Raving it up on Margate beach

2010-12-06 00:00

ANYONE who was able to catch a glimpse of Margate’s Blue Flag beachfront at the weekend would know the holiday season has arrived.

The South Coast has famously been a destination for holidaymakers at this time of year and 2010 will be no different, said Vicky Wentzel, managing director of Wozani Africa Events.

Wentzel is co-ordinating the Margate Student Rave, which began officially on Friday evening and will see students from all around South Africa visit the town over the next two weeks to celebrate the end of their matric examinations and high school years.

A festive environment was evident on the internationally acclaimed beach yesterday as the crowds were entertained with beach volleyball, beach soccer and touch rugby, among other fun events.

“It has gone really well so far and we are expecting it to get busier and busier as everywhere fills up over the next week or so,” said Wentzel.

“We have an abundance of entertainment on offer and those who are around will definitely enjoy their holiday.”

Wentzel said a temporary beach bar will be put up on the beachfront this week, but gave the assurance that security guards and police officers will be on hand to ensure there won’t be problems.

“So far it has been fine and we haven’t had any major incidents,” said Wentzel.

“We will have officers all around and anybody who appears to be under age will be asked to produce identification, and if they can’t then they will not be served any alcohol.”

Wentzel said that once the beach bar is in operation festivities will end at around 8 pm every evening.

After-parties will be held at Backline nightclub every night during the Rave.

Natasha Pienaar (18) of Johannesburg said she arrived in Margate on Saturday morning with seven friends from her high school and they are all having “a great time”.

“It’s a time in our lives when we deserve a break and a chance to party together,” said Pienaar.

“I have never been here before and the sea and the beach and everything is so awesome. I don’t want to go back.”

Pienaar and her friends will be heading back to Gauteng on Sunday.

THE Margate Student Rave has kicked off and over the next few days visitors to the South Coast will be treated to some of the very best in local entertainment. These are some of the highlights for this week:

Today: DJ Mark Stent plays on the beachfront.

Wednesday: East Coast Radio’s Rowan Clelland plays on the beachfront and Spinderella will see the party into the evening.

Thursday: Miss Valpre Summer Splash Competition; Idols’ Peter G and local superstars Locnville will perform on the beach.

Friday: Popular local funksters Goldfish will perform.

Saturday: Kev and Cath Grenfell from 5fm perform at Backline.



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