South Africa competes with some of the top destinations worldwide when it comes to hosting sport events. We have something to offer under a variety of sports categories and each of these features at least one major event that attracts global attention annually. The Vodacom Durban July has become synonymous with the world of horse racing.
Edwina Brown, Event Co-ordinator at Eventworld, the company responsible for organising the event, says that continuous changes to the offering of the event is what has caused the Vodacom Durban July to gain increasing popularity worldwide. "Although horse racing is the obvious main focus of the Vodacom Durban July, the fashion element in the form of a fashion competition for outfits and hats has added an interesting twist to the event. Thus, the Vodacom Durban July not only attracts thoroughbred horses that take part in the racing, but also enthusiasts who are passionate about the event and what it has to offer. Furthermore, in order to ensure a five-star thoroughbred event, we also require the services of best-of-breed suppliers."
Oasys Electrical has been supplying electrical infrastructure to the Durban July for the past ten years. "The electrical work for the 35 marquees started two weeks before the event. Electrical requirements included electrical connections to the generators, cabling, plugs, lights and all the DB boards. We also plan the electrical reticulation for the whole marquee village," explains Kevin Hughes, Chief Operating Officer for Oasys Electrical.
The Vodacom Durban July chose to support SA Riding for the Disabled (SARDA) and for the past few years, they have donated R40 000 to the charity. "SARDA offers horse riding classes that have been modified to suit mentally and physically handicapped children up to the age of sixteen, free of charge. The classes hold tremendous physical and emotional benefits to these kids. We aligned ourselves with this charity because we believe everyone should be given the chance to discover the joys of horse riding."