South Africa was typically slower to develop in internet business operations than most countries in the western world. While many online gambling websites were established in the United States and in Europe during the 90’s it was only until the last decade that online gambling mushroomed in South Africa. For the most part this has been due to the more limited telecommunications infrastructure. E-commerce has always required high speed and stable internet. Once broadband internet had become a common household feature, internet business in South Africa radically increased. While much of this was in the form of chain store websites a large number of South African websites have developed exclusively for the purposes of gambling. As South Africa is a nation driven by its sporting passions, many of these sites are in the form of online bookmakers. Online casinos however feature more prominently in recent years. Traditional casino or gambling culture in South Africa dates back to the Sun International casino resorts that were built in tribal reserved land during the era of National Party rule. As gambling was generally frowned upon during the Apartheid era, South Africans had to commute to these destinations in order to play.
With the change of government and more liberal legislation being introduced, casinos are now permitted in the major population centers of South Africa. This gambling-friendly culture has also led to the establishment of many online casinos that are hosted in South Africa. This is unique for many countries as online websites are illegal in the United States and much of the European Union. The South African government has however introduced laws to carefully monitor and control this fast-growing industry. With millions of rands being paid in and out of casinos daily it is important that regulations be employed to ensure gambling doesn’t go too far. In the case of online casinos and bookmakers – client users are required to be FICA registered before playing and random checks are performed to ensure minors are not involved in gambling. Gambling awareness is a policy that is upheld by all casinos that encourages users to not gamble more than they can afford and to be wary of becoming addictive gamblers. Some of the more major South African online casinos are Silver Sands Casino and African Palace Casino.