South African Lottery In Limbo As Minister Fumbles Last Minute Decision

South Africa's national lottery has been suspended indefinitely after the government failed at the last minute to appoint an acceptable successor to the outgoing license holder, Uthingo.

Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa's decision last year to award the new operating licence to the Gidani consortium, a subsidiary of the Greek lottery developer Intralot, was overturned by the Pretoria high court on March 5th when it found the National Lotteries Board didn't adequately complete its investigations into the bidding operators in a review of the licensing process.

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