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Cape Town Lights Festival: More "energy efficient" glitz

by Staff Reporter
on 29 Nov 2007
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The Cape Town Lights Festival, a 41-year-old tradition in the City of Cape Town that has over the years become one of the city's biggest open-air events, expects to attract some 50 000 people to the colourful light and sound spectacle.

Charles Kadalie, head of the City's Public Lighting Department, said that the city will be using 15 000 metres of rope lighting, 4 000 metres more than what was previously used, without increasing the overall energy consumption as that type of lighting consumes very little energy.

According to Kadalie, the only incandescent lighting to be used in the display will be in the Christmas Tree at the top of Adderly Street.

Mayor of Cape Town, Helen Zille, is expected to launch the city's holiday season when she switches on the lights at 8pm on Sunday, 2 December 2007. Three displays are dedicated to soccer and one is dedicated to the country's victory at the recent Rugby World Cup, while numerous local and national artists will entertain the crowds at a stage concert. South African soccer star, Lucas Radebe is also expected to make an appearance.

The Adderly Street Christmas Lights are expected to stay up until the end of January 2008.

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