Which are the safest online betting sites in SA?
Safest online betting sites
We have already covered safety when it comes to choosing the safest online betting sites. For your peace of mind, read our article on why we believe betting online is completely safe. Now, let us look at some of the betting sites we consider to be the safest for online betting and why.
The first safety aspect is without a doubt a betting site that has an operating license for South Africa. This means that the operator has undertaken the process of acquiring a South African betting license.
What is the purpose of a South African betting license?
With the license being granted, the provincial gambling board considers the online betting site compliant to operate in the country. The operator’s gambling system, including the online betting site and all products on offer, complies with technical requirements. The operator has the necessary processes and controls in place to operate within the set regulations and to ensure:
- Protection of minors.
- Processes to prevent fraud and money laundering.
- Consumer protection through the promotion of responsible gambling.
What else is expected from a licensed betting operator?
As part of the license conditions, operators have to undergo regular audits to ensure their continued compliance with gambling regulations. If anything is found to be out of order, the operator will have a limited time to correct the problem. Depending on the magnitude of the problem, the operator may also receive a fine, have their license suspended or revoked. You can therefore rest easy knowing that locally licensed online betting sites operate under a strict set of rules. These rules are there to protect you, the consumer and ensure that online betting is enjoyed in a safe environment.
How about a bookmaker’s reputation?
What has the bookmaker done to establish a positive reputation in South Africa? Does the brand have retail outlets in at least one of the South African provinces? For how long has the brand been operational? What have others said about their interactions with the brand?
These are just some of the questions that come to mind when considering a brand’s reputation. We should of course not be deterred by brands with only an online presence. Some of these brands may have a well-established international reputation. So, they have entered into South Africa as part of their expansion strategy. A quick search for the brand name will usually answer this question.
You have arrived at the right place
We have already done all of the homework for you. Our listing of what we consider to be the safest online betting sites does not mean the others are not safe. Here at betandwin.co.za we only list legitimate and fully licensed online betting operators. Even with several safeguards in place, disagreements sometimes happen. If it so happens that things don’t quite go your way, first try to resolve the case with the bookmaker. If that fails, you can lodge a complaint with the applicable provincial gambling board. See our article on making a complaint against a bookmaker to learn more about how this process is handled.
Some other aspects to consider are customer service and banking options. Try a quick check-in with the customer service team by either email or live chat. This will usually give a good indication of the future experience you could expect from the bookmaker.
A few more checks in the right boxes
It is important to have a clear understanding of the available banking options, withdrawal conditions and withdrawal methods. This will surely avoid any surprises when it comes to collecting your winnings. Different bookmakers generally make use of similar banking options. Make sure you are aware of the available options to make all parts of the payment process as easy as possible for you. Know which methods you will use to fund your online betting account and which you will use to withdraw. Look at the time it will take for you to get money from your sports betting account. A few days is not uncommon considering the process followed in handling these payments.
Last but not least is online betting security
Make sure to check that the website you are logging into, is actually the bookmaker’s online betting website. You can easily do this by clicking in the address bar of your internet browser. While there, also make sure that the part before the website address, has HTTPS included. The “S” is for secure and most browsers will also display a padlock symbol indicating this. Seeing the padlock means the betting site has a security certificate in place. And it specifically ensures encryption of information transferred to the bookmaker’s website. This is also especially important when registering your payment information with the bookmaker. We have covered many other ways to ensure your safety when it comes to betting online.