Dundee July major economy boost for Umzinyathi

2018-07-25 06:00
Umzinyathi District Municipality mayor Petros Ngubane and Ntokozo Chonco of the KZN Sport and Recreation Department with the main race winners.

Umzinyathi District Municipality mayor Petros Ngubane and Ntokozo Chonco of the KZN Sport and Recreation Department with the main race winners.

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DUNDEE was a hive of activity over the weekend as thousands of locals, visitors and guests flocked into the town for the 13th annual Dundee July.

The horse-racing event does not only bring people together but also boosts the municipality’s economy as well as local business and those in surrounding areas, stated Umzinyathi District Municipality Mayor Petros Ngubane.

Umzinyathi was proud to have been able to host this event, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the years.

He said, however, that as much as the horse-racing event has grown, he does not wish for it to be more like the Vodacom Durban July. According to Mayor Ngubane, not only does the colorful event bring people together but it also make people forget about all the bad in the world like crime and other worries and just have fun and be happy for three days. “That is what the Dundee July is all about,” Ngubane said.

He also mentioned that the aggrieved local business people who disrupted the launch were addressed and, after the Dundee July fever has settled, they will have a meeting with all relevant stakeholders, including chiefs, to plan on how to get everyone involved and to make sure that no one feels sidelined. The horse-riding event once again did not disappoint as the crowd cheered for their favorite horses — eight races were run including the Women’s Only Race, with the prize money totalling R 1 million. Multi-material, celebrating the 100 year legacy of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu, was this year’s fashion theme.

Makhosi Ntshangase was the fashion’s biggest winner of the day in the best female wear and most creative categories, while Philani Mbamali scooped the best menswear title. The overall winning horse Schomane, owned by Ernest Lujiva from Kokstad, Harry Gwala Municipality, galloped away with the R 100 000 prize money.

The horse was ridden by Ernest’s jockey son Nkosinami. He told Greytown Gazette that it was his first time entering the race and he was stunned that his horse defeated some of the crowds favourites, including the title defender Nxakanxaka who came second.

Sgwebo Sentambo took third in the competition.

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