The City of Cape Town wants to host South Africa’s first major drive-in event

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The City of Cape Town is hoping to host the country’s first major drive-in event as “proof of concept” and as a trial for future events and festivals in South Africa.

The City has written to the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture requesting approval for the event. This request comes shortly after Arts and Culture minister Nathi Mthethwa met with members of the events industry to discuss the reopening of the sector.

The City’s mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said in a statement that the drive-in event will assist the industry to commence recovery and to alleviate the economic distress it is currently facing and expressed their interest in the new proposals.

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“We have written to the national department requesting that the City of Cape Town be allowed to host a drive-in event to showcase the proof of concept for such future events,” Smith said.

As part of industry member’s meeting with Arts and Culture minister Nathi Mthethwa last week, the South African Communication Industries Association (SACIA) presented stringent safety measures and protocols they plan have put in place to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 at events organised by any of their affiliated organisations.

Some of those proposed protocols include:

  • The prohibition of the consumption of alcohol at events with over 300 participants;
  • A separate safety plan for 1,000 participants (drive-ins);
  • Using technology, such as electronic capacity monitoring systems, to track how many participants are at events at any given time;
  • New regulations on the number of participants at events, currently set at 50 people, to take into consideration the size/area or the total capacity of venues and not the current 50 participants’ restriction, as this does not ensure that safety protocols of social distancing are respected.

Along with the above proposals, The City of Cape Town believes it’s equipped with the established platforms to test and to evaluate the feasibility of hosting a proof of concept drive-in event in the Mother City.

“There is a major focus on a contactless environment, strict health and safety protocols for all events to ensure the safety of participants, staff, service providers and patrons as a top priority.

“The city has already implemented standard operating procedures which have allowed the film industry to operate in a safe environment over the last four months and we believe our event protocols will achieve the same.”

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