Sport MEC thank stakeholders for successful Dundee July

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The MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Hlengiwe Mavimbela has thanked all stakeholders, including organisers, sponsors and partners, for their roles in the hosting of an amazing and successful Dundee July 2019 that took place this past weekend.

This rural horse riding event, held on Saturday, 20th July at the Dundee Horse Racing Track, has experienced phenomenal growth and improvements over the past 14 years of its existence in its current form. It combines horse racing, fashion and entertainment that appeals to people of all age groups and walks of life.

MEC Mavimbela says the fact that the Dundee July was attended by an estimated 25 000 spectators, punters, celebrities, top musicians and fashionistas from across the Southern Region and injecting over R 30 million into Dundee’s economy, was a clear indication of the growth of the event.

“This year, we witnessed a considerably improved level of participation and we had an influx of revelers from across the South Africa and neighbouring countries.  The reach of the Dundee July is also growing locally and we intend to maintain this status quo so that the event continues to benefit local business people,” said Mavimbela.

She expressed her gratitude to sponsors and partners for their contribution in the growth of the event.

“We want to thank all our sponsors and partners for a job well done in promoting the event. The phenomenal increase in the stake money to a total of R1,3m this year is a clear indication of the growth of the event and enhanced interest from sponsors.”

The winner of the main race sponsored by Amathole Funerals, Nxakanxaka from Amajuba district walked away with a whooping R100 000 first prize money, followed by Album with R70 000 for second place.

Mayor of eNdumeni Municipality Siduduzo Dladla also took the opportunity to congratulate all the winners and participants.

“I enjoyed the street parade that preceded the main event.  It was a marvel to watch the brass band, motorbikes and the gusheshes parading through town and Sbongile Township. Of course,   we still have our challenges but we will continue to work on improving this product which has now become a national and international attraction,” said Mdluli.

Chairperson of the KZN Rural Horse Riding Association Mbuyi Mkhize said the increased investment by government on the festival was now yielding intended results.

“We would also like to thank our sponsors for supporting the festival and we can now confidently say that we are on the right track of becoming the premier rural horse racing event in the country,” said Mkhize.

While this was mainly a racing event, entertainment at the closing concert, the Dundee July Experience and a number of private hospitality marquees proved to be popular in the evening, with entertainment line ups featuring some top musicians, including Kwesta, Prince Kaybee, CassperNyovest, Sjava, ShwiNomtekhala and DumiMkokstadi as well as top DJs. Afro-pop group Mafikizolo and Professor performed at the Eyadini marquee.

Local fashion designers also had an opportunity to showcase their garments, thanks to support by the Department of Arts and Culture. But the biggest winners were the local hospitality industry with all the hotels and bed and breakfast establishments fully booked, extending to neighbouring towns of Glencoe, Ladysmith and Newcastle. Locals were also encouraged to rent out their homes for the week-end.

 

Horse Racing results :

SANLAM RACE 1
GRADE 7 TROTTERS

POSITION Horse No. HORSE NAME RIDER DISTICT
1st 7 Sihambanezigwili Avele Harry Gwala
2nd 4 Andazi Thongani Harry Gwala
3rd 5 Sulizinyembezi Sbusiso Harry Gwala
4th 10 Ntombiyeshangane Za Umgungundlovu
5th 1 Ibhinca Zozo Ethekwini
6th 2 Babes Amahle Ethekwini

COMMEX RACE 2
GRADE 6

POSITION Horse No. HORSE NAME RIDER DISTICT
1st 7 Zamcolo Zozo Amajuba
2nd 27 Madodaniyekeni Ntuthuko Umgungundlovu
3rd 25 Mshumayeli Malusi Umgungundlovu
4th 2 Piet Xolani Umzinyathi
5th 8 Lahlumlenze Nathi Amajuba
6th 21 Jalimani Mlungisi Ugu

RACE 3 – VILLAGE EVENTS
GRADE 5

POSITION Horse No. HORSENAME RIDER DISTICT
1st 7 Vosho SD Amajuba
2nd 5 Magic Plaza Uthukela
3rd 4 Jivaza Minenhle Uthukela
4th 9 Facebook Jabulani Amajuba
5th 24 Shikisha Zolani Itheku
6th 3 Isigemegeme Tman Umzinyathi

NB NO RESULTS FOR RACE 4 (ALL HORSES DISQUALIFIED)

UTILITY SYSTEMS RACE 5
(LADIES)

POSITION POSITION HORSE NAME RIDER DISTICT
1st 26 Ntunga Nokubonga Zululand
2nd 17 Akuhlekwana Andiswa Uthukela
3rd 16 Blesser Khethelo Uthukela
4th 5 Nay Nay Sdumfiza Amajuba
5th 11 Nqobhoza Busi Amajuba
6th 8 Democracy Mthabiseni Amajuba

RACE 6 - ITHALA
GRADE 3

POSITION POSITION HORSE NAME RIDER DISTICT
1st 8 Statama Thembelani Amajuba
2nd 4 Vutha Plaza Uthukela
3rd 19 Original Muzi Umgungundlovu
4th 23 Hlokoloza Nkosi Itheku
5th 7 Hamba Gobamaqili Umgungundlovu
6th 10 Darakuni Lungani Zululand

RACE 7 –SPORTPERSA
GRADE 2

POSITION POSITION HORSE NAME RIDER DISTICT
1st 6 Khalazome Plaza Uthukela
2nd 16 Ndombe Moeketsi Lesotho
3rd 8 Carlton center Sipho Amajuba
4th 4 Hluphekile Charlie Uthukela
5th 18 Mthakathi Ntomponyane Lesotho

TROTTING SA RACE 8
 GRADE 2 Trotters

POSITION Horse No. HORSE NAME RIDER DISTICT
1st 6 Mfaziwendiya Siphelele H.Gwala
2nd 2 Maria Mbuzi Zululand
3rd 4 Isichomane Sandile Ugu
4th 8 Qalizinto Thanda H.Gwala
5th 5 Nganono Mkhuseli H.Gwala
6th 11 Celinto Mavuvu Eastern Cape

AMATHOLE (MAIN RACE 9)
Grade 1 (the best horses by speed)

POSITION HORSE No. HORSE NAME RIDER DISTICT PRIZE MONEY
1st 1 Nxakanxaka Doctor Amajuba R100 000
2nd 9 Album Syabonga Amajuba R70 000
3rd 8 Summertime Teboho Lesotho R35 000
4th 5 IsigweboSentambo Plaza Uthukela R15 000
5th 6 Ndaba isemlonyeni Celani Uthukela R10 000
6th 12 Computor Lungani Zululand

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