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Zorgvliet horses – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of horses at the Zorgvliet wine estate was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Amanda Cooper aka *betonoir*.

This is my Cape Town – Alison Beere

Cape Town website owner and editor, Alison Beere, advises visitors to consider Cape Town’s villages when planning their visit. Kalk Bay, pictured above, within 20-minutes drive of Cape Town central. Photo courtesy Ian Junor Alison Beere is a Cape Town mom and the owner and editor of Cape Town Family Holiday Magic, a website dedicated to family-friendly holidays in and around the Western Cape.

Bringing tourism benefits to grassroots level

Children at Bloemvlei Primary School “As members of the tourism and hospitality industry, we believe the TCD Trust can play a leading role in facilitating community development, by channelling the extensive resources our sector can provide. We believe strongly that tourism and hospitality stakeholders can play an enormous role in bringing about real change in our society,” says Di Thomas of Daytrippers, one of Tourism Community Development (TCD) Trust’s trustees.

Froggy Pond – Postcard from Paul

V&A Waterfront dancer – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a dancer at the V&A Waterfront was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Richard Pixels.

Cape Town Stadium: getting louder – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a visitor blowing a vuvuzela in an empty Cape Town Stadium was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Gabby Gang aka cosmopolitan photography

The jazzy V&A Waterfront – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a jazz performance at the V&A Waterfront was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Trevor Exposed.

Cape Town Tourism abuzz on Twitter

Cape Town Tourism now has more than 1000 followers on Twitter Cape Town Tourism’s Twitter following has passed the 1000 mark! As of today, CapeTownTourism is being followed by 1002 people looking to know what’s happening in and around the Mother City. Cape Town Tourism is also following more than 1100 people on the social networking site.

Two new Mandela exhibitions open at Iziko Museums’ Slave Lodge in Cape Town

Cyril Ramaphosa remembering February 11, 1990. Photo courtesy Carina Beyer/Iziko Museums Two major exhibitions opened this week at the Iziko Museums’ Slave Lodge in the Cape Town city centre: Mandela: Character, comrade, leader, prisoner, negotiator, statesman; and Drawing on Madiba, by Zapiro. Twenty years ago yesterday, on February 11, 1990, Mandela was released after spending 27 years in prison.

Stormers start Super 14 rugby quest in Johannesburg

Bryan Habana will start his first Super 14 game for the Stormers, against the Lions at Ellis Park tomorrow. Photo courtesy gillstrawberry The popular Super 14 rugby tournament, featuring regional teams from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, kicks off this weekend. Cape Town’s local team, The Stomers, will begin their campaign against the Lions at Ellis Park in Johannesburg tomorrow.

Cape Town seascapes – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

This photo was taken just after sunrise at Maiden’s Cove in Camps Bay. This is one of my favourites – there’s great colour in the sky. I used a three-stop filter to blur the movement of the water. Just after I took this shot the wave broke over the rocks, soaking my feet!

Floating in Kalk Bay Harbour – Flickr pic of the day

. This photograph of a fishing boat in Kalk Bay Harbour was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Steve Crane.

Take advantage of Table Mountain Aerial Cableway’s Month of Love Sunset Special

Watch the sun set from the top of Table Mountain with your loved one this February. Photo courtesy Douglas Walker The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway’s Month of Love Sunset Special is valid until February 28, 2010, and offers visitors the chance to spoil their loved ones, by taking them to the top of Table Mountain, after 18h00, for half-price.

Cape Town celebrates 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison

Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison on Robben Island. Photo courtesy Mark Holtzhausen Today marks 20 years since former president Nelson Mandela was released from prison. In celebration of Madiba’s 20 years of freedom, people will be gathering just outside Cape Town in their thousands to march from the former Victor Verster Prison (now the Groot Drakenstein Correctional Centre) in Paarl, in the Western Cape. According to the Mail & Guardian online, the 500m march will be led by Mr Mandela’s former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and aims to symbolise his walk to freedom, broadcast globally to millions of people 20 years ago.

Road closures for opening of Parliament

President Jacob Zuma will be delivering his State of the Nation Address in Cape Town this evening. Photo courtesy World Economic Forum Parliament will officially open today at 19h00, when President Jacob Zuma delivers the State of the Nation Address to the Joint Sitting of Parliament. This event usually takes place in the morning, but this year will see an evening event. Traffic will thus be more heavily affected than in the past.

Cape Town Tourism shares and cares

Cindy Kleinhans and children from the Open Door Project I recently visited Ocean View to deliver some Cape Town Tourism items to the children of the Open Door Project. The experience left me with overwhelming feelings of humility and awe at the work being done by the Open Door Centre’s umbrella organisation, the Valley Development Project. Just some of its projects include:

Look a blue shark in the eye – Flickr pic of the day

This close-up of a blue shark was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Jean Tresfon.

City set for world-class World Cup bash

Soccer fans at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in Cape Town on December 4, 2009. Photo courtesy Tara Turkington In an effort to replicate the party atmosphere of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany, Cape Town is set to host one of the country’s largest fan parks during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, on the city’s Grand Parade. Fan parks are sheltered public viewing areas where live matches are broadcast on big-screen TVs for free, with additional entertainment provided between games. Football fans in Cape Town will be able to enjoy local cuisine as well as performances by local and international artists, DJs and comedians at the city’s fan parks.

Big Bay footprints – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of footprints on Big Bay Beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Chester’s Mate.

Valentine’s Day in Cape Town

Buy your sweetheart flowers from the Adderley Street flower sellers This Valentine’s Day we unearth a centuries-old African symbol for love, re-visit the origins of the day and celebrate love in the Mother City. Valentine’s Day, named after one of the early Christian martyrs, Valentine, was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496AD. The association with romantic love reportedly started in the 11th to 13th centuries with the rise of “courtly love”, which involved chivalrously expressing your admiration. This practice was established when sending Valentine’s cards became fashionable in the 19th century. Today, Valentine’s Day is still associated with expressing admiration for that special someone, be it a public or secret declaration. The Mother City sets the scene for the perfect romantic day, with a candlelight dinner at one of the city’s excellent restaurants; a romantic stroll along Mouille Point promenade; picking up a gift of chocolate or jewellery and that perfect bunch of flowers.

Be on the ball with new 2010 FIFA World Cup™ book

The new pocket-size guide to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Photo supplied by E.etiquette A pocket-size book with concise information about FIFA, South Africa and teams participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, has been published ahead of the big event, which kicks off in June.

Football on Blaauwberg Beach

The soccer day was sponsored by Totalsports The town of Atlantis, located off the N7 highway outside Cape Town, is a small community with a rich but turbulent history. In the past, the town has been thrust into the spotlight because of gangsterism, drug and alcohol abuse and prostitution among its youth. Initiatives including the West Coast Environmental Co-operative have researched and implemented uplifting developmental programs, to stimulate and involve youngsters, encouraging sobriety, growth and responsibility.

Cape Town makes Forbes’ list of ‘World’s Most Beautiful Cities’

Cape Town is one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Cities”. Photo courtesy InsideSouthAfrica Popular website Forbes.com has published its list of the “World’s Most Beautiful Cities” for this year, and Cape Town has been included, along with cities such as Paris, Vancouver, Sydney, Florence, Venice and London.

Kalk Bay seagull – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a spectacular landing in Cape Town was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Grea Wessels aka grieks.

Cape Town Stadium’s rugby inauguration

The Cape Town Stadium Rugby Festival’s inaugural rugby match, between the Vodacom Stormers and a Boland invitational team, was held on Saturday. Here are more photographs of the event, taken by Cape Town Tourism’s Aslam Levy. The crowd performs a Mexican wave

Adderley Street – Postcard from Paul

In a flap on Boulders beach – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a penguin on Boulders Beach was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Lauren Barkume.

Cape Town Stadium Rugby Festival photo essay

The inaugural rugby match at the Cape Town Stadium was held on Saturday, as a test event for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The Vodacom Stormers beat a Boland invitational team 47-13, while the South African Legends 10s team beat the International Legends 27-5 in the curtain-raiser. These photos from the event were taken by Aslam Levy. Spectators arrive at the magnificent stadium.

Gordon’s Bay fishing – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a relaxed day of fishing was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Hantie Brink aka Out_In_Africa.

An historic day for rugby in Cape Town

A ball sails through the posts as The Vodacom Stormers build a lead. Photograph: Aslam Levy. The first recorded rugby game in South Africa took place on Green Point Common in 1862, and on Saturday, 40 000 supporters witnessed the inaugural rugby match at the newly built Cape Town Stadium on Green Point Common.