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Join the diski dance movement with Cape Town Tourism

Join the diski dance movement! The first monthly Cape Town Tourism public diski dance took place on Friday October 30 – and everyone was invited! Amanda, one of the dancers from the pop group CODA, was on hand to teach the steps. A large group of Cape Town Tourism staff joined in. Most of the marketing team, some members and a few staff from Hout Bay and even Muizenberg made their way to town.

V&A Waterfront to host exciting Aqua Festival

The V&A Waterfront will be the spectacular setting of a brand new music and entertainment festival running for three weeks at the height of Cape Town’s vibey summer season. The Aqua Festival, which will run from December 15 to January 6, 2010, promises to delight locals and visitors to the Mother City.

Kirstenbosch pincushion – Flickr pic of the day

Now that summer has arrived, the Kirstenbosch Gardens are looking particularly stunning – as you can see in this photograph of a pincushion protea, taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Mervyn Hector. Mervyn says, “You only have one Cape Floral Kingdom and it can all be seen at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape Town. What a treasure!”

Cape Town transport: your guide to getting around for the World Cup

Let’s say you’re a visitor to the world’s most beautiful city – which, in case you’ve just emerged blinking from the woods shouting “Is the war over?”, is Cape Town. And let’s say it’s 2010 and the FIFA World Cup crowds are coursing through the streets and up the lanes and down the highways, seething like lava flow along pavements, pouring into alleys and boiling onto the beaches and far, far out to sea and, well, just everywhere in the world’s most beautiful city. Given this scenario, we thought you could use a few pointers on getting around if you’re planning to be in Cape Town during the World Cup.

Devil’s Peak – Flickr pic of the day

Capetonians are notoriously proud of their beloved mountain – and when you see photos like this, can you blame them? This shot of Devil’s Peak was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Ian Junor aka ifijay. Ian says, “Getting to work early at this time of the year makes one appreciate the true beauty of our Mother City. The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular.”

Summer in the city

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts “Summertime, and the living is easy. Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high…” The words of George and Ira Gershwin and Heyward DuBose’s classical jazz song Summertime, from the musical Porgy and Bess, is as appropriate for summer living in the Mother City as it is for the Deep South in America, which it was originally written for. For most of us, our favourite memories of a Cape Town summer are entangled somehow in the music that our creative city is renowned for, be it soul, jazz, hip-hop, rap, classical music, rock, folk or a fusion of these genres. Cape Town is basking in the glow of summer and as the days get longer and the evening hours get duskier, there are countless musical events to explore.

Kalk Bay storm – Flickr pic of the day

The power of nature is clear to see in this dramatic photograph of the Kalk Bay Harbour during a storm, taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Keith Lyle aka Stanleyace. Keith says, “Who would have thought that we would experience a thunder storm during the night of October 25, accompanied by a 130km/h south-easter?”

Seven Cape Town beaches get Blue Flag grading

Muizenberg Beach, photo courtesy slack12 The new season of Blue Flag South Africa was launched at Muizenberg on Thursday, October 29, with 29 South African beaches (up from last year’s 19) being awarded Blue Flag status. Seven of these beaches are in Cape Town. According to Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, the Blue Flag endorsement is a thumbs up for tourism.

Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain – Postcard from Paul

Cape Town Stadium lit up – Flickr pic of the day

The thrill of the 2010 World Cup is almost tangible in this stunning image of the Cape Town Stadium all lit up, taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Jim Sher aka Blyzz. Jim says, “I was excited to hear on Tuesday (October 27, 2009) that the lights were going to be turned on and tested that evening in the newly built Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.”

Durbanville sunset – Flickr pic of the day

This peaceful image of a sunset in Durbanville attracted our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Stiaan Schoema aka Quantum Theory. Stiaan says, “I noticed the sky as I was driving from the city down the N7. By the time I reached Vissershok Road the sky was starting to explode with colours. I knew I had to find an interesting foreground – and fast. I remembered an interesting field a few hundred metres down one of the side roads. When I got there I didn’t have long to set up the tripod, but with skies like these, you only need one shot. Magic!”

Scarborough Beach sunset – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a sunset on Scarborough Beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Mandy Freeman. Mandy says, “My love for Cape Town lies in the variety of the beauty that surrounds us, waiting to be discovered and explored in an afternoon’s drive or a leisurely walk. Cape Town is ever changing, ever beautiful and always home.”

Cape Town panoramas – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

Each of these beautiful panoramic images of the Mother City comes from a photographic series that was stitched together using Photoshop.

Camps Bay moment – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a mother and child at Camps Bay was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Mikko Kapanen aka mikmikko.

“My Cape Town” competition winner claims his prize

Sivan Miller (middle) receiveing his prize from Aslam Levy and Mike Metelerkamp of Cape Town Tourism “My Cape Town” competition winner Sivan Miller claimed his R15 000 prize at the Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town on Friday, October 23. The “My Cape Town” competition was launched in celebration of World Tourism Month and asked photographic enthusiasts to enter images that they thought epitomised Cape Town.

Table Mountain as you’ve never seen it before

The Hoerikwaggo Trail The Khoisan word hoerikwaggo, meaning “mountain in the sea”, perfectly describes the setting around Table Mountain. See this for yourself – there’s no better way to discover the Cape mountains than hiking the Hoerikwaggo Trail.

Pincushion protea – Flickr pic of the day

This striking image of a pincushion protea was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Anja aka anni.b’s.

Enjoy Cape Town responsibly

Reducing and recycling waste is a key objective of responsible tourism, photo courtesy Danie van der Merwe Concerns about global warming, the destruction of the environment, erosion of cultures and lifestyles, and poverty have created a need for responsible tourism – a way of making global travel economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. While responsible tourism includes environmental awareness, it is also about the all-encompassing legacy of tourism. It aims to make a positive contribution to the conservation of cultural heritage, to provide more meaningful connections with local people, foster a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues, and generate greater economic benefits for local communities.

Sunset from Table View – Flickr pic of the day

This evocative photograph was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Grant Johnson aka the mule in the pool. Grant says, “One of the things I love most about Cape Town is the separation of the seasons, whether it’s heading out for a hot sunny day on the beach or staying inside on a stormy day with friends and red wine.”

Table Mountain Cableway’s sunset special

The Table Mountain Cableway is offering a four-month-long sunset special from November 1, 2009 to February 28, 2010.

Nurturing a green city

The Hoerikwaggo Trail, Silvermine Nature Reserve The seed for a “Green October” was planted by the City of Cape Town’s Green Week, which ran from October 19-23. In an effort to make the Mother City the greenest city on earth, an unprecedented number of sustainability driven events took place during this time, including:

2009 Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards finalists announced

The Vineyard Hotel, photo courtesy David Hewson The 2009 Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards finalists have been announced and they include five proud Cape Town Tourism members:

Brackenfell sunset – Flickr pic of the day

This beautifully serene image was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Hendrik Groenewald aka hgroenewald. Hendrik says, “Brackenfell is situated in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. In recent years, it has experienced incredible residential growth. This picture was taken at one of the developments that has shot up in the past six or so years.”

Clifton – Postcard from Paul

V&A Waterfront panorama – Flickr pic of the day

This stunning panorama of the Bank of England building at the V&A Waterfront was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Lee Casalena aka rival412. Lee says, “This is a 360-degree panorama taken at the V&A Waterfront.”

Durbanville storm – Flickr pic of the day

This beautiful image capturing an incoming storm was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Craig Pitchers. Craig says, “The picture was taken on Adderley Road (the M58) out of Durbanville. The sky was stormy and there were some strange clouds.”

Chapman’s Peak Drive – Flickr pic of the day

This beautiful panorama of the newly opened Chapman’s Peak Drive was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Evelyn Lyle. Evelyn says, “I took this before 09h00 on the morning they opened the newly renovated Chapman’s Peak Drive.”

FIFA Final Draw media accreditation deadline draws near

South Africa vs Brazil, Confederations Cup 2009 This is a friendly reminder from Cape Town Tourism that media accreditation for the FIFA Final Draw closes on October 31, 2009. The deadlines apply to media all over the world and should be noted, as FIFA is adamant that no late applications will be reviewed. A media accreditation workshop was hosted by the City of Cape Town on October 22, with various officials from the local organising committee and FIFA explaining the application process and answering questions from the attendees.

A grand night in at the Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel

The Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel Cape Town Tourism successfully hosted its fifth annual general meeting at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on October 13. The event took place in splashes of colour, celebrating the Live it. Love it. LOUDER! campaign to show the Mother City is ready to welcome the world for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The proceedings went like clock-work – the three new members on the 13-member board were swiftly elected and others re-elected – and the evening ended off on a high note, with the sounds of fusion band Coda, excellent wines and delicious food.

“Ring of fire”: Testing Cape Town Stadium’s roof floodlights

The lighting system of Cape Town Stadium is integrated into the inner ring of the stadium’s glass roof. On October 20, Cape Town was treated to the first glimpse of what this magnificent stadium will look like on match days next year, when the city will switch on the 360 inner spotlights – the so-called “ring of fire” that will light up the pitch for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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