Go BiG Africa Show or Go Home


One of the continent’s premiere gambling events, the BiG Africa Show is set to hit South African shores in late October with land based and online casino South Africa officials all getting together to discuss the future of iGaming. From SA’s Shadow Minister at the Department of Trade and Industry to the General Manager of the Sun International Group, both governmental and big business heads are set to inform and decide on the future of online gaming in SA.

This year, the show will be held over a three-day period from the 26th to the 28th of October at Emperor’s Palace in Joburg’s East Rand. Some of the biggest names in international online gaming will be speaking including Ivan Zaltsman, the CIO of World Sports Betting, David Webster, the Acting Executive Director of the SA Responsible Gambling Foundation and Garron Whiteman, one of the partners at the prestigious law firm, Whitesmans Attorneys.

This year’s show is set to explore some of the most fascinating and controversial topics regarding online gaming worldwide and in South Africa and those who attend will be in for a treat with topics being debated such as: insights on SA’s future gambling framework; are land-based casinos like New York’s yellow taxis?; Africa as a new frontier for gaming; and what is could mean if SA becomes an internet licensing region.

The BiG Show is not the online gaming-based conference being held in the country this year though. Those with a vested interest in the future of SA online gambling can also attend the Gambling Indaba Conference and Expo at the Cape Town International Convention Center in November this year. This specialised event is said to have a B2B focus with a special interest in the online gaming future of Africa as a whole. The organisers of the event say that it is the only one of its kind on the entire continent and thus, anyone with a vested interest in online gaming now, and in its future, should attend.

The programme for the event states that some of the topics to be covered by the speakers include: an outlook of gambling in Africa from 2015 to 2019, social gambling, responsible gambling; and job creation within the gaming industry. The event is set to be one of the best held in the country this year.

Both events will offer attendees a unique perspective of the world of gaming, both online and offline and those with any vested interest in the industry should try to attend. Even players will want to keep an eye on the outcome of these two conferences as they may shape the future of South African online gaming and gaming in an international context too.