In a responsible decision to save lives of music lovers, two major entertainment events scheduled for Harare in the next couple of weeks have been postponed.
The RSVP concert scheduled for Glamis Arena this Saturday, featuring South African acts Cassper Nyovest and Prince KB, was moved to November 10 while the Ammartia Ignite show to be headlined by Ammara Brown and Naija star Mr Eazi was moved to a later date.
RSVP show organisers Events Evolution said they reached the decision after consulting with the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), and Harare City Council among other stakeholders.
"We shared our concerns of the public health effects of having such an event at such a time given that we also plan to have food stalls and drinks on sell.
"We are health conscious and we care about people thus postponing to November. We are pleased that Cassper Nyovest, Prince KB and other artists on the line-up are in support of the move," said Event's Evolution's Kush Zvirawa.
As a gesture of social responsibility, the events company will also donate part of proceeds from the event to families that lost their loved ones to cholera. In an interview with our sister paper Sunday Mail, Ammartia Ignite publicist Darryn Lee also confirmed their cancellation.
"The Ammartia event is being postponed due to the current health situation and we will be announcing the new dates in due course," said Lee.
Other events, however, remain resilient, going ahead as planned. Tomorrow evening Simuka Comedy will be held as usual while Shoko Festival will go on as planned next week.
"Shoko Festival is still on. We are in constant contact with the authorities and everything will be going ahead as planned. To safeguard public health we will however be incorporating cholera awareness as part of the festival while we are engaging different stakeholders in health services to ensure hygiene and make sure everyone attending the festival will access hand sanitizers," said festival director Samm "Cde Fatso" Monro.
ZTA insists they will also hold the Harare International Carnival from October 15 to 20 as originally planned.
"We are still 30 days away from the carnival and we are confident that by then authorities would have contained the situation," said ZTA chief operations officer Givemore Chidzidzi, adding that Zimbabwe remains a safe tourism destination despite the cholera outbreak.