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About Us

Who We Are

The South African Responsible Gambling Foundation (SARGF) provides Free and Confidential Treatment and Counselling to those affected by Problem Gambling and their immediate family members. For the past 18 Years The SARGF has treated more than 18, 500 people. We also educate South Africans about the potential harmful effect of problem gambling and responsible gambling.

Our Services

Industry Support and Mentorship Programme

The mentorship service includes: Direct telephone support by the NRGP’s Mentorship Programme Manager during a crisis and debriefing after traumatic events. An email and telephone

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Prevention Programmes

The South African Responsible Gambling Foundation offers the following free prevention programmes to gambling industry Operators and regulators Prevention Programmes – Level 1 Course Course

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Treatment Programme

  Our Counselling line operates 24 hours and 7 seven days a week. We provide free support, information, assessment and referral for face- to- face

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Take our Self Check Quiz

For some people gambling can change from being an entertaining and pleasurable activity and become a problem. When that happens, gambling  becomes too important in a person’s life and hurt their social and financial well-being, excluding him/herself from their family and their friends to focus on gambling. Spending too much think about gambling and how to beat the odds. We offer a Self Check Quiz that will allow you to determine whether you have a gambling problem.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Find out more about questions that you might have or you could contact us on or toll FREE counselling line, 0800 006 008 Or WhatsApp/SMS HELP To 076 675 0710 helpline@responsiblegamblin.org.za

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Our Partners

Testimony 1

A big thank you to the NRGP, for their unremitting support since 2014. When compulsive gambling brought me to my knees, the NRGP was there to assist with treatment expenses, which I otherwise would not have been able to afford. Their continued support, since, has included unlimited counsel by way of psychiatric and psychology care, both of which have included professional, yet nurturing guidance. I experience peace-of-mind knowing that the NRGP commits itself to making available these critical resources precisely because they avail themselves to an investment into my well-being. All this has afforded me a supportive recovery from an otherwise deadly compulsion.

Testimony 2

Hi. I am a single mom of two kids . About 10 yrs ago i began gambling with friends and over the years my addiction progressed to an out of control stage. I gambled my rent money,my fuel for work and only saw to the basic needs of my kids. I started to make loans and my life became one big lie. At the end of July 2017, i couldn’t carry on any longer, it felt like my life came to a crossroads I was physically,mentally and emotionally drained. I saw Dr Heidi Sinclair and was booked into Ixande clinic for 30 days. With the help of counselors and following the 12 step programme, i admitted that i was powerless against my addiction and my recovery started with intensive therapy. I believe that i would not have been 7 months clean now,without the help that i received through the Gambling support programme. I still attend group sessions every alternate Saturdays which also help me with my day to day adjustments. I will always be grateful to the programme for all their support. Thank you

Testimony 3

The assistance and support I have received from the South African Responsible Gambling Foundation (SARGF) has been invaluable . The programme has given me   insight and clear understanding of my gambling addiction. It has provided essential professional guidance , counselling and rehabilitation opportunity  for which I am most grateful. I encourage those in need of help to approach the SARGF . My thanks to the SARGF and all staff for this very vital  service they provide.

Testimony 4

I had my gambling under control, or so I thought. It started off as entertainment, for months it was fun until I slowly started sinking in debt’s. It was no longer fun, it became an obsession. I would go to the casino with borrowed money, hoping that it would be my lucky day. Things became worse, then one morning I hit a R20 000 jackpot. I became an aggressive gambler, didn’t even care when I would lose my salary. Three months in a row I lost my salary, lived on money from loan sharks. I ended with a lot of enemies because I couldn’t pay them back. One morning I sat at a machine with the hope of winning but instead lost R5 000 in 2 hours. That’s when I decided enough is enough. I had no one to turn to, my family had found out about my gambling and they didn’t want anything to do with me. I had to decide to turn my life around to get back the trust and dignity from all those I’ve hurt. I got the numbers for the SA gambling programme at the exit of the casino. I called them, and the person I spoke to was such a good listener. He spoke to me in a way that I just saw hope again. I was booked for sessions with a very professional social worker. It wasn’t easy but I am grateful that I took that decision. I have not set my foot in any casino in 25months.  I’m very grateful to Dr Heidi and the gambling programme team.

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Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the SARGF Counselors offer professional counselling services over the phone, as well as referrals for face-to-face treatment throughout the SARGF country-wide treatment professional network – absolutely FREE of charge.