I had an unusual experience on Saturday night. I was heading towards the city centre when I encountered a traffic jam on the De Waal Drive*. During the day, this road can get quite busy, but in the evenings it’s normally a quiet stretch of tarmac. At the most, you might find a parked car or two containing young lovers looking at the city lights and/or engaging in a spot of recreational carnality. You might also find the occasional mugger on the lookout for young lovers in parked cars, but that’s about it.
On Saturday, however, there were cars parked along the entire length of the road. It was like I’d stumbled unwittingly on the South African Annual Cheap Date Conference or the imminent arrival of the Mother Ship. The penny dropped after I was very nearly smeared across the side of a rock cutting by a rubbernecking driver whose attention was more on the sky than the road. The hordes were there to watch a fireworks display being held at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
All I can say is that Capetonians really need to get out more often.
* for non-residents, it’s the high-level expressway that snakes around the lower slopes of Table Mountain