Matric Rage Festival to expand to Margate

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Matrics at the Plett Rage Festival in Plettenberg Bay.
Matrics at the Plett Rage Festival in Plettenberg Bay.
Kgosi Motsepe
  • The post-matric Rage Festival is planned for Margate in 2022.
  • The event could bring R250 million to the South Coast town.
  • This year's event in Plettenberg Bay is expected to have a mandatory vaccination policy.

The famous Rage Festival, a post-matric celebration, has announced Margate as its new location for the 2022 festival.

The festival could bring about R250 million to the region, according to a statement by the event organisers.

"In addition to the benefits for the incoming visitors, Rage Festivals create part-time employment and generate significant funding for the local tourism economy. One report indicated that the festivals attract around 15 000 students, with each one spending between R8 000 and R15 000 during their stay, bringing in around R250 million to the region," the statement read.

The event has been held in Ballito for 19 years, 11 years in Jeffreys Bay and 22 years in Plettenberg Bay.

The festival will return to Plettenberg Bay this December after being cancelled last year when about 1 000 people tested positive for Covid-19 after the Ballito and Umhlanga event.

The festival was identified as the common denominator in a cluster of Covid-19 cases, with health officials recording more than 984 positive cases among attendees. They were mainly from Johannesburg and Tshwane.

Organisers have announced a strict mandatory vaccination policy for this year's event.

READ | 'If you don't have a vaccination, don't come': Plett Rage hopes to return with new Covid-19 rules

The festival will be held with the support of the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality and various community organisations, organisers said.

"The festivals have earned their status as a rite of passage for South Africa's matrics and students, with events booked up a year in advance – year after year," said Greg Walsh, CEO of the Rage Festival Group.

"Our recent engagement with the people of Margate has been terrific. The town has its objectives clearly defined and there is a whole community working tirelessly and investing deliberately towards a very bright future. The main beach area of Margate offers Rage Festival a unique platform to create a walking festival experience yet unseen in our history."

The week-long event will occur around the end of November or the start of December 2022, depending on the matric examination timetable.

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