Sports Betting

Top 3 Favorite Sports South Africans Love Betting On: Image: Supplied

Top 3 Favorite Sports South Africans Love Betting on

Former SA president Nelson Mandela used to see sports as a powerful tool to inspire and unite

Sports Betting

Top 3 Favorite Sports South Africans Love Betting On: Image: Supplied

People in South Africa are BIG sports fans! Knowing that South Africa is one of the very few countries that took part in the World Cups of the three most popular sports – rugby, cricket, and football – sport plays a main role in the national culture, taking all the headlines. 

Just remember how former SA president Nelson Mandela used to see it as a powerful tool to inspire and unite. He said: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sports can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.”

And with a population of around 60 million people, the country provides a big audience. Let’s see the top 3 favorite sports South Africans follow and love betting on. 

Betting in South Africa

But before we start, let’s do a short overview of the state of betting in the country. 

First of all, betting is fully legal. To be more specific, it is considered legal as long as the operator holds a license from the provincial gaming board. Meaning that players can choose between the bookies that are approved by the country authorities. On the other side, as a player you would want to look for some of the most prominent names out there like, for example, Hollywoodbets, Supabets, or Betway Sports. All of them can be found at sites like They are totally safe, legal, and trustworthy, coming with proper licensing and great odds and instructions for players. 

When it comes to winnings, good thing is that in South Africa they are not taxable. This means players can place bets and withdraw winnings legally without any additional pay. 

Top 3 Favorite Sports to Bet on in South Africa


With over 3.5 billion fans all over the world, it’s not surprising that football ranks first among the most favorite sports South Africans love to watch and bet on. Especially since the 2010 FIFA World Cup was held in 9 South African cities, after which football gained a central place in the country’s sporting culture. 

The most successful team is Kaizer Chiefs F.C. who have won 13 league titles in total and they hold over 50 club trophies. Since 1996, the country also has been having its own big football league – the South African Premier Division, or simply, Premier Soccer League (PLS) with Siyabonga Nomvethe as the top goalscorer holding a record of 123 goals, as we can read on


Rugby is another popular sport in South Africa, and it’s easily ranking high as one of the most popular sports worldwide. It’s counting more than 6 million players and over 150,000 registered clubs. South African teams are among them, with Springboks being the most successful SA club. 

In 2019, South Africa defeated England by 32-12 in the final, taking the trophy as the Rugby World Cup winner for the third time. The country participated in 7 out of 9 tournaments, besides 2019, it won two more times in 1995, and 2007. South Africa also hosted one World Cup in 1995 when Springboks defeated New Zealand in the finals. 


South Africa is a cricket-loving country. Although they had a 21-year-long ban from cricket due to the government’s apartheid policy, in 2012, the team became the first to top the ICC in all three game formats. 

The national cricket team had 8 World Cup appearances in One Day Internationals, making it to the semi-finals 4 times in 1992, 1999, 2007, and 2015. They appeared 6 times in T20 World Cup, leaving as semi-finalists in 2009 and 2014, and they had one appearance in World Test Championship taking 5th place. Their best players currently are batsman Faf du Plessis, and bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Lngisani Ngidi. 

Last but not least, for the first time after 25 years, South Africa will be hosting the 2027 Cricket World Cup as announced by

Finishing Lines

As we said, South Africans love sports. Being World Cup hosts for the main three sports, with teams and players showing in the international leagues, betting on their favorites surely is one of South Africans’ most chosen pastimes. 

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