The European Union (EU) has confirmed that an audit of South Africa’s export protocols will be conducted in the months of April/May 2020.
This follows a meeting on Tuesday between the EU, the South African Department of Agriculture’s Director of Animal Health, Dr Mpho Maja and Niki Kruger, Chief Director of Trade Negotiations, International Trade and Economic Development Division (ITED).
Adrian Todd, MD of South African Equine Health & Protocols (SAEHP), pictured above, commented:
“The EU will be sending a pre-audit questionnaire early in the New Year so that final preparations can be done. This is a most exciting development for all of us in the South African breeding and racing industries. It shows what can be done when the private and government sectors cooperate and work towards the same goal.”
Eight-times SA Champion trainer and SAEHP board member Mike de Kock was delighted and said:
“With all the negative news we’ve had, this is the announcement of the year. I am excited for SA racing, the audit still has to be completed and there will be a few technical issues after that, but we’re as close now as we’ve been which is wonderful.This is a vital issue. Some of our industry’s biggest investors, like the Sheikhs of Dubai, have been getting impatient but now, at last, we have something tangible, light at the end of the tunnel. I have seen the ramifications of the prohibiting protocols on my own business with an internationally competitive Dubai string of 40 horses grinding to an almost complete halt.”
He added that Adrian Todd and his team at SAEHP have worked very hard and in the face of many obstacles to get us this far. “They deserve compliments, along with Dr Maja who gave racing her preference and several others who have done sterling work behind the scenes.”