincial Minister Mireille Wenger, WCPT, fellow board members, the WCGRB Audit Committee, the Executive and staff of the WCGRB, SCFEOT and PAC for their excellent work, support and cooperation.
Mr C Bassuday
Chairperson of the Board


The Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board (WCGRB) is responsible for providing a stable, just, consistent, and effective regulatory environment for gambling in the province.
Overall, it must inspire public confidence and trust that gambling in the province is conducted honestly and is free from corrupt elements, as well as promote responsible gambling.
The WCGRB also works to ensure that gambling contributes towards the economy of the Western Cape. This is done in two ways – firstly with the industry itself creating opportunities for employment, and secondly through the collection of taxes and levies that contribute to government revenue.
In setting out the WCGRB’s Annual Performance Plan for 2024/25, guidance was taken from key strategies of the Western Cape Government, including the Provincial Strategic Plan, the Western Cape Recovery Plan, and the Growth For Jobs (G4J) economic strategy. The Provincial Strategic Plan and the Western Cape Recovery Plan provide the context for the budget policy priorities of Growth for Jobs, Safety, and Wellbeing supported by the enablers of Innovation, Culture and Governance, with the G4J Strategy setting out a clear path to enabling ‘breakout’ economic growth needed to lift many more people out of poverty and into prosperity.
With the aim of enabling a R1 trillion jobs-rich, diverse, sustainable economy, growing at a rate between 4% and 6% annually, the WCGRB has a role to play in assisting the province in reaching this goal.
This is all taken into consideration in the development of the WCGRB’s vision which, over the next five years, aims to be the leading gambling regulatory authority for innovative, sustainable business practices, that maximises economic opportunities in a socially responsible manner with the purpose of having a properly regulated gambling industry in the Western Cape.
To this end, the Annual Performance Plan will assist in monitoring and evaluating the performance of the Board against set criteria, thereby enhancing corporate governance, effectiveness, efficiency and public accountability.
The WCGRB has my full support as they set about implementing the 2024/25 Annual Performance Plan to ensure the objectives and programmes achieve maximum benefit for all who live in the Western Cape.
Ms Mireille Mary Wenger
Minister for Finance and Economic Opportunities


The King IV Report on Corporate Governance contains the King IV Code which sets out recommended practices and principles. Corporate governance, for the purposes of King IV, is defined as the exercise of ethical and effective leadership by the governing body towards the achievement of the following governance outcomes: ethical culture, good performance, effective control and legitimacy.

Through application of the “apply and explain” approach to reporting, this report is aimed at assisting stakeholders in assessing the Board’s approach to corporate governance and application of the King IV practices and principles.

This report is for the period 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021 and should be read together with the Board’s 2020/21 Annual Report as published on the Board’s website.

WCGRB Corporate Governance Report 2022


The Promotion of Access to Information Act (“PAIA”), 2000 (Act 2 of 2000), was promulgated to give effect to the constitutional right of access to information held by the State or by another person which information is required for the exercise or protection of any rights. This right is entrenched in Section 32 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

The Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board (“the WCGRB”) is a Schedule 3C public entity in terms of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 (Act No. 1 of 1999), as amended (“PFMA”). The WCGRB is established in terms of the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Act, 1996, as amended (“the Act”) and is in terms of Section 14 of PAIA duty-bound to compile a manual concerning the records and information held by the WCGRB.