Betway South Africa Review

Betway is 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 you’ll have no doubt heard about them or seen one of the many Betway adverts on TV. In this review we’re going to have a closer look at some of their features, bonuses, promotions, and more. Betway is currently offering new customers a 100% deposit match free bet up to R1000 for sports or a R2000 casino games bonus, as well as data free betting on the Betway app, live casino games, Betway Spins slots games, cash out, competitive odds, excellent banking and many other great features! They truly are one of the best all round online betting sites in South Africa. So let’s dive into our Betway South Africa review and see how they measure up to our high standards.

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Betway Review

In this review we’ll be covering all the important things you might need to know about betting with Betway. We’ll start off with having a look at some of their unique features, followed by a look at their site and it’s promotions. We’ll also be covering all of their virtual games, slots games, casino, betgames, live games, lucky numbers and more!

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, 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.

How to open an account with Betway South Africa

It’s quick and easy to register an new account and get started betting on Betway;

  • Visit from your device of choice
  • Click on sign up on the menu bar
  • Enter your registration details and sign up code BSBZA1 if prompted
  • Submit your registration, login with your new details and start betting!

The Betway Data Free Betting Site

Betway were one of the first bookmakers to offer data free betting to users. You can browse, bet, deposit, withdraw and more, all without spending a cent on data. You can also open a new account using the data free app which is fantastic news for mobile users. You can find out more about how to use the Betway data free app, or you can visit Betway using this link, which will take you to the Data free app download page.

The Betway 100% Deposit Match Free Bet

Betway South Africa’s R1000 deposit match bonus is one of the best in South Africa when it comes to wagering and terms. The first offer is a a 100% deposit match free bet for sports, with no complicated play through terms. Sign up with Betway and get a free matched to your first deposit, simple as that! Once you have registered with FICA approved details, you will be sent a One Time Pin (OTP) to the mobile number you registered with. Then, visit Betway and enter your pin to receive your Sign Up Bet.

The second offer is the Betway 100% first deposit match bonus up to R2000 for casino games. In order to withdraw your winnings from the Free Bet you’ll need to make a bet with the free bet as per the promotions terms, 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 BSBZA1 when registering.

Betway Sports Betting

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 with the latest offers and promotions.

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 (Betway listened and have since improved this). 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.

Betway Odds on Sports

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. Betway have also recently added a Betway South Africa horse racing offering, which is a great addition to the site and excellent news for punters who love backing the ponies.

Betway Mobile

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 Lucky Numbers

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.

Live Casino Games

Betway offer a wide variety of Betway Live Games, which are casino style games fully legal and licensed in South Africa. There are over 100 live games to choose from and players can enjoy live Roulette, Deal or no deal, Lightning Roulette, Mega Ball and more.

Enjoy wheel classics like Dream Catcher and Crazy Time, or if live games aren’t your thing then head over to the Betway casino games lobby for a few hands of blackjack or some live roulette with your very open live dealer. There really is so much to choose from if you’re a fan of casino games.

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 games are a great deal of fun and should provide sports and casino players hours of fun.

Betway Spins Slots Games

Betway offer over 70 unique and fun Habanero powered slots games, called Betway Spins. This includes the popular Hot Hot Fruit, Wealth Inn and more, there is even a Betway themed game called Hot Hot Betway! Check out our Betway Spins Guide for more on the games, as well as how to play them. The slots can be found in the Betway casino lobby once logged in, and they work on mobile, desktop and the Betway app.

Betway Aviator

The incredibly popular Aviator game is now available on Betway. For those who aren’t sure how the game works, the aim is to cash out your bets before the plane flies off, and you can win up to 20,000x your stake! The Betway Aviator game starts from as little as R1, and is also available on the Betway app.

Minimum Bet

The minimum bet for punters at Betway South Africa is currently R1. The average maximum winnings on a single bet for a new account are around R20,000 but payout increases with multiple bets and established accounts. So if you’re taking big multiples then you’ll have a much higher maximum win.

Betway 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 Vouchers

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.

Betway South Africa accepts Kazang, 1forYou, OTTVoucher, and BluVoucher vouchers for top-up. To view the full list of vouchers that can be used to top up a Betway account, go to the deposit page on the Betway website. To use a voucher, you must register. To use a Kazang voucher, log into your Betway account, click on “banking” or “Deposit funds,” and select the Kazang option. Enter the voucher pin and click “redeem.” To purchase a Kazang voucher, visit a Kazang retailer. The same steps apply for 1forYou, OTTVoucher, and Bluvoucher vouchers. The minimum amount for pre-paid vouchers is R10, and the maximum is R5000. If you have any questions, you can contact the Betway SA support team for more information.

How to use a 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.

Promotions on offer

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.

Cash Out with Betway

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 to use on registration

Not sure what code to use when registering your Betway account? Use Betway sign up code BSBZA1 to let Betway know you’ve read this review and to claim your bonus offer. You’ll only be asked for a sign up code once, when you are completing the registration form.

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The Betway sign up code

Topping up my Betway Account

Betway accept 1ForYou, Absa, Capitec, EFT, FNB, I-Pay, Investec, Mastercard, Nedbank, OTT vouchers (you can buy OTT online on the OTT site), SID, Standard Bank, Visa and various others. In fact they offer more deposit methods than any other betting site in South Africa, so funding your account should be no problem at all.

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.

Betway Withdrawal Options

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;

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.

Betway Support Contact Details

Customer support is available via the live chat feature on the Betway South Africa website.

Overall Betway Experience 

Betway South Africa is a fantastic option for new and experienced punters. They have pretty much everything you need, casino games, slots, sports, fast deposit and withdrawals, just to name a few. The sports betting 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 bigger 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.

Betway Review
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Betway is fast becoming South Africa’s favourite betting site. With a fantastic bonus 100% up to R1000 first deposit free bet bonus, numerous deposit and withdrawal options, Cash out, Liva Casino games, Betgames, Live Roulette and several other features it’s understandable why they are so popular. Betway are hands down one of the better betting sites in South Africa.

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
  • Passport
  • 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
  • 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.

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  2. Can you play outside bets?

    1. shiloh masango says:

      yes is possible as long as your network is at good condition

  3. theophilus says:

    Useless when it comes to paying for winnings

  4. Hello
    It has been weeks now awaiting my refund,i was told someone will get back to me.I have reason to believe some fraud is being committed here.My account is locked.because i was told i used a third party,but i didnt.i sent numerous emails nut still today no response. What is going on at Betway?

  5. Hello.
    I am still waiting gir a refund from Betway. I have sent numerous emails to no avail.

  6. Keitumetse says:

    Hello,i want to download app on my screen pls help

  7. I won but still nothing on my account,they don’t even respond my email or WhatsApp and their cellphone number is not working. I think Betway is nonsense.

  8. I can’t login to my account, is there a technical problem with betway app

  9. Hello i have withdrawn money and it has been 4days now it hasnt cleared

  10. I’ve won yesterday, but now my account is been blocked, I’m struggling to login now

  11. I’m struggling to login in my account, it says the web I’m trying to use is blocked, and is not safe what is that please let me login my account

  12. Hello everyone, I’m disgusted by the manner betway is handling my dispute. I deposited R400.00 into my betway account but it doesn’t show or appear. I reported this on their chart link, email and even WhatsApp. I tried to call all the numbers but there’s nothing.

    1. Same problem contact all ther numbers e-mails service is poor

  13. Christopher Mnguni says:

    How to join this app?

  14. Please supply us with best sport betting disk tips fixture 1315 for midweek

  15. Best site in SA. You can’t go wrong with Betway.

  16. Daniel Edwane says:

    Worse. Bad app don’t show any records of what you betted . Live chat consultant say it’s the but they don’t know know where . Waste of my money and time I am within my money end of story

  17. Thanks for the review, was helpful. No idea why people complain about the bonus, it looks very good.

  18. Betway are the bomb! They have the best bonus and promos all the time. I just wish they had horses. Great bookie.

    1. Bet horses at other sites bro

  19. I have been trying to login into my account the whole day. Please can anyone assist I have more than enough data.

    1. I have the same problem like yours

  20. samuel siyaphi msiza says:

    My love with betway simple and straight forward ,and you receive 125% welcome bonus only you follow instructions,and perfect odds,support group are so helpfull to queries.

    1. Best Sports Betting says:

      Thanks for the feedback on Betway punter!

  21. motshegwe moche says:

    I want to fica

  22. Betway have grown so much in the last year and are definitely one of South Africas best betting site. Freebies, promos, markets Betway has it all. Definitely sign up guys.

  23. My Betway experience after signing up this week has been horrible. First the FICA staff took 2 days to FICA my account because apperently my ID copy was not clear enough. Funny thing is I used the same copy at 3 different other places and it was fine.

    After sending more then 12 emails with delay response time of over 2 –
    3 hours at times from support is bad. Not a pleasent experience at as all.

    On top of that I requested a withdrawal and 1 day later it has not been processed and support staff either tell you lies through the chat facility or they brush you of to another department when enquiring about the withdrawal. Also they do NOT allow cancellations of withdrawdals which most of the other big players provide.

    Betway SA compared to other bookies not that great. Limited games to bet on, crappy support staff, delay in payments, don’t even try live betting you will be lucky if you get any bet in on the mobile or desktop site.

    I would not refer anyone to sign up with them. Please step up Betway south Africa happier customers means more money for you but damn….

  24. Btw Way they updated their Bonus, 125% but you must spend 4x ur deposit before you get a bonus..
    By far worse bonus i’ve seen..

  25. This sites a Laugh, Signed up after seeing the Advert last night in the opening EPL Match. 19 Markets for EPl games on pre-match game, In Play, can’t be all that better… Can’t even take System Bets like Yankees, Hienz or Canadians, asked the support about it.. they send me to the American football leagues… If your support staff doesn’t even know what a standard Yankee System Bet is then there no hope your Site.

    1. Best Sports Betting says:

      Hi Frank,

      That does sound terrible. Especially considering they sponsor a EPL side! We’ll have a look again and update the review. Thanks for the comment.

  26. Very frustrating to use Betway, they don’t have handicaps for Super Rugby and it’s THURSDAY WTF. You are a bookie in South Africa where we bet rugby and cricket. Please get the basics right. Steve.

  27. When are we getting the full Betway experience?

    1. Not going to lie, it’s miles behind the real Betway site. Markets are a joke too.

      1. Rubbish Durp, the markets are fine and I’m enjoying the site. Yes the bonus could be better but lots of places don’t even have a bonus..give them a chance,might just suprise you.

  28. Thanks for adding the 20% bonus, absolute joke. Won’t see a cent from me. Zero promotions and kak bonus.

    1. I’d rather deposit money at 101 other places that at least give a half decent bonus.

  29. I’m not sure if this site is legit. Nothing like the real betway site.

    1. Best Sports Betting says:

      It’s 100% legit Thumper

      1. 100% betway bonus joke.

  30. They do now have a sign on bonus, a pathetic 20% match up to R1000. Absolutely shocking, please add to this review. Site 6/10, bonus 2/10. Please betway South Africa give us a REAL bonus and I’ll consider signing up. Juandre

  31. So Betway SA, UG and KE are all the same but SA does not get Betway Club?

  32. Can you guys help me in getting in contact with Betway support? I’m struggling to get hold of them. Thanks in advance. Kurt.

    1. Best Sports Betting says:

      Hi Kurt,

      We managed to get hold of their support via live chat. Have you tried that?

  33. The site has been there for a few months now. I dont know why they are taking so long to get a full site up. Let’s pray it like the UK site.

  34. Betway South Africa, hmmmm. I’d like a Bet365 South Africa first!

  35. Willie Appel says:

    Will we get the real Betway experience or a betway light? The UK site is amazing and if it has the same features then a Betway South Africa could dominate the local scene. First UK bookmaker in SA (well after the others left)

    Can’t wait for this.Dont let us down Betway.

    1. Best Sports Betting says:

      We’ll have to wait and sir what they decide to launch.

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