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DRAMA BETWEEN TSHWANE AND DINOKENG FESTIVAL.

City of Tshwane advises that the much-anticipated Dinokeng TribeOne music festival.

The event which was due to take place from 26 to 28 September 2014 in Dinokeng, Cullinan, is in jeopardy owing to the event organiser’s intention to cancel the staging of the event.

The City said that the event organisers have sent them the notification letter to

cancel the event, but the City is challenging the decision in court.

Tshwane said that although the City has, in good faith, supported the festival by providing a venue for the festival, installing the necessary infrastructure, and making an agreed financial contribution.

"The City recently learnt with shock of the event organiser’s’ ( led by Sony Music Entertainment Africa) unilateral decision not to proceed with the staging of the mega music festival",

"The organisers had chosen an open space which had no infrastructure whatsoever for the venue, and requested the City to develop roads, install water supply and electricity and prepare the stage area, all of which the City delivered" Tshwane added.

The City attempted to meet with the event organisers last week, in a last ditch attempt to salvage the festival. In fact, the City suggested ways to salvage the staging of this historic festival.

Tshwane claims that their suggestions were however rebuffed by the event organizers and their efforts were unsuccessful.

According to The City, it has also learnt through various sources that the event organizers have apparently failed to meet some of their financial obligations to the suppliers they had procured to assist with the staging of the event.

The City had, in good faith, associated itself with the SONY-led event organizers due to the credibility of the SONY brand.

"To have to inform music enthusiasts who had planned to attend and witness headline acts billed to perform in the three-day fiesta about these developments is regretful and disappointing, to say the least", Tshwane said.

The City has now approached the courts in a bid to keep the festival alive. The City's last hope now rests squarely in the hands of the courts.

Since the matter is before the courts, no further details on the matter can be divulged.

Spotlight made unsuccessful attempts to get comments from the organizers.

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