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Cape Town is ready for the World Cup – A Cape Town Tourism Photo Essay

There are only 13 days left until the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ kickoff! As one of the host cities, Cape Town is buzzing with football fever – fan parks are being prepared, soccer paraphernalia is lining the streets and fans are showing their loyalties by proudly flying their favourite team flags.

Golden Blouberg Beach – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph, of families enjoying a day at Blouberg (or Blaauwberg) Beach, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Wessel Badenhorst aka Poppey3.

Company Gardens gets its own Visitor Centre

Leafy Company Gardens. Photo courtesy Jorge Lascar Executive Deputy Mayor of Cape Town Alderman Ian Neilson officially opened the Company Gardens Visitor Centre in Cape Town on May 26, 2010. The Visitor Centre, which is housed in the garden’s newly renovated Victorian House, will educate and inform residents and tourists who come to the tree-lined paths of the garden to feed the squirrels and relax.

Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak as tablecloth clouds roll over them was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Mathieu Soete aka Lo Scorpione.

Jimmy Dludlu joins opening line-up at FIFA Fan Fest

Jimmy Dludlu. Photo courtesy André-Pierre Popular Afro-Jazz musician, Jimmy Dludlu, has been added to the line-up for the opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ at the Cape Town FIFA Fan Fest at the Grand Parade, on June 11. Jimmy, a South African Music Award winner, who has worked with South African greats including Hugh Masekela, is always a crowd-pleaser, with buoyant melodies and solid rhythm lending a party air to many of his celebrated live performances.

Cape Town Stadium handed over to FIFA

FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, and Cape Town executive mayor and alderman, Dan Plato, applaud those who built Cape Town Stadium. Photo by Roy Barford Cape Town Stadium was handed over to FIFA this morning, 15 days before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

Al Qaeda not out to attack the 2010 FIFA World Cup™

Cape Town will be safe during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Photo courtesy smee.bruce Football fans from around the world planning to travel to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ will be relieved to hear that Al Qaeda says it’s not planning an attack during the tournament. Al Qaeda in Iraq has denied it was plotting a terrorist act in the country and that Baghdad’s claims of it doing so were “fantasies”.

Socceroos touch down in South Africa

The Socceroos in action against Uzbekistan. Photo courtesy Matthew F The Australian soccer team, the Socceroos, touched down in South Africa today ahead of their opening game against Germany in Durban on June 13.

Celebrating the World Cup countdown in Athlone

Friday saw Cape Town celebrating 20 Days to the 2010 World Cup kick off. Celebrations held at the Athlone Stadium were arranged by the People’s Bus roadshow team, an initiative of SA Tourism, who have been travelling around the country generating excitement for the upcoming tournament.

Durbanville Aflame – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a fiery Durbanville sunset was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Mervyn Hector.

Cape Town’s Top 20 Nightlife Venues

Cape to Cuba. Photo courtesy benti.namibia Cape Town’s party scene heats up as the sun sets and locals head out for sundowners along the Atlantic Seaboard.

Be a responsible tourist at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™

Please support local enterprises such as the Khayelitsha Craft Market. Photo courtesy World Bank Cape Town Tourism looks forward to greeting visitors during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, which starts on June 11. We have prepared some tips to help make you a more responsible tourist while you are here.

Today is Africa Day

Photo courtesy Bronwen d’Oliveira It’s Africa Day today. Yes, Africa is here every day and I, for one, live in it, but for many, this is a good excuse to turn their eyes to our fascinating continent. Officially, Africa Day marks the formation of the African Union, but that founding raison d’être has been somewhat overshadowed by the need to notice Africa as it grows, changes, evolves and reminds us about where we perhaps came from in the first place.

Meet Zakumi, the official World Cup Mascot

Zakumi with a fan. Photo courtesy Shine 2010 Zakumi is a teenage leopard who’s spent most of his early years travelling the savannahs, fields, forests and jungles of Africa. However, there’s much more to this fluffy young leopard with green dreadlocks than meets the eye.

Super 14 final tickets sold out

Orlando Stadium in Soweto, more commonly associated with soccer, will be the venue for rugby’s Super 14 final on Saturday. Photo courtesy Karmor Tickets for this weekend’s Super 14 final in Soweto, the showdown between the Stormers and the Bulls, are going on sale from today – and die-hard Capetonian rugby fans will have to work quickly to snap up a seat at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

Muizenberg Beach – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph at an entrance to a Muizenberg Beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Craig Strachan aka Craig is shooting.

Cape Town 2010 FIFA World Cup™ performers announced

A hopeful performer during the auditions at Grandwest Casino. Photo by Travis Robertson The City of Cape Town has released a list of more than 1 100 highly talented artists from Cape Town and surrounding areas who will perform at the city’s official World Cup events from June 11 to July 11, 2010.

Loeries Travelling Exhibition in Bloemfontein

The Loeries Travelling Exhibition at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Photo supplied by The Loerie Awards The Loeries Travelling Exhibition will be on show at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein, from May 31 to June 11, 2010.

Stormers and Bulls to meet in Super 14 final

The Stormers in action against the Blues earlier this year. Photo courtesy Gregor Rohrig The Stormers will travel to Soweto this weekend to meet the Bulls in the Super 14 final, after they beat the Waratahs 25-6 at Newlands on Saturday evening. Good luck getting tickets for the final!

Table Bay – Postcard from Paul

An evening game at Newlands Sports Grounds – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of some evening cricket action at the Newlands Sports Grounds was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Ryan aka boytjieza.

Football, fan festivity and fun times

Fatboy Slim is coming to Cape Town. Photo courtesy Sachyn In essence, the success of every match played during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ depends on the dedication and support of fans on South African soil and abroad.

Constantia Vineyards – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of grapevines at the Constantia Vineyards was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Ulrich Münstermann.

V&A Waterfront announce FIFA World Cup entertainment plan

The Wheel of Excellence. Photo supplied by the V&A Waterfront The V&A Waterfront have announced their entertainment plans for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, which starts on June 11.

Riding the wave – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph, of a bodyboarder riding the wave at Longbeach in Kommetjie, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Keith Lyle aka Stanleyace.

20 Days to go to FIFA World Cup™ kickoff!

Colourful celebrations outside Athlone Stadium. Photo by Skye Grove Team Cape Town welcomed the International Marketing Council (IMC) roadshow to the Mother City today for the 20-day count-down celebration at Athlone Stadium, a training venue for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. It’s almost like the city knew she was on show and produced a gorgeous, sunny, wind-free day – perfect to fly the flag for South Africa. The people of Athlone didn’t disappoint – they turned out in full colour to welcome the IMC to the most beautiful city in Africa.

Cape Town celebrates 20 days to go

It is now just 20 days until the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Various festivities were held today in Cape Town to celebrate this milestone.

Loeries deadline extended

The deadline for 2010 Loerie Award entries has been extended until June 14 – although work received before May 31 can still avoid a 5% late fee. All work flighted between June 1, 2009 and June 14, 2010 is eligible for entry.

Hit the film trail in Cape Town

Morgan Freeman (left) and Matt Damon, in a scene from Invictus. Photo courtsy Lord_Henry Cape Town is one of the world’s most recognised movie destinations – and even if you’re in the Mother City for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, there’s no reason not to mix film and football!

Wildlife Showcase – A Cape Town Tourism Photo Essay

Klapmuts is about 30 minutes outside of Cape Town City Bowl and the drive there takes you through some of Cape Town’s famous Winelands such as Durbanville, Stellenbosch and Franschoek. One of the village’s main attractions is Butterfly World, home to monkeys, exotic birds, reptiles as well as butterflies, making it a great place for families to visit.