Organisers gear up for 'iconic, thrilling, inclusive' Durban July

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  • The Durban July returns this weekend for the 126th edition.
  • Local celebrities and influencers such as Nadia Jaftha, Nomalanga Shozi, and Nandi Madida are expected to attend the highlight on the social calendar.
  • Under the new headline sponsor, Hollywoodbets promises attendees of the Durban July an inclusive and thrilling experience.


A few hours remain before Mzansi's trendsetters, lovers of a good time and horse racing enthusiasts descend on Durban shores for the 126th edition of the Hollywoodbets Durban July.

Local celebrities and influencers such as Nadia Jaftha, Nomalanga Shozi, Nandi Madida and Thembi Seete are expected to make their way to one of the country's most sought-after events of the year.

According to organisers, the Durban July will be iconic this year as this will be the official comeback of the horse racing festivities. Under the new headline sponsor, Hollywoodbets promises attendees an inclusive and thrilling experience.

Award-winning producer and musician Dj Tira and his record label will be making an official comeback with the Afrotainment marquee. Among other brands to set up shop at the Durban July include Pegasus Lounge, Boomtown presented by Heineken, Glenlivet Jazztown and Beluga Lounge.

Devin Heffer, Hollywoodbets brand and communications manager, told Channel24 three words that best describe this prestigious event: "Iconic, inclusive and thrilling."

"We came up with quite a few words we could have used to describe the day, and the ones that come to mind are like iconic, inclusive, passionate, historic, energetic, trendsetting, thrilling, exuberant," said Heffer.

"But I think if I could only choose three. I think iconic is such a proper word to use. It is iconic in the sense that the Hollywoodbets Durban July is a stand-out for the day. It's the biggest event in South Africa.

"I think inclusive is such an important word because it just brings all different walks of life [together]. And everyone in South Africa stops to watch the Durban July. It's the one day where everyone stops to watch horses race for two minutes and look good doing it.

"And I think the third one will be thrilling. There's nothing like being a part of the day, shouting your horses home, being part of that energy and vibe, dressing up to the nines. And it can be quite a thrilling experience, enjoying the entertainment, having fun," said Heffer.

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