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NHA Chief Executive’s Leave Of Absence

'Personal reasons' cited

The National Horseracing Authority has announced that their Chief Executive Lyndon Barends has, for personal reasons, taken leave of absence until 25 September 2018.

Lyndon Barends – sorting out personal matters

In the interim, the affairs of the NHA will be supervised and managed by the Chairman of the Board, assisted by the Executive Management.

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19 comments on “NHA Chief Executive’s Leave Of Absence

  1. Joe2 says:

    With tears in my eyes

  2. Paul Karam says:

    With respect is this because of the Provisional Sequestration? i think it is only fair that the Public is at least in this instance kept up to date? As lots of us folkshas been through a lot of stress for some time now. Loraine karam

    1. Editor says:

      From the Cape Times today:
      The CEO Of the National Horseracing Authority (NHA) Lyndon Barends recently had an application for sequestration brought against him and his wife to the High Court Of South Africa and after a Civil Trial held on Aug 14 this year they have been provisionally sequestrated.
      The Barends’ have until September 25 to settle the relevant indebtedness and avoid final sequestration.
      The NHA have reacted by putting Barends on leave of absence until September 25.
      The application was brought by Firstrand Bank Limited who made a loan to Barends and his wife in February 2014.
      Firstrand argued the terms of the loan agreement had been breached because: the agreed upon 240 monthly instalments were in arrears by approximately 25 months as at February 21 this year and/or; for utilizing the facility beyond the facility limit and/or; by having judgement granted against them by ABSA Bank Limited and failing to date to satisfy those judgements.
      The latter breach related to three previous default judgements granted against them in favour of ABSA in or about 2010 and 2012 and a portion of the capital amount relating to them was still outstanding.
      Barends’ lawyers presented a case for the application to be dismissed or postponed, or alternatively that the Honourable Court should exercise its discretion in refusing a provisional sequestration order.
      However, the High Court judgement ruled in favour of Firstrand Bank, although it is only a provisional sequestration and not final sequestration.
      Barends has been the CEO of the NHA since March 15, 2016.

  3. Jurgs says:

    The personal reasons are splashed all over abc and in the print media. Why would you not be doing your readers the service of providing same?

  4. Ian Jayes says:

    What will change after 25 September?

  5. Fyndraai says:

    I note that the Master of the High Court, Cape Town appointed a Trustee for Mr Barends’s estate this morning. Even if the Order is discharged on the 25th September, can the NHA afford to have a person of this calibre on its Board?


    Yes exactly Fyndraai, the NHA, our custodians and watchdogs.

    Now, when you apply for a job, a position or parole you are required to disclose certain information to Human Resources. And this information is not whether you prefer boxers or briefs etc etc.
    So the NHA would have had to have known about his previous track record with regards viz. (see below)

    “The latter breach related to three previous default judgements granted against them in favour of ABSA in or about 2010 and 2012 and a portion of the capital amount relating to them was still outstanding”

    Wakey Wakey Watchdogs, practice what you preach.

  7. James George says:

    What will change after 25 September,Mr Jayes asks.Well for starters Tellytrack will get another Top Race tipster.

  8. The Dark Duke says:

    There can be no way back. Mr Barends does not have the ability to manage his own finances, how can he be expected to manage a body tasked to regulate the industry?

  9. Robert says:

    Shame on you guys to kick a man when he is down I certainly hope that in the unfortunate event you find yourself in a poor position you are treated with more compassion.

  10. Leon Smuts says:

    I served as a credit manager for some time and will not judge circumstances without having all the facts. It is important to make a distinction between somebody who cannot pay and somebody not willing to pay and what transpired that put them in that position. The actual tragedy is not his appointment as everyone deserves 2nd and further chances in life but then seize the moment and do everything to make a success of an opportunity that comes along and to restore your name.

  11. Mr Robert Sir,

    Shame on you for missing the point.

    I’ll slow it up for you… The NHA and/or somebody who is employed there with specialized skills in HR, to screen people, failed in their duties. The NHA themselves check that others in the industry do their jobs properly. Understand now, Sir ?

    Mr Smuts, your analogy expressed here ‘doesn’t wash’ relative to this specific situation.

    Secondly, it has never been in dispute that somebody who successfully manages to turns their life around shouldn’t be applauded. I time,that hopefully will happen..

    For now, it’s simply another bad advert for racing. The Dark Dark, your point is more than fair and spot-on.

  12. Leon Smuts says:

    Hi William. My apologies for making you miss my point. Many a successful businessman has had previous failures but they have risen to the occasion. A person’s past should not exclude them from consideration for a position depending on the circumstances around their misfortune. My point is that Mr Barends had a chance to redeem himself by doing good work at the NHRA but appears to have squandered the opportunity.

  13. Hello Mr.Smuts,

    No need to apologise, Sir

    Yes, redeeming or rehabilitating oneself is admirable,but surely not while using the NHA platform, whether you make a meaningful contribution or not ?

    Mr Barend,, surely should never have been hired in the first instance.

    The NHA needs those extra-special individuals that have the capability to inspire others.

  14. Robert says:

    Before you judge me make sure you’re perfect 😜

  15. The Dark Duke says:

    The story is in the Sunday Times today.

  16. Steve Reid says:

    What a mess.

    If you live by the sword you need to die by the sword and the recent Corne Spies punishment for being sequestrated refers, Barends was financially challenged when appointed to this position so questions need to be asked who recommended the man, who interviewed the man, and were the board appraised about his delicate financial situation. Vidrik Thurling huffed and puffed about the appointment so Mr Truter would be well advised on gathering all the information necessary before taking further steps.

    This whole sorry episode has brought racing into disrepute, and should be a slam dunk in the NHA kangaroo courts. I should know. There is no escape option here, Barends must go.

  17. Brett Maselle says:

    Had the sequestration application of Barends by FNB not have been made public by way of social media, no-one would have been the wiser. Barends chose not to inform the national board and only made disclosure to the NHA when he could no longer hide the facts.

    I read in the Sunday Times that the Chairman Ken Truter disclosed to the newspaper that the board would “consider the position of Mr Barends when the application is concluded”.

    First, it appears that the Sunday Times is more important to Truter that horse racing. Why did we have to read this in the Sunday Times? Why didn’t the national board make this known to horse racing when it gave its pathetic press release to us about leave of absence with no mention of the sequestration application?

    Second, the national board has obviously considered the position of Barends before the outcome of the application because it has allowed Barends to take leave of absence without any sanction whatsoever?

    Third, if you consider the statement of Truter, you have to laugh at it. I liken Truter’s statement to be something akin to this: The national board finds out that a senior employee is misusing funds of the NHA. They find out he has a plane ticket and accommodation paid for by the NHA for a road race overseas. Instead of suspending him pending an enquiry, they decide to let him travel overseas, run the race and enjoy the accommodation and only after this, they will consider the nefarious conduct of the senior employee. As I see it, nothing will change the facts. To consider the position after the application is irrelevant.

    Fourth, I challenge the national board to show that it is not putting Barends before horseracing.
    Fifth, If this national board is doing its job in relation to Mr Barends, it should not be closing its eyes to the many complaints within the NHA ( by employees who fear losing their jobs) and by members.

    This national board thinks it is not accountable to us. It is mistaken. Come hell or high water they will be compelled to give reasons for their decisions.

    I intend to lodge a complaint against Barends in terms of the rules.

    I also believe that this National Board had left to much up to Barends. He has been given too much power and has abused it. The national board hardly meets and when they do they rely on Barends for updates. Before the Barends sequestration debacle, how often had the national board met to undertake their national board duties?? Do not be shocked to find out that Barends and Truter have travelled overseas more often this year than they have sat in national board meetings.

  18. Thom Verresig says:

    Now he resigns. Wow

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