Here’s Why the Sharpeville Food Festival is Being Postponed
Just hours before another edition of the highly anticipated Sharpeville Food Festival, its organizers (and key staff members) reluctantly took to social media to officially announce that they are unfortunately postponing the festival.
They initially made the announcement about the event – which was set to take place today at George Thabe Stadium, in Sharpeville, Vaal – in a very lengthy statement issued on their official Facebook page during the wee hours of this (Saturday) morning on March 30th, 2019.
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With this bit of knowledge in mind, the event has been rescheduled to a much later date that is still yet to be confirmed. Nevertheless, here’s what we think you also need to know about the unexpected changes, so far:
Why the sudden changes?
According to their Facebook post, the organizers are postponing the event because they were unexpectedly ambushed by (roughly) 40 thugs and denied access to the aforementioned venue in Sharpeville last night.
“Thugs from ward 14 parked at George Thabe Stadium refusing to give our food vendors, suppliers, sponsor partners, and our sound system access to the venue so we could set up and prepare for the event.” they wrote.
Can ticket holders get refunds?
Well, that bit is currently unclear, however, Sharpeville Food Festival announced that they will also be releasing more information about tickets and refunds on Monday, April 1st, 2019 at Computicket.
How is Vaal reacting to the news?
As you can imagine, there has been a bittersweet reaction from the Vaal community and food enthusiasts.
One follower, named George Neyo, left a (somewhat) controversial comment on the abovementioned Facebook post, saying “you can’t cancel an event on the same day of the event without any notice before. It clearly shows that the organizers are full of ego and disrespect”.
On the other hand, there were some fairly positive comments in a follow-up post (expounding the unforeseen postponement).
Another Facebook follower, named Keith Alexander, said “Hade boys. I will do the damage control on my side, with my people. You guys need to play it smart. Be good with locals at winning their hearts. Phela, they have a history with that place.”
Images: Sharpeville Food Festival