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It is wonderful to usher in the holiday season with Capetonians at the City of Cape Town’s annual free festive lights concert on the iconic Grand Parade.

Thousands of people joined in the celebrations at the Cape’s biggest, free open-air event which continues to grow each year.

An extraordinary line-up of performers entertained a record-setting crowd, including legendary songstress Vicky Sampson, 2017 Idols winner Paxton, Jimmy Nevis, Freshlyground, Craig Lucas, Baby Boy, Soul Kulture, Heavenly Quartez, Koos Kombuis as well as The Rockets and Friends (celebrating 50 years).

Veteran disc jockey, DJ Reddy D, was also on hand to spin great tunes for the masses, while MCs Joe Barber and Boeta Gamat kept the people in stitches.

The winner of our second festive lights music challenge, rapper, singer and songwriter, Nyota Parker, also wowed the crowd with her talent.

Nyota (17 from Milnerton) beat tough competition, with 46 000 ‘buzz points’ to be crowned the overall winner over 94 other entries. She also walked away with a cash prize of R10 000. Nyota is the creator of a new music genre she has named ‘TRAZZ©’ – a mixture of Trap and jazz.The competition also speaks to the City’s commitment to building an opportunity city where we provide young, emerging artists the platform to showcase their talent.

It was wonderful to see families and different generations – young and old – having fun and enjoying what has become a highlight on the city’s annual events calendar.

This event is indeed a key example of how we are building an inclusive city as we come together to enjoy safe fun and the best in local entertainment.

It was also encouraging to see that the City attracted not only local residents, but visitors from afar to join an occasion that is known around the world, as Cape Town celebrates its status as the Events Capital of Africa.

As we head off in different destinations to celebrate the holidays, I would like to wish everyone a safe festive season and encourage all to take care on the roads.

Please don’t drink and drive, please take special care of our children, and be safe on the beaches. I also appeal to residents that we are in the midst of the worst drought in over 100 years. While we are on holiday, the one thing we cannot relax is our water-saving efforts. Please continue to save water and work with the City to avoid Day Zero. We must all make sure that we preserve our precious water supplies. Let us all celebrate the holidays responsibly. I hope to see all of you in the new year.

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