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Bob Brogan wrote: Resumption of Racing
PHUMELELA MEDIA RELEASE
SUBJECT: Resumption of racing
DATE: Thursday 30 April 2020
RELEASED BY: Phumelela Gaming
The Racing Operators are still awaiting confirmation from the government (via the NHA) as to whether racing is permitted to resume on Friday 1 May.
As soon as we receive any information, we will issue a further update.
louisg wrote: On 22 April the same day the NHA launched its application for exemption to government, the consolidated gaming industry forum represented by CASA, BASA, LPMSA, SABA, GOBA and WCBA made representations to the National and All Gambling Boards and importantly DTI, which included the opening of betting shops. GOBA is the Gauteng Bookmakers Association and includes Betting World and Supabets both owned by Phumelela amongst its members. The Operators had agreed with the NHA that we must steer clear of in any way linking the reopening of racing to the reopening of betting shops as in the words of Vee Moodley we wld be "wasting ink" if we did. On Sunday 26 April the NHA requested the Operators to submit independent applications to government. Kenilworth Racing submitted theirs as did Phumelela through Patrick Davis their Racing Executive. As we had agreed that we wld NOT request that betting shops be opened knowing that under level 4 and with huge restrictions on public gatherings that this wld not pass muster Patrick specifically excluded this. It has subsequently transpired that Rob Scott the Betting Executive then in clandestine fashion submitted a 2nd application requesting the opening of 10 stores and which John Stuart and Scott have subsequently admitted to. The NHA has been advised that the net affect of this was the refusal of our application based solely on this point. The NHA has now written to Mr Mmaphaka Tau the DG of the NDMC (National Disaster Management Centre) wherein it is stated in bold that "we confirm that local betting shops will remain closed and only at-home coverage and online activity will be permitted."