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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.

Diving with Jellyfish – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph, of a box jellyfish during a scuba diving expedition, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Rochelle Harwin.

Cape Town FIFA Fan Fest construction begins

The FIFA Fan Fest at Grand Parade is now under construction. Photo courtesy Danie van der Merwe Construction has begun on Cape Town’s FIFA Fan Fest situated at the Grand Parade. When complete, the 25 413m2 area will serve as the city’s official entertainment hub for the duration of the soccer festival.

Bafana Bafana’s Cape Town Stadium fixture moved

Cape Town Stadium. Photo courtesy Steve Crane Cape Town Stadium will no longer host Bafana Bafana and Colombia on May 27, after the South African Football Association (Safa) changed the venues for all three of the national team’s fixtures before the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

Stormers team unchanged for Super 14 semi-final

Stormers captain, Schalk Burger (right) is popular with rugby fans all around South Africa. Photo courtesy Justin Hartman The Stormers have named an unchanged team for their Super 14 semi-final against The Waratahs at Newlands on Saturday, May 22.

The Cape Point Coastline – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph, of a view of Cape Point’s coastline, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Islandchic.

Cape Town on YouTube: join the 100 subscribers

Cape Town Tourism’s YouTube channel now has 100 subscribers, who are enjoying fantastic videos featuring Cape Town’s sights and sounds.

Get a 360° look at Cape Town Stadium

Photo caption: This photo, taken by Travis Robertson, shows Cape Town Stadium from the outside. To get a 360° look at the stadium from the inside, visit innovative website, worldcupstadiums.in3sixty.com, which has released 360° views of all 2010 FIFA World Cup™ stadiums.

A Penguin Couple – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph, of a pair of African penguins in Simon’s Town, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Volker Hagen aka vgh.media.

Book your flight to Cape Town over the 2010 FIFA World Cup™

Cape Town Tourism staff at Cape Town International Airport are waiting to greet you. Photo courtesy Tara Turkington Forget what you’ve heard about the exorbitant price of flights in South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ – you can still fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town next month for less than R800.

Vote for Table Mountain in the New7Wonders of Nature competition

Table Mountain. Photo courtesy cdngrlnaomi Capetonians love their mountain. From the moment we open our eyes in the morning to the moment we close them at night, Table Mountain presiding over the Mother City is a compelling constant in our lives. We navigate with it when driving; look to it to determine what the weather is going to do that day; look up at the lights at night to confirm that load shedding is over and use the distance to the mountain when driving to gauge how much longer before we get home after work.

Camps Bay schools launch football fundraising initiative

Photo © Cape Town Tourism The schools in Camps Bay are introducing a fundraising initiative to raise money for the African Brothers Football Academy from Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay.