As the COVID-19 virus is spreading rapidly across South Africa, we at the NHA want to minimize the spread of this novel Coronavirus. Following President Ramaphosa's address to the nation last Sunday evening, we find ourselves in an unprecedented global pandemic. Like many organisations, the health and safety of our employees and stakeholder is our top priority. 

To help safeguard our employees and you, we are acting on the advice of the World Health Organisation, the South African Government and other reliable sources to ensure that our colleagues are supported and updated with the latest guidance from maintaining proper hygiene to travel restrictions. Accordingly, to ensure business continuity whilst also keeping our employees safe, the NHA will be working with rotational staff. While the degree of impact is likely to vary across the provinces, our employees will be assisted with tools to allow them to work from remote locations to ensure minimal disruption to business operations. 

The NHA is now in unchartered territory. We recognise that these are unsettling times, and we are fully aware of the business challenges that this pandemic is having on our business operations. As the situation is dynamic and may change depending on the spread of the virus, we shall continue to monitor the situation both nationally and internationally and keep you informed of potential changes to our services. 

We thank you for your support and understanding in this regard and trust that this pandemic is contained for the good of horseracing in South Africa.

 Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

In terms of Clauses 13 and 26 of the Constitution of The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa (“the NHA”), any amendment to the Constitution shall be by way of a special resolution, passed at a Special General Meeting called for that purpose. 


The National Board has resolved to call, and notice is accordingly hereby given, of a Special General Meeting to be held on Wednesday, 15 January 2020 immediately following the Annual General Meeting at 12h00, at the Head Office of the NHA, Turf Club Street, Turffontein, to consider and vote on the proposed amendments to the Constitution as set out in the document titled: “Proposed Amendments to the Constitution of The National Horseracing Authority – January 2020” a copy of which is available on the link below.


For Proposed Amendments Click Here

For Proxy Form Click Here


Vee Moodley 

Chief Executive                                                                                      13 December 2019

Notice is hereby given that the One Hundred and Thirty Eighth Annual General Meeting of Members will be held at the offices of The National Horseracing Authority, Turf Club Street, Turffontein, on Wednesday, 15 January 2020 at 12:00 to transact the following business:


  1.    To consider and confirm the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Members held on Wednesday, 16 January 2019.


  1.    To consider the Report of the Chairman of the National Board of Directors for the year ended 31 July 2019.


  1.    To receive and consider the audited Financial Statements of The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa for the period ended 31 July 2019.


  1.    To appoint the Authority’s Auditors.


  1.    To transact any business which may be transacted at an Annual General Meeting.


 Proxy Forms are available Click Here 


Vee Moodley 

Chief Executive                                                                                                    13 December 2019


The NHA laboratory has observed, in some racehorse specimens emanating countrywide, traces of a substance which may be indicative of Zilpaterol.

Zilpaterol is a chemical substance which is commercially used in South Africa in feed for cattle destined for meat production. It is reported that this substance is harmful to horses and can result in adverse side effects. As such the NHA is monitoring the situation with reference to the NHA Rules.

Racehorse owners, trainers and breeders are urged to take precautionary steps to monitor the feed which is sourced for their horses and that it is obtained/ produced under conditions which would not result in Zilpaterol being present. It is for this reason that commercial chemical fertilizers are preferable in the growing of feed crops destined for horses.

For more information please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The National Horseracing Authority is a signatory country of the Asian Racing Federation and has decided to adopt Asian Screening Limits (ASLs) for the substances indicated below, effective 1 September 2019. When the below ASL detection limits are exceeded in the laboratory screening process, qualitative confirmatory analysis will be followed to confirm the presence or absence of the prohibited substance.

• Firocoxib:          2 ng/mL in plasma
• Dantrolene:       0.1 ng/mL (of 5-hydroxydantrolene) in plasma
• Ketoprofen:       2 ng/mL in plasma
                             (under the condition of a single IV or oral dose)

The current, full list of adopted ASL’s and their definition is published under the Laboratory section (Asian Screening Limits) of the NHA website.