Moonlite Restores Local Interest In Responsible Gambling

Riaan Van Rooyen.PIC PHATSIMO KAPENG
Riaan Van Rooyen.PIC PHATSIMO KAPENG

Despite battling COVID-19 restrictions and relocation disputes, Gaborone-based Moonlite Casino has endured all odds to come out confident for the new year with an array of eye-catching new offers.

Moonlite Casino’s director, Riaan Van Rooyen recently told journalists that the casino will be embarking on a highly competitive campaign to resurge local interest in responsible gambling.

Putting the adversity of the COVID-19 era behind them, management has fully restabilised and decided to hit the ground running with expansion of the casino’s offerings for 2022 to reflect their hopefulness for the new year.

On top of their existing offerings, the casino has announced the reintroduction of a Gaborone based party bus that will roam the city picking up late night party-goers with the casino as the final destination.


Moonlite casino. PIC PHATSIMO KAPENG.
Moonlite casino. PIC PHATSIMO KAPENG.



In a new partnership with Zambezi Motors, as of February 1, Moonlite will also be giving away a brand new car to a lucky player every two months paired with a cash prize. The car model and cash prize amount will vary. Therefore, the casino has encouraged Batswana to be on the lookout for their announcements.

Most prominently of all, the casino will offer a chance for lucky contestants to spin the wheel of fortune to stand a chance to win an industry leading P1 million jackpot.

“We believe in giving back to the community,” co-director van Rooyen explained. “We have a 95% return to player rate, that means we give back 95% of what our players spend with us. It’s our way of saying thank you,” he added.

Van Rooyen continued to express that players can expect to see payouts as high as P200,000+ which he claims to be amonstg the highest average payouts in the local gambling industry.

The year 2020 was exceptionally crippling year for most businesses, especially those in the entertainment industry. Few businesses felt the sting of COVID-19 as hard as Moonlite Casino which was forced to close its doors just two months after finalising its over P40 million investment into relocation to Airport Junction mall.

Moonlite casino
Moonlite casino



Originally located at Gaborone Hotel, the casino had sought to relocate to MASA centre at the Central Business District from 2013 but had been denied numerous times by the Botswana Gambling Authority (GA) and the High Court.

Moonlite eventually applied for relocation to Airport Junction shopping centre and was approved by the GA in 2019. However, soon after opening its doors for business in 2020, COVID-19 forced the casino into temporary closure and limited operations thereafter.

The directors stated that despite their location at Airport Junction not being their first pick, the location strategically targets an ideal area of Gaborone with no gambling opportunities providing a unique competitive edge against other casinos.

Boasting state of the art gambling machines, internationally trained chefs, and a new location paired with highly competitive offerings the directors are confident that 2022 will end on a high note.

Editor's Comment
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