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Vuka Ukhanye 'Arise and shine': Time for 10th Cape Town Carnival this weekend!

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies chats to the CEO of the Cape Town Carnival, Jay Douwes, about the 10th Cape Town Carnival that is set to take place on Saturday in Green Point.

Douwes explains the origin of the carnival, as an attempt ten years ago to help heal a divided society by apartheid and foster social cohesion.

We still have to do a lot of work to bring people together.

Jay Douwes, CEO - Cape Town Carnival

Workshops are run throughout the year across 55 communities.

That is where the work of social cohesion happens. That's where people meet each other from different places, and we have become a carnival family.

Jay Douwes, CEO - Cape Town Carnival

This year's theme is Vuka Ukhanye which means 'Arise and shine'. She says it is a call to action.

It's time for people to shine and become active citizens.

Jay Douwes, CEO - Cape Town Carnival

It will be a beautiful melting pot of floats, puppets and people taking to the streets with lots of fun.

The carnival starts in the afternoon but the parade is at 6pm.

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