An estimated 100 000 people converged on the Cape Town city centre yesterday to celebrate the bright and colourful Tweede Nuwe Jaar, which sees costumed troupes make their way from Darling Street up to the Bo-Kaap.

This celebration goes all the way back to the mid-19th century, as slaves in Cape Town were given a day off on January 2 to celebrate the new year.

“This year they’ve added a loop through the Parade, so they’re trying to do something a bit more creative. There will be more stands as well,” City of Cape Town Mayco Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, said in an interview with CapeTalk.




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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.