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Cape Town Mayor, Zakumi to switch on festive lights

by Luyanda Makapela
on 18 Nov 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

The 2010 FIFA World Cup mascot Zakumi and other soccer icons will join Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille in officially launching the city's summer holiday season when the festive lights are switched on 30 November at 8pm.

According to a statement released by the city on Monday, the aim of the festive lights is to spread joy by lifting the spirits of local residents and welcoming tourists during the summer holidays.

Mayor Zille said the event will provide Cape Town with an opportunity to test its ability to stage big events in the run-up to 2010 FIFA World Cup.

"We are expecting an influx of over one million visitors and the municipality has devised a comprehensive festive season co-ordination plan to promote a safe, secure and clean holiday for residents and visitors," the mayor said.

The event will kick off on 30 November, at 4pm with a star-studded stage concert at the Heerengracht Fountain, featuring local stars such as Loyiso; Idols winner Jody Williams; Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels; Dozi; Die Burger U-tune winner Alfredo Prins; Loading Zone; Maphello and Drum Caf,.

Drumming whiz kid, the six year-old Daniel Petersen from Kraaifontein, who recently returned from a standing ovation performance in New Orleans, will demonstrate his drumming skills and do a special drum roll in the countdown to the switch on, according to City of Cape Town.

A musical tribute to the late Mama Africa, Miriam Makeba will also be performed by the South African Youth Choir which will include her best known international hit, "The Click Song".

Mayor Zille further said a special team designed the new light crossings to incorporate a strong emphasis on the world cup soccer themes.

"This will be done with some of the more traditional elements being retained, but the huge Christmas tree at the top end of Adderley Street will be replaced with an indigenous aloe plant," she said.

Two large LED screens will be placed in Adderley Street to allow the expected 50 000 spectators to follow all the action on stage.

The show will be complemented by a dazzling laser light display which will be bounced off mirrors and buildings along the street.

The Adderley Street lights will stay on up until mid-January 2009.

From 25 November, another 11 festive lights switch-on have been confirmed in Bothasig, Kensington, Lwandle, Macassar, Parow, Strand, Gordon's Bay, Sir Lowry's Pass, Melkbosstrand, Sea Point and Ysterplaat.

City of Cape Town Public Lighting Manager, Charles Kadalie said this will help in creating a festive atmosphere across the metropole.

"We want to spread joy to all communities, especially to those who are unable to experience the Adderley Street display," he said. - BuaNews


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