Ballito Rage Festival Canceled After 32 Guests and Four Staff Test Positive
1 Dec 2021

The South African event Ballito Rage Festival was canceled after 32 guests and four staff tested positive for covid-19. The organizers released the following statement: 

The safety of our guests is our top priority, which is why we have decided to cancel this year’s Ballito Rage Festival effective immediately…We deeply regret any inconvenience or disappointment caused by this decision and we will be in touch soon with more information on refunds.

According To A Statement Released By Festival Organisers 

The festival will therefore be canceled with immediate effect. We would like to apologize to all of our patrons who have purchased tickets, but unfortunately, a small group of people have put at risk not only their own health but also that of other guests and stakeholders. The police are still investigating how covid-19 was brought into South Africa. It is believed that several recreational users are responsible for smuggling in large quantities of drugs across multiple borders over time, which they then sell out at festivals throughout South Africa.

The Statement Also Said:

“Whilst we understand the disappointment that this causes for those who were looking forward to enjoying the festival, these are unprecedented times. We strongly urge all ticket holders who choose to stay in the area or travel during the holiday period to continue to be extremely responsible, stay safe, and play their part in fighting the spread of COVID-19.”

What Are the Rage Festival Covid Numbers So Far?

From the 940 guests and staff who were tested, 32 guests and 4 staff presented positive results. The Department of Health was on-site and worked together with the festival management teams to conduct contact tracing and ensure the necessary isolation of positive individuals and staff as per government protocols.

Sa President Might Want To Mandate Covid Vaccines

The President of South Africa’s Medical Association (SAMA) has suggested that the South African government should require mandatory vaccination of people attending rage festivals. This follows after 32 guests and four staff at Ballito Rage Festival tested positive for covid-19, a highly contagious virus that is easily spread through blood contact. This condition can result in more serious symptoms such as chronic fatigue, heart failure, and death in rare cases. 

Ballito Rage Festival What Now?

Though many were irate, organizer Jarvis said that canceling was the right thing to do. Several guests have since petitioned for a partial refund—which Jarvis says he is considering. If we don’t give them money back, they will sue us, he told reporters. And if we do give them their money back, they will try to sue us again anyway.

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