20 October 2020
PRETORIA – South African National Parks (SANParks) announced on Tuesday that it has cancelled the Golden Gate Classics for 2020 due to covid-19 lockdown restrictions.
Hapiloe Sello, SANParks Managing Executive -Tourism Development & Marketing, said: “We have had to cancel this event for 2020 even though we have moved to lockdown level 1, which allows for the gathering of 500 people outdoors.”
South Africa moved to level 1 lockdown on 21 September. The regulations set by the government for social gatherings are: events will limited to 250 persons or less in case of an indoor gathering and 500 persons or less in case of an outdoor gathering.
Meanwhile the Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has warned of a second wave if South Africa is complacent towards safety precautions.
“The Golden Gate Classics is usually held in December and due to the lockdown, it has been difficult to plan for an event of this size,” added Sello.
The Golden Gate Classics is a weekend of Classical and Jazz music held in Highlands National Park, at the foothills of the Maluti Mountain Range in Golden Gate.
“We continue to place the safety of both guests and staff at the top of our priority list.”
Sello further said that during these unprecedented times, we have to change the way we do business.
“We continue to place the safety of both guests and staff at the top of our priority list and we hope that in 2021 we will be able to provide our guests with the once-in-a-lifetime Golden Gate Classics. We look forward to hosting you again at the Golden Gate Classics 2021.”