Betway are fast on their way to becoming South Africa’s favorite online bookmaker. The brand has grown from strength to strength over the last few years and we’re going to have a closer look at some of their features, bonuses, promotions and more. They are currently offering punters a R25 Free Bet on registration. So let’s dive into our Betway South Africa review and see how they measure up to our high standards.
Betway South Africa is backed by the popular Betway UK brand, which gives the site a lot of credibility and it’s a great brand for Betway South Africa to piggy back off of, although in recent months the Betway brand has started to show it’s muscle locally as well through out Africa.
You’ll likely have seen a Betway tv ad at some point on Supersport too, so their market presence is being felt. As a brand grows it’s important that they also continue to improve their service, something that Betway is well known for doing.
Is Betway Legal in South Africa?
Yes, Betway are fully licensed and legal in South Africa. They currently hold a full license from the Western Cape Gambling Board, license number 10181496-005. They are also fully licensed to offer lucky numbers and Betgames.
R25 Free Bet Offer
Betway South Africa’s free bet is one of the best in South Africa when it comes to wagering and terms. The offer is a R25 Free Bet with no complicated play through terms. Sign up with Betway and get R25 as a free bet, simple as that!
In order to withdraw your winnings from the Betway R25 Free Bet you’ll need to make a minimum deposit of at least R25, once you’ve done so you’ll be clear to withdraw the free bet winnings. It’s a great offer and you can claim it here or by using code BSB01 when registering. Betway were offering a deposit match but that 125% offer is unfortunately no longer available.
Betway South Africa has a fairly simple site layout that is clearly optimized for mobile devices and tablets. Exactly what the African market needs as there are not as many PC users as there are in Europe but there are tons of mobile users in Africa. The site is easy to navigate and has big icons for all the popular sports, as well as a responsive and exciting banner carousel.
It does feel like using a tablet when on PC but we mentioned that before. What we didn’t like was that you can’t really navigate the banner carousel as there are no buttons (you have to swipe or click and swipe), something we hope they’ll improve moving forward. We do like the style and the artwork if one could call it that on the Betway South Africa banners, they look crisp and professional which is a great touch and really makes the site pop.
The odds on offer at Betway are fairly competitive and have in fact been increasing over the last few years. You’ll find competitive markets and betting options for all major sports, with the most popular being Soccer, Rugby, Basketball and Tennis. Unfortunately Betway do not offer, and as we understand don’t intend to offer, any horse racing at all. Which is the only drawback to what is otherwise a complete betting package.
The mobile website is as good as the desktop version and fantastic to use, being a mobile based site and all. The experience is seamless and a lot of thought has gone into the mobile side of things and it’s one of the best mobile sites we’ve encountered.
Betway’s innovative online and mobile betting platform is the perfect tool that lets sports betting fans bet on thousands of games anywhere, anytime. This means that you can skip all the queues at the betting shop and place all of your bets directly from your mobile phone.
Betway integrates all their best seamlessly on mobile. Giving punters access to cash out, win boost, promotions and more, all from their mobile. You are also able to deposit, withdraw and place bets from your phone. If you can do it on the desktop site you can do on the Betway mobile site too. The speed of the mobile site also surprised us, no having to refresh the browser to update the feed either, which makes live or inplay betting a much better experience than some other bookmakers.
Betway have a comprehensive Lucky numbers offering with lots of markets to chose from. You can bet on the Lotto, Powerball, Uk49s, Greece Lotto and more. There are also several betting options and markets available. We’ve covered their lucky numbers betting in another post, in case you’d like to know more.
Betway offer a wide variety of Betway Live Games, which are casino style games fully legal and licensed in South Africa. There are over 15 live games to choose from and players can enjoy live roulette, deal or no deal and more. We’ve posted an article that covers their live game offering should you want to know more about the games and how to play them.
The minimum bet for punters at Betway South Africa is currently R1. The maximum winnings on a single bet for a new account are around R20,000 but payout increases with multiple bets and established accounts.
App Download and APK
Betway have an app available for both Android and Apple users. You can read how to download the app for your specific device on our Betway App Guide. We’ve also posted instructions on how to download and install the Betway APK for Android.
Betway currently offer 1Voucher as a deposit method for punters who do not have access to a card or bank account. If you’d like to know more about 1Voucher and where to buy them read through our 1Voucher article where we’ve looked at where to buy and use 1Voucher in South Africa.
R25 Free Bet No Deposit Bonus
Users can get a Free R25 from Betway when signing up a new account. You’ll need to get your account activated by Betway but this is usually done as soon as your FICA documents are in. You’re welcome to withdraw the free bet winnings but you’ll need to make a deposit of R25 first. We’ve got a dedicated post then runs through all the details of the R25 offer, in case you’d like to know more.
How to use the Betway Free Bet
Received your Free Bet and are unsure how to use it? Betway have put together this handy guide on how to place your Free Bet. It’s quick and easy to follow the 5 steps and you’ll be placing your bets in no time.
Betway South Africa have various promotions which are all event orientated, they run promotions almost on a daily basis. Ranging from cash prizes, bet boosts and more. They are setting a great example of how to give back to the punters via promotions. Click here to see their current promotions.
Betway were one of the first bookmakers to offer a cash out facility to it’s punters. It’s a fantastic feature and punters should take full advantage of it. There are only a few other bookmakers who offer cash out and we’re glad that Betway decided to implement the feature.
For those who want a quick explanation on cash out, it allows you to close your bets in play regardless of if they are winning or not! It’s proven to be incredibly popular since its launch, and we’re excited to see what other features they’ll implement next. We’ve got a dedicated post about how cash out works if you are still unsure on how to use the function.
Betway Sign up Code
Not sure what code to use when registering your Betway account? Use Betway sign up code BSB01 to let Betway know you’ve read this review and to claim your bonus offer.
Topping up my Betway Account
Betway accept 1Voucher, Absa, Capitec, EFT, FNB, I-Pay, Investec, Mastercard, Nedbank, OTT, SID, Standard Bank, Visa. If you’d like to know more about how to deposit at Betway then we’ve posted a Betway Deposit Guide to help you through the process.
Top Up Vouchers
Betway currently offer OTT and 1Vouchers as deposit methods, available at retailers nationwide.
The minimum withdraw at Betway South Africa is R50. You can withdraw to Absa, Capitec, EFT, FNB, Investec, Mastercard, Nedbank, Standard Bank and Visa. Betway also offer withdrawal options that are available to South African customers with a bank account, including;
- ABSA Cash send
- FNB eWallet
- The minimum withdrawal on vouchers is R300, and you can withdraw up to a max of R25000.
Betway promises 1-2 Business day on EFT withdraws and 24 hours on ABSA Cash Send and FNB eWallet withdrawals. Kindly note that they do not process withdrawals over the weekend so you might have to wait a few more days if you withdraw on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
We found the quickest withdrawal method was to withdraw via EFT to a Standard Bank account. You should receive your withdrawal on the same day using this method. Assuming your account is in good standing. There are several guides explaining the withdrawal process should you need assistance.
Customer support is available via the live chat feature on the Betway South Africa website.
- Betway South Africa contact number : 0800-999-367
- Betway Whatsapp Number : +27 60 671 6982
- Email: Support@betway.co.za
- FICA Support: FICA@betway.co.za
Overall Betway Experience
Betway South Africa is a fantastic option for new and experienced punters. The markets on offer are competitive and the promotions excellent. The site is a pleasure to use on both mobile and desktop which is a real plus in our books. The odds could be slightly better but they’ve made up for that with win boost, cash out and several other great inclusions.
We’d like to see a deposit bonus added for new punters but there really isn’t too much else that we can criticize about the site. It’s an enjoyable experience, especially on mobile. If you’re in South Africa we definitely recommend signing up with Betway.
- Site & Features
Betway is fast becoming South Africa’s favourite betting site. With a fantastic bonus R25 No deposit bonus, Cash out, Betgames, Live Roulette and several other features it’s understandable why they are so popular.
Betway is licensed and regulated by the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board. No persons under the age of 18 years are permitted to gamble. South African Responsible Gambling Foundation toll free counselling line: 0800 006 008. Winners know when to stop.
Betway South Africa FAQS
Common questions that punters might have or have asked about Betway.
Does Betway return your stake?
Yes! Betway do return your stake once your bet has won. The confusion comes in with punters who are used to Hollywoodbets odds display, Betway use a different odds display which includes your stake.
How long does a Betway Withdraw take?
Once you’ve withdrawn it should take 24 – 48 hours for the funds to reflect in your account. This does vary from bank to bank though. Punters doing a ABSA cashsend withdrawal can expect to receive their funds in around 72 hours. Betway South Africa only process withdrawals during the week. If you withdraw on the weekend it will not be process until Monday.
How to Fica with Betway
In order to safely and securely bet with Betway, we are required by South Africa law to verify your identity. Should your identity not be automatically verified on registration of your Betway account, you will be required to submit a copy of your identification document.
Is it safe to bet with Betway?
Yes, Betway are fully licensed to operate in South Africa. Holding a gaming license from the Western Cape Gambling Board.
You’ll need one of the following documents to Fica with Betway
- Green ID book
- Smart Card ID
- Drivers License
Uploading your Fica documents
- Click on the “Upload Now” button
- You will be presented with a Document Upload page
- You will have one of two options, you can either Upload your ID copy via the website through your mobile device or desktop computer or you can send your documents to FICA@Betway.co.za
- Allow us 24 to 48 hours to verify your ID document
- You will receive an e-mail once your documents have been verified.
- Deposit and start betting
Betway Branches in South Africa
Betway currently do not have any active retail branches in South Africa.
What is the minimum bet at Betway?
The minimum bet for sports or other online games with Betway South Africa is R1.