Attempts to rescue dilapidated Whk Turf Club fall on deaf ears …Local horse owner’s fight in vain as authorities drag their feet

Attempts to rescue dilapidated Whk Turf Club fall on deaf ears   …Local horse owner’s fight in vain as authorities drag their feet

Carlos Kambaekwa
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Just as Municipalities and local governments are burning the midnight oil in an effort to erect new recreational facilities across the country – existing facilities are deteriorating rapidly and have become an eyesore.

What was previously regarded the hub of one of the most popular sporting disciplines in post democracy, the Windhoek Turf Club Horse Racing Track, situated South of Namibia’s commercial capital, the state of the art facilities and modernized horse stalls at the spacious track have now fallen into deplorable conditions almost beyond repair.

Just a few years ago, thousands of horse enthusiasts would flock en masse to the popular horse racing track to watch thoroughbred imports from South Africa and locally bred horses saddled by their respective jockeys grilling each other on the track – much to the delight of the equestrian sports crazy spectators.

Daniel Beukes, a prominent well-respected racehorse owner in equestrian sport circles, is a heartbroken man and very much concerned about the sorry state of affairs including the ultimate demise of the facilities/horse stalls at the alarmingly dilapidated Windhoek Turf Club Horse Racing Track.

“I’ve been burning trying very hard over the last couple of months to purchase the piece of land where the racetrack is situated or sign a lease agreement with the Municipality to refurbish the dilapidated facilities.
“However, despite all my efforts, I’ve been sadly met with little success founding myself sent from pillar to post by authorities from the City of Windhoek,” says the visibly disappointed or rather frustrated baby face hippy-look-alike Beukes.

Sources with intimate knowledge of the unfolding saga say the sacred piece of prime land opposite the Windhoek Country Club Estate is earmarked for property development.

For obvious reasons, the commercially driven City of Windhoek stands to benefit handsomely in terms of hard currency rather than leasing out the facilities for recreational activities with minimal cash returns.

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