In less than 20 days, 25,000 matriculants will be descending on the KwaZulu-Natal coast to party. Local teenagers will start celebrating the end of their academic year by either partying inland or travelling to KwaZulu-Natal to attend one of the many raves, such as the annual Rage Festival taking place between 26 November and 5 December.
Theunis Kotze, ADT GM for the inland region says, “While safety is a priority for the event organisers at many of these raves, everyone who attends should also take responsibility for their own safety.
“Students going away need to remember that although they are away from home and while it is about relaxing and letting their hair down, it is important that they still keep their safety top of mind.”
Kotze’s advice to Grade 12s who will be celebrating at any of these festivals:
- Before leaving your accommodation for the day or night, ensure that anything valuable is locked away in a drawer or safe.
- Never carry large amounts of cash or go out wearing flashy or expensive jewellery.
- If your accommodation is a holiday house or apartment, make sure all the doors are locked, the windows are properly shut and that the alarm is activated if a system is installed.
- When out at different events and activities, be aware of your surroundings and arrange with your friends to keep an eye on each other’s belongings.
- If you are approached by a suspicious individual, walk away and report it to the nearest security personnel or to the police.
When it is time to return to your digs:
- Never leave without your friends.
- Do not accept a lift from a stranger; rather use transport provided.
- Driving after a few drinks is not an option; call a cab or use event shuttles if they are available.
Kotze further suggests that parents share these tips with their teens who in turn can share with their friends, regardless of whether they are going away or just celebrating at home.