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Problem Gambling Down Two Percent: Survey

5 July 2006

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- As reported by the South African Press Association: "The number of people with a gambling problem in South Africa has dropped in the past two years, a recent study has found.

"It showed that incidents of problem gambling among adults with ready access to commercial gambling dropped to 4.8 percent from 6.8 percent in 2003.

"This emerged from a national problem gambling prevalence study conducted over the past year by the National Centre for the Study of Gambling. It was commissioned by the National Responsible Gambling Programme (NRGP).

"This research project surveyed 3 003 adult South Africans living in the country's principal urban areas with easy access to commercial gambling.

"The results of the survey are consistent with the findings of recently-published National Gambling Board research, which also showed that the prevalence of problem gambling in the country had declined between 2003 and 2005.

"...The NRGP has an extensive programme for raising public awareness about the risks inherent in gambling.

"'Taking from these findings, it is safe for the NRGP to say the majority of South Africans, including the poor, are gambling sensibly,' NRGP Executive Director Professor Peter Collins said..."

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