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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.”

Cape Town Twelve Apostles – Flickr pic of the day

This stunning landscape was photographed by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Summeet K Seyan aka ~sk~. Summeet says, “2008 was my first South African experience. I was in Port Elizabeth for a safari, and I was left intrigued and hungry for more. I was curious about Cape Town, as everyone I met acclaimed its beauty and wonder.”

“My Cape Town” competition winner

Cape Town Tourism is happy to announce that the winner of the “My Cape Town” competition is Sivan Miller, for his photograph entitled “Sea Point at a glance”. The My Cape Town competition was launched in celebration of World Tourism Month and asked people to enter images that they thought epitomised Cape Town.

Who’s in, who’s out and who still has everything to play for

Spain vs Belgium, 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier, photo courtesy Vince Kmeron With the majority of the final qualifying matches for the 2010 World Cup having taken place on Wednesday October 14, 23 of the 32 available spots for next year’s event have been booked. Surprisingly, among the list of those who will definitely not be coming to the mostly sunny but (a note of warning to everyone who thinks Africa is awash in suntan lotion and swimming attire 365 days of the year) chilly, at that time of year, South Africa, are perennial there-and-there abouters Sweden, 2002’s third-placed finishers Turkey, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Senegal and Colombia.

Strand Beach – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

This beautiful series of photos of Strand Beach comes from our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Konrad Blum. With its 5km (3mi)-long beach, Strand is an ideal family venue for swimming, sunbathing and a variety of watersports.

Strand fisherman – Flickr pic of the day

This stunning composition of a fisherman on Strand Beach is the work of our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Jo-Ann Stokes aka JStokes2008. Jo-Ann says, “Why do I love Cape Town? It’s a cosmopolitan city that has some of the most amazing natural beauty you can imagine.”

Keri Hilson hits Cape Town

R&B singing sensation Keri Hilson will be at Cavendish Square this afternoon, at 14h00. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans to meet her.

Find travel inspiration at Destinations Expo 2009

Beautiful Cape Town, photo courtesy Ian Junor If you’re looking for inspiration for your next holiday, business trip, event, conference, city break, safari adventure or cruise, don’t miss the Destinations Expo 2009 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from October 22-25. Don’t miss out on the special offers and daily giveaways at the expo as you get expert advice in planning your next getaway – whether in the beautiful Mother City, in neighbouring countries and islands or around the world.

Bloubergstrand – Flickr pic of the day

This colourful picture of two energetic Weimaraners enjoying the summer smells on Bloubergstrand was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Lindie Groenewald aka Lindie G. Lindie says, “Cape Town is the best place to be in summer! Everyone can enjoy the awesome beaches ... even your best friend!”

Cape Town Tourism shares Vision 2020

Cape Town Tourism’s fifth annual general meeting took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Tuesday, October 13, 2009. A bright and cheerful team of soccer-kitted Cape Town Tourism team members welcomed guests, tourism businesses and stakeholders to the soccer-themed event.

2009 Cape Town Tourism AGM Photo Essay

The 2009 Cape Town Tourism AGM was held last night at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. With the audience dressed to the theme “Live it, Love it, Louder” and blowing their complimentary vuvuzelas, Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold outlined Cape Town’s 2020 vision – to double the economic impact of tourism on the city by 2020. Three new board members were elected to serve for the next three years – Guy Lundy, chief executive officer of Accelerate Cape Town, Rashid Toefy, chief executive officer of the Cape Town International Convention Centre and Ian Bartes, manager of service standards and quality assurance, Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town.

2010 accommodation in Cape Town

The luxurious Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront, photo courtesy Ian Junor Soccer fans will be pouring into the Mother City in 2010 and looking for accommodation to suit every type of budget. The good news is that Cape Town has a vast range of accommodation on offer – from backpackers’ hostels to five-star hotels. The star ratings are there to show visitors what to expect. An article on smartertravel.com, explains what they generally mean:
 
 

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