South African Casino
Mthatha License Still
Up For Grabs
The Eastern Cape Gambling
and Betting Board has advised that Lukhanji Leisure Group
will retain their Queenstown casino license. However the
license for Mthatha has not yet been awarded, following
a legal war raging between the committee and Elonwabeni
Elonwabeni and Ekuphumleni Resorts both entered bids for
the Eastern Cape licenses but were turned down by the Board.
The two companies appealed to the Grahamstown High Court
to review the merits of their applications and overturn
the committee’s decision.
According to papers submitted during the court case, the
Resorts claim that the Board’s approach to their tenders
was “confused, irrational and unfair”, with
decisions being influenced by ‘deliberate bias by
some members of the Board’. The license was initially
awarded to Peermont Global, who turned it down.
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