South Africa welcomes 2015

JANUARY 1, 2015

2015 was generally welcomed without major incidents around the country. In Port Elizabeth, residents took to the beachfront where an explosive fireworks display had been prepared to usher in the New Year.

Elsewhere, Capetonians enjoyed the traditional Cape Malay Choirs parade, which has been held on New Year's Eve for 127 years.

In Pretoria, some residents gathered at bars or held braai's in city parks, while others went to places of worship.  

At Rabboni Centre Ministries outside Ga-Rankuwa about 3000 worshipers sang praise songs and sort divine intervention while at the same time burnt crackers to welcome the New Year.

At the Pretoria CBD scores of people gathered at various entertainment spots and City Park to witness the arrival of the New Year.

Police also had their hands full as they continued to monitor the situation for possible law breakers.

Meanwhile, a man has fallen to his death during New Year celebrations in Hillbrow. Paramedics say it appears he was having an alcoholic drink on his balcony when he lost his balance and fell.

Although paramedics say this notorious surburb in the heart of Johannesburg has calmed down over the last two years, the residents have a reputation of throwing objects such as old fridges through their windows.

After the festivities, the area was filthy with broken glass littering the streets. The deceased man was taken to hospital.