Morula Sun Casino to be relocated

Sun International says it has no choice but to relocate the struggling Morula Sun Casino.

Sun International says it has no choice but to relocate the struggling Morula Sun Casino.

JOHANNESBURG - Sun International says it has no choice but to relocate its struggling Morula Sun Casino from the Mabopane township to Pretoria-East because it's inaccessible and continues to face stiff competition.

The group has submitted an application to the Gauteng Gambling Board to move the casino and resort to Menlyn, in a proposed R3 billion project.

Sun International CEO Graeme Stephens says the development will have positive spinoffs.

"The operation will be significantly more profitable than where it is at Morula. Morula today is an old license and it's in a location now, which is very difficult to get to, and it's facing a lot of competition from lots of alternative gaming and it's going backwards as a consequence."

But the proposed plan has been met with fierce opposition, with church leaders in Pretoria-East arguing that the development will do little to improve the environment or the community.

Community representative Michael Newman says, "It helps the unemployment, it helps to create jobs, it helps in terms of black economic empowerment. But again the social cost in the broader community, is it beneficial or not? Church leaders were unconvinced by Sun International's position."