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An application for the Secrets of Summer New Year’s Eve party at Maiden’s Cove has been rejected by the Good Hope Subcouncil even though it had already been approved for two years by The City.
The Subcouncil states its reasons for shutting down the event at Maiden’s Cove are due to the fact that the event was not in the public’s interest and that the prior year had caused major complaints due to sound levels and attendees behaviour. The issue dates back to last year where Independent Online reported that residents were outraged by the plans to close off Maiden’s Cove as many people celebrated New Year’s Eve there, especially the community of the Cape Flats.
According to the Subcouncil, it was “unanimously resolved that the application by SP Events CC for the use of Maiden’s Cove from Thursday 27 to Monday 31 December for a concert event be refused.” Secrets of Summer organisers have since moved their event to a new venue – The River Club. Read the Subcouncil’s statement below and the full report here.
The event would have privatised the use of the area thereby excluding all other members of the community. It should be noted that Maiden’s Cove has a history of the people of Cape Town making extensive use of the area over the festive season. Furthermore, no road closures were applied for and a traffic management plan, sound plan and a noise exemption certificate were lacking.
Previous events hosted by the applicant over the same period were accompanied by excessive noise and antisocial behaviour, impacting negatively on the surrounding community. The blocking of the area for exclusive use by the applicant will deprive the greater community and tourists of enjoying the facility.” – Richard Bosman, Safety and Security Executive Director