It was reported earlier that the international diva Mariah Carey allegedly demanded that Table Mountain lights be changed to purple during her performance in the Mother City.
However, the city of Cape Town says that such request has not been made official.
Earlier reports said that Carey had “demanded that Table Mountain’s lights be switched on and shine purple during her performance.”
Meanwhile, an insider with the TMG Entertainment has confirmed that even though such a request was mentioned by the singer, it was certainly not a demand. “She mentioned that it would be nice if the lights were turned to purple in memory of Prince.”
Another source added “It wasn’t dramatic. It was an enquiry”
Yet, after all said and done, noon has come and gone and there was no formal application nor an approval process implemented for this request on Table Mountain lights which spokesperson for the City of Cape Town‚ Priya Reddy‚ says is a lengthy process.
“The technical approval of the application would be done by the Electricity Services Department. The application would also have to be approved by the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services and‚ if necessary‚ the Executive Mayor would be consulted. The relevant departments within the City of Cape Town have not yet received such an application.”
It should be noted that several reports say Table Mountain floodlights can only be turned on in cases where the cause is of “particular cultural, historical or traditional significance for the people of Cape Town or South Africa”.
In addition, all requests to turn the Table Mountain lights on must be filed 20 working days in advance to enable it pass through the rigorous processes.