Capetonians witness extravaganza of light

2015-12-06 21:30

Cape Town - Braving the heat in Cape Town, some people have brought out their camping chairs and picnic blankets to secure a seat for the colourful extravaganza of light, costumes and sound at the Mother City's ‘Festival of Lights’.

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"We love Cape Town", said Judy Alexander 55 and her husband Bazel Alexander from Delft, who even brought the family pup, Jack, along to have some fun.

"This is what we do every year. I'm absolutely thrilled to be here. Most of my family are here as well. We are just scattered. We getting a quick bite to eat then we moving to the concert on the parade. I would love everybody to have a ball of a time. Love and peace all over."

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It is date day for 28-year-old Marco Sparks from Manenberg and his girlfriend Marshe Bull, 22, from Athlone.

The couple went shopping for some treats to enjoy while the wait for the lights to go on.

"We are out on a date today. Seeing that we are Capetonian it is a must to be here and to participate in the events happening. We want enjoy ourselves, have a nice time and interact with others."

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This year the event is celebrated under the ‘We Love Africa’ theme and giving meaning to this Sharon Khonje 24 and her partner Moreblessing Chitima 26 who are from Zimbabwe.

"We came to South Africa in January so it is the first time that we will be seeing the lights and we are so happy."

Khonje said she heard about the event from several people and decided to come to the City early to get the full experience.

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Funeka Ngaso 34 gets comfortable on a blanket with her friends and their children. They came from Siqalo informal settlement in Cape Town near Mitchells Plain.

"We are here to see the lights go on and enjoy ourselves.  We wanted to be here before it gets full."

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Frederick Jantjies, 52, with his wife Julia Jantjies, 54, are from Westridge in Mitchells Plain.

"We made our way here early because later a lot of people will be coming. We are here every year and we always come early."

Jantjies said while they enjoy the events of the day, "the main thing is to see how Patricia de Lille puts on the lights".

Mayor Patricia de Lille is expected to flip the switch 20:30 to light up one of Cape Town’s oldest streets for the festive season.

In the lead-up to the big moment, crowds will be entertained with the annual free live concert held on the Grand Parade.

The artist line-up features some of the country’s most celebrated artists including Mafikizolo, Cassper Nyovest, Jimmy Nevis, Goodluck and Shimmy Isaacs.

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Veronica Ndengezi 44 and her daughter Nthabiseng came from Gugulethu.

"I come here every year and this year I invited my friends too. They are still coming. I can't wait to see Cassper Nyovest and the Klopse."

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Saadiqah Saban 48 from Manenberg said this year her family came early because last year they were caught in the hustle and bustle of the crowd. 

"This is the place to be this time of the year. Later on this place is going to be packed and that is what happened to us last year so we decided to come early this year."

With her is 17-year-old Mogammad Tayb Majiet who said being at the festival forms part of Cape Town culture and it is being continued by the youth.  

"This is part of our culture. It also shows that generations of people come here every year so this culture isn't dying. He said the event also fosters unity. "It is significant to see how the switching on of the lights unites people from different cultures and races."

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