Word has been leaked the other day that Piggs Peak Casino, South Africa’s biggest online gambling operation, would be closed at the end of November 2011. The news came from a more than reliable source: one of the Casino Enterprises employees, who said that all 50 employees have been informed through email. Of course, as a result of the move, all 50 employees currently working for the company would lose their jobs.
The ‘culprit’ for the closing of the online casino is the South African National Gambling Board, which has long been involved in a drawn-out court-battle with Casino Enterprises over the right of the company to accept wagers from South African residents. The National Gambling Board has recently won a court ruling in the case, which means that the South African market will close for Piggs Peak. The site won’t be forbidden to accept players from Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho, but given that around 90% of their clientele was South African, the ruling is indeed a death knell for the operation.
The entities behind the online casino have appealed the ruling several times, but thus far they have been rebuked each and every time.
The employees have forwarded a letter to the labor commissioner, pleading for intervention on their behalf, against what they allege were ‘grossly unfair labor practices’ on the part of the company for which they work.
The legal battle which had been waged before the above mentioned ruling saw Casino Enterprises build its case around the fact that the actual gambling was not taking place on player’s computers but rather on the site’s servers. That same argument turned against them though as the government said the gambling was indeed taking place on the site’s servers which were located in Swaziland, and according to South African law, South Africans were only allowed to gamble at sites located within the country.
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