Durban July hangs in the balance as coronavirus fears continue

The annual Vodacom Durban July is renowned for its fashion, celebrities, punters and after-parties.
The annual Vodacom Durban July is renowned for its fashion, celebrities, punters and after-parties.
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Concern is mounting about the fate of SA's premier horse racing and social event, the Vodacom Durban July, as the Covid-19 crisis continues to deepen.

The event, which attracts thousands of punters, fashionistas and a fair dose of celebrities, is scheduled to take place at the Greyville Racecourse on July 4.

It is understood that the organisers have adopted a "wait-and-see approach" for now.

A notice on the official Vodacom Durban July Facebook page states: "As SA 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. 

"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."


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