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Hamptons show on despite revocation of permit

MOMPATI TLHANKANE
Debbie Smith PIC. THALEFANG CHARLES
The promoters of the much-anticipated Hamptons Jazz Festival are adamant that the show will proceed as planned on March 23 at Duma FM grounds despite the revocation of the permit from Gaborone City Council (GCC).

GCC communicated through a Facebook post on BWGovernment page indicating that the permit issued to the Hamptons Promoters on the February 9, 2018 by the GCC Bye Law Officer was erroneous.

“Council has no authority to issue permits on loud music beyond midnight unless the event is to be held in a sound proof facility or in an isolated area” read the statement in part.

Even though GCC advised the organisers to seek assistance with the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development regarding their request for a permit to operate beyond midnight the show promoter Debbie Smith told Showbiz that MYSC has no authority on that.

She said thus far she has been sent from pillar to post. Smith said the Facebook post was made before they were informed about the revocation of their

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permit.

“Its quite disappointing but its too late to change anything, the event is not cancelled nor postponed,” she said.

She also said that even though the GCC request that they host the festival in a sound proof facility, its impossible because there are no such venues around.

She said they plan to have a meeting with the GCC authorities because no one seems to know anything about the relevant authorities on the issue.

“I struggle every time when I host this event so this is nothing new. Apparently one of the residents near the Duma FM grounds is sick therefore they cannot tolerate noise at night,” she said. 

Smith said she would also try to talk to the complainant because the venue is an open field therefore there is no way they can contain noise. 



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