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Tsogo Sun Value Added Trial Leads to Partnership Program

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Reading, England June, 2008

MEI, a leading supplier of note acceptors used in the worldwide casino gaming industry, is pleased to announce their Partnership Program with Tsogo Sun. The Partnership Program was agreed upon after Montecasino, Tsogo Sun’s flagship property, approved a Value Added Trial (VAT) to improve their acceptance rates.

With the recent change to ticket in ticket out (TITO) in South Africa, Montecasino recognized that now, more then ever, they needed better acceptance rates. Annemie Turk, Slots Manager at Montecasino, shares her experience with MEI’s VAT, “Before we switched to TITO we requested an alternative bill validator from our OEM to increase our acceptance rates. The OEM recommended MEI Cashflow, and it out performed the other bill validators on our floor.”

Mark Greenawalt, Director of Europe and Africa Gaming at MEI, comments on this successful VAT, “Cashflow SC is a great product. The reason we believe our VATs to be so successful is because we are willing to go head-to-head with any other bill validator company. Our customers choose MEI because of acceptance, security, or customer service. But, at the end of the day, our customers are most impressed with the fact that there is more money in the cashbox.”

According to Chris Baragwanath, Gaming Operations Manager for Tsogo Sun Casinos, there are several reasons that Tsogo Sun signed the Partnership Program with MEI, “Our decision was threefold: Cashflow has exceptional acceptance, very nice speed and considerably low maintenance. Players only know when there is a problem. And there are hardly any problems in the slots with Cashflow. This helps us to increase playing time and improve player satisfaction.”

About Tsogo Sun:
With its five prominently positioned casinos, Tsogo Sun Gaming is a vibrant and powerful force in the South African entertainment arena. Over the past eleven years since its inception, Tsogo Sun Gaming has focussed on establishing our five casinos as leading entertainment destinations with strong individual presence in the areas where they operate. The casinos are Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg; SUNCOAST in Durban; The Ridge in Witbank; Emnotweni in Nelspruit; and Hemingways in East London. For more information on Tsogo Sun and its properties, visit

About MEI:
Today, MEI systems are relied upon for more than 2 billion transactions per week in over 100 countries. The company developed the first electronic coin mechanism in the 1960’s followed by the first electronic non-contact bill acceptor, and more recently the vending management system. Today MEI has the largest worldwide installed base of unattended payment mechanisms. In 2007, MEI reached a milestone of selling more than four million bill acceptors and five million coin mechanisms worldwide. Its products are in widespread use in the vending, soft drink, gaming, amusement, transportation, retail, and kiosk markets. For more information on MEI and its products, visit or call 1-800-345-8215.