Welcoming 2016 Under a Starlit Sky at Nederburg


How did you celebrate making it into the new year?  A lot of people in the Eastern Cape were turnt up in East London and at Summer Strand beach in Port Elizabeth.  Some Capetonians  made their way to the V&A Waterfront.  Some folks opted for going to church- to start the new year on a spiritual high.   It doesn’t matter how we welcome the new year, what’s important is that we make it through in one piece on a good note, right?

Over 2 300 visitors decided to bid adieu to 2015 and welcome in 2016 on the lush green lawns at Nederburg in Paarl.

Families and friends, couples and singletons from the Cape, Jozi and from further afield came to delight in the sounds of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied by top-name artists including Blackbyrd, former Idols South Africa winner Elvis Blue, runner-up Lloyd Cele, and Sarah Theron.

Elvis Blue

Elvis Blue


This was Cape camaraderie at its elegant best. The crowds connected, picnicking and partying – making sure no one felt like a stranger among them.. From dusk to way past dark they celebrated the countdown. It was fun, it was fabulous and it was utterly festive!  Prolonging the switch-over from 2015 to 2016, all the artists united on stage for the very last song of the night, before the guests went their separate ways.



The annual New Year’s Eve Concert at Nederburg is one of the Cape’s most popular events, drawing people from all over the world. It’s not difficult to see why.


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Author Info


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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