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Phumelela Turffontein Racecourse

Located in close proximity to Gold Reef City, Turffontein is situated south of the Johannesburg city centre. One of the oldest buildings in the area, across from the race course, is a local heritage site, the Turffontein Fire Station, on the corner of Turf Club Road and Hay Street.

The old fire station, which was constructed in 1910, still stands as a museum in Turffontein, but is dominated by the modern new extension next to it.The old building is used for monthly meetings by the City’s Emergency Management Services and its walls are covered in fire department emblems from around the world, shiny brass helmets and other fire fighting memorabilia. It still retains its charm with its wood-slatted ceilings, large wooden windows, and wooden floor.

Turffontein Race Course is one of the oldest horse racing venues in South Africa, built in 1887. The venue has plenty of parking and plenty of good food. Turffontein Race Course has a 1200m straight course that joins the round course at about the 800m mark. It’s regarded as one of the stiffest tracks in the country due to a steady climb from about the 1200m to the final turn, which means that horses racing from well off the pace actually hold every chance.

Turffontein is also set to become a night racing venue, after Newmarket Racecourse in Johannesburg was sold to local businessmen in early 2007. Since then Turffontein has undergone a major refurbishment, including the installation of floodlights, renewing the existing track side facilities and opening a sports bar.

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