[Chap1901]CHAPTER 19:01




   1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

Casino Control Board

   3.   Establishment and constitution of Board

   4.   Temporary members

   5.   Vacation of office

   6.   Filling of casual vacancies

   7.   Functions of Board

Licensing and Operation of Casinos

   8.   Licence

   9.   No alterations to casino premises without Board's approval

   10.   Revocation or surrender of licence

   11.   Revocation of licence following conviction

   12.   Appeals

   13.   Operation of casino

   14.   Right of certain police officers to enter casino

   15.   Prohibition of certain persons from entering casino premises

   16.   Prohibition of gaming by certain persons

   17.   Persons to participate in games only on cash basis

   18.   Sale, etc. of intoxicating liquor

   19.   Non-application of certain laws

   20.   Advertising


   21.   Licence levy

   22.   Payments to be made to Board

   23.   Licence levy to be deductible expense


   24.   Auditing and inspections

   25.   Minister to appoint assistant to Board

   26.   Board's accounts and audit thereof

   27.   Annual report by Board

   28.   Power of Minister to give directions

   29.   Restriction on use of word "casino"

   30.   Non-liability of Government

   31.   Penalties

   32.   Jurisdiction of magistrates

   33.   Regulations

Act 19, 1971,
Act 50, 1971,
Act 30, 1973,
Act 11, 1979,
Act 37, 1982.

An Act to provide for the licensing of casinos and the regulation and supervision thereof and to provide for matters incidental to and connected therewith.

[Date of Commencement: 14th May, 1971]

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[Ch1901s1]1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Casino Act.

[Ch1901s2]2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

   "Board" means the Casino Control Board established by section 3;

   "casino" means premises on which gaming is conducted and in respect of which a licence is in force;

   "game" means a game of chance played for money or money's worth;

   "gaming" means the playing of any game;

   "gaming area" means an area in a casino specified and defined under section 8(2);

   "gaming revenue" means the total amount of all sums received as winnings by the licensee, including any amount deducted by him for his benefit from any stake or bank in any game, less only the total of all sums paid out by him as losses in respect of games played under his licence;

   "gaming room" means a room in the gaming area of a casino for gaming, and any adjoining room or verandah;

   "intoxicating liquor" has the same meaning as in the Cap. 43:11 ">Liquor Act;

   "licence" means a licence granted under section 8 to establish and operate a casino;

   "licensee" means the holder of a licence;

   "money's worth" includes any counter or chip representing money or any article of value.

Casino Control Board
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[Ch1901s3]">3.   Establishment and constitution of Board

   (1) There is hereby established a Board to be known as the Casino Control Board.

   (2) The Board shall consist of a Chairman, who shall not be a public officer, and two other members, who shall be public officers, all of which members shall be appointed by the Minister by notice in the Gazette.

   (3) A person shall not be qualified to be appointed a member of the Board if he-

   (a)   is a member of the National Assembly;

   (b)   has been declared insolvent or adjudged or otherwise declared bankrupt under any law in force in Botswana or elsewhere and has not been discharged, or has made a composition with his creditors and has not paid his debts in full; or

   (c)   has been convicted of any offence involving dishonesty.

   (4) A member of the Board shall hold office for such period, not exceeding three years, as may be specified in the notice appointing him and on the expiration of such period shall be eligible for reappointment.

   (5) There shall be paid to the Chairman of the Board out of public funds such remuneration and allowances as the Minister may prescribe.

   (6) A quorum for a meeting of the Board shall be two members.

   (7) The Minister shall appoint a Secretary to the Board.

[Ch1901s4]4.   Temporary members

   When the Minister is satisfied that a member of the Board is temporarily incapacitated by illness, absence or other cause from satisfactorily performing the duties of his office, the Minister may by notice in the Gazette appoint temporarily to act in his place a person other than a public officer, in the case of the Chairman, or a public officer, in the case of a member other than the Chairman, for such period not exceeding six months as the Minister may specify.

[Ch1901s5]5.   Vacation of office

   (1) The Chairman or any other member may at any time resign his office by notice in writing addressed to the Minister,and on the receipt of such notice by the Minister the office of such member shall become vacant.

   (2)   The Minister may by instrument in writing require any member to vacate his office if, after giving such member an opportunity to be heard, the Minister is satisfied that such member-

   (a)   has been absent from meetings of the Board without reasonable excuse for a period exceeding six consecutive months;

   (b)   is unable to exercise the functions of his office by reason of illness, absence or other cause and has been, or is likely to be, so unable for a period exceeding six months; or

   (c)   is otherwise unfit to discharge the functions of his office.

[Ch1901s6]6.   Filling of casual vacancies

   If a member dies or otherwise vacates his office before the expiration of

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