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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.

Climate crisis: Capetonians set to take action!

On October 24, people around the world will be taking a stand for a safe climate future. To mark International Day of Climate Action – and to raise awareness of global warming ahead of the United Nations climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December – 350.org, together with the World Wide Fund for Nature and hundreds of other partner organisations around the world, is calling on people to stand up for their environment.

New visitors’ photo gallery to showcase Cape Town

Boulders Beach, photo courtesy louishiemstra Cape Town Tourism now has a photo gallery on the visitors’ site to display the beauty of the Mother City. It includes all the finalists in the winter Flickr competition, showing the Mother City in all her wintery glory, as well as the finalists in the “My Cape Town” World Tourism Month competition. The latter group includes photos that are uniquely Capetonian, proving that Cape Town is the best place to live, work and play.

From stadium to stage, the beat goes on in Cape Town

FIFA President Sepp Blatter, photo courtesy World Economic Forum FIFA President Sepp Blatter loves South Africa’s energy and flair for music and dance, according to the 2010 World Cup marketing initiative Project 2010. On one of his trips to this country, he said: “Life is rhythm, and rhythm is life.” The World Cup rhythm is certainly picking up in Cape Town as fewer than 240 days remain before kick-off.

Cape Town panorama – Flickr pic of the day

This beautiful panoramic view of Cape Town was built up by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Nico Olwagen aka Aquila. Nico says, “This shot was stitched together from eight individual pictures. It’s quite a challenge to do so with a night scene.”

Cape Town summers and crayfish tails

The V&A Hotel The beginning of summer always evokes in me a certain nostalgia. When I was a little girl and the first traces of summer were making themselves known by the appearance of short skirts and longer days, my grandmother would invite me into her little kitchen for a crayfish feast. We’d sit together at the Formica-topped table with crayfish juice dripping down our forearms, as we devoured every bit of succulent white sea-scented crayfish flesh. Thanks to the V&A Hotel’s stylish OYO Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, today I had a similar (though more refined) experience. OYO has purchased a seven-ton pre-allocation of crayfish – that’s 14 000 portions of tails – to secure its share of the upcoming summer’s crayfish season festivities. Chef Sanel Esterhuizen and her team are shrugging off global recession rumblings and preparing for a bumper season.

Wolfgat Nature Reserve – Postcard from Paul

Camps Bay boulders – Flickr pic of the day

This beautiful picture was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Neil Howard aka neilalderney123. Neil says, “When I visited Cape Town for work, I was lucky enough to meet up with a Flickr buddy who showed me the sights.”

Cape Town chameleon – Flickr pic of the day

This great close-up of a chameleon was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Alistar Harris aka konsciousimages. Alistar says, “I recently spotted this local chameleon, and was very excited about seeing him.”
 
 

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