Thabiso Goba
2 minute read
2 Jul 2022
06:36

Durban July to dominate this weekend

Thabiso Goba

eThekwini Municipality is anticipating over 15 000 tourists over the weekend.

It's all systems go for the Hollywoodbets Durban July Experience taking place on Saturday, 2 July. Photo: Thuli Dlamini

The biggest event on Durban’s calendar, the Hollywoodbets Durban July, returns on Saturday.

Thousands of people are expected at the Greyville Race Course where the event will take place.

While the Durban July is primarily a horse racing event, it has also been a platform to showcase the country and even Africa’s latest fashion trends.

The fashion theme for this year’s event is “show me the honey” with fashion bloggers anticipating that there will be a lot of gold and yellow on the grounds.

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The first horse race begins at 11.50 am and the final race is expected at around 4 pm.

Hotels and Airbnb’s across Durban have been fully booked for the weekend.

The eThekwini Municipality said it is anticipating over 15 000 tourists over the weekend.

In addition, on Friday the City decided to re-open 15 of its beaches, which have been closed since April due to high E. coli levels caused by the floods.

“This comes after recent water tests indicated that E. coli levels were within acceptable standards. The public can now enjoy bathing and other sporting activities in these beaches,” said Msawakhe Mayisela, eThekwini municipality spokesperson.

Not all the Durban July action will be taking place in Durban, with many formal and informal after-parties being planned across the city.

Mxolisi Kaunda, eThekwini Municipality mayor, has urged local residents and tourists to enjoy themselves in a safe manner.

Meanwhile, the eThekwini Metro Police have mentioned that a number of roads will be closed on Friday in Durban.

“The following roads will be affected: Avondale Road, DLI Avenue, Mitchell Cresent and 5th and 6th Avenue, Clarence Road, and 5th and 6th Avenues” the Metro police said.

“The whole vicinity of Greyville Racecourse will be busy this weekend.

“We advise the public to use alternative routes to avoid any delays.”