All Matric Rage Events Are Postponed
All Matric Rage Festival events are now being postponed after it was identified as a super spreader event by the country's Health Minister. This backlash comes after multiple attendees tested positive for the virus. However the organisers ahve said that the Plett Rage event may still go ahead if it receives the necessary permits.
Matric Rage events for 2020 and 2021 are being postponed following the Health Department labelling the events as a super spreader event.
For now, all further Rage Festival events are postponed as we consult further with the relevant officials and stakeholders. More details can be shared as they become available.
The Rage events which have taken place already are Rage Ballito from 27 November to 4 December and Jeffrey's Bay from 26 November to 6 December. The Johannesburg Rage was set to take place from 12 to 13 December while Plettenberg Bay Rage was scheduled for 29 January to 6 February 2021.
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The event organiser's spokesperson, Darren Sandras, has said, "Tickets for Plett Rage have been paused with immediate effect. This is to ensure all necessary further consultation with the relevant officials and stakeholders can take place."
The Spokesperson for MEC Anton Bredell, James Brent-Styan, said:
The issue isn't the official Plett Rage event. The problem is that there are unofficial things that are popping up ... People are koppig and decide that they are going to have a party anyway.
Attendees of the event contracted the virus with many questioning why these events were continuing. In Ballito Dr Kams Govender said 20 patients had tested positive for the coronavirus in less than 48 hours. All of whom were teenagers or young adults aged 15 to 21 who had either attended, or had friends who had attended the Rage Festival in Ballito.
Sandras continued to explain that every event at the festival was deemed compliant and that the full go-ahead was given by the local health department.
Attendees are now advised to observe 10 days of quarantine, get tested for Covid-19 and download and interact with the Covid-Alert App as some have tested positive for Covid-19.
UPDATE at 16:00:
After initially confirming that all Rage events are postponed indefinitely a spokesperson for the Rage events has now said that it is possible that the Plett version of the series may still go ahead. The Plett Rage which normally takes place in early December has already been moved to later January. The organisers don't want to say that it won't be happening but can't say that it will heppen either. What they have said is that it may be able to go ahead on those dates if they can assure the authorities that they will comply with all Covid-19 policies.
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