Top gear threathens to sue city of Durban

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Early in March, it was announced that the annual Top Gear festival that was due to be held in Durban would be moved to Johannesburg.

In a brief statement, James Cooke-Priest, chief operations officer of Top Gear Live, said: “South Africa has always been one of our favourite destinations on the tour. We have a particular fondness for the crowds we entertain here, as they are always so loud and enthusiastic and return year after year to support us.

“Although we will not be in Durban this year we are taking steps to stage an alternative Top Gear Live event in Johannesburg and we shall be announcing those plans shortly”.
Breach of contract

However, The Mercury reported that the festival’s organisers are threatening to sue the eThekwini municipality for ‘breach of contract’.

According to city manager, S’bu Sithole, the city had hosted the festival as per its contract for the last three years. It had provisionally agreed that it would host the festival for another three years. However, this year, the festival organisers made additional demands which were not within the city’s budget of R5 million allocated to the event.

Other parliamentarians said that the money had not been allocated at all, with the DA’s economic development committee member, Anne McDonnel saying that the festival was not even tabled in the department’s 2014/15 budget.

The event attracts 67 000 people to the Moses Mabhida stadium every year.

It has not yet been confirmed where it will be held in Johannesburg.
 

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If the organizers make demands that are outside of the original contract agreement, then they either need to drop the demands to keep the venue or keep the demands but agree to a new venue.

If the demands are allowable under the contractual agreement, then Durban screwed up either by not allocating a large enough budget or by signing a contract they can't abide by. In which case, Top Gear can and should sue.

Really not that difficult.
 

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Last time it was in JHB it flopped big time, was rained out, the stars were a no-show and the aftershow was crippled by wet weather, spent a small fortune to go, and it was extremely disappointing...
 

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However, this year, the festival organisers made additional demands which were not within the city’s budget of R5 million allocated to the event.

Hot food for Jeremy Clarkson?
 

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Last time it was in JHB it flopped big time, was rained out, the stars were a no-show and the aftershow was crippled by wet weather, spent a small fortune to go, and it was extremely disappointing...

Not to mention it took close to an hour to get to the stands after arriving at Kyalami, and they recycled content from already aired episodes
 

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Seems like Durban municipality has been on a very tight budget recently, or maybe even being mismanaged. Last week was the story of banning burials on Sundays because of the cost of overtime. Hopefully the funds being saved is used to the city's advantage.
 

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We have so many Durbanite refugees here in CT by now, it is ridiculous. Something isn't right in the land of the Zulus.
 

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Seems like Durban municipality has been on a very tight budget recently, or maybe even being mismanaged. Last week was the story of banning burials on Sundays because of the cost of overtime. Hopefully the funds being saved is used to the city's advantage.

Of course it is on a tight budget....

That and the fact that we're getting the 2022 CWG, that needs to be the focus of the city for the next few years in terms of large scale events...
 

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We have so many Durbanite refugees here in CT by now, it is ridiculous. Something isn't right in the land of the Zulus.

We have so many CT refugees here in Durban now, it is ridiculous. Something clearly isn't right in the land of Zille anymore.


See I can also make random unfounded statements.
 

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No dispute with Durban - Top Gear

Durban - Top Gear Festival organisers have downplayed claims by the eThekwini Municipality that there is a looming legal dispute between the two parties that appears to have severed what was once a good relationship.

Top Gear Live’s chief operations officer, James Cooke-Priest, said his disappointment emanated from the “success and profile the annual event has raised for the city, domestically and internationally”.

He said there was “currently no legal dispute” between the organisers and the city.

http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/no-dispute-with-durban-top-gear-1.1834674#.VQ1cuo58yPU
 
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