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While the rest complain, Sir Alex just gets on with it

Sir Alex Ferguson, photo courtesy minhquangle87 For South African viewers, this weekend’s English Premier League fixtures have a touch of spice. In addition to watching some of the world’s best players strut their stuff we have the added knowledge that a lot of them are itching to light up our lives next year at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. But while we’re busy savouring that thought, there will be a number of Premier League managers sweating through this weekend’s clashes like pubescent boys at a strip club.

Giant African puppets add to FIFA Final Draw festivities

Sinako Cultural Group is the community theatre group that created the giant puppets that wowed the crowds at the FIFA World Cup Final Draw and the Fan Fest launch in Cape Town on December 4. Sinako got its start in the world of entertainment through a competition run by Unima SA, a non-profit organisation which promotes the art of puppetry and visual performance in theatre, entertainment, education and social development.

Springleap T-shirt sale on in Cape Town

Springleap – “an e-commerce website that prides itself in selling the funkiest designs sourced from around the world on the best South African quality T-shirts you will ever purchase”, according to its website – will be having a holiday clearance sale on Friday and Saturday (December 11 and 12). The sale will take place at Springleap’s head office (Suite 301, Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock) and T-shirts will be sold for as little as R30 – a far cry from their usual price of R183!

Final Draw festivities – Flickr pic of the day

On December 4, 2009, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw, soccer fans filled Long Street, celebrating the fact that Cape Town is ready to welcome the world.

Affordable accommodation in Cape Town for 2010

The University of Cape Town Urban Hip Hotels will be managing campus accommodation in Cape Town for students, backpackers and the young at heart for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The group is offering visitors the option of a fun, secure and affordable stay on university campuses around South Africa, including in Johannesburg and Durban.

Lessons from Long Street

Photo courtesy Deon Gurling Even the meanest sceptic (and at the end of a long year that was almost me) could not fail to be overwhelmed by the energy on Long Street this past weekend. I was lucky enough to be there on the evening of the World Cup Final Draw, which showed a pink-tinted, beautifully warm Cape Town at its best.

Hout Bay seagulls – Flickr pic of the day

“I was stuck in Hout Bay with a spare hour one winter’s morning so I took a stroll on the beach with my camera,” says Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Natalie Shutttleworth aka snapclicktripod.”

The Killers concert keeps Cape Town in party mood

Photo courtesy Jared Botha Cape Town couldn’t have had a better start to December – the 2010 World Cup Final Draw on Friday and an amazing performance from The Killers on Sunday. To get to the concert at Val De Vie Wine and Polo Estate, we organised a speedy shuttle with a vibey driver who let us pump our Killers mix all the way to the venue. The two-hour ride there was a party on its own.

Learning the diski dance at Noordhoek Farm Village

Thanks to Cape Town Tourism for the diski dance lessons at Noordhoek Farm Village’s end-of-year function last night! Everyone who attended the party came away with lovely memories and had lots of fun and laughter.

Holiday fun for kids in Cape Town

Fun at the Final Draw Cape Town’s counting the days to World Cup kickoff, after a fantastic Final Draw on December 4 which had 55 000 people partying in Long Street while stars and dignitaries packed the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Visit Cape Town Tourism’s special 2010 mini-website to spot yourself or your friends in our image gallery or to catch the match schedule and latest news at www.capetown.travel/2010.

Cape Town Stadium from across the Atlantic – Flickr pic of the day

On the right of this silhouette you can see Cape Town Stadium, a view from across the Atlantic taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Out_In_Africa.

A sailor’s memories of Cape Town

In May 1954 I joined the British Merchant Navy as an apprentice deck officer. My first ship, which I joined in Birkenhead, was the SS City of Colchester, an American Liberty Ship in the Ellerman & Bucknall Steamship Company. My first voyage was to South Africa, and my first overseas port, apart from bunkering in Las Palmas en route, was Cape Town.

Long Street hosts soccer World Cup draw fan fest

An estimated 70 000 people crowded into Cape Town’s Long Street on Friday, December 4, with an additional 200-million viewers following on TV, to watch the highly anticipated 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw. Flags of all countries waved as the expectant crowd waited for the big draw, but it was the South African flag that flew most prominently and proudly as Cape Town represented the country in spectacular fashion.

Table Mountain sunset – Postcard from Paul

The beach at Camps Bay – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of the beach at Camps Bay was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Hirohiko Okada aka 1/8 sec.

Celebrating the 2010 World Cup Final Draw – Flickr Pic of the Day

This photograph of an exuberant 2010 fan blowing a vuvuzela at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw party in Long Street, Cape Town on Friday was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Tara Turkington, aka Flowcomm.

2010 FIFA World Cup programme of matches

Following the Final Draw last night, here’s the full schedule of the 2010 FIFA World Cup line-up of matches in South Africa, including dates, times and venues: The FIFA World Cup Final Draw party attracted tens of thousands of soccer fans to Long Street, Cape Town, on December 4, 2009. Photo: Tara Turkington/Flowcomm

Grey squirrel in Company Gardens – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a grey squirrel in Company Gardens was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member I love beachhuts.

England vs Algeria: Beckham and England coming to Cape Town

David Beckham won’t have to travel far from his Cape Town home to represent or support England when they play Algeria at Cape Town Stadium at the 2010 FIFA World Cup on June 18 next year. At the draw in Cape Town, England was drawn along with USA, Slovenia and Algeria in Group C.

BBC Videos of 2010 FIFA World Cup Draw

Videos of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Draw have been published on the BBC website. For more blogs, photographs and videos of the Cape Town event, stay logged on to our website for constant updates.

Cape Town Stadium will host Uruguay vs France in its opening match

The Cape Town Stadium will host host Uruguay vs France in its opening match on June 11, 2010.

Cape Town football matches in the Fifa World Cup 2010

Cape Town welcomes the teams Uruguay, France, Italy, Paraguay, England, Algeria, The People’s Republic of Korea, Cameroon, The Netherlands and Portugal for the group stage games at the Cape Town Stadium.

Live coverage of World Cup Draw

Twitter is maxing out on World Cup coverage, probably the best place to get live coverage. The term “World Cup Draw” is currently trending 4th: http://twitter.com/#search?q=%22World%20Cup%20Draw%22

Fan Fest in Long Street

Long Street is reaching fever pitch as the crowds anticipate the Fifa World Cup Final Draw

Videos of Long Street World Cup Draw Party

Long street is going crazy according to our on-the-scene reporter Tara Turkington (she has since gone to blow her vuvuzela).

2010 FIFA World Cup Draw Live Streaming?

Football fans around the world have been battling to find live streaming of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Draw in Cape Town. You can however follow proceedings this evening by reading the blog posts and viewing pictures on this website, which will be constantly updated.

Latest Long Street World Cup Draw Photos - Crowds Gather

Long Street is awash with colour as throngs of fans from all nationalities gather to watch the Fifa World Cup Final Draw.

Photo essay: Cape Town’s Final Draw Long Street party

Cape Town’s Long Street party is in full swing now, with thousands of people milling around in front of the main stage ahead of the Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ at 19h00 this evening.

What Bafana Bafana fans should hope for at tonight’s draw

With the draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup just hours away, Bafana Bafana fans are more anxious than ever as to which nations their team will face in the first round of Africa’s first soccer world cup next year. Because of the seeding process and South Africa being the host nation, Bafana will definitely not have to face any of the top seven teams in the first round, namely Brazil, Spain, Italy, England, Germany, The Netherlands and Argentina.

Video of Final Draw festivities in Long Street