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AWESOME SECURITY (article first published : 2003-09-18)

The Standard Bank Awesome Africa Music Festival takes place at Albert Park on September 27 and 28 with fringe events taking place from September 19.

Easy parking and efficient security are priorities at this year’s event and the festival committee has done careful planning and given much thought to ensure music lovers have a hassle-free, easy and safe time while revelling in the astonishing line up of fabulous music.

Various parking and commuting options have been made available. There is car-guarded parking in and around the Albert Park area and parking within the Albert Park itself. To make maximum use of the other parking opportunities available for festival goers – an Eagle Taxi shuttle mini-bus will collect people and take them to the festival. The shuttle passes every 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday from 13h00 until midnight.

There will be three stopping points – the traffic circle at the Point Yacht Club; the Royal Hotel (Smith Street entrance) and the festival site at Albert Park. This allows people to park their car in one of the parkades in the CBD (The Royal Hotel or Albany parkades) or park at Festival Island/Wilsons Wharf/ BAT Centre environs. The shuttle comes around every half hour and costs R5 per ride.

The subway between Wilsons Wharf and Albert Park is being refurbished and renovated in time for the festival – so festival-goers also have the option of parking in the vicinity of Wilsons Wharf and using the subway to reach the festival.

For those preferring to leave their car at home and catch a cab, Eagle Taxis is offering a reduced rate for festival-goers. Commuters will get 25% off their cab fare anywhere in greater Durban on presentation of their Computicket-issued Awesome Africa tickets.

Part of the festival’s commitment to the regeneration of the Albert Park area is the sponsoring of 35 security interns and providing them with security training and special events security management training. The security interns are well integrated into the Albert Park community as they are all Albert Park residents themselves and will be invaluable in assisting the Metro and City police and security personnel over the festival time.

The horse unit will assist with visible policing and there will be a mobile police station stationed at the festival. The police and security services have undertaken to have a strong presence at the Wison’s Wharf sub-way, at the Esplanade Moore Road intersections and throughout Albert Park.

Tickets R50 per day at Computicket outlets which have the Standard Bank Awesome Africa fliers featuring the complete festival line-up.




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