Qu­e­s­ti­ons a­bout jazz fe­s­ti­val

Mossel Bay Advertiser - - Briewe | Letters -

Cor­ne­li­us Druif wri­tes:

I ha­ve re­ad the ar­ti­cle and es­pe­ci­al­ly Ca­mis­sa So­lu­ti­ons’ re­spon­se to Da­ve Lie­ben­berg’s let­ter on the jazz fe­s­ti­val with gre­at in­te­rest.

In prin­ci­ple, I am not a­gainst the fe­s­ti­val and gi­ve Ca­mis­sa the be­ne­fit of the doubt that it will at­tend to the is­su­es re­la­ting to the hours as well as sound le­vels alt­hough it fai­led qui­te bad­ly in this re­gard last y­e­ar.

I can­not, ho­we­ver, accept that the sound en­gi­neers of in­ter­na­ti­o­nal per­for­mers mig­ht de­vi­a­te from the “mo­da­li­ties”.

It is Ca­mis­sa’s re­spon­si­bi­li­ty to en­s­u­re that they don’t!

With re­gard to the pro­jected e­co­no­mic im­pact of the fe­s­ti­val, I think the “South A­fri­can Cul­tu­ral Ob­ser­va­to­ry” should ha­ve a­not­her look at its cal­cu­la­ti­ons.

At R328 992 000 it a­mounts to a cost of R8 881,68 for e­ach of the 37 000 bed occu­pants per day/nig­ht.

If the room ra­te is a way-a­bo­ve a­vera­ge room ra­te of R2 000 per nig­ht for Mos­sel Bay, it me­ans e­ach bed occu­pant will spend a­not­her R6 881 per bed nig­ht that will flow in­to the lo­cal e­co­nomy (and not in­to the poc­kets of the e­vent or­ga­ni­sers or ser­vi­ce pro­vi­ders from el­se­w­he­re). As it is said in A­fri­kaans: “Sak Sa­rel!”

Las­t­ly, a for­mu­la­ry? Trying to baf­fle us if you can’t dazz­le us?

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