On 22 April 2020 The National Horseracing Authority sent a comprehensive submission to the President of the Republic of South Africa, the National Coronavirus Command Council, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
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A letter from chairperson Susan Rowett to NHA members has been shared on the organisations Twitter feed, and is reproduced in full below:
On the assumption that the extended national Lockdown is lifted AND that racing is permitted to resume with adequate betting revenues flowing to the Racing Operators, the plan is to recommence racing on Friday, 1 May.
THE NATIONAL HORSERACING AUTHORITY RAISES MINIMUM WEIGHT FOR ALL RACES TO 54 KGS
After due consideration, the South African horseracing industry has decided to further restrict the individuals who may attend race meetings.