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Bonginkosi Nkosi: By definition a groom is a person who is responsible for the care of racehorses and their environment.

Following concerns raised regarding the living conditions in grooms’ hostels, particularly at the North Rand Training Centre at the Randjesfontein racecourse in Midrand, Phumelela have embarked on an expensive project that will result in all nine hostels at the centre being completely renovated and refurnished.

On Monday morning grooms from hostel one were handed the key to their “temporary” accommodation, which cost approximately R450 000, and the plan is to house these 45 men while their hostel is being given a makeover.

This process will be repeated until all nine hostels are fully completed.

“The plan is that this temporary accommodation will house visiting trainers and grooms from all over the country once we’re done with the hostels,” explained Jay Harrielall, GM of Racing Operations at Phumelela.

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