'Grooms stay in deplorable conditions, sometimes living four in a room'

South Africa's horse-racing industry contributes at least R2.71 billion to the country's GDP annually, however horse grooms live inhumanly and are treated horribly.

Read: Cape cart horses help reduce poverty and carbon emissions - research

Last week, the Public Protector released her investigation into the horse racing industry and was made aware that grooms were not well taken care of and recognised within the industry.

702 Bongani Bingwa speaks to National Grooms Association chairperson Peter Naidoo.

Our objective is to drive the transformation and upliftment projects for the grooms including the living conditions for them.

Peter Naidoo, Chairperson - National Grooms Association

Grooms are the guys that groom the horses; they clean and maintain the horses. They play an essential role in the horses' career. The working hours are long, and the living conditions are deplorable, they live in so-called hostels. The conditions are adverse, you have four grooms in a room, and they share one communal toilet and cooking facility.

Peter Naidoo, Chairperson - National Grooms Association

He says the grooms used to earn as little as R2000 a month, but they have now forced a minimum wage of R1000 a week.

Listen below to the full interview:


This article first appeared on 702 : 'Grooms stay in deplorable conditions, sometimes living four in a room'


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[WATCH] BMW's tribute to Mercedes-Benz maker CEO Dieter Zetsche goes viral

[WATCH] BMW's tribute to Mercedes-Benz maker CEO Dieter Zetsche goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

'Criminal syndicates dispose of waste in developing countries'

'Criminal syndicates dispose of waste in developing countries'

Department of Environmental Affairs deputy director-general Ishaam Abader says these illegal imports are becoming a huge problem.

'It's all systems go for Ramaphosa's inauguration tomorrow'

'It's all systems go for Ramaphosa's inauguration tomorrow'

Inter-ministerial committee member Dr Siyabonga Cwele says citizens wishing to attend the event, need to get accreditation.

We know each and every horse and driver - Cart Horse Protection Association

We know each and every horse and driver - Cart Horse Protection Association

Marike Kotze of the Cart Horse Protection Association talks about the work it does with the 160 horses on Cape Town's roads.

Cape cart horses help reduce poverty and carbon emissions - research

Cape cart horses help reduce poverty and carbon emissions - research

Senior health researcher John Grewar says they wanted to see the impact that Cape cart horses have on Cape Town communities.

SPCA expected to probe illegal bush racing in WC after Carte Blanche expose

SPCA expected to probe illegal bush racing in WC after Carte Blanche expose

The sport, which appears to be popular in the province, forces retired racing horses to run on tar roads for gambling purposes.

Popular articles
It just became legal for anyone to deal in dagga-derived CBD

It just became legal for anyone to deal in dagga-derived CBD

Cannabidiol now falls entirely outside of drug regulations. Africa Melane interviews Andre du Plessis (Cannabis Working Group).

How to calculate how much money you need to never have to work again

How to calculate how much money you need to never have to work again

How much is enough? Is there a simple calculation? Warren Ingram, a personal financial advisor at Galileo Capital, explains.

Yet another case of brutality against Sea Point police

Yet another case of brutality against Sea Point police

Esethu Mcinjana spent a night in custody becoming another victim of alleged ill-treatment by the police.

City of Cape Town in bid to rein in unruly taxi drivers

City of Cape Town in bid to rein in unruly taxi drivers

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith worried by negligent and dangerous driving.

[WATCH] BMW's tribute to Mercedes-Benz maker CEO Dieter Zetsche goes viral

[WATCH] BMW's tribute to Mercedes-Benz maker CEO Dieter Zetsche goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Twenty Cape Town dogs facing euthanasia find safe homes

Twenty Cape Town dogs facing euthanasia find safe homes

Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha was overcrowded and the public stepped up and came to the rescue.

Boeing 737 MAX: 'Sensor broke off, computer misread data and fought the pilots'

Boeing 737 MAX: 'Sensor broke off, computer misread data and fought the pilots'

Guy Leitch, the managing editor of SA Flyer Magazine, provides insights into what caused the airplane crash.

'Thuli Madonsela’s name has been mentioned for Deputy President'

'Thuli Madonsela’s name has been mentioned for Deputy President'

Lumkile Mondi (Wits), Ferial Haffajee and Busisiwe Mavuso (Business Leadership SA) on the President's upcoming "slim" Cabinet.

'BEE has closed many avenues for skilled people'

'BEE has closed many avenues for skilled people'

Africa Melane speaks to EOSA's Johannes Wessels about why so many highly skilled South Africans are taking their talents overseas.