Joburg Car­ni­val to morph into New Year

The New Age (Gauteng) - - GAUTENG NEWS - SHONISANI TSHIKALANGE shon­isanit@gmail.co.za

JO­HAN­NES­BURG is get­ting ready to count­down to 2018 in style at the an­nual Joburg Car­ni­val on Sun­day where the city’s rich di­ver­sity of cul­tures will be on dis­play for free.

“The city of Joburg is mak­ing this year’s fes­tiv­i­ties all about you with some of South Africa’s most pop­u­lar and di­verse mu­sic artists. The Joburg Car­ni­val has be­come a tra­di­tion that cel­e­brates the city’s rep­u­ta­tion as a melt­ing pot of dif­fer­ent cul­tural tra­di­tions,” the city’s spokesper­son, Them­be­lihle Radebe, said.

The car­ni­val will start at mid­day from Kotze Street, Hill­brow, al­low­ing res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to par­tic­i­pate and en­joy.

The free event calls for Joburg­ers to take pride in their city and come to­gether to celebrate its pul­sat­ing en­ergy and di­ver­sity.

“The pro­ces­sion moves from Hill­brow, through the streets of the in­ner city, along Rahima Moosa Street (pre­vi­ously Jeppe Street) into New­town at the Mary Fitzger­ald Square precinct.

“The car­ni­val will end at 5pm. The very pop­u­lar and much an­tic­i­pated Joburg New Year’s Eve event will start at 6pm and will fea­ture two stages at Mary Fitzger­ald Square and New­town Park,” Radebe said.

Mu­sic artists are set to en­ter­tain the crowd and join them to party into the early hours of 2018.

Var­i­ous gen­res of mu­sic, in­clud­ing Afro­pop, hip hop and house will rep­re­sent the elec­tric rhythms and cos­mopoli­tan mix of the peo­ple of Joburg that makes the city unique.

Radebe said there will be a strong pres­ence of law en­force­ment agencies to main­tain law and or­der and Emer­gency Man­age­ment Ser­vices will be on standby to at­tend to any emer­gen­cies through­out the night.

“Cooler boxes, al­co­hol, hub­bly bub­bly pipes, fire­works and weapons will not be al­lowed into the New Year’s Eve event venue. Live per­for­mances will fea­ture The Soil, Na­dia Nakai and Bu­cie among oth­ers,” he said.

The city said that the M1 North and South will have two left lanes closed from 8pm to 11pm from Carr to An­der­son streets and from 11pm to 1am there will be a full road clo­sure.

South Africans are urged to en­joy the New Year cel­e­bra­tions in a spirit of peace and safety, not to con­sume too much al­co­hol and to drive safely on the roads dur­ing this fes­tive sea­son.

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