Chain reaction: Mossel Bay's popular Buffalo Rally called off due to lockdown regulations

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The Buffalo Rally hosted by the Nomads Motorcycle Club has been postponed.
The Buffalo Rally hosted by the Nomads Motorcycle Club has been postponed.
  • The Buffalo Rally hosted by Nomads Motorcycle Club has been postponed for the umpteenth time.
  • The popular bikers event serves as a huge economic injection for the town of Mossel Bay.
  • As many as 5 000 bikers attend the event.

Governments lockdown regulations prohibiting large gatherings have put a damper on major events, forcing them to be cancelled.

The latest casualty is the Buffalo Rally which has been forced to provisionally postpone its event to next year due to regulations. 

The organisers in a Facebook post said: "Sadly, as the Covid-19 restriction on gatherings has not been lifted, and the likelihood it won’t be for some time to come, we are postponing the Buff to the weekend of the 28th October 2022. The Buff venue will once again be at the ATKV Resort, Hartenbos. Let's hope this will be the last postponement."

The Buffalo Rally, hosted by Nomads Motorcycle Club, is a popular bikers event and serves as a huge economic injection for the town of Mossel Bay.

As many as 5 000 bikers attend the rally and bring between R12 million and R18 million into the Mossel Bay economy. 

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Nomads Motorcycle Club chairperson Luderick Jacoby told News24 they were unable to host the event until such time as the regulations were lifted, or increased to accommodate ± 5 500 people. 

He said:

We were hopeful the restriction would have been lifted by now, but it appears we weren't that lucky. In all likelihood, it won’t be for some time to come, with the predictions of more outbreaks of Covid infections.

The event has been postponed on a number of occasions, which has meant huge financial losses. 

"The 2020 Buff was scheduled to be held from the 3rd to the 5th April 2020, and the organising team were scheduled to leave Cape Town a week prior to the event. At that stage most of our costs for the event had been paid, e.g. T-shirts, badges, marquee hire etc," he said. 

Jacoby added that the Mossel Bay area would be severely affected by the financial losses. 

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"With the Buffalo Rally not being staged, the businesses in Mossel Bay will also have suffered severely these past two years, as the Buff has been a huge financial injection into the town."

He added that the Mossel Bay Mayoral Relief Fund had also been affected, as they had traditionally contributed a donation after every event.  

"In addition, there are the 60 people we employ from the local community to assist with the organisation. It has also had a severe financial effect on the Mossel Bay Roundtable, with the loss of income derived from running the bar facility at the Buff," Jacoby said.

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