Teens ‘rage’ on in Ballito despite cold, wet weather

2013-12-02 00:00

TEENAGERS continued to “rage” this weekend in Ballito despite the cold, wet weather.

“A party is a party no matter what the weather is!” said Rager Ben Clark while walking in the rain to a local pub.

The restaurants and streets were buzzing with activity as everyone got ready for the Fist Pump Nation party, a 4U Rage event. With their shorts and custom-cut vests, Ragers danced the night away on muddy floors.

A group of friends from St John’s DSG and Michaelhouse rented a house as base camp for their stay in Ballito. Although the matric results are on their mind, everyone is choosing to focus on the fun for now.

Murry McDonald said: “It is a worry, but there is nothing we can do about it now. So we might as well relax and enjoy ourselves.”

Makhethe Leboed from Johannesburg was hanging out with newly acquired friends Benny Bilenge and Brendon Brown, who hail from Maritzburg College: “Rage brought us together. The weather does suck, that won’t stop us. It’s the end of matric! Nothing can stop us!” said Leboed.

For a group of girls from Pretoria the weather was nothing: “It is grey, but this is still hot for us. It’s great!” said Lihle Vika, who is looking forward to good music, lots of fun and an out-of-body experience.

Michaelhouse boys Neo Ngcobo and Nzuzi Dlumini had a blast at the Fist Pump Nation party. “If it wasn’t for my parents, I wouldn’t be at Rage and wouldn’t know how good it is. Fun in Ballito!” said Ngcobo.

For Hops, a restaurant near the 4U Rage hot spots, the influx of teenagers during this time is bittersweet.

Manager Gerald Cyprianos said: “The [Ragers] generally come here while they wait for the parties to start. We have one or two specials for them, but they are mostly here for the events, not us. Every now and then they misbehave and we have to ask them to leave, but they do bring in good business.”

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