Betting in South Africa
Betting in South Africa is regulated on a provincial level – and a bookmaker needs to licensed by one of the 9 authorities in order to legal in South Africa. The province of Western Cape has granted the most licenses, 49 in total as of April 2nd, 2021.
Online sports betting is legal in South Africa since 2004 – bear in mind that gambling (poker, casinos etc) is still prohibited. Sportsbetting has rapidly become very popular, with an estimated industry revenue of over R30. Horse betting has long enjoyed a strong position in South Africa, and has traditionally been less restricted than other sportsbetting.
Here is a pick of licensed top online betting sites in South Africa:
BEST BETTING SITES IN SOUTH AFRICA
BETWAY SOUTH AFRICA
R25 Free Bet
Only for new SA customers of legal age. The signup free bet can only be claimed once per customer. Owned by Raging River Trading Ltd.
100% up to R 2,000
Deposit R1,000 and get R1,000 as a bonus to play with. Only for new SA customers of legal age. The signup free bet can only be claimed once per customer. Licensed to Netbet Ltd.
SUNBET SOUTH AFRICA
100% up to R 1,000
Deposit R1,000 and get R1,000 as a bonus to play with. Play 3 times with odds greater than 1,5 to receive the bonus. Only for new SA customers of legal age. The signup free bet can only be claimed once per customer. Licensed to Sunbet Pty Ltd.
SPORTPESA SOUTH AFRICA
Earn on referals
BETTING SITES IN SOUTH AFRICA – FAQ
Is sportsbetting legal in South Africa?
Yes, as long as the bookmaker has received a license from one of the nine provincial governments.
What happens if a license is revoked?
If a license is revoked, betting on that site will technically become illegal. We have however never heard of a better being prosecuted for that offence. You might have a harder time getting your funds released to you though!
Can I have multiple betting accounts in South Africa?
Yes, and we would even recommend having many. This way, you can compare the odds from several bookmakers for your bets – keep in mind that the odds strategy of a bookmaker might change over time!
I'm under 18, can I still open an account?
Maybe – but we would never list a bookmaker who allows that.
Legal Betting Sites by Country
Online betting follows different rules by country. Typically, bookmakers are restricted in the form of advertising and accepting bets – sometimes sites are also blocked. On Bettinglegit.com, we list all the legal betting sites in Africa. Click a country to read more.