Cape Town – The Ballito Rage festival may have been cancelled following the detection of Covid-19 infections but the event in Plettenberg Bay is going ahead with conditions.
Organisers in Ballito pulled the plug on the six-day event just one day in.
This was due to 36 people testing positive for Covid-19.
The Plett Festival is expected to begin on Friday and continue through to next Tuesday despite concerns about it potentially being a superspreader event.
Concerns around such parties are not unfounded. Last year, they were cited as having contributed to a spike in Covid-19 cases in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.
But the Plett Rage founder Ronen Klugman said that their event was going ahead.
“They are all here, we gave a commitment to the class of 2021 that we were going to create a safe environment. The only way for us now to open the doors is for them to go to the test centre.”
He said that those planning to attend the event should know their status.
They will also have to present their PCR test and vaccine card at the testing centre on-site and will be subjected to a rapid antigen test.
Klugman said the process will be repeated every day and those who test positive will not be allowed in.
He said that 900 people were expected at the event, which is considerably scaled down from previous years.