Mosotho Gambling Laws
By Reno Rollins
Gambling is legal in Lesotho. While casino gambling exists in the country, there does not appear to be a national lottery or any manner of sports betting.
There are two casinos in Lesotho. They are:
- Lesotho Sun Hotel & Casino (Hilton Road, Maseru, Lesotho) The slot machines in this casino are open daily from 10am until 2am. The table games are available from 7pm until close. There are 71 gaming machines on the property and 14 table games (including Blackjack and Roulette). There is also one restaurant and a 232-room hotel. For more information, call +266 22 313 111.
- Maseru Sun Hotel & Casino (12 Orpen Road, Maseru, Lesotho) This casino offers 70 slot machines machines and video poker machines. A hotel is also located on the premises. For more information, call +266 22 312 434.
Lesotho is a landlocked country surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. It was once known as Basutoland, and the new name translates to “the land of the people who speak Sesotho.” The government is a constitutional monarchy, and Lesotho is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.
Lesotho is divided into ten administrative districts. Each district has a capital known as a camptown. The districts are:
Lesotho exports water and electricity to South Africa. Other areas important to the economy are manufacturing, livestock, agriculture (in the western lowlands) and the money sent back from laborers working in South Africa. The nation is also known to export wool, mohair, diamonds, clothing and footwear. Lesotho has also received economic aid from countries including the United States, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The World Bank and the European Union have also contributed.
The loti is the official currency of the nation, and it can be used alongside the South African rand. The loti is on par with the rand, while it takes 100 lisente to equal one loti. Lesotho is part of a common currency and exchange control area known as the Common Monetary Area. Other members include Swaziland, Namibia and South Africa.
The population of Lesotho is estimated to be at 2.3 million. 81% of the population lives in rural areas. The bulk of the population (57.6%) is between 15 and 64 years old, although the average life expectancy has dropped in recent years.
Official languages include Sesotho and English, while Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa and French are also spoken. The ethno-linguistic structure of the country is made up almost entirely of the Basotho, who are a Bantu-speaking people. The largest subgroup of the Sotho are the Kwena (Bakoena). Other subgroups are the Natal, Batloung, Nguni, Baphuthi, Bafokeng, Bataung and Bats’oeneng.
Roman Catholics make up more than two-fifths of the population. Other religious groups throughout the country include the Lesotho Evangelical Church, Anglican and various other tribal and Christian religions.
Lesotho has been hit hard by HIV/AIDS. Estimates indicate that 29% of the population is infected, which makes Lesotho’s infection rate one of the highest in the world. Within fifteen years, it is believed that this number will rise to 36%.
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