South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has called for new powers to help the government tackle illegal gambling, despite admitting that it is all but impossible to completely block unlicensed operators from the market.

At a seminar hosted by the DTI and National Gambling Board (NGB) in Praetoria, the DTI's chief director of policy and legislation MacDonald Netshitenzhe said regulation of iGaming would have a negative impact on the economy, with any positive benefits outweighed by negative social consequences.

Netshitenzhe believes that policymakers should instead focus on developing systems that would be able to combat and fight illegal gambling.

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