Friday, December 01, 2023

Be responsible and in moderation, urge MEC, as matric rage weekend gets underway

The Western Cape's Education Department has urged the Class of 2023 to celebrate responsibly this weekend, as rage events in Plettenberg Bay and Ballito in KwaZulu-Natal kicks off.

PHOTO: Facebook - Plettenberg Rage

Close to 45 000 candidates in the Western Cape will sit down for Afrikaans Paper 3 on Friday, with a few writing Dance and Music, on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

Education MEC, David Maynier encouraged candidates to enjoy it, but in moderation.

"It is understandable that our matrics would like to let their hair down and celebrate the end of a difficult few years at school, but we urge them to do so responsibly and in moderation, especially in terms of alcohol consumption."

"We encourage parents to ensure that matrics understand the risks involved in large events and smaller parties, and to ensure that they have made arrangements to stay in contact with their children and know what to do in an emergency.  We do not want to have our candidates’ end-of-year holidays spoiled by becoming targets of crime or being involved in a serious accident," added David Maynier, Western Cape Education MEC.

He shared tips for those attending these and other smaller events:

• Familiarise themselves with the safety measures at the event itself, and the relevant local emergency phone numbers;

• Keep a close eye on their valuables at all times;

• Similarly, keep a close eye on their beverages at all times, and not leave them unattended;

• Report anything suspicious to the South African Police Service or the event organisers immediately;

• Avoid drinking and driving; and

• Set up a buddy system for their own safely, as well as keep in regular contact with their parents. 


Done By: Mitchum George

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