7 December 2016 The Casino Association of South Africa (“CASA”) has released its 11th annual survey of the South African casino industry, offering industry role players, and the general public, insight into the country’s commercial casino industry. The 2016 edition of the survey not only highlights some of the challenges facing the industry, such as illegal online gambling, but also the important contributions that the licenced casino industry continues to make to the national economy, particularly in terms of providing employment. As CASA’s figures show, last year the industry supported over 64 000 jobs, while employees were also major beneficiaries of the continued growth in the sector.
CASA represents 36 of South Africa’s 38 licenced casinos, with its members generating R16.5 billion in value over the past year. According to the survey, the government received the lion’s share of this value with 36%, or R5.9 billion, paid to various local, provincial and national governments in the form of taxes and levies.
Since gambling was legalised in South Africa in 1995, the casino industry has become an increasingly important provider of employment. As CASA CEO, Adv. Themba Ngobese, explains, “CASA members are committed to providing employment that uplifts the communities in which the casinos operate. Not only do people now have access to quality jobs but the salaries that they earn helps, in turn, to support their local economies, driving further growth.” In fact, according to the survey, industry employees were one the largest recipients of value generated by the casino industry in the year 2015/16, taking home a 20% share, amounting to R3.4 billion.
The CASA survey shows that the industry supported over 64 000 jobs in the past 12 months. Of that figure, 10 666 people were directly employed in casino operations while a further 7 356 were employed for outsourced services such as security and cleaning services for casino operations only. Non-casino operations, such as hotels, convention centres, restaurants and theatres, accounted for the balance.
And, while CASA members are proud of their position as an important source of quality employment, they have committed themselves to further integrating the principles of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment and gender equality into their values and operational activities. Of the 36 member casinos, 25% are rated Level 1 B-BBEE while 30% are rated at Level 2. On average the total rating for the casino industry is 2.73.
CASA members’ commitment to transformation and upliftment doesn’t end at B-BBEE policies, however, and much has been done over the years in terms of education and training of staff. At over R70 million, education spend makes up the largest portion of CASA members’ CSI contributions and staff directly benefit from a significant portion of this through in-house training conducted by casino operators.
To access the full Survey of Casino Entertainment in South Africa, 2016, visit the Casino Association of South Africa’s website at www.casasa.org.za.