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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.

The Classic Slangkop Lighthouse – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of the famous Slangkop Lighthouse at Kommetjie was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Chris Preen aka Frames-of-Mind.

Stormers semi-final tickets on sale tomorrow

Schalk Burger playing against The Blues at Newlands. Photo courtesy Gregor Rohrig There are only 20 000 tickets left for Saturday’s (May 22) Super 14 semi-final at Newlands, where the Stormers take on the Waratahs from Sydney, Australia. These tickets will go on sale on Tuesday (May 18) morning and are likely to sell out very quickly.

YouTube: New Cape Town Tourism video

Cape Town Tourism has added a new video to its YouTube channel, featuring a photo collage of South African football fans, accompanied by an audio clip of a vuvuzela orchestra.

Cape Town Harbour – Postcard from Paul

Why the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ will be the best World Cup ever

The amazing Cape Town Stadium. Photo courtesy smee.bruce Since South Africa was awarded the opportunity to host the World Cup, people across the world have panicked.

Canal Walk bridge – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph, of a pedestrian bridge that crosses the canal near the Canal Walk Shopping Centre, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Hendrik Groenewald aka hgroenewald.

South African music – redefining traditional genres

Prime Circle. Photo courtesy Steve Crane The music of South Africa is as diverse as the colours of her rainbow nation. From hip-hop to hard rock and electro-jazz to Afro-fusion, traditional genres have been melded to create unique sounds that reflect the influence of her multi-cultural peoples.

Autumn in Constantia – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of Constantia Vineyards in autumn was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Trevor aka Trevor Exposed.

Nelson Mandela: ‘The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ will inspire and unite’

Nelson Mandela. Photo courtesy United Nations Photo The transcript of a speech by Nelson Mandela, which was read out at the FIFA World Cup™ Final Draw in Cape Town, has been released by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Slow Storm over the Slangkop Lighthouse – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of the Slangkop Lighthouse at Kommetjie was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Dom Wills aka domonFire.

Cape Town Stadium to host Bafana and Colombia

Cape Town Stadium. Photo courtesy Warren Rohner Cape Town Stadium will host its first international match on May 27, when Bafana Bafana play Colombia.  

The Protea – A Cape Town Tourism Photo Essay

The Proteaceae family is virtually endemic to the Cape Floral Kingdom. This flower family can be found growing and blooming naturally on Table Mountain and other surrounding areas in the Cape. Unique to South Africa, the King Protea is the national flower of South Africa and forms part of the national rugby, cricket and soccer team emblems.

Mystical Blouberg – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a mystical view of Table Mountain from Blouberg was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Marc De Vries.

Provisional squads named for 2010 FIFA World Cup™

Thierry Henry. Photo courtesy Liam d’Noit The provisional squads for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ were announced yesterday, as kickoff fast approaches.

Shopping at Greenmarket Square – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph, of a woman walking after shopping at Greenmarket Square, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Collins Gituma aka CollinsMphotography.