Menlyn Casino – Gambling Board must consult widely and hold public hearings

Fred Nel MPL

Spokesperson on Local Government

The DA calls on the Gauteng Gambling Board to ensure extensive consultation on the proposed casino complex in Menlyn Maine, east of Pretoria. Sun International intends on moving the Morula Sun casino operations in Mabopane to the new development.

On-going controversy surrounding the proposal fuels the need for proper consultation. This includes objections by community groups and reports in Beeld today that the Tshwane metro secretly approved the development.

It is imperative that the Board conducts a full investigation into the proposal. The Board must also hold public hearings and allow for oral representations by interested groups, including those who object, as permitted in terms of the Gauteng Gambling Act (No 4 of 1995).

According to Sun International the development would create 10 000 jobs during construction and 2 200 jobs at full operational capacity. Sun International is exploring the possibility of opening a hotel school on the premises of Morula Sun.

The DA believes that the Gambling Board must take into account the views and interests of the local and business communities in both Mabopane and Pretoria East.

Proper impact assessments must be done – including on the local infrastructure network and social fabric – and that social responsibility should form a cornerstone of any proposed casino development in the area.

The DA will follow the processes of both the Gambling Board and the City of Tshwane closely to ensure that the constitutional rights of citizens to transparent and accountable government is adhered to.