Mandate

The mandate of the Free State Gambling and Liquor Authority (FSGLA) it is to regulate both the Gambling and Liquor industries through issuing of licenses, monitoring and regulating, and reporting to the responsible member on all gambling and Liquor matters. In order for the Authority to fulfil its mandate it the Authority has adopted the following to be its Strategic objectives for the financial year 2010-2011:

  • To enhance the contribution of the gambling sector to shared accelerated economic growth
  • To monitor compliance of the gambling industry to existing legislation and policies
  • Intensifying the fight against illegal gambling and money laundering throughout the Province
  • To ensure efficient and effective resource management

The attainment of the above strategic goals takes course from the adopted vision, mission and values which in turn are informed by the mandate of the Authority. The mandate of the Authority flows from the interest of both the National and Provincial governments, it therefore seeks to ensure that the priority outcomes of government are achieved through direct contributions in the following:

Economic development

To date the Capital investment realized through the three licensed casinos namely Windmill, Goldfields and Frontier InnĀ  casinos amounts to R558 million. The authority through the then FSGRB collected R30,028 million for the financial year 2009-2010 and R35,719 for the financial year 2010-2011 which was paid over to into the provincial fiscus.

Job creation

To date the gambling industry created permanent sustainable jobs to the tune of 526 and temporary jobs to the tune of 45 in the Free State province. Since September 2011 the FSGLA started rolling out LPM site licenses; to date 17 licenses have been issued and from that initiativeĀ  already twelve permanent jobs have been created; with more sites to be rolled out in the near future more jobs will still be created. Since the merger the Authority has successfully processed 1248 number of liquor license applications and awarded 261 number of registration certificates.

Crime prevention

The Authority through its concerted efforts and that of SAPS investigates and report on illegal gambling with great success; for the financial year 2009-2010 a conviction rate of 97% was attained. To date

Poverty alleviation

The FSGLA through awarding of employee and operating licensees, participation through the corporate social investment funding, continued support given to SMMEs, enforced BEE shareholding make inroads however minimal in assisting with the alleviation of poverty in the province.

Corporate social investment

The Authority has not neglected its social responsibility towards members of the community thus continue to preach the gospel of responsible gambling and drinking, these issues have been elevated to the Strategic level to ensure execution to the latter. The Authority implements the National Responsible Gambling Programme (NRGP) which seek to integrate research and monitoring, public education and awareness, training, treatment and counseling in addressing problem gambling. The Authority conducts awareness campaigns through road shows, radio slots and printed publications on local news papers. The Authority feels that more can still be done in fostering responsible drinking in our communities and amongst youth in particular.