Mpumalanga Economic Regulator (MER)
|Postal||Private Bag X9908, White River, Mpumalanga, 1240|
|Physical||1st Avenue, White River, Mpumalanga, 1240|
|Tel||013 750 8000|
OverviewThe 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.