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protestTimeslive reports that dozens of grooms, wielding sticks‚ knobkerries and sjamboks, protested outside the Summerveld horse training centre‚ west of Durban‚ demanding an increase in their hourly wage.  

Summerveld‚ which is one of the country’s premier horse training facilities‚ is where many of the horses set to take part in the Durban July are trained and stabled.  The iconic race takes place on Saturday.  The grooms said they wanted their rates pushed up to R25 an hour.  One of the grooms said that workers did not get pay slips‚ making it difficult for them to know exactly what they were earning.  He also claimed they worked seven days a week.  This was the latest in a number of protests by grooms in recent weeks.  On 21 June‚ horse racing at the Vaal racecourse was cancelled after grooms went on strike at the Randjesfontein training centre in Midrand.  Grooms at the centre approached the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to represent their grievances over wages.

  • Read this report by Matthew Savides in full at Timeslive
  • See too, EFF-led grooms protest stops Vaal horse racing, at Timeslive
  • And also, No horses were harmed during grooms’ strike‚ trainer says, at Timeslive


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