Watching the sun go down on a warm spring day while listening to soundtracks playing on headphones, dozens of people on Sunday danced in a mountain top park in South Africa’s economic capital of Johannesburg.
Hundreds of people danced at a mountain top park in Johannesburg, South Africa’s commercial metropolis, on Sunday as the sun set on a balmy spring day while listening to soundtracks on headphones.
It’s a budding urban craze spawned by the coronavirus pandemic lockdown which shuttered night clubs in South Africa, the country hardest hit on the continent.
“People are (still) very hesitant about going into clubs and indoor spaces, even though it’s allowed now,” said organiser Franck Leya, 27.
President Cyril Ramaphosa last week eased national Covid-19 restrictions to the lowest level ever, allowing larger gatherings.
“Being an open place like this, it’s not a club… everybody is out, and there is a certain level of social distance automatically without obviously having to tell people,” he said.
One Sunday a month, revellers dance away the day in the open air while enjoying a 360-degree panoramic view of the city from Northcliff Ridge Ecopark, one of highest points in Johannesburg.
Dancing with three friends, Jacqueline Jennings breathed a sigh of relief that finally she could enjoy a fun day out after nearly 18 months of lockdown.
“It feels like we haven’t partied before, it feels so good to be out,” said the 42-year-old guest lodge owner. “It feels like being on top of God’s garden.”