Jazz fest: ‘casino too strict’

2016-03-11 09:45
The red-brick road around the City Hall.

The red-brick road around the City Hall. (Jonathan Burton)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pietermaritzburg - Organisers of the Pietermaritzburg Jazz Festival have complained, saying the Golden Horse Casino — the usual venue for the event — is “too strict”.

Starlight Promotions, owned by Maritzburg United spokesperson Brian Zuma, said the midnight cut-off time for the event is too early, and people should be allowed to bring their own alcohol to the festival.

Zuma said in a report to the council’s executive committee yesterday that they are looking at venues outside of Pietermaritzburg for the next event.

“The midnight cut-off time is a big turn-off to festival lovers. Festivals generally have fun until as [late] as 4 am the next morning,” he said.

Zuma added that Golden Horse — “as suitable and convenient as it is” — was not amenable to hosting a show beyond midnight, due to the relevant by-laws.

Being too strict on people coming in with their own alcohol was “another big turn-off”.

“It is way cheaper to bring in your own booze than to buy at the venue, which is often very expensive,” said Zuma.

According to a financial assessment by Clive Coetzee, of the infrastructure management and economic services unit in the KZN Treasury, last year’s jazz festival ran at a significant loss.

“It’s not surprising given the fact that events in general take a number of years to break in,” he said, adding, however, that a number of local businesses had benefitted from the increased exposure and marketing.

“Increased expenditure into these local businesses could have saved a job or two,” said Coetzee.

The city’s executive committee noted the reports in council yesterday.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  event  |  festival

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.