Glitzy awards dinner for Pioneer Slots

Stephen Dondolo, chief executive of the African Pioneer Group, which pioneered the Limited Payout Machines gambling sector in the Eastern Cape, addressed site owners and other dignitaries at the Pioneer Slots Site Owners Awards Dinner in Port Elizabeth last night
Stephen Dondolo, chief executive of the African Pioneer Group, which pioneered the Limited Payout Machines gambling sector in the Eastern Cape, addressed site owners and other dignitaries at the Pioneer Slots Site Owners Awards Dinner in Port Elizabeth last night
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Pioneer Slots, headed by businessman Steve Dondolo’s African Pioneer Group, staged a glitzy awards dinner for its Sites on the Port Elizabeth beachfront last night.

Held at the Protea Marine Hotel, the event saw the Limited Payout Machine (LPM) supplier honour its 25 leading site operators during an evening of fine fare and music and an awards presentation which saw East London’s Douglas Hume recognised as the best site operator in “all facets of the business”.

A delighted Hume, who owns Mr Hyde’s Restaurant and Pub in East London, from where he operates Pioneer Slots machines, won an ocean cruise for two for his efforts.

Second and third places were awarded to site operators Leon Bezuidenhout, owner of multiple Hot Spot Bar outlets and Granville Klaas, owner of Big Waves, respectively.

Dondolo outlined the rapid rise of the slots business, recalling that Pioneer Slots had already placed its 1000th machine last year - between just four and five years after launching the gaming entity.

The company has hundreds of machines placed in Port Elizabeth, while scores more units are in play at sites in Uitenhage, Despatch, East London and in King William's Town, among other areas in the province.  

“It is worthwhile to remember what we are achieving through the business.

"Employment is created, the machines enhance primary businesses and we are contributing the tax revenue of the province,” said Dondolo.

He said Pioneers Slots was committed to growing the business and its full support of its site owners.

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