South Africa 3.7.2015 11:11 am

It’s all systems go for Durban July festivities

FILE PICTURE: A model arrives dressed up for a fashion competition during the annual Durban July horse race on July 5, 2014, in Durban, South Africa. The Durban July horse race is the biggest horse racing event on the African continent and a high social event where South African celebrities dress up and watch the race. It attracts close to 100,000 spectators and bets are placed in excess of 20 million US dollars. AFP PHOTO / RAJESH JANTILAL

FILE PICTURE: A model arrives dressed up for a fashion competition during the annual Durban July horse race on July 5, 2014, in Durban, South Africa. The Durban July horse race is the biggest horse racing event on the African continent and a high social event where South African celebrities dress up and watch the race. It attracts close to 100,000 spectators and bets are placed in excess of 20 million US dollars. AFP PHOTO / RAJESH JANTILAL

Event organisers were on Wednesday putting on the final touches as eThekwini looks forward to hosting yet another high profile event – the Vodacom Durban July, to be staged at the Greyville Race Course on Saturday.

Spas, hair salons and an upmarket boutiques are just some of the many facilities on offer in the several marquees that are being set up at the venue.

“A live band will be on hand to entertain hundreds of guests hosted in the marquee,” Cameron Chetty from events company, Lifestyle Deco, said.

The company is responsible for the Isibaya Casino marquee that will be hosting more than 300 guests.

DJ Tira from music label Afrontainment, said guests in the company’s marquee will get an opportunity to rub with top celebrities from industries ranging from fashion to music.

“All the people that would be representing Afrontainment in the marquee are currently leading in their various fields,” he said.

Gill Simpkins, the spokesperson for the sporting event, said thousands of punters had already arrived in eThekwini for what has become the biggest horse racing event in the African continent.

Large quantities of food and beverages were being brought in to cater for celebrities, government leaders and throngs of racing enthusiasts expected to converge at the venue.

“There are television sets all over the venue to enable guests to view the racing from wherever they will be seated,” Simpkins said.

The Vodacom Durban July, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the years, is this year expected to attract more than 50 000 people.

The event creates about 500 job opportunities and pumps in close to R300 million into KwaZulu-Natal’s economy.

 

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