THE quiet streets of Ballito are slowly transforming into a hub of activity with enthusiastic matriculants ready to celebrate the end of their school careers.
The 4U Rage festival has been the matric vacation event to be at, and “Ragers” from all over the country are making their way to be part of the action. Mooi River mum Monica Botha has stepped up to the plate and has taken her daughter and all her friends down to Ballito to Rage.
The group, who all went to Treverton College in Mooi River, are excited to get the full Rage experience.
“These kids are so excited. They already started partying last night and they are already tired. I’m just here to look after them and make sure they have a good time, even if it stresses me out,” said Botha.
Dudu Ebineng, who completed matric at Treverton, said she could not wait to have fun with her friends.
“We went to the Crush nightclub last night, and it was the best time ever. I just want to get into the vibe here and have fun. I also want to meet new people!”
She and her friends met at Treverton and decided to come down to Rage together.
“We will all be leaving in dribs and drabs, but we plan to have as much fun as we can while we’re together,” said Kendal Macfie.
Another matric, Cameron Malcolm, on the other hand just could not wait to meet girls.
Everyone is excited to go to the official 4U Rage events that will feature some of the hottest local and international talents. Local DJ Euphonik played his sets at Crush, the only official Rage nightclub, last night.
Owner of the club, Blair Lock, has been hosting events for Rage for a few years and said they were prepared for whatever came their way.
“We are here to make sure the kids have a good time and leave safely. We had quite a few of them come in here last night. When they see their friends you just hear shouting. There are high fives and hugs all over, which is great to see,” Lock said.
Rumours of potential water shortages during the festive season are running rife in Ballito this year, but Lock said that they had that covered too: “We are on the lower side of Ballito, so I don’t think we will be affected that much. Last year, we had three hours without water, and that was it. Even so, we learnt from last year, so we have 400 litres of emergency water just in case we need it.”