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August 25, 2009

A sporting time in Cape Town


The new Green Point Stadium, photo copyright Joanne

Cape Town is renowned for offering Capetonians and visitors alike an active and outdoor lifestyle set in fynbos forests, on rocky mountain trails, along pristine beaches and at various state-of-the-art sporting venues.

Come winter, summer, autumn or spring, the Mother City offers a wealth of activities and events including golf, running and hiking trails, surfing, sailing, kite-surfing, horse riding and for the more adventurous, paragliding off Table Mountain, sand-boarding in Atlantis and indoor or outdoor rock climbing to name but a few.

The sporting event on everybody’s lips at the moment is the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ with less than 290 days on the clock before kick-off. Cape Town Tourism would like to encourage all Capetonians to embrace this event and become ambassadors for soccer in the following simple ways: learn to blow a vuvuzela, do the Diski Dance, learn to say “welcome” in a foreign language and take in the Greensman production and a stadium tour of Green Point Stadium. For more information on the Soccer Magic Tour available from just R40.00 for adults and R20.00 for pensioners and children, visit www.greenpointstadiumvc.co.za/tour-options/soccer-magic-tour.

Ahead of the official opening of this stadium, a bevy of exciting league soccer and Currie Cup rugby matches will be played at Cape Town’s popular Newlands Stadium. The stadium grounds were purchased by the Western Province Rugby and Football Union in 1888, and the first official match took place at Newlands on the 31st May 1890, when Stellenbosch defeated Villagers. The first international match kicked off the following year when the British Lions toured South Africa, setting the scene for a rivalry as old as the stadium itself. Today the stadium caters for capacity crowds of up to 50,900 and holds fond childhood memories for many a Capetonian.


Our fabulous prize this week is a Getaway package that includes tickets for two to the Vodacom WP versus Blue Bulls Currie Cup match on Saturday, the 5th September 2009, as well as one night’s accommodation for two people at The Wild Olive Luxury Guest House on a bed-and-breakfast basis. The prize is valued at R1,050.00.

Wild Olive Guesthouse

The Wild Olive 4-star Luxury Guest House is located in the treelined suburb of Newlands within walking distance of Newlands Cricket and Rugby stadiums. The Sports Science Institute, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and prime attractions like the V&A Waterfront are found in close proximity, while Cape Town’s famous beaches lie a mere 20-minute drive away. Other facilities and services include:


Soccer fans at the Confederations Cup 2009

  • Personalised service for both business and leisure guests
  • Eight en-suite luxury bedrooms which include satellite TV, Internet access, tea- and coffee-making facilities and well-stocked minibar
  • A well-equipped gym, Jacuzzi and sauna offer the perfect place to unwind at the end of a busy day
  • Delicious home-cooked meals are available on request, or take your pick of the city’s best restaurants and nightlife on your doorstep
  • A range of business services is offered to corporate guests
  • Every stay includes a sumptuous breakfast with a choice between full English or a continental breakfast buffet including home-baked muffins and breads served with freshly brewed coffee to get your day off to a good start
  • Visit www.wildolive.co.za/ for further information on The Wild Olive. Room rates start at R740.00 per room per night.

Upcoming sports events:

  • 26th August 2009 Ajax Cape Town take on Santos at Newlands Stadium in an exciting league soccer match followed by other matches from the 13th September 2009 onward
  • 29th August 2009 and 26th September 2009 the Amazing Wine Race starts at the Cape Town Tourism office, Southey’s Vines in Main Road, Somerset West and ends at a local wine farm. Teams of four race against each other using clues that guide them to their next destination on this viticulture Amazing Race
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    A soccer fan screams his support

  • 29th August 2009 and 30th August 2009 herald the Celebrate Life Festival which includes tai-chi demonstrations, drumming and biodanza from 10h00 until 17h00 at the Michael Oak Waldorf School in Kenilworth. Contact 021 762 3965 for further information
  • 30th August 2009 Blisters for Bread Charity Walk at Green Point Stadium where thousands of walkers will be raising much-needed funds to feed hungry school children throughout the Western Cape. Local Santos soccer celebrity Edries Burton will be on hand to lend his support. Each R25.00 entry fee will feed 21 children! Entries have closed but please support the walkers on Sunday
  • 5th September 2009 Vodacom WP versus Blue Bulls at Newlands Rugby Stadium kicking off at 17h05 for the best of Currie Cup rugby. More matches follow on the 26th September and 3rd October 2009
  • Visit www.computicket.com/web/events/search/Venue:Newlands online for a schedule of upcoming soccer and rugby events at Newlands Stadium
  • 12th September 2009 The Crazy Store Table Mountain Challenge is a 35km trail run around Table Mountain and one of SA’s finest off-road running events. Call 021 424 4760 for further information
  • 13th until 18th September 2009 Pick ’n Pay Women’s Interprovincial Golf Championship is taking place at Clovelly in Paarl.

So, whether you stretch your legs on the city’s miles of hiking trails, or just stretch out on one of its many sandy beaches, settle in to watch a game of sensational soccer or enjoy a glass of Cape wine at a Durbanville polocrosse game, get out in the city and live it, love it Cape Town!

For these and other great Mother City events visit www.capetown.travel for further information.

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