The outgoing mayor of the City of Cape Town Patricia de Lille has approved a budget of R4.5 million for the annual Festival of Lights which marks the start of the festive season by switching on the festive lights.
Spokesperson to Mayor of Cape Town Zara Nicholson says the event has been a tradition to the people of Cape Town for many years which is attended by 100 000 people.
She says the festival is attended by people from the Cape Flats who cannot afford concert tickets throughout the year so this is the city's way to say thank you to the people and to usher in the festive season.
Nicholson says the cost of safety and security is massive and cannot be compromised
With the crowd and capacity of that nature, you have to comply with the Event Safety Act so you have to get a lot of things in place, that's what the cost is all about.— Zara Nicholson, Spokesperson to Mayor of Cape Town
While we will cut down on other things that aren't necessary, the safety infrastructure requirement of the event cannot be cut.— Zara Nicholson, Spokesperson to Mayor of Cape Town
Nicholson says the City of Cape Town won Africa's events capital in the World Travel Awards which puts them in the nomination to be the world's leading Events Destination going against cities like Dubai, Rio de Janeiro.
She says if they can secure that title they can attract more people into the city.
To hear the rest of the conversation with Zara Nicholson, listen below:
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