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December 31, 2012

Cape Town - 2012 highlights

Table Mountain taken from the V&A Waterfront. Photo courtesy George M Groutas

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and during 2012 the Mother City garnered accolades and prizes for her role as the country's premier tourist destination.

Table Mountain was inaugurated as one of the New7Wonders of Nature in November, a fitting award for the 1 000-metre high mountain which stands sentinel over Cape Town. The official inauguration took place on the same day as the annual switching on of the festive lights, another Cape Town tradition that attracts thousands each year.

Throughout the year Cape Town venues and the city itself received a number of awards. Villa Zest Boutique Hotel was named by TripAdvisor as the trendiest in the world. TripAdvisor also named Boulders Beach one of the world's 10 most unique beaches, while Muizenberg was named by National Geographic as one of the best surfing towns.

But the Mother City is also a great events showcase where people love to get down and party.

The Manchester United squad take to the Cape Town stadium pitch. Photo courtesy Saadick Dhansay

English premier league team Manchester United played local boys Ajax Cape Town to a thrilling 1 - 1 draw at a packed Cape Town Stadium in July. The day saw many Capetonians torn between supporting their home boys and shouting in glee for the international icons. Cape Town has a strong Manchester United following.

Lady Gaga in concert. Photo courtesy Alfred Hermida

Lady Gaga, the five-time Grammy Award-winning artist, ended the South African leg of her Born This Way Ball at the Cape Town Stadium on December 3. Named one of Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women in 2011, and included in 2010 Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, the star’s flamboyant style, controversial lyrics and music videos have won her millions of fans worldwide. There were many reports of excited concertgoers taking to the city's public transport system dressed in outlandish costumes on their way to the stadium.

The Loeries is a highlight of the creative industry. Photo courtesy Mallix

Cape Town once again shook off the competition to win a bid to host the annual Loeries

The Loeries Festival Weekend is a major event on the brand communication industry calendar, attracting around 5 000 attendees including CEOs, marketing directors, advertising executives, creative leaders, media owners, production companies and journalists. Creative types love partying up a storm in Cape Town, with Long Street being one of their favourite hangouts.

It's all about fashion at the J&B Met. Photo courtesy Jennifer Su

It was all about the fashion at the J&B Met, Cape Town's premier social gathering. The 2012 theme "made differently" saw punters and socialites dressed to the nines, many in outfits of their own creation, while celebrities came dressed by iconic local designers like Gavin Rajah. The Met is one of the highlights of the Cape calender.

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