Cape Town set for Africa’s biggest free party

2013-12-30 11:57
Cape Town - Visitors to Cape Town are in for an exceptional New Year's Eve celebration - in what is being billed "Africa's biggest free party for 2013".

The City of Cape Town says the countdown has begun to the biggest free New Year’s Eve party in Cape Town, set to rival top international cities like New York, Paris and London, which all showcase their iconic locations.

Revellers are spoiled for choice as both the Grand Parade and the V&A Waterfront have entertainment line-ups including some of the best DJ’s and singers in the country as well as a 3D video-mapping display that will transform the City Hall’s façade into a nostalgic visual tribute to the late Tata Madiba, An elaborate fireworks display will  be featured after the final countdown.

The city will also be celebrating Cape Town's 2014 World Design Capital status.

Festivities on the Grand Parade are due to start at 18:00 and end at 00:30, while the V&A Waterfront entertainment starts at 18:00 and will run through to 02:00.

Party-goers are being advised to make use of the MyCiti buses, with services to and from the V&A Waterfront extended until 01:00. For those who would prefer to welcome in the dawn, the first bus of 2014 will operate from 06:05.

V&A authorities warned that access in and out of the Waterfront would be carefully monitored by traffic authorities.

"Access into the V&A Waterfront will remain open until all available parking reaches full capacity.  Party-goers have been advised to arrive early, and to consider Portswood Rd or Granger Bay Boulevard entrances to alleviate the congestion on Dock Rd," a spokesperson said.

More New Year's Eve Parties across SA

V&A Waterfront line-up is as follows:

- Pants on Fire (comedy)
- The Rudimentals
-  Freshlyground
- Fireworks display
- Prime Circle
- Fireworks and 3D Mapping light display

Grand Parade line-up:
- Electro-pop singer, Toya Delazy
- DJ Ready D
- DJ Fresh
- DJ ClassyMenace
- Dr Jules and Mixi
- Trenton and Free Radical

Safety measures instituted for the event include special ‘spotters’, including security personnel, lifeguards, ER24 and other emergency services on full alert until 06:00 on New Year’s Day.

In addition to the usual security arrangements at the V&A Waterfront, 58 security members around the area as well as an additional 120 cleaners and waste management teams are being deployed.

V&A Authorities have also restricted access for private boats as sea traffic will be limited to only those vessels, which currently have berthing rights within the Waterfront.  

"Boats leaving the V&A to watch the midnight fireworks at sea will need to have exited the area by 23:00 and will not be able to return until after roughly 01:00 to 01:30, depending on crowds at the Swing Bridge," a V&A spokesperson said.

What are you planning to do for New Years Eve - share your pics with us pics@news24travel.com
Read more on:    v&a waterfront  |  cape town  |  travel south africa  |  good news  |  new year

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
47 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside Travel

 
/News

#FindYourEscape with Traveller24

Your insider guide to exploring South Africa and the world...
 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.