The African nation of Botswana has announced that it will begin instituting stricter gambling rules, which are due to take effect on April 1st.
The new regulations will require all gambling operations within the country to be licensed, including lotteries, bookmakers, bingo, and casino action. The regulations will require casino operations to pay a BWP 250,000 registration fee, while lotteries and bingo houses will have to pay BWP 10,000 and BWP 1 million fees.
Commenting on the new regulations Gambling Authority Botswana CEO Thulisizwe Johnson said, "All kinds of betting will now need to be licensed. We will be fighting adverts soon for Request for Proposals for interested companies to apply for licenses. We will take over regulation of the existing casinos in April while anyone wishing to be involved in any other kind of betting, including SMS and online will need to be registered and licensed with the Authority first."