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There is an important distinction to make when having this discussion. In terms
of the situation in South Africa, ‘sports betting’ and ‘gambling’ are two distinct
activities. Although ‘sports betting’ or ‘bookmaking’ is a type of gambling, sports
betting is a completely legal form of ‘gambling’. Confusion may arise for some because
online gambling is restricted when referring to casino-
There have been various Acts passed in South Africa to prohibit interactive online
gambling games. Of late, in August 2010, online gambling offered through servers
located outside the country was banned in South Africa. This was the result of the
North Gauteng High Court judgement on the jurisdiction of online gambling transactions
in the country. Consequently, both offering gambling services online and gambling
online became illegal. Also, South African Banks and credit cards are no longer allowed
to directly process transactions to online gambling companies. This however has
not stopped online gamblers from using other intermediary banking methods like e-
The only exceptions to the gambling ban are province-
So, the bottom line is that in South Africa, online sports betting (and horse race betting) is legal with any provider of your choice and many of the best brands in the world provide service to South Africans, four of which also provide rand betting accounts and can be found below.
How the list was constructed:
Several of the biggest names that you might recognise that advertise alongside popular sports for South Africans are not listed. Unlike other sites, I am not interested in simply trading on a brand that you know if it is not actually a good choice for you as a South African bettor. I want you to play with the betting sites that I truly believe are the best for South Africans.
My list only includes sites that have satisfied the following criteria:
Pinnacle Sports operates as a reduced-
Unibet, headquartered in Sweden, provides some incredibly deep coverage of all sports
including those that could be considered niche sports. This also means there is
vast coverage of the sports South Africans tend to love most -
MarathonBet has been operating since 1997. You may know them from sponsorships of top English & Spanish football clubs. They offer perhaps the most competitive odds and their unique AdvanceBet feature allows bettors to unlock the value of unsettled bets toward new bets, even with a zero account balance. Read the MarathonBet South Africa review.
MansionBet is the sports betting brand of one of the top online casino companies. Running on the excellent SBTech sports betting platform, you get a slick, intuitive interface from your desktop or mobile and competitive odds from a brand that partners with AFC Bournemouth of the EPL. Read MansionBet South Africa review.
Betway serves over 2 million account holders world-