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W. Cape gambles on hiking casino taxes

WC govt. looks into making changes to the gambling act and increasing casinos taxes.

WC govt. looks into making changes to the gambling act and increasing casinos taxes. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape government wants casinos to cough up more in taxes.

At the weekend, Economic Development MEC Alan Winde said the department is looking to change parts of the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Amendment Act to hike casino taxes by two percent.

Winde said the department has tabled the proposal in provincial parliament.

"We've now brought in the 18th amendment bill which will just increase the numbers across the different tax bands. This will then equate to about R25 million extra in taxes for the province from the casinos."

He also said plans to have another casino in Cape Town have been put on hold following comments received from the public.

"We will look at it at a later stage."