Coast braced for annual Rage

2012-11-27 00:00

MORE than a decade of schooling will be dispensed in a riot of drinking and dancing when the second matric Rage festival tears into Umhlanga and Ballito this week.

The annual bacchanalia that takes over two of KwaZulu-Natal’s elite suburbs promises much of the same — and wary authorities are preparing for the onslaught.

Last year the two coastal towns attracted 135 000 matriculants hell bent on bidding farewell to their school years in raucous fashion.

This year service providers are beefing up security and manpower to ensure local residents and other more sedate guests are inconvenienced as little as possible.

Derek McKillop, general manager of the Umhlanga Sands Resort, said his security was five times higher than last year.

And although there would not be any parties at the resort, he said high noise levels were expected.

“About 99% of the guys are good lads … we are just concerned about the noise pollution.

“We will make sure that in every room there is at least a 21-year-old to make sure that they behave.”

Only a few “bad apples” were asked to leave last year and sent home to Johannesburg, he added.

The Rage is a yearly event where matriculants can party till they drop after they have finished their exams. They take part in events where there are usually a host of local and international DJs.

This year’s line-up includes Durban-based Sp!ndoctor, 5fm’s DJ Fresh, Euphonik, Roger Goode and Gareth Cliff, among others.

Organisers G&G Productions have partnered with various businesses in the area to provide discounted meals, subsidised transport and security.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the parties would be monitored as in previous years. In addition, the Rage would be part of the police’s festive season operational plan.

Naicker said there would be undercover police to deal with crime.

Matrics are expected to start pouring in tomorrow as some were still busy with their exams. The more fortunate who finished exams earlier started yesterday with planned parties at night clubs in Umhlanga and at uShaka Marine World in Durban.

“It is important to point out that parents of these matriculants, and the organisers of these functions, have a role to play in eradicating unruly behaviour of these young women and young men in partnership with the police,” said Naicker.

Ebby Potgieter, manager of Kiki’s Take Away, said matrics who produced a coupon could get a burger, chips and cool drink for as little as R30.

“We have been involved with the Rage from last year and we had an awesome time. The kids were on their impeccable behaviour and it was such a pleasant experience.

“This is good for business because they are customers of the future and our role is to provide good value and cheap meals,” she said.

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