Mpumalanga Economic Regulator (MER)

Contact details

Physical: 1st Avenue, White River, Mpumalanga, 1240
Postal: Private Bag X9908, White River, Mpumalanga, 1240
Tel: 013 750 8000
Fax: 013 750 8099


The mission of the Mpumalanga Economic Regulator (MER) is to ensure the integrity of gambling and liquor through efficient regulation within the Mpumalanga Province; and to ensure responsible liquor trade and consumption through strict compliance and monitoring to reduce liquor-related harm.

MER's objectives are as follows: ensure the suitability of all persons wishing to participate in the gambling industry; ensure that gambling activities regulated by the MER are conducted fairly, honestly and free of criminal influence and exploitation; ensure that the regulation of gambling is effective and efficient; render support and advice to the responsible member on gambling issues and ensure that the government’s policy on gambling is implemented; cooperate with the National Gambling Board and other stakeholders on matters of mutual interest; conduct research, with a view to advise government on the socio-economic impact of gambling; perform the functions of the MER in accordance with acceptable corporate governance practices; promote responsible gambling through public awareness campaigns; promote transformation of the gambling industry; provide for the imposition and payment of gambling levies; provide for the regulation of the micro-manufacturing and retail sale of liquor; regulate own revenue generation; reduce the socio-economic and other related cost of alcohol abuse; provide for public participation in the consideration of applicants for registration; and promote the development of a responsible and sustainable retail and micro-manufacturing liquor industry in a manner that facilitates the entry of new participants, diversity of ownership and an ethos of social responsibility in the industry.

Note: The Mpumalanga Gambling Board was merged with the Mpumalanga Liquor Authority on 23 October 2017 to form the Mpumalanga Economic Regulator. The financial information up to 2016/17 only reflects the figures for the Mpumalanga Gambling Board.

Office Bearers/Management

Mr Eric Mbhele
Board Members:
Adv Vulani Baloyi
Ms Gaylene Anne Deiner
Nombuso Mabuza
Mr Thabang Makwetla
Thembi Mawelele
Mr Bheki Mlambo (CEO)
Phumlani Mntambo
Mr Thabo Mzoneli
Lindeni Nkosi
Mr Bheki Mlambo
Mr Lucas Maseko
Senior Management:
Ms Carla Bastos-Hay (Departmental Manager: Gambling Audit)
Mrs Marina Bezuidenhout (Departmental Manager: Legal Services)
Mr Vusi Mtsweni (Departmental Manager: Gambling Control)
Mr André Otto (Departmental Manager: Investigations and Licensing)
Communications Officers:
Mr Cedrick Chiloane (Departmental Manager: Communications)

Financial Information

All Financial Values: R'0002016/172015/162014/152013/14
AUDIT OUTCOMEClean AuditClean AuditClean AuditClean Audit
Current Assetsn/a29 62231 52925 043
Non-Current Assetsn/a23 28621 47020 118
Total Assetsn/a52 90852 99945 161
Current Liabilitiesn/a25 58127 16822 125
Non-Current Liabilitiesn/a212-14
Total Liabilitiesn/a25 79327 16822 138
Total Net Assetsn/a27 11525 83123 023
Total Revenuen/a53 41355 50450 454
Revenue from Exchange Transactionsn/a1 208955595
Revenue from Non-Exchange Transactionsn/a52 20554 54949 859
Total Expendituren/a(52 129)(53 713)(47 419)
Employee Related costsn/a(34 873)(33 274)(31 267)
Surplus/(Deficit) for Yearn/a1 2841 7913 035
Net Cash Flows from Operating Activitiesn/a(584)6 59111 995
Net Cash Flows from Investing Activitiesn/a(1 836)(647)(1 066)
Cash & Cash Equivalents at End of Yearn/a21 62724 07118 220
Unauthorised Expendituren/a---
Irregular Expendituren/a---
Fruitless & Wasteful Expendituren/a---
Posts Approvedn/a585857
Posts Filledn/a505555
Sources n/a Annual ReportAnnual ReportAnnual Report

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