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As South Africa enters its second week of lockdown, we wanted to reach out to the Vodacom Durban July community, who have understandably expressed concerns about the 2020 event. Firstly, we wish to express our full support of all government directives and give thanks to the millions of South Africans who are collectively doing their part to keep our nation safe. In particular, our thoughts are with all our colleagues and partners in the racing, fashion, tourism and event industries, as well as health and essential services workers, as they cope with the impact of COVID-19 on their lives, their families and their businesses. We know many of our community have been looking forward to participating in and attending the 2020 Vodacom Durban July and we will update you on this year’s event status once further government directives are confirmed and the current situation has some semblance of resolution. In the meantime, we ask that racing fans, fashionistas and social butterflies across South Africa keep healthy, be kind and stay at home. We’ll be sharing how some of our partners and community are coping with the lockdown, as well as some of what is still going on behind the scenes at Hollywoodbets Greyville, so keep an eye out for that. #StayHome #VDJ2020
The event attracts thousands of punters, socialites and celebs across the world. The major concern for this year’s race has been racing for the horses because they have lost so much time to do so.
But, the racing administrators have been in contact with the government, to plead for the racing to take place behind close doors, in preparation for the Durban July.