People across the country are preparing to welcome-in 2019 after a tough year.

Major cities and towns are preparing for public parties as the clock counts down to the beginning of a brand new year.

Durban remains a favourite destination to usher in the New Year.

Several music concerts are expected to draw large crowds as organisers promise star-studded line-ups, including some of the country’s top DJs.

eThekwini Tourism’s Phillip Sithole says The Last Dance Music Festival in Richards Bay is one of the main events, where the song of the year is likely to be announced.

“We are more than prepared; we would like to assure everyone who is coming to the beachfront on Monday that we are more than prepared. Not only for the beachfront but the entire city that include other tourism destination areas that are in the townships; we are more than ready, in terms of events.”

“We have a number of them that are supported by the city; others are privately run by private event organiser. We have the all-white party that will be taking place at the Virginia Airport on Monday night until the morning of the 1st of January 2019. At the Durban beachfront, we have the Durban summer love music festival – so we are inviting everyone to come,” explains Sithole.