Gambling Authority Extends Wild Coast Sun Gaming License for 20 Years
Sun International announced that its Wild Coast Sun Resort has been awarded an extension of its current gaming license for a period of 20 years.
Transkei Sun International Limited, owner of the Wild Coast Sun Resort, has been in continued discussions with the Eastern Cape Gambling Board to renew its casino license. A previous ten-year license expired in August, 2019 and the authority has been granting the casino temporary extensions which allowed it keep operating in the meantime. The last extension expired on August 31st, on the evening of the resort’s 40th birthday.
Just before the license expired, Sun International confirmed that it was in final discussion with the gambling board which had confirmed that it had met all bid requirements.
Subsequently, Sun International issued a second statement, in which CEO, Graham Wood said:
“It has been a long road, but we are delighted to now have a 20-year casino license, which will expire in 2041. We have worked very hard with our partners, The Mbizana Development Trust and The Mgungundlovu Communal Property Association to secure our casino license. This brings certainty to our employees and our surrounding communities.”
The Wild Coast Sun is one of Sun International’s oldest properties and its only beachfront resort. In its four decades of existence, the resort has contributed enormously to the employment and revenue of the Eastern Cape. It also contributes constantly to the surrounding communities through social and development projects.
The general manager of the Wild Coast Sun, Peter Tshidi, called the timing of the casino license “momentous” as the resort was due to celebrate its 40th birthday at the end of September 12, 2021.
“We now have the certainty that for the next 20 years this incredible resort, and all of our people, can continue to create great lasting memories for all our guests long into the future,” he added.