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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.

Bloubergstrand sunset – Flickr pic of the day

This beautiful photo of a beach sunset was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Konrad Blum. Konrad says, “This photograph was taken at Bloubergstrand. It was a spectacular sunset, but a vicious wind was blowing which made photographing it difficult as the wind would constantly shake both photographer and tripod.”

Cape Town Stadium pitch floodlights to be switched on tonight

Capetonians can expect a spectacular display tonight when all 360 floodlights for the Cape Town Stadium pitch will be switched on simultaneously. Earlier this week about half of the lights were switched on for the first time, and many were aimed incorrectly in preliminary testing, which led to some complaints of excessive brightness and glare.

Guardian readers give Cape Town a thumbs up

Boulders Beach, photo courtesy Ian Junor Readers of the UK’s Guardian newspaper and website have voted Cape Town their second favourite overseas city, after Sydney, Australia. The Guardian announced the much anticipated results of its Travel Awards 2009 this week, with Cape Town sailing into second position, from its ranking of seventh in 2008.

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts set to rock Cape Town

Kirstenbosch Gardens, photo courtesy Greg Beadle South Africa’s hottest musicians are sure to raise the temperature in Cape Town this summer when the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert series kicks off on November 22. It’s time to welcome the much anticipated summer season, which brings warmth, beauty, blooming flowers and a variety of talented artists, who will perform at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens every Sunday from 17h30 to 18h45 until April 4, 2010.

Written in the entrails

Photo courtesy Chris Kirchhoff And so it is. As the portents foretold. Joel Santana has bit the golden bullet and is no longer South Africa’s national football coach. Some say it was evident in the way that the pigeons flew and from the mellifluous mooing of the Nguni cows. Others pointed to Santana’s lack of real coaching pedigree, a recent win/loss ratio which looks like someone fell asleep on the “L” key, or the fact that the South African Football Association (Safa) has a long history of firing the national coach on the eve of major tournaments.

International Kite Festival hits a high note

The International Kite Festival, held at Zandvlei in Cape Town on October 10 and 11, saw children of all ages flock to the festivities. Faatiema Rykliff (5), who attends preschool in Rylands, was there with her mother and sister.

Cape Town night view – Flickr pic of the day

This beautiful night view was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Sam Agnew aka Doha Sam. Sam says, “The picture is taken from Plattekloof Road in Parow.”

Spirits fly high at the Cape Town International Kite Festival

Fly a kite! It’s liberating, it’s exhilarating and it allows the child in you to come out and play! This was clearly evident at the Cape Town International Kite Festival on October 10 and 11. Hundreds of kites, large and small, homemade and state of the art, took to the skies in an array of vibrant colours and amazing shapes!

All you need to know about buying your 2010 FIFA World Cup ticket

Photo by Kate Thompson There are four phases to purchasing your 2010 FIFA World Cup tickets. Visa is the preferred form of payment for members of the general international public as well as the residents of South Africa. Online Ticket Application Form:

Kalk Bay Harbour – Flickr pic of the day

This beautiful image of Kalk Bay Harbour at dawn was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Louis aka louishiemstra. Louis says, “I love taking pictures at dusk and at dawn.”

Responsible tourists love Cape Town

World Responsible Tourism Day is just around the corner – on November 11. Simply put, Responsible Tourism is tourism that “creates better places for people to live in, and better places to visit”. Many visitors think about this when they choose a destination.

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