New lease of life for SA’s second oldest casino resort New lease of life for SA’s second oldest casino resort
Wild Coast Sun has reason to celebrate, having just been awarded a 20-year gaming licence on the eve of the property’s 40th birthday celebration... New lease of life for SA’s second oldest casino resort

Wild Coast Sun has reason to celebrate, having just been awarded a 20-year gaming licence on the eve of the property’s 40th birthday celebration this month.

The Wild Coast Sun was opened in 1981, two years after the launch of Sun City. The Resort straddles the Eastern Cape side of the Mtamvuna River border with KwaZulu-Natal.

Transkei Sun International limited, which owns The Wild Coast Sun Resort, has been in discussions with the Eastern Cape Gambling Board (ECGB) to renew its casino licence.

Graham Wood, Sun International’s Chief Operating Officer for hospitality said: “It has been a long road, but we are delighted to now have a 20-year casino licence, 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 licence. This brings certainty to our employees and our surrounding communities.

For the past 40 years, the property has also positively contributed to the Eastern Cape Provincial fiscus through its contribution in taxes, gaming fees and levies.

The Resort also provides support to the surrounding community through its various social and enterprise development efforts.

The Wild Coast is Sun International’s only beachfront Resort where visitors can step out of their hotel and onto the beach. 

From its earliest days as a casino and hotel, the property has grown into what is now an exciting beach Resort with an endless array of fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.

The Resort’s General Manager Peter Tshidi said: “The timing of our casino licence is momentous as we are about to celebrate our 40th birthday toward the end of this month. 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.”

The Wild Coast Sun resort can be seen in the current MNet Survivor series which was filmed in a bio-bubble on the property during lockdown.

Antoinette Panton

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