All hands on deck as Ballito prepares for invasion of the ‘Ragers’

2013-11-29 00:00

HOTELS have beefed up security to make sure that the Ragers are safe during the 4U Rage Festival hitting the popular beach town from tonight.

The Regal Inn and the Ballito Lodge have exclusively been booked for partygoers and are leaving nothing to chance.

Teenagers are already flocking in droves to the 4U Rage Festival taking place in Ballito, Umhlanga and Rams­gate that kick-started yesterday.

The matric Rage’s line-up includes beach parties, night clubbing and and open-air dance parties.

Byron Samuelson, an operations manager at the Ballito Lodge, said the rooms are blocked off until December 6 and cost R750 per night for two guests sharing. He told The Witness that they have hired six additional guards to patrol the staircases, boundary walls and public areas.

“We have paramedics on stand-by all day, and will have a rescue station for the guests to buy essentials, headache tablets, smoothies and other ‘hangover’ helpers,” Samuelson added.

They have also added more lighting in dark areas for visibility.

“All my staff have also been trained in basic first aid.”

The lodge has also discounted beverages to R13 a beer and R26 for vodka and Red Bull and food will also be sold at reduced rates.

“We feel this is important that we counter the drug issue that has been mentioned so much in the past.”

He said in previous years there had been small incidents, but nothing too serious. “Rage is a great revenue gainer for the local hotels and community.

“Yes there will be a bit of a noise, but even though this is in-season it is still a bit of a quiet time for us.”

Mogie Govender of Regal Inn said Rage organisers G&G Productions have taken over the entire hotel for the duration at a slightly discounted price and said the entire hotel is not full at the moment.

The standard price for a room at Regal Inn in December is about R550.

Govender said CCTV cameras have been installed to ensure that every aspect of the hotel is monitored.

“Patrons are inspected upon entry into the building and those that do not have the necessary armbands are not allowed in. No other individuals, other than the Rage patrons and Regal Inn staff, are permitted on the premises during the next 10 days,” she stressed.

She said they have had no instances of unruly behaviour over the past two years when they have hosted the Rage.

“Hardly any breakages or damages were experienced by us; in fact quite a few friendships were forged between staff and patrons,” she added.

The swank Oyster Box Hotel said they are not aware of any matriculants staying at the hotel, but if there were any, they would need adult supervision if they are under the age of 18 years.

“I would imagine that those who stay at OBH are fortunate to have their parents pay for it,” said the hotel’s spokesperson Joanne Hayes.

About 2 000 Ragers are staying at Regal Inn, Life Hotel and Hampshire. The rest are living in the surrounding areas.

General manager at La Montagne Hotel, Dwight Westraad, said they have organised security guards on site as well as additional bouncers for the nights that Sub Zero Night Club is open.

“There will also be two lifeguards on duty during the day around the pool area. We are also in the process of having a paramedic on site for the duration of matric Rage,” said Westraad.

La Montagne’s price ranges are from R1 500 to R2 500 per room per day.

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