Durban - The KwaZulu Premier Willies Mchunu has revealed the members of the new KwaZulu-Natal Gambling and Betting Board.
Mchunu congratulated the new appointees and thanked them for accepting positions on the board.
He said "I would like to firstly congratulate you all collectively and also to thank you for having accepted to take your places as members of the KwaZulu Natal Gaming and Betting Board. Members of the public have confidence in you and you cannot disappoint them".
The nine-member board was appointed after a long process that involved contributions from the public and the provincial executive committee of the province.
The new and current board has come after tumultuous history from the previous board.
According to Mchunu that the provincial gambling board was one of the most worrying issues that he had to deal with since assuming office in 2016.
He said that even though boards must have sustainability, continuity and institutional memory, the history of this board made it hard to carry on as normal.
The premier said that the board should act as an independent authority, responsible only to the Act. He further explained that they will ensure that the executive authority stays out of the matters of the board.
The new gambling board will be implementing the new that was introduced in 2017. Mchunu said that to the board that they should not lose sight of principles like doing matters of the board with complete integrity. Mchunu also said that public interest must not be harmed.
Mchunu said that he thinks that the gaming and betting industry can be a big catalyst for economic development, promoting tourism as well as employment.
"Do not lose sight of one other Act which with good reason has been passed by our government and that is the Board Based Black Empowerment Act," said Mchunu.
The board will move from the office of the premier to the relevant operation of Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs.
The Gaming and Betting Board for KwaZulu-Natal is a huge player in the in the province's revenue. During the past financial year, it collected R449 million in revenue.
Below is the list of board members that were sworn in:
1. Dr Sakhile Ben Ngcobo Chairperson
2. Ms Mbali Myeni Deputy Chairperson
3. Mr Sanele Siyabonga Zondi
4. Advocate Khayelihle Prince Thanngo
5. Mr Siva Chetty
6. Prof Bruce Stamford Stobie
7. Thokozani Ian Nzimakwe
8. Zinhle Precious Tenza
9. Sifiso Lucky Gabela
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