Lights out

2015-05-05 06:00

Load shedding will not be the reason why the lights go out over the Vandamp;A Waterfront on Saturday 28 March.

Instead, the property will be lending its support to the World Wildlife Foundation’s (WWF) international Earth Hour initiative.

By switching off non-essential lights between 20:30 and 21:30, the Vandamp;A Waterfront will join cities, businesses and individuals around the world who are doing likewise. Other famous landmarks that recognise Earth Hour include Beijing’s Forbidden City, the Paris Eiffel Tower, London’s Buckingham Palace, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Sydney’s Opera House, Rio de Janeiro’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue on Sugar Loaf Mountain and our own Table Mountain.

This year, popular Cape Town comedian Mel Jones will be the MC for the event. Between 19:30 and 20:30, the outdoor Amphitheatre will screen documentaries that provide more information about the WWF event and environmental sustainability.

At exactly 20:30 all non-essential lights at the Vandamp;A Waterfront will be switched off, giving everyone gathered at the Amphitheatre the opportunity to enjoy a free starlit performance by the UCT Big Band and guest performers.

“Since 2008 the Vandamp;A has invested over R30 million in energy efficiency, water savings and waste management, so for us Earth Hour is so much more than simply a symbolic act. It’s a call to action for us all to make a positive difference, no matter how small the part we are playing appears to be. In previous years, our visitors were enthusiastic to participate in Earth Hour and we have every confidence that this year will be no different,” said David Green, CEO of the Vandamp;A Waterfront.

For further information about Earth Hour, visit

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