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COVID-19 Rage Festival 2020 FAQ

Rage Festival in Ballito and Umhlanga 2020 is happening!!!

27 November – 4 December 2020

Amended refund and added value policies

You will not be disappointed and together we will ensure your safety! As a big thank you for supporting us, you will be able to use your Passport again in 2021* at no extra cost to come back and experience the magic all over again. We will open a registration in the new year and you’ll have a few months to indicate your intention to attend so we can plan our capacity accordingly. *Please note that if you use it yourself in 2020, you cannot sell it afterwards obviously. Only you can use it again.

In this instance you are choosing not to attend even though we have not cancelled and therefore our standard policy remains:

  1. More than 30 days prior to event, 50% of original Passport/Ticket purchase price refunded;
  2. Between 7 – 30 days prior to event, 25% of original Passport/Ticket purchase price refunded;
  3. Less than 7 days prior to event, strictly no refunds;
  4. After the event, strictly no refunds;

 

  1. Login to your account on ballitorage.howler.co.za using the email address used to purchase your Passport.
  2. Click ‘Tickets’
  3. Click the disclosure icon ⋮ on the ticket you wish to request a refund for.
  4. Click ‘Request Refund’.

 

Or you can choose to keep the Passport and either use it yourself next year or transfer your Passport or sell it to someone wishing to attend Ballito Rage 2021 incurring only a small ticket transfer fee from our ticketing provider.

We will consider requests for 85% refunds from people with medical proof from a doctor of listed COVID-19 comorbidities which place the individual at high risk until 31 October 2020:

  1. Login to your account on ballitorage.howler.co.za using the email address used to purchase your Passport.
  2. Click ‘Tickets’
  3. Click the disclosure icon ⋮ on the ticket you wish to request a refund for.
  4. Click ‘Request Refund’. Don’t be alarmed by the standard refund fee shown to you.
  5. Select “Special Circumstances refund”.
  6. State your medical reason for requesting a refund.

 

– In addition – 

Send an email to support@howler.co.za with proof of your medical condition.
If approved, your 85% refund will be processed. Only until 31 October 2020.

Passport holders who have purchased a Passport using Layup but cannot attend as they will be writing NSC exams:

Supply proof that the school that you attend writes NSC exams before 31 October 2020 and 85% of the original Passport price will be refunded to you.

Or you can continue paying for your Passport either use it yourself next year or transfer your Passport or sell it to someone (once full payment has been made) wishing to attend Ballito Rage 2021 incurring only a small ticket transfer fee from our ticketing provider.

If you are one of the few who have already taken a 50% refund previously and based on this announcement you now want to come, great! Welcome back! You’re welcome to reinstate your Passport for the 50%:

1. Purchase a new Passport with the same email address used to purchase your original Passport (the refunded one).

2. Send an email with proof of your new purchase to support@howler.co.za using the same email address that you used to purchase your new Passport and request the remaining amount of your previous ticket to be refunded.

Passport holders who have purchased a Passport using Layup but cannot attend as they will be writing NSC exams:

Supply proof that the school that you attend writes NSC exams before 31 October 2020 and 85% of the original Passport price will be refunded to you.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

Given how many events are cancelling, offering little to no refund as they’re financially unable, we do hope you receive our amended refund policy and added value options warmly. Understand as shared in our video that we’re doing our very best for you whilst ensuring we weather our most challenging storm, deliver something magical and live to fight to 2021 and keep the Ballito Rage experience alive! We’re also offering you the chance to come twice which is a first in our history without having to purchase a Rage Reunion Passport.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. We hope to see you at Rage Festival 2020 and 2021 in Ballito and Umhlanga!

Greg, Gareth, Thabang, Will, Marina, Mike, Kate, Ben, Scott, Brendan, Tristan, Kitso, Meghann, Xander and Marcia.

FAQ

YES, transport map and times will be shared and routes to all venues will be provided.

No it is not law or mandatory but please do. All staff will be test prior and we cannot encourage you knowing your status enough. We don’t want to be a superspreader so please do your bit, challenge your friends to as well and come with your negative COVID-19 test in hand! The most accurate is of course a full blood test but you can also have a the throat swab.

Please don’t attend. In line with national health requirements, commence your 10 quarantine right away and let people you have been in contact with in the previous 72 hours know so that they can do the same.

  1. Please return to your accommodation immediately and try and isolate from anyone you are sharing with where possible. If not possible, they too should remain in quarantine until you have completed the below.
  2. Please see or consult with a doctor and get tested as soon as practical.
  3. Self isolate in line with regulations until you receive your results.
  4. If your result is negative, you can return to the festival.
  5. If your result is positive:
    • Please inform us immediately.
    • Please inform anyone you have been in contact with and have them isolate and get tested as well.
    • If you can quarantine where you are staying or can get home with private, safe or family transport, please do.
    • If you are not able to quarantine where you are, please let us know and we will arrange a special COVID-19 shuttle to transfer you to a private quarantining facility in Umhlanga. (Please note, we have subsidised this but there will be a cost).
    • From there, your parents can collect you or you can take one of our COVID-19 special purpose shuttle transfers to Durban or Johannesburg. (Please note, we have subsidised this but there will be a cost).

YES! 

The Sound Factory is going ahead and will be built at the Kings Park precinct in Durban. And because hosting club parties simply isn’t possible – it will be open 6 nights in a row! Woohoo.

There are going to be 3 amazing zones for you to enjoy at the Sound Factory! Each zone has everything needed to keep you COVID safe and having a vibe.

Zone 1: The Red Square Cube, hosted at Kings Park Outfield 8. A mega tech heavy stage, crazy lighting, 2 bars, trailer bathrooms, a Rage black area and much more.

Zone 2: The Caribbean Twist Beach, hosted at Collegians and Kings Park outfield 10. A vibing beach bar complete with lots of chill space, trailer bathrooms, a Rage black area, beach sand and a music stage with melodic beats.Zone 3: The Belgravia Forest hosted at College Rovers and Kings Park outfield 3 and 4. Enter the jungle, a crazy space full of wood, greenery, trailer bathrooms a Rage black area, a music stage and 2 bars to keep you cool.

With all of the changes and having to split up venues to accommodate everyone and all of the regulations, it has not been possible to create special Rage Black Areas everywhere. So, we have revised your packages as follows:

  1. R750 Rage Cashless voucher automatically loaded onto your armband! 
  2. Guaranteed access to the event(s) of your choice everyday – this is extremely valuable as some venues are limited to just 500 pax. You will always get in and you can move between the venues.
  3. Skip the queue – all venues, always.
  4. Rage Black gift on arrival.

28 and 29 November 

From 3pm – 10.30am – The Sound Factory Kings Park

  1. #KnowYourStatus campaign before the festival.
  2. #IsolateBeforeArrival campaign before the festival.
  3. Daily COVID-19 pre-screening with the Keep Out Covid app.
  4. Daily temperature checks.
  5. Mask protocols.
  6. No touch policy on arrival, scanning, bars etc.
  7. Hand sanitizing facilities throughout the venues.
  8. All staff and performers wearing appropriate PPE and being screened daily.
  9. COVID-19 compliance officer at all events.
  10. COVID-19 medical specialist team at all events.

This isn’t a question, it’s a statement. As our president regularly says: “it’s now in your hands South Africa.” Rage Festival 2020 is no different. Whilst we will go to extraordinary measures to adapt the nature of the festival and ensure your safety, you need to respect us, your friends and fellow attendees and do your bit. Read the rules, FAQ’s and recommendations.

Come with a great attitude, ready to comply and play your part to ensure we have a smooth, safe and extremely low risk experience for all. We will have an absolute zero tolerance approach to anyone who compromises the safety of another person as we always have.

Of course! The Rage brand has become synonymous with safety and has often been seen as the benchmark for event safety protocols in SA. We are well aware that there is a virus and that every risk needs to be mitigated just as hotels, restaurants and airlines are doing.

Woooah wild one, love it! Of course! Please be smart, don’t compromise your studies but if you’re diligent and have it all worked out then we’d love to see you. We have noticed a gap in the timetable that will allow for a sneaky study break if you’re not writing certain subjects. We recommend you purchase a Rage Flexi Passport. This Passport type will give you access to choose any 5 events in Ballito or Umhlanga during the day or night.

Please speak to your GP and have yourself sent for a COVID-19 test. If you’re negative and start to feel better then we look forward to hosting you. If positive, please see the previous FAQ.

None of us can predict the future of course but we all want the same thing – to head to the coast and celebrate freedom together. So there is shared risk. As we are proceeding, we will start incurring more and more cost as we get closer to our 27 November start date. We do believe that the likelihood of this is low but it is important to be transparent and let you know what would happen if the “worst happened.” In this case our standard cancellation refund policy as per our website would apply. Refer to point 3.16 in our T&C’s.

This is Rage Festival… Silly question! Program will reveal all. You’re going to have an amazing time! It will be the best week of your life.

Some venues will be, some potentially not. Full details will be revealed in due course once we have finalised all of our venue and retail partners.

Yes of course. Believe it or not, putting Rage together costs much more than we receive in Passport sales. To put that to numbers – the average price of a Rage Festival Passport is around R2200. The total cost of the festival costs us R3800 per person who attends. We make this up from sponsorships and other concession revenues like bar income. 2020 will be no different. We have 15 venues to hire, fit and make absolutely amazing for you. You will most definitely get full value for whichever tier of Rage Festival Passport you have purchased.

In March 2021, we will send an email out to each Rage Festival 2020 Passport holder. It will contain all the information of how to do this and will be very simple. In short you’ll be asked to register your intent to return and your Passport will be reactivated for 2020. Please note that we will be extremely strict on checking that it is you personally who uses it again. This is an offer of added value, not a chance for people to take advantage of us.

Yes, we will limit the numbers for 2020 to ensure we can operate extremely safely so please don’t wait to purchase and end up disappointed.

In March 2021, we will send an email out to each Rage Festival 2020 Passport holder who has not used their Passport at Rage 2020. It will contain all the information of how to do this and will be very simple.

Most likely. This is a very fluid situation. On Saturday 15 August we received the first really positive news from our president with the opening of certain sectors of the hospitality and local tourism industry including on-premise liquor consumption and the opening of bars and taverns. Let’s hope for more good news in the coming weeks! It is possible that certain protocols in our FAQ’s may be relaxed such as the wearing of masks should legislation change over time. We will keep you abreast of developments as the situation unfolds. So keep checking our FAQ’s regularly, especially in the week before you travel.

This is such a tough one. Everything is a balance. We’re trying to cater to as many of our Rage family as possible. We also operate in towns that get extremely busy from 15 December onwards for the December holidays. The school holidays also run much later in January than ever before meaning these towns will still have holiday makers and this would create capacity problems. We spoke to many accommodation outlets as well, many of whom were very rigid with their policies – not wanting to offer people the chance to change their bookings to another date. We did our best to consider every option we could and each and every time, we arrived at the same conclusion. We simply couldn’t move the dates.

The reason for the 85% refund is as follows: Firstly, in order to sell the Passport we incur transaction fees. Credit card fees, payment gateways, clearing fees and a fee to our ticketing company who processes the transaction. This is roughly 9%. In addition, our costs to host the festival do not only comprise the costs of the actual events. A huge component of our costs are marketing, staff salaries for 16 people, offices and all the other normal costs associated with operating a company so that we can service our customers and plan year-round. We are also fighting for our survival. We usually do a lot of additional events and this year has been extraordinary. We have had no revenue since March. In returning 85% of the Passport fee, we are returning far more than is financially feasible for us to do so. We have also incurred well more than 15% of the cost associated with selling that Passport in the first place. Many events are offering no refund or 20% or 30% or at best 50%. We are going out of our way to do our best. We trust you understand our difficult position.

If you test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of the commencement of the festival (i.e. on or after 13 November 2020), we respectfully ask you to notify us and not attend. We will assist you with refund or Passport postponement options in line with our policies.

This is a personal choice, whilst your age does put you at lower risk, we still strongly discourage anyone with high risk comorbidities from attending any sort of gathering. If you therefore would prefer not to attend, notify us with proof from a doctor . We will assist you with refund or Passport postponement options in line with our policies.

You notify us immediately and our health and safety team will handle the process within whatever the best practice requirements are at the time based on information from the Department of Health.

There are 2 scenarios. Scenario 1, standing and socialising with limited social distancing is permitted and socially acceptable again. Scenario 2, social distancing is still mandatory in bars and restaurants. We are obviously hoping for scenario 1 but have a plan for both.

 

Scenario 1:

  1. You will need a Ballito Rage Passport, no exceptions as we need detailed information about you for contact tracing purposes if necessary.
  2. You will log into your account at https://ballitorage.howler.co.za/ and will be able to see the full daily program of parties from around 30 days before.
  3. You’ll wear a facemask to travel on the Rage Rides shuttles, all of which will be equipped with hand sanitizer (Assuming still mandatory).
  4. On arrival we will scan your Passport on your wrist and check your temperature. (Assuming still mandatory). You’ll be wearing a mask and so will all of our staff (Assuming still mandatory).
  5. Once inside have a great time!
  6. When you go to the bar or the loo, you’ll put your mask on (Assuming still mandatory).

 

Scenario 2:

  1. You will need a Ballito Rage Passport, no exceptions as we need detailed information about you for contact tracing purposes if necessary.
  2. You will log into your account at https://ballitorage.howler.co.za/ and will be able to see the full daily program of parties from around 30 days before.
  3. You’ll wear a facemask to travel on the Rage Rides shuttles, all of which will be equipped with hand sanitizer. 
  4. On arrival we will scan your Passport on your wrist and check your temperature. You’ll be wearing a mask and so will all of our staff.
  5. Once inside you’ll grab a table with your mates from where to have the best time. Once there you can remove your masks and have a jol.
  6. When you go to the bar or the loo, you’ll put your mask on.
  7. Tables will be positioned as best as possible to see the DJ’s and be a part of the epic vibe.

 

Obviously the situation is fluid and it is more likely that this process will be relaxed than tightened as we better learn to deal with COVID-19 and as the curve (hopefully) continues to flatten – but we will keep you updated as legislature unfolds.

Impossible to know as we await international travel restrictions. We will announce an incredible lineup very soon either way and keep abreast of international movements.

Yes. A full transport route map will accompany the festival program.

To request a refund, please contact Rage Travel directly by emailing info@rage.travel

Please include the below information in your email:
– Full Name of the main purchaser.
– Email Address that was used to make the booking.

Please note that a 10% cancellation fee will apply to your refund. Why? Processing online transactions can be complicated. Booking fees refer to the costs that the Rage Travel business collects in order to make this secure online transaction possible. These comprise the bank fees, payment gateways charges, commissions and other administrative costs.

Refunds will open on Tuesday 25 August at 12pm. If you get an automated response to your email request, it means we have received your email and we will deal with it. Please have a little patience as it takes time to handle everyone’s queries timeously.

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