Local traders in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro have accused the municipality of poor planning in organising this year’s Splash Festival in Port Elizabeth.
This comes after the municipality awarded the Splash Festival tender two days before Good Friday. Sunday’s entertainment programme which would have featured a performance by Jimmy Nevis and award winner Ntando has been cancelled due to wet conditions.
The trade-mark fireworks display has also been moved to Monday evening. Local trader contender, Gary O’Reiley says the municipality should have planned better for the event.
“Actually, last year they had two weeks to organise the event and that already caused turmoil. This year they gave two days or three days to organize the Splash festival and for us traders they put us on hold.”
“This is our livelihood, we depend on the Splash festival and I think for the municipality or local government to have done something like this is unacceptable,” says O’Reiley.