As this year’s final exams are close to half-time, Debbie Schäfer, MEC for Education in the Western Cape, asked the students enrolled to carefully weigh the risks of participating in the Matrize Rage and other social events.
The popular end of year Rage Festival takes place from November 30th to December 6th in Ballito, Durban. Plettenberg Rage dates are December 3rd to 7th.
Schäfer asked the students and their parents to consider whether these and other social events are worth the risk.
“Yes, we may have less active cases in our province and country at the moment, but we know from experience in other countries that it is only a matter of time before another wave of Covid-19 arrives. We have to do everything we can not to contribute to an increase in the number of cases, “she said, her families and friends safe.
” Focusing on your exams is an investment in your own future. After the exams are over, there will be plenty of time to celebrate, “she said.
The last Rage Festival in Ballito was identified as a superspreader event after nearly 1,000 cases of Covid-19 were linked to it.
CEO of Rage Festival group Greg Walsh said organizers had all the necessary permits the community, the local police, the fire brigade and the traffic department as well as the health department for this year’s event.
The organizers work with a task team consisting of five people from the Ministry of Health of the Province, two local representatives from the World Health Organization and a team from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.
“It’s definitely a collaborative effort and in terms of safety it’s a fully vaccinated event . All staff and guests must be fully vaccinated and we have a full test solution on site, “he said.
In August, Ronen Klugman, founder and owner of the Student Festival, said, that every person must be vaccinated in order to participate.
“We will require that everyone be vaccinated before they come. We feel it is our responsibility to make sure that people are safe, “said Klugman.
He said that the participants didn’t just have a vaccination certificate test carried out no more than 72 hours before the weekend.
“On arrival, the organizers test each rager with a rapid antigen test before he receives a bracelet. Since Plett Rage is a multi-day event, we will also do another rapid antigen test before Ragers return home, “he said.
” We’ll meet to the Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the Western Cape government, subject to the approval of an event taking place and within the limits of the convention legislation. “