Music show hosts to pay more

Those who wish to host music shows or festivals at municipal sport grounds, will have to fork out N$10 000.

17 March 2020 | Local News

Muronga Haingura; Municipality CEO; “The increase was decided upon due to past experiences…”

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Entities and individuals who wish to host music shows and festivals at Walvis Bay sports facilities, will now have to fork out N$10 000 as a down payment.

This follows after a recommendation was tabled by council’s management committee at the most recent ordinary council meeting to increase the refundable deposit for music shows and festivals from N$1 524.60 to N$10 000.

The refundable deposit for sport events will remain the same, at N$1 524.60.

Chairperson of the management committee Lillo Niilenge that the demand for council sport facilities to host music shows and festivals had increased dramatically over the past two years. In 2019, six music shows and festivals were hosted at municipal sport facilities.

Niilenge said that the sports, arts, youth and culture sections of the municipality as the custodians of the facilities, experienced a multitude of problems after almost each event that took place.

“The biggest problems were structural damage to facilities and damage to the grass surfaces of the sports fields.”

She explained that although the hosts of music shows and festivals promised to adhere to the conditions of approval given, problems were experienced on most occasions.

“It takes a lot of effort to get the organisers of these events to repair the damage incurred during shows. It becomes even more difficult once the shows or festivals have taken place.”

Niilenge said that in light of the two festivals lined up before the end of this financial year, it would be in council’s best interest to approve the increase of the currently refundable deposit for these events.

“The City of Windhoek also charges a refundable deposit of N$10 000 for the hosting of music shows and festivals at municipal sport facilities.”

Councillor Gibson Goseb objected to the increase, and asked council to rather reconsider an increase to N$5000.

“In our current economic climate some hosts won’t be able to pay N$10 000. Music events and festivals also boost our local economy.”

The municipality’s chief executive officer Muronga Haingura said that the increase in deposit fees was decided upon due to past experiences.

“The small deposit amount paid by the hosts of these events is not sufficient to cover damage caused at the facilities. This results in council having to pay the shortfall.”

Mayor Immanuel Wilfred said that once approved by council, the increase will be gazetted.

“We are not only experiencing structural damage at our sports facilities, but at other municipal facilities too, with council having to dig deep into its pockets to cover the cost.”

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