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GCC issues Hamptons permit with threats

Hamptons organisers PIC. THALEFANG CHARLES
Gaborone City Council has released an emotional press release to the organisers of the Hamptons Jazz Festival regarding the festival permit.

The strongly worded statement, which was posted via Facebook this afternoon, comes after the Council’s February 20th announcement to revoke the permit for the jazz gig.


21 March 2018


Gaborone City Council having resolved administrative issues regarding festivals has issued a permit allowing Hamptons Promoters to use musical instruments during the 5th Annual Hamptons Jazz Festival at Duma FM Grounds from 14:00hrs to 00:00hrs.

The permit is given on the following strict conditions:

1. The festival shall be conducted on the following date and time

24th March 2018 from 14:00hrs to 00:00hrs

2. The event shall be held at Duma FM Grounds

3. No activity shall carry post 00:00hrs at the said grounds. For clarity, the festival shall end at the said time. This condition is non-negotiable

4. The musical instruments shall be played at a lower pitch so as not to cause extreme nuisance and or peace and tranquillity to the inhabitants of the neighbourhood

5. The patrons of the festival shall be

informed of the said times at item 1 and 3 by the festival promoters 

6. Gaborone City Council shall not be held responsible for any death, illness or accident as a result of the event 

Note that failure to comply with the aforementioned conditions will be violation of Bye-Law 34(1) of Gaborone City Council General Bye-Laws of the Local Government Act No. 18 of 2012, The Trade Act Cap 43:03, the Liquor Act No. 9 of 2004 as well as Liquor Regulations, 2008 and may lead to revocation of the permit and additional fines and or imprisonment.

Violation of the above strict conditions shall hamper success of future applications for similar events. 

NB: The Council is the ONLY regulatory Body regarding operation times for such above activities.

Thank you.


The 5th annual Hamptons Jazz Festival will be held over the weekend and it is headlined by Billy Ocean, Salif Keita, Zahara, Nathi, Amanda Black and local artists including ATI, Socca Moruakgomo and Nnunu Ramogotsi among others.




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