Rob PetersChristmas under the African sun can take a bit of getting used to for those used to more chilly locales, but while it may not be a white Christmas in Cape Town there is still plenty of festive cheer to go around. Want to know how to do the silly season like a local? Look no further, we have everything you need to know on how to enjoy Christmas like a local.
FeaturedIt’s amazing how easily we underestimate the power of a great hand-massage. I know I certainly have. Thankfully I have seen the light, and trust me, I will never look back. It will become a must-have treat. This is all part of looking after my own wellbeing.
FeaturedBanting. If you haven’t yet heard of the concept, then you clearly haven’t been out in the big wide world in a while because everyone is talking about it and everyone knows someone who is on the banting (essentially meaning low carb, high fat) diet (or eating plan). But sometimes it’s a mission to cook up a banting storm, so it’s nice to know where you can go to get a decent meal that won’t push you off the banting wagon. Here are some Cape Town spots that either fully cater for banting customers or offer the option on the menu.
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There is no sweeter or more poignant way to pay tribute to your mother than portraying her on stage in a musical about her life. This is what opera singer Aviva Pelham does with moving aplomb in the hauntingly beautiful production Santa’s Story, which opened at The Fugard Theatre in District Six on Thursday August 30, 2012.
Let’s get the countdown started for the weekend and the end of the chilly season with the following events in Cape Town:
The marvellous Masque Theatre has been bringing drama and the arts to the magical shores of Muizenberg for more than 50 years but what exactly inspired the creation of this theatrical venue?
It’s the weekend, Cape Town fans! Let’s celebrate a few days of non-stop fun in the Mother City with the following events:
The Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay revealed its new look, made all the more alluring with the opening of its latest offering, Kickstart’s production of Cabaret, on Sunday August 19, 2012.
Brrrr, we‘ve had a chilly week in Cape Town, haven’t we? No need to fret, though, because the Mother City is getting her heat on this weekend with the following hot events from August 17 to 19,2012:
Everything I love about winter, including the familiar comforts of Sunday lunch at mom’s and an earnest raid through grandmother’s closet, I can find while browsing through the indoor markets of Cape Town. A marriage of home-made goodness and an admirable sense of entrepreneurship and initiative await you at the Cape Town markets, which offer some of the best local produce, lovingly wrapped in a charming shopping experience.
If, like me, you’re the sucker who came back to work the day after a public holiday and you need inspiration for the weekend, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Join me at the following events and activities from August 10 to 12, 2012 and discover why the party never stops in Cape Town:
August 9 is a celebration of womanhood and a commemoration of the women who marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on August 9, 1956, to protest against the pass laws so that our generation can enjoy the multitude of rights we now have. Whether you’re flying in for a long weekend to enjoy the Mother City’s sights, treating yourself and your girlfriends to a well-deserved spa treatment or indulging in afternoon tea, Cape Town is the place to celebrate Women’s Day this August.
Bright neon colours, pleats and pastels are the undisputed themes for spring/summer 2012, as evidenced by the jaw-droppingly beautiful outfits at the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from July 25 to 28, 2012.
With so much to do here in the Mother City, it’s often hard to choose one event or attraction over the other, but here is a list of Germandt Geldenhuys’ top pick of things to do this weekend, July 13 to 15, 2012, in Cape Town.
Twenty-five restaurants, hundreds of fusion dishes and a challenge to be named the Master of the Trade Routes… this is the V&A Waterfront’s winter culinary offering. Running until August 31, this gourmet contest sees chefs from participating restaurants OYO, Signal, Quay 4, Hildebrand, The Grand and more preparing warm, rich dishes in an all-out battle to be the ultimate trade routes master. The challenge, inspired by the Mother City’s culinary roots, pays homage to the Dutch, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Malay, French and British cooking influences of our past.
Let the countdown to a fabulous weekend in the cool Mother City begin! Join me at the following events from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 July, 2012 and discover why Cape Town warms up in winter:
The V&A Hotel was a mail warehouse, the Breakwater Lodge was a prison and the Hildebrand Restaurant was the Port Master’s offices… sound like fiction? Well, it’s true and you can learn about that, and more, during the V&A Waterfront’s historical tour.
Between the cold weather, a financial course and long meetings, I have had a pretty tough week … which is why I can’t wait for my weekend entertainment. Join me at the following events and activities from June 29 to July 1, 2012 and discover why Cape Town warms up in winter:
If laughter is the best medicine to cure ailments, then Cape Town’s Vodacom Funny Festival is the finest dispensary in the country when it comes to dishing out medicinal humour. I spent an evening at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch where the festival is underway, and after three hours of being entertained by six comedic acts I walked away with an ache in my side and a smile on my face.
Picking only three top weekend things to do in Cape Town is difficult because we are so spoilt for choice in this beautiful city, which I am proud to call my home. If it has to be three, though, you can’t go wrong with…
She’s the life and soul of the Cape Town Tourism office, the charismatic colleague who brings a touch of drama to the mundane workday and now industry services supervisor Coleen van Staden is taking her panache to the Masque Theatre stage in Muizenberg.
Music, markets, soccer and comedy… what more could you want during your fabulous weekend in Cape Town?
Become a wine connoisseur in the township, feast on a world of gourmet delights in the city centre and gather unforgettable treasures in the Winelands this weekend.
This weekend in your inspirational Cape Town, shop along the coast, reconnect with your musical roots and enjoy a scenic harbour tour.
This weekend in Cape Town, spoil the mother in your life, indulge your inner bookworm and be entertained with a feast of events.
The special woman in your life deserves to be treated like the queen that she is and in Cape Town, the Mother City, there are plenty of ways to show your mom how much she means to you.
This long weekend, celebrate your freedom with a variety of wonderful events in Cape Town. Your weekend weather forecast as predicted by the South African Weather Service: Friday: Maximum temperature of 19°C, partly cloudy skies, no chance of rain Saturday: Maximum temperature of 22°C, cloudy skies, no chance of rain Sunday: Maximum temperature of 22°C, partly cloudy skies, 30% chance of rain
This April, you could be the lucky winner of a luxurious V&A Waterfront experience courtesy of Cape Town Tourism. From Monday, April 23 to Wednesday, April 25, 2012, we have a fantastic shopping, activity and gourmet package worth R870 to give away!
Doodsnikke, the Afrikaans adaptation of acclaimed actor and writer Sam Shepard’s 1978 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Buried Child, is currently showing at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch. This production, starring local theatre legends Gys de Villiers, Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Oscar Petersen and Ivan Abrahams, and rising talents Albert Pretorius, Travis Snyders and Thenjiwe Stemela, will run until 5 May 5,2012.
Gourmet, music, comedy and film ... whatever tickles your fancy, you’ll find it all in Cape Town this weekend.
This weekend, practise your sexy dance moves in the city centre, enjoy jazz along the beach front and browse through markets in the Southern Suburbs. Your weekend weather forecast as predicted by the South African Weather Service: Friday: Maximum temperature of 35°C, partly cloudy skies, no chance of rain Saturday: Maximum temperature of 20°C, clear skies, no chance of rain Sunday: Maximum temperature of 17°C, partly cloudy skies, 30% chance of rain
It’s the Easter weekend, baby! Get a sweet taste of Cape Town at these fun-filled events. Your Easter weekend weather forecast as predicted by the South African Weather Service: Friday: Maximum temperature of 25°C, clear skies, no chance of rain Saturday: Maximum temperature of 17°C, cloudy skies, 46% chance of rain Sunday: Maximum temperature of 15°C, cloudy skies, 21% chance of rain
Music is the way of life this weekend in Cape Town. Your weekend weather forecasts, as predicted by South African Weather Services: Friday: Maximum temperature of 17°C, partly cloudy skies, 44% chance of rain Saturday: Maximum temperature of 18°C, clear skies, 2% chance of rain Sunday: Maximum temperature of 19°C, clear skies, no chance of rain