Irresponsible Gambling is Dangerous – Libode Community Advised

The Director of Gambling Law and Policy at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Mr Nkoatse Mashamaite says although gambling contributes noticeably to the country’s finances, it has negative consequences for individuals and the families of people who gamble irresponsibly. Mashamaite was speaking at an education and awareness session that was hosted by the dti in Libode today.

The session was also aimed at soliciting comments from members of the public on the National Gambling Amendment Bill which was published by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies for public comment last week.

Although the gambling industry generates billions of rands, gambling is dangerous to individuals and their families if it is not done responsibly. The most important message that we have been spreading throughout our national educational drive is that people should gamble responsibly and use gambling for entertainment and not for income-generation. We do not want people to lose their precious and valuable possessions such houses as a result of irresponsible gambling or their addiction to gambling, said Mashamaite.

He encouraged people who attended the session not to gamble in order to boost their income, take money from the savings to gamble, chase gambling losses or sell their possessions in order to get money to gamble.

It is important for one to stop gambling before it becomes a problem. If gambling makes you stressed, depressed or obsessed seek help. List yourself on the voluntary exclusions registry of the National Gambling Board when gambling becomes a problem and you are unable to control it or contact the National Responsible Gambling Foundation for help, advised Mashamaite.

He urged members of the Libode community to make their voices heard on the National Gambling Amendment Bill. The bill proposes, amongst others, additional restrictions on gambling advertising. This will ensure the prohibition of advertising through unsolicited messages as that may entice vulnerable groups like minors and excluded persons.

Source: Department of Trade And Industry