To be at the forefront of effective regulation of the gambling and liquor industries.


To ensure the integrity of the gambling and liquor industries through efficient regulation within the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.


The objectives of the regulator are to regulate the gambling and liquor industries in the province in terms of the relevant legislation, inter-alia;

  • To ensure the suitability of all people wishing to participate in the gambling and liquor industries within Mpumalanga;
  • To ensure the effective and efficient regulation of gambling and liquor industries in terms of the relevant legislation;
  • To ensure that the MER operates in accordance with national, provincial and international gambling and liquor policies and standards;
  • To conduct research, with a view to advising the government on the socio-economic impact of gambling and liquor within the province;
  • To perform the functions of the MER in accordance with acceptable corporate governance practices;
  • To promote responsible gambling, liquor trade and consumption in the Mpumalanga province through public awareness campaigns;
  • To promote transformation and sustainability of the gambling and liquor industries in the province, and to provide assurance that complete and accurate levies are paid as prescribed.

Corporate Services Committee which also fulfils the functions of the Remuneration Committee and Social Committee:

The Corporate Services Committee provides the MER with the assurance regarding the quality and reliability of the management information of the MER. The responsibilities of the Corporate Services Committee include:

  • Considering the proposals received relating to the annual budget and submitting, recommendations to the Board for consideration and approval;
  • Further to the Board’s approval of the final budget, reviewing performance against budget;
  • Monitoring that complete and accurate levies are collected from operational gambling licensees;
  • Fulfilling the function of a Remuneration Committee that meets at least once a year and is charged with the responsibility of assessing the remuneration strategy for the MER;
  • Providing the Board with the assurance that management and employees are fairly rewarded for their individual contributions to the MER’s performance;
  • Approving amendments to the MER’s internal control policies and procedures; and
  • Monitoring MER’s social responsibility performance, as well as MER’s compliance with the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, 2004 and Codes of Good Practice.

Audit and Risk Committee which also fulfils the functions of the Ethics Committee:

In terms of sections 51(1)(a)(ii), 76(4)(d) and 77 of the PFMA and regulation 27(1) of the Treasury Regulations, accounting authorities have to comply with the compulsory establishment of an Audit and Risk Committee and an effective internal audit function in the public entity.  In terms of these provisions, the Audit and Risk Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities and reviews and monitors the scope and effectiveness of the internal and external audit function.  The responsibilities of the Audit and Risk Committee include:

  • Determining the adequacy and effectiveness of the internal control systems;
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of risk management;
  • Performing the functions required of it by law;
  • Reviewing the significant accounting and reporting issues, including professional and regulatory pronouncements, and their impact on the financial statements with a view to ensure consistency with the appropriate accounting principles;
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of the internal audit function that is performed by external practitioners, whose major responsibilities include the examination and evaluation of the effectiveness of and performance operational activities and systems, together with the attendant business risks and financial control;
  • Reviewing the scope, performance, significant findings and recommendations made by the internal and external auditors; and
  • Reviewing any statement on ethical standards or requirements and the procedure to review compliance with the Code of Ethics.

The Compliance Committee provides assurance to the Board that proper investigation processes are being followed, that licensing of applicants and regulatory compliance by licensees take place in accordance with the requirements of the Mpumalanga Gambling Act, Regulations and Rules; and the Mpumalanga Liquor Licensing Act and Regulations; and that complete and accurate levies are collected from operational gambling licensees in terms of the Mpumalanga Gambling Levies Act and Regulations.  The responsibilities assigned to the Compliance Committee include:

  • Considering and making recommendations to the Board on licensing, regulatory compliance and audit matters;
  • Conducting hearings, enquiries and evaluations, on any matter presented before it;
  • Reviewing findings relating to, amongst others, investigations, inspections and audits;
  • Imposing administrative penalties on holders of gambling licences on matters presented before it;
  • Satisfy the Board that sufficient processes are implemented to address illegal gambling and liquor activities; an
  • Review the analysis and status of the gambling and liquor industries in the Province and make recommendations to the Board.

In the execution of their collective functions, the board, and its office place the highest value on:

We at the MER ascribe to the following Values:

The MER Value What it means in practice

Living this value means that the MER shall seek to:

  • Value openness, honesty, consistency and fairness
  • Act in good faith in all day to day activities and display humility; and
  • Have a commitment to ethics and focus on justice and fairness.
Service Excellence

Living this value means that the MER shall seek to:

  • Be results-oriented and cost effective in its work; and
  • Strive for quality and high performance.

Living this value means that the MER shall seek to:

  • Exercise self-control and work with decorum, courtesy and respect; and
  • Display punctuality, reliability, dependability, and a commitment to deadline.

Living this value means that the MER shall seek to:

  • Take responsibility and act in a transparent manner; and
  • Create communication channels for stakeholder engagement.