Festivals ban exposes OP�s hasty decisions

Cabinet has resolved that all music festivals booked at different stadia will go ahead
Cabinet has resolved that all music festivals booked at different stadia will go ahead

After a hasty decision was taken by the Office of the President (OP) to ban music festivals at stadia and public places, the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Development, Thapelo Olopeng has told the media that Cabinet has resolved that all music festivals booked at different stadia will go ahead.

The U-turn move by the government came after a press release from the OP directed both MYSC and Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to prohibit all festivals including the already booked ones. OP’s rushed decision was fuelled by a recent unfortunate incident at the Gaborone International Music and Culture Week’s (GIMC) where a young woman lost her life.

When addressing the media at a media briefing intended to clarify issues about the permission of music festivals held at the National Stadium and other public areas, Olopeng said Cabinet agreed to allow all the booked festivals for 2017 to go ahead. 

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