Matrics in party mode

2015-11-28 10:45
Red Frog crew members Steve Thistle, Sarah Ward, Siya Shange and Paige Bates are geared up for hordes of matrics at #Rage2015.

Red Frog crew members Steve Thistle, Sarah Ward, Siya Shange and Paige Bates are geared up for hordes of matrics at #Rage2015. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Gone are the days of matrics being chased out of town after their final paper. Today they are being welcomed with open arms as they boost local economies and their hedonistic partying is sponsored by some of the world’s biggest brands.

#Rage2015 in KwaZulu-Natal — taking place in Umhlanga, Ballito and Margate — began last night with the traditional Leichi Party just outside Ballito.

The event is expected to draw thousands of revellers to KZN’s North Coast from across the country. But old habits of provincialism will likely remain, with the majority of KZN matrics heading to Ballito and the Gauteng crowd staying in Umhlanga.

By yesterday afternoon almost all the tickets were sold out with final tickets, known as “passports” retailing for R1 400 giving access to events throughout the festival.

Rage festival spokesperson Natasha Goosen said economic impact studies in 2014 revealed the event brought R150 million into the region over the 10-day event.

“It has cost R15 million to stage this event and we are expecting 25 000 people to attend,” said Goosen.

The event will include 88 parties and 87 international and local DJs.

An organisation that has become synonymous with Rage, the Red Frogs, has seconded over 200 volunteers.

Pippa Rowney, Red Frogs spokesperson, said their primary objective is to be the support for the partying matrics.

“We have a pancake trailer in Ballito open 24 hours a day and water to hand out. It is all distributed for free and is financed through sponsors, including the event organisers,” said Rowney.

She said dehydration was the most common issue.

“The matrics spend the days at pool parties and on the beach. Then they go out in the evenings to drink. We do the pancakes to make sure they eat and continually remind them that they should drink water between drinking alcohol.”

She said the organisation also walks the teenagers home and does patrols on the beach having direct access to security and medical services through their call centre based in Umhlanga.

Sponsors for #Rage2015 include Samsung, SnapChat, Guess, Converse, MTV, UBER and CellC.

Numerous attempts to contact the #Rage organisers were unsuccessful yesterday.


THE provincial government has made a plea to celebrating matrics not to drink and drive.

MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, urged pupils not to drink and drive or commit any criminal acts.

“Law enforcement agencies are on high alert and will be monitoring across the province to prevent any unfortunate incidents …

“The levels of deaths, be it on the road or pure criminality, during such celebrations are unacceptable,” said Mchunu.

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