SportPesa South Africa have offically launched, in this review we’re going to have a look at how they measure up to other bookmakers as well as to our high standards.
The first impression of the Sportpesa South Africa landing page is that it looks very slick. They’ve gone with a very impressive sliding banner which sets tham apart from many other bookmakers. The colour scheme is black which works well, but unfortunately looks very similar to sites like Betway, Bet.co.za and more.
SportPesa is very easy to navigate as all your important buttons are at the top, buttons like Live Games, Results and Live Score are useful and a good inclusion. However there is no option to see all the available sports, as in there is no Sports button. It’s bizarre really, as the SportsPesa sites overseas have this feature. They seem more concerned with pushing a plethora of social media icons instead of covering some of the basics. Also we were unable to find any search button, but we’ll touch on that a bit later.
Your sidebars contain the usual events like Soccer etc and the navigation to a specific event in a specific country is easy and straightforward. Clicking on any of the side menu Sports automatically populates the main page with highlights of the upcoming events for that sport. The loading times are fairly quick and it works well with the site design.
SportPesa South Africa have made an interesting choice here, when you register you receive an sms with a registration code. This seems completely unnecessary as you are not given the option to receive this by SMS. In this day and age SMS’s have become spam and SportPesa are simply adding to this. Other than that the registration process is easy and straightforward.
SportPesa Betting Markets
Despite it’s slick looks and easy navigation SportPesa South Africa has some serious issues under the hood. Currently they only offer Soccer, Basketball, Tennis, Rugby Union and Cricket. SportPesa lucky numbers, Golf, Motor Sports? Nope. Once again it looks like a very lite clone of their overseas offering, missing many markets and events.
Once you’ve decided to take a bet you’ll also be severely limited with markets, we had a look a look at some of the upcoming Premier League matches and they had a whopping 10 markets each. These markets are missing things like Draw no bet, Goalscorers etc. Not exactly exotic markets but let’s hope they will be adding to this in the future as it’s very basic at the moment. We now see why they excluded a search function, as if they had one the search results would be blank.
SportPesa South Africa Promotions
We searched high and low and could not find a single promotion on the SportPesa South Africa site. No sign up offer and no retention / weekly promotional offers either. Once again we’re going to have to assume that these are in the works but why not have a promotion for your launch?
SportPesa Fica Bonus
Sportpesa do not currently have a Fica bonus. However you can check a list of available Fica bonus bookmakers here.
SportPesa South Africa contact details and Customer Service
SportPesa have 24 hour customer support, which we tested and found to be very good. The support agents were friendly and responded to our email promptly. They don’t have a live chat feature yet, but their competent email support makes up for this as they respond very quickly.
SportPesa South Africa is like jumping into a Ferrari, strapping in, putting your foot on the gas only to find out that the engine is actually running on half flat AA batteries with a top speed of 5 kilometers an hour. The site is impressive from a visual standpoint and the support excellent but the betting markets are a major letdown. We really would like to emphasize that we using the SportPesa site is a dream as it’s very well designed and runs like very few other local betting sites.
There is very little to bet on, which would be fine if SportPesa South Africa wasn’t a betting site, however it obviously is. We’d love to see it purr with some proper markets and a full offering, but for now we can’t recommend that you sign up with SportPesa as you can get some more value elsewhere, even with some of the smaller sites in South Africa.
We hope that they have some expansion plans for the future though. Additionally we did try contact them when doing this review but their response was rather generic. Our advice, sign up somewhere else until SportPesa South Africa have a full offering.
SportPesa South Africa Sign on Bonus Rating : N/A
Overall Rating : 5/10
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