“WHAT COUNTS IN LIFE IS NOT THE MERE FACT THAT WE HAVE LIVED. IT IS WHAT DIFFERENCE WE HAVE MADE TO THE LIVES OF OTHERS THAT WILL DETERMINE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE LIFE WE LEAD.” - NELSON MANDELA 1918-2013
More than R250 million will be paid in prize money in Phumelela regions for the racing season 2013-14 (1 August 2013 to 31 July 2014) with R134 million or some 54% of that total allocated to races on the Highveld.
London – Andy Hornby, Chief Executive, Coral and Steve Harman, Chairman, British Horseracing Authority are the next top speakers to be announced for Leaders In Racing after the conference reached a total sell-out last week for its third annual event at Chelsea FC on the 8 October 2013. Phumelela’s CEO Rian du Plessis had already been confirmed as one of the speakers at the conference.
Horseracing and tote betting company Phumelela is proud to announce that transformation is galloping ahead within the company and that it has accomplished level 2 contributor status towards broad-based black economic empowerment two years earlier than regulations require.
JOHANNESBURG - On 17 May the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund’s (HRADF) Board of Directors qualified 2PU, the consortium formed by PMU (Paris, France) and Phumelela Gaming and Leisure (Johannesburg, South Africa) for the purpose of participating in the tender procedure for the grant of the exclusive right to organise and conduct mutual or tote betting on horse races in Greece for a period of 20 years.
AIR MAURITIUS and the Racing Association have signed a sponsorship deal worth some R500,000 for The Citizen Jockeys’ International Challenge.
RIAN DU PLESSIS, Group CEO of Phumelela, and Paul Roy, chairman of the British Horseracing Authority, are the latest in a long list of distinguished international speakers confirmed for Leaders in Racing conference on 6 October 2011.
THE new Polytrack training surface at Randjesfontein was officially opened by Phumelela’s racing executive Patrick Davis and champion trainer Mike de Kock on Wednesday with the ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by around 100 people, including Larry Wainstein, chairman of the Racing Association which owns Randjesfontein, jockeys, the media and trainers from as far afield as Port Elizabeth.
JSE-LISTED Phumelela is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new TAB sports bet, Rugby 5, to coincide with the start of the Rugby World Cup 2011.
Phumelela horseracing executive Patrick Davis said that the official handover of the Polytrack training track is scheduled for 29 August. “It’s two weeks later than originally scheduled for a number of reasons, but mostly because of the terrible weather we’ve had in the last few weeks.
TAB customers can play a Swinger bet for R2 from 1 Sep. TAB has a R6 minimum bet policy, but is lowering the minimum for the Swinger to R2 on a three-month trial basis. “Many of our customers believe that a R6 minimum is too high. So, on a trial basis, we have decided to drop the minimum bet on the Swinger, one of our most popular bets, to R2 from September. We will review the impact of the lower minimum at the end of November,’’ said Vee Moodley, Phumelela’s betting executive.
PHUMELELA is proud to announce that The Citizen will sponsor the International Jockeys’ Challenge again this year.
NEXT season’s champion jockey will receive a bonanza payday, courtesy of Klawervlei Stud which is putting up a R250,000 prize for the winner.
KIMBERLEY’S richest race of the year, a R200,000 race over 1600m held annually at the end of August at Flamingo Park, will this year be sponsored by Recall Security Services.
PHUMELELA has imported a bank of state-of-the-art starting stalls from Australia for use at Fairview Racecourse in the Eastern Cape.
Recall Effective Security Services is to sponsor one of South Africa’s oldest feature races, the East Cape Derby for three-year-olds to be run over 2400m at Arlington in Port Elizabeth on Sunday 15 May.
PHUMELELA is pleased to announce its association with Samsung through the sponsorship of the R1.5-million SA Derby by Samsung Business.
HORSERACING and tote betting company Phumelela plans to install a state-of-the-art synthetic racetrack at Fairview Racecourse in Port Elizabeth, which will deliver major benefits to horses and the environment.
NEARLY R40 million was bet into Phumelela TAB’s global tote pools on the Dubai World Cup race meeting at Meydan Racecourse last Saturday.
FORMER New Zealand cricket captain Ken Rutherford has been appointed to head up the Marketing, Communications, Publishing and Telemedia functions at Phumelela Gold Enterprises (PGE).
Phumelela Gold Enterprises (PGE) is delighted to announce that it has signed a reciprocal deal with UK-based pool-betting operator Sportech, which will enable customers of each company to bet into the other’s soccer pools. This commingling of selected soccer pools is set to lead to the two companies combining pools on other sports.
VARIOUS refinements have been made to the 2011 Phumelela Summer-Autumn Feature Race Season programme.
THE Sansui Summer Cup 2010 is ready to soar as the City of Johannesburg comes on board as a supporting partner for the 2010 event on Saturday 27 November at Turffontein.
THE coupling of stable companions and the first-timer rule will not apply to TAB’s Jackpot bet on South African races from this Monday 1 November.
PHUMELELA is delighted to announce that two members of its executive management team have been appointed to the board.
THE Charity Mile, which brings together top racehorses and famous people in aid of charity, has become one of the highlights of Phumelela’s Spring-Summer Feature Race Season and will be sponsored by Peermont and Emperors Palace for the second year running.
SOUTH AFRICAN horseracing fans will be treated to a scintillating display of race-riding skills next month when world-famous Christophe Soumillon will lead some of the best international jockeys in a clash with South Africa’s top riders in a two-legged International Jockeys’ Challenge.
TAB is delighted to announce that its exciting new All To Come bet will be launched this Friday, 1 October 2010.
HORSERACING and tote betting operators Phumelela and Gold Circle, and corporate bookmaking chain Betting World, would like to point out that online betting on horseracing and sport is legal. It is not in any way affected by the recent North Gauteng High Court ruling prohibiting online gambling. That the court ruling applies to online gambling on interactive games only, and not to online betting on horseracing and sport, has been confirmed by the Gauteng Gambling Board.
JSE-LISTED Phumelela was an enthusiastic supporter of Mandela Day on 18 July, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize Laureate’s 92nd birthday.
FOLLOWING the successful launch of fractional tote betting in England last month, the UK Tote and Phumelela Gold Enterprises (PGE) have entered into a ground-breaking agreement that will create new opportunities for commingling tote bets in the UK and South Africa into single pools.
GBI RACING, which brings top-quality UK and Irish racing to betting shop operators around the globe, is sponsoring the winning posts at all 10 South African racecourses for the next eight weeks.
Phumelela Gold Enterprises (PGE) has concluded a five-year contract with Satellite Information Services (SIS) for the delivery of South African horseracing pictures and data to betting shops in the UK and Ireland.
PHUMELELA, the JSE-listed horseracing and tote betting company, is delighted to announce that Vee Moodley, currently CEO designate of the National Horseracing Authority, will take up the post of Betting Executive on 1 July.
TAB customers are asked to avoid using R200 notes to bet with in order to prevent unnecessary delays processing bets.
THERE are only nine days left for TAB accountholders to update their FICA documentation and get in the running for the grand prize draw in TAB’s FICA competition, in which free TAB bets totalling R20,000 will be given away.
THE South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) is joining forces with horseracing and tote betting operator Phumelela to present Africa’s richest series of races, the SASCOC Triple Crown for three-year-olds. SASCOC will also showcase its sporting champions on Champions Day, which is Africa’s richest raceday and incorporates the last leg of the Triple Crown.
PHUMELELA TAB is giving away R35,000 in free bets, including a R10,000 grand prize, to account holders who have updated their FICA documentation since 1 August last year or who do so before 28 March 2010.
THE launch of South Africa’s first official national racecard, Computaform Express, has been well received and many users believe it is excellent value for money.
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) Africa has completed an independent audit of the TAB computerised betting system and found that no bets are placed after an event is closed.
DAVID Attenborough, CEO Phumelela (South Africa), has resigned and will leave at the end of April to take up the position of managing director of the wagering division of Tabcorp Holdings, Australia’s leading gambling entertainment group.
TAB has taken several steps to address the concerns of its customers about significant differences between Win and Place dividends displayed at the start of a race and final official payouts.
PHUMELELA chief executive (SA) David Attenborough and Patrick Loker, Gold Circle’s commercial director, will appear on Inside Racing on Tellytrack (channel 232 DStv) on Monday 18 January to address all aspects of the significant late changes to TAB payouts caused by large international wagers taken just before pools close.
South Africa’s first national racecard will be launched on 1 February next year and will offer fantastic value to horseplayers.
PIGGS Peak Casino, home of All Africa Poker, will sponsor night racing at Turffontein in Gauteng and Greyville in Durban, as well as twilight meetings at Kenilworth in Cape Town from January 2010.
PHUMELELA, the Racing Association, the Thoroughbred Horseracing Trust and Betting World have joined forces to present the 2009-10 Work Riders’ Challenge, which starts at the Vaal this Thursday 3 December.
THE R2-million project to facelift Turffontein has now been completed.
THE Emirates Airline Champion Stakes at Newmarket in the UK last Saturday produced turnover of £912,339 in Hong Kong.
HORSEPLAYERS can now get all the TAB betting information they need on their cell phones.
Phumelela has enhanced the feature-race programme at its Vaal sand venue for next year.
THE official media launch of the 2009 Sansui Summer Cup to be run over 2000m at Turffontein on Saturday 28 November was held yesterday and set the scene for what promises to be an exciting and fruitful partnership that comprises horseracing and tote betting company Phumelela, Primedia Sport and Sansui, one of the famous brands in the JD Group’s stable.
PHUMELELA Gold Enterprises (PGE) broke new ground this month, when coverage from Racing UK’s York meeting on 9 October was broadcast live in Malaysia.
HORSEPLAYERS in Australia's state of Victoria are now betting into TAB pools on South African racing in terms of a partnership agreement between Phumelela Gold Enterprises and Victoria-based Tabcorp.
Horseracing and tote betting company Phumelela is proud to announce that Sansui, a global brand and a world leader in consumer electronics, is to sponsor the R2-million Summer Cup over 2000m at Turffontein on Saturday 27 November.
BETTING World, South Africa’s corporate bookmaking chain, is to sponsor this year’s Algoa Cup to be run over 2000m at Fairview in Port Elizabeth on Sunday 25 October.
PHUMELELA, the JSE-listed horseracing and tote betting company, is delighted to announce that the Peermont Group will sponsor the Charity Mile November Handicap to be run over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday 7 November.
TAB is changing its Pick 6 and Jackpot carryover policy from Thursday 1 October in a move that will make both bets more enjoyable and offer bigger payouts for horseplayers.
THE Joint Programming Committee of Phumelela and the Racing Association is delighted to announce the introduction of two new feature races to the racing calendar.
HORSERACING and tote betting company Phumelela will spend more than R10 million on special projects during the first year of a five-year plan to upgrade facilities for horses and horsemen.
SOUTH African horseracing and tote betting company Phumelela has reached another milestone in its march to modernise the tote betting world by teaming up with trail-blazing tote integrator, i-neda, to offer previously unavailable domestic bets to their international clientele. The new systems will offer connectivity from Phumelela Gold Enterprise’s (PGE) tote hub on the Isle of Man to any tote integrated to i-neda’s Opentote system, including the UK Tote’s multi-leg bets.
PHUMELEL Gaming & Leisure Ltd and Gold Circle (Pty) Ltd, the South African horseracing operators, have entered into a partnership with Primedia Sport to market and promote the sport of thoroughbred horseracing, including the sale of sponsorships, advertising and hospitality.
IN order to quash various rumours, Phumelela would like to assure horseracing fans that the installation of floodlights at Turffontein is underway and that the project is on schedule. The installation of the lights is taking place with the required regulatory approval and it is currently planned to have the first races under lights at the Charity Mile November Handicap race meeting on Turffontein’s standside track on Saturday 7 November.
HERE’S a 750-1 chance to win a grand trip to Dubai for the 2010 Dubai World Cup and simultaneously assist two worthy causes.
PHUMELELA Gold Enterprises and Betfair are delighted to announce that Betfair’s two million customers will be able to bet into South African tote pools and watch live streams of races from next week Monday 13 July. Tote bets on South African races taken on the Betfair platform will be channelled into TAB pools hosted on Phumelela’s Amtote betting system in Johannesburg. The ability to place tote bets on South African races on Betfair is an added service for Betfair customers and will assist in publicising racing in this country internationally.
Phumelela Gold Enterprises (PGE), a joint venture between South African horseracing and tote betting operators Phumelela and Gold Circle, has entered into a long-term partnership with Australian-based Tabcorp and its racing broadcaster Sky Channel. Phumelela Gold Enterprises (PGE), a joint venture between South African horseracing and tote betting operators Phumelela and Gold Circle, has entered into a long-term partnership with Australian-based Tabcorp and its racing broadcaster Sky Channel.
PHUMELELA Gold Enterprises (PGE) and Dragonfish, the independent B2B division of 888 Holdings Plc, are delighted to announce the signing of a strategic agreement that potentially could provide a significant boost to South African horseracing.
Horseplayers and Soccer 6 fans can now use their cell phones to bet online with TAB.
PHUMELELA Gold Enterprises has concluded an agreement with online fixed-odds operator Interbet that allows tote bets with TAB to be taken through the Interbet site.
Interbet is an online betting exchange for licensed bookmakers, while punters can take fixed-odds on horses to win or place but cannot lay bets.
CONTRARY to speculation in some horseracing circles, Phumelela would like to point out that it has not contracted or retained the services of former Gold Circle CEO Michel Nairac in any shape or form.
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THE first night race meeting at Turffontein could be held as early as October this year following the Racing Association giving the thumbs up to a revised design for the lighting masts.
Would you like a R30 000 TAB betting voucher? Then come racing at Turffontein on Guineas Day this Saturday, when everybody at the track will have their chance to win a share of R80 000 in free bets from TAB.
GYPSY'S Warning will be fully tested when she takes on Dancer’s Daughter in the Grade 1 L Jaffee Empress Club Stakes on Guineas Day at Turffontein. The pair will clash over 1600m on Saturday 28 February.
THE first of three twilight race meetings scheduled at Turffontein this summer takes place at Phumelela’s flagship racing venue this Saturday.
THERE will be a 15% increase in prize money available for races on the Highveld and in the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape in 2009. This was announced at the Racing Association annual general meeting earlier this week.
HORSERACING and tote betting operator Phumelela will brighten the festive season for hundreds of underprivileged children at the annual Phumelela Christmas Tree race meeting at Turffontein Racecourse on Saturday 13 December.
The funds to stage the Christmas Tree are raised through a direct contribution by Phumelela and the sale of race sponsorships and hospitality tables at the meeting to companies and racing stakeholders. Donations are also much appreciated..
TAB’s exciting new soccer bet, the Soccer 4, launches on Friday 5 December with the first pool comprising frontline matches in South Africa, the UK, Italy and Spain.
Soccer 4 is from the same stable as Soccer 6, which has made the world’s most popular game more enjoyable for tens of thousands of people. Soccer 6’s popularity is continuing to grow with Saturday pools on the PSL and UK Premiership often grossing more than R1.5 million apiece.
Italian-born jockey Frankie Detorri is renowned for his joyful demeanour but even he would have had a wider-than-normal smile on his face after the draw was made at a function at Turffontein on Wednesday night for the International Jockeys’ Challenge.
Detorri (Italy), Darryll Holland (England), Mick Kinane (Ireland), Christophe Soumillon (France), Mallesh Narredu (India) and Damien Oliver (Australia) will take on six of the best South African jockeys in a four-race test at Turffontein on 29 November, the day on which the R2 million Steinhoff International Summer Cup over 2000m will take place.
Hundreds of thousands of horseplayers will be treated to six hours of amazing racing on Cup Day at Turffontein this Saturday.
Phumelela has rescheduled the work riders’ race meeting abandoned last Thursday as a result of rain to Saturday 20 December on the turf course at the Vaal.
The programme will comprise five Maiden Plates and three merit-rated handicaps and will add substance to what should be a bumper weekend’s racing.
The new parade ring and winner’s enclosure in front of the grandstand at Turffontein were used for the first time this Sunday ahead of the Steinhoff Summer Cup meeting on Saturday 29 November and are set to play a huge role in revitalising the entire racing experience at Phumelela’s flagship racecourse.
The team manager and the six riders chosen to represent South Africa in the International Jockeys’ Challenge on Steinhoff Summer Cup Day at Turffontein Racecourse in Johannesburg on Saturday 29 November will be awarded senior national colours.
National Horseracing Authority (NHA) Chief Executive Rob de Kock, the convener of the selection panel, confirmed on Tuesday that jockeys Mark Khan, Anton Marcus, Weichong Marwing, Karl Neisius, Kevin Shea and Piere Strydom had been awarded colours.
Night racing at Turffontein has been shelved in order to allow Phumelela and the Racing Association to fully assess if the installation of lights at the Johannesburg track is the best way to spend the proceeds arising from the cancellation of the usage agreement to hold race meetings at Newmarket.
The decision to put the project on hold is due to the vastly increased costs of installing the lights resulting from a delay caused by a trainer’s objection to night racing at Turffontein, and thereafter further delays resulting from the liquidation of the contracted mast supplier.
Mark Khan, champion South African jockey for four of the last five seasons, will captain a vastly talented team of six riders selected to represent South Africa in the International Jockeys’ Challenge on Steinhoff Summer Cup Day at Turffontein on Saturday 29 November.
The other riders are Anton Marcus, Weichong Marwing, Karl Neisius, Kevin Shea and Piere Strydom with Anthony Delpech the official reserve. He will replace any rider unable to fulfill his engagements in the Challenge.
We have a solid business which, despite the economic downturn in both local and global markets, has yielded an increase in revenue and in headline earnings from ongoing operations,” says Rian du Plessis, Group CEO of Phumelela.
Phumelela has revamped its Summer-Autumn Feature Season from February through April next year and the new-look season includes both a Triple Crown open to all three-year-olds and a Triple Tiara for three-year-old fillies, which collectively will carry bonuses totaling nearly R4 million. The Triple Crown will span eight weeks with total prize money of R4.5 million.
Frankie Dettori and Mick Kinane, two of the biggest names in horseracing, are among the six international jockeys who will clash with South Africa’s top riders in the International Jockeys’ Challenge at the Steinhoff International Summer Cup race meeting at Turffontein Racecourse in Johannesburg on Saturday 29 November.
The Gauteng Gambling Board (the board) has turned down Phumelela's application to amend its Totalisator and Race-Meeting Licences ("the Application").
Phumelela have been ranked the eighth most empowered company on the JSE, according to the Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) index formulated by Empowerdex.