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.

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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.

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