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Chophelikaya Simoto (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

Chophelikaya Simoto (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

The South African Grooms Association (SAGA) has issued a press release stating their willingness to engage with COSATU and the PSA.

The press release, issued by SAGA Chairman, Chophelikaya Simoto on Tuesday, 23 January 2018 reads as follows:-

“We note the call by COSATU and the Public Servants Association for protests at the event if any Mayfair Speculators horses take part.

We, as the SA Grooms Association (SAGA) do understand the situation. We empathize with those who have lost pension fund investments, but we do not support mass action, which will result in the Grooms also becoming victims of the situation.

There are more than 3000 Grooms countrywide who are worried that action of this kind will make owners want to quit the Horseracing Industry, threatening our earnings and job security.

Worse yet, it stands to affect the horses that we love and care for.

We are appealing to all the parties concerned to please consider the needs of the Grooms and the horses. We ask COSATU and the PSA to reconsider and investigate other options.

SAGA would appreciate an opportunity to meet with COSATU and the PSA to discuss the impact mass action would have on the industry’s Grooms.”

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6 comments on “Met Day Protests

  1. Jay Munnsammy says:

    I impressed with SAGA and its position not to support the mass action. I am unimpressed with the reasons given and feel that they will come back to bite SAGA. On the reasons set out, mass action and protest can never take place by SAGA and its members. I question the timing of this statement as SAGA has known since December 2018 anout the mass action. To give a press release a few days before the Met makes me feel uneasy. I feel sorry for the grooms who fall under the banner of SAGA. The Association seems to have been captured. It seems to be a Tubby Reddy type statement in the sense that it is a decision made by him and not by SAGA itself.

    1. David James says:

      “The Association seems to have been captured.” Spot on – By the Opperators

      This is an unbelievable situation and that the Opperators would use the Grooms tom do their dirty work , Yet the grooms dont even have their own pension fund.

  2. Pops says:

    In 2013 was it not the same SAGA that wanted to disrupt/pull back their labour at the J&B Met

  3. Pmb says:

    The whole thing is a mess, but is peoples desire to punish, is overruling the reality that this punitive mentality will negatively and unnecessarily affect many more?
    MJ et al. Is/are already in a irretrievable situation, and the whole Mayfair operating permission is not to enable some get out clause , but to minimise the impact on others whom are going to have to deal with the fallout. Maybe getting clarity on what is happening with the funding of the Mayfair operation and where the income/ outgoings are being directed could clear this up without a giant , misguided f…up occurring?

  4. BEATLE says:

    i think SAGA need a new leader

  5. Ian Jayes says:

    SAGA must have had a change of heart and mind. A few years ago they were themselves threatening mass action on Met day.

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