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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.
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.
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:
This close-up of a blue shark was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Jean Tresfon.
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.
This photograph of footprints on Big Bay Beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Chester’s Mate.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
This photograph of a penguin on Boulders Beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Lauren Barkume.
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.
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.
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.
The Vodacom Stormers beat a Boland invitational team 47-13 in the first ever full rugby match at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
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.
This photograph of Cape Town’s city lights was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member dan.rich77.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cape Town Stadium, photo courtesy Bruce Sutherland Following the success of the free city-to-stadium transport offered at the first test event at the Cape Town Stadium on January 23, 2010, the city will be offering this service again, on a larger scale, for the Rugby Festival on February 6.
Zakumi at the new Cape Town Stadium Despite a sluggish start, tickets sales for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa have picked up in recent weeks and, last week, reached the 2-million mark.
This action shot, from the main race at the J&B Met on Saturday, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Hirohiko Okada aka 1/8 sec.
High fashion at the J&B Met January ended on a high note in the summer heat, with the pounding hooves, high fashion and glamour of the J&B Met on Saturday, January 30, 2010. In February we celebrate Cape Town as a creative African hub and acknowledge innovative design in the Mother City.