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Stormers start Super 14 rugby quest in Johannesburg

Bryan Habana will start his first Super 14 game for the Stormers, against the Lions at Ellis Park tomorrow. Photo courtesy gillstrawberry The popular Super 14 rugby tournament, featuring regional teams from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, kicks off this weekend. Cape Town’s local team, The Stomers, will begin their campaign against the Lions at Ellis Park in Johannesburg tomorrow.

Cape Town seascapes – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

This photo was taken just after sunrise at Maiden’s Cove in Camps Bay. This is one of my favourites – there’s great colour in the sky. I used a three-stop filter to blur the movement of the water. Just after I took this shot the wave broke over the rocks, soaking my feet!

Floating in Kalk Bay Harbour – Flickr pic of the day

. This photograph of a fishing boat in Kalk Bay Harbour was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Steve Crane.

Take advantage of Table Mountain Aerial Cableway’s Month of Love Sunset Special

Watch the sun set from the top of Table Mountain with your loved one this February. Photo courtesy Douglas Walker The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway’s Month of Love Sunset Special is valid until February 28, 2010, and offers visitors the chance to spoil their loved ones, by taking them to the top of Table Mountain, after 18h00, for half-price.

Cape Town celebrates 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison

Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison on Robben Island. Photo courtesy Mark Holtzhausen Today marks 20 years since former president Nelson Mandela was released from prison. In celebration of Madiba’s 20 years of freedom, people will be gathering just outside Cape Town in their thousands to march from the former Victor Verster Prison (now the Groot Drakenstein Correctional Centre) in Paarl, in the Western Cape. According to the Mail & Guardian online, the 500m march will be led by Mr Mandela’s former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and aims to symbolise his walk to freedom, broadcast globally to millions of people 20 years ago.

Road closures for opening of Parliament

President Jacob Zuma will be delivering his State of the Nation Address in Cape Town this evening. Photo courtesy World Economic Forum Parliament will officially open today at 19h00, when President Jacob Zuma delivers the State of the Nation Address to the Joint Sitting of Parliament. This event usually takes place in the morning, but this year will see an evening event. Traffic will thus be more heavily affected than in the past.

Cape Town Tourism shares and cares

Cindy Kleinhans and children from the Open Door Project I recently visited Ocean View to deliver some Cape Town Tourism items to the children of the Open Door Project. The experience left me with overwhelming feelings of humility and awe at the work being done by the Open Door Centre’s umbrella organisation, the Valley Development Project. Just some of its projects include:

Look a blue shark in the eye – Flickr pic of the day

This close-up of a blue shark was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Jean Tresfon.

City set for world-class World Cup bash

Soccer fans at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in Cape Town on December 4, 2009. Photo courtesy Tara Turkington In an effort to replicate the party atmosphere of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany, Cape Town is set to host one of the country’s largest fan parks during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, on the city’s Grand Parade. Fan parks are sheltered public viewing areas where live matches are broadcast on big-screen TVs for free, with additional entertainment provided between games. Football fans in Cape Town will be able to enjoy local cuisine as well as performances by local and international artists, DJs and comedians at the city’s fan parks.

Big Bay footprints – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of footprints on Big Bay Beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Chester’s Mate.

Valentine’s Day in Cape Town

Buy your sweetheart flowers from the Adderley Street flower sellers This Valentine’s Day we unearth a centuries-old African symbol for love, re-visit the origins of the day and celebrate love in the Mother City. Valentine’s Day, named after one of the early Christian martyrs, Valentine, was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496AD. The association with romantic love reportedly started in the 11th to 13th centuries with the rise of “courtly love”, which involved chivalrously expressing your admiration. This practice was established when sending Valentine’s cards became fashionable in the 19th century. Today, Valentine’s Day is still associated with expressing admiration for that special someone, be it a public or secret declaration. The Mother City sets the scene for the perfect romantic day, with a candlelight dinner at one of the city’s excellent restaurants; a romantic stroll along Mouille Point promenade; picking up a gift of chocolate or jewellery and that perfect bunch of flowers.

Be on the ball with new 2010 FIFA World Cup™ book

The new pocket-size guide to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Photo supplied by E.etiquette A pocket-size book with concise information about FIFA, South Africa and teams participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, has been published ahead of the big event, which kicks off in June.

Football on Blaauwberg Beach

The soccer day was sponsored by Totalsports The town of Atlantis, located off the N7 highway outside Cape Town, is a small community with a rich but turbulent history. In the past, the town has been thrust into the spotlight because of gangsterism, drug and alcohol abuse and prostitution among its youth. Initiatives including the West Coast Environmental Co-operative have researched and implemented uplifting developmental programs, to stimulate and involve youngsters, encouraging sobriety, growth and responsibility.

Cape Town makes Forbes’ list of ‘World’s Most Beautiful Cities’

Cape Town is one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Cities”. Photo courtesy InsideSouthAfrica Popular website Forbes.com has published its list of the “World’s Most Beautiful Cities” for this year, and Cape Town has been included, along with cities such as Paris, Vancouver, Sydney, Florence, Venice and London.

Kalk Bay seagull – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a spectacular landing in Cape Town was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Grea Wessels aka grieks.

Cape Town Stadium’s rugby inauguration

The Cape Town Stadium Rugby Festival’s inaugural rugby match, between the Vodacom Stormers and a Boland invitational team, was held on Saturday. Here are more photographs of the event, taken by Cape Town Tourism’s Aslam Levy. The crowd performs a Mexican wave

Adderley Street – Postcard from Paul

In a flap on Boulders beach – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a penguin on Boulders Beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Lauren Barkume.

Cape Town Stadium Rugby Festival photo essay

The inaugural rugby match at the Cape Town Stadium was held on Saturday, as a test event for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The Vodacom Stormers beat a Boland invitational team 47-13, while the South African Legends 10s team beat the International Legends 27-5 in the curtain-raiser. These photos from the event were taken by Aslam Levy. Spectators arrive at the magnificent stadium.

Gordon’s Bay fishing – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a relaxed day of fishing was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Hantie Brink aka Out_In_Africa.

An historic day for rugby in Cape Town

A ball sails through the posts as The Vodacom Stormers build a lead. Photograph: Aslam Levy. The first recorded rugby game in South Africa took place on Green Point Common in 1862, and on Saturday, 40 000 supporters witnessed the inaugural rugby match at the newly built Cape Town Stadium on Green Point Common.

Vodacom Stormers vs Boland Invitational

The Vodacom Stormers beat a Boland invitational team 47-13 in the first ever full rugby match at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

SA Legends win at Cape Town Stadium

The South African Legends 10s team beat the International Legends 27-5 during the curtain-raiser for Cape Town Stadium‘s first ever full rugby match between The Vodacom Stormers and a Boland invitational team.

The bright lights of Cape Town – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of Cape Town’s city lights was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member dan.rich77.

Cape Town Flickr group hits 500, with more than 9000 photos!

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, photo courtesy Ian Junor aka ifijay The Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group takes stunning pictures of Cape Town’s beautiful beaches, the city itself, the new stadiums and the people who fill them. The group now boasts 500 members, who have posted more than 9 000 high-quality images taken in and around Cape Town.

J&B Met: a final look at the 2010 event

Wonderbra model Elbe van der Merwe and her partner Beto Malfacini at the 2010 J&B Met. Last weekend’s J&B Met at Kenilworth Racecourse will be remembered for the vibrant outfits inspired by the event theme, “In full colour.”

Peers Cave, Fish Hoek – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

Fish Hoek gained its place in world history with the discovery of a fossilised skeleton, in 1926, in Peers Cave. The cave had been used as a shelter by a group of prehistoric people. A father and son team, named Peers, excavated the cave site, discovering stone tools and the remains of nine people, one of whom became known as Fish Hoek Man.

Future soccer star – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph, of a child playing soccer on the beach in Hout Bay, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Wayne Bickerton.

Sports stars are not role models

English football captain John Terry, photo courtesy Joe Gazman Sex, balls, captaincy, presidency and role models: whether practising infidelity means you should be forced to step down as the president of a country, the captain of a football team, or as the world’s number one golfer, has become a hot topic in recent weeks.

Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2009 – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of the 2009 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Craig Wilson aka creative666.