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February 17, 2011

When ordinary is extraordinary - a Cape Town Tourism photo essay

As part of Responsible Tourism Week, we’re calling on Capetonians to submit their photographs of ordinary people doing extraordinary things – in the name of creating better places for people to live in, and better places to visit – to our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group! Responsible Tourism Week is from February 14 to 18 this year, and you can get involved by logging onto the global journal of practical ecotourism, Planeta.com‘s wiki and registering.

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The Big Issue is a non-profit organisation that publishes a general interest magazine also called The Big Issue every 21 days. Sea Point The Big Issue vendor Mavis benefits from selling the magazine, the idea being that it’s a hand up not a handout.

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Guga S’thebe in Langa is an art complex and gallery dedicated to nurturing local creative talent from established artists to schoolchildren. The building is an icon of African design but most remarkable are the rich, brightly coloured murals that adorn most of the walls.

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Bicycle tours have become popular in many of Cape Town’s communities as they have a lower carbon footprint and allow visitors a friendlier way to get around, while supporting local bike shops.

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For generations, Atlas Trading has been supplying local residents of the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood, as well as visitors from near and far, with spices and ingredients to make Cape Malay cuisine, Cape Town’s own distinctive regional cuisine. Home “chefs”, culinary tourists, celebrity chefs and the simply curious can all be seen rubbing shoulders here.

Do you have images of Cape Town you’d like to share with us? We’d love you to join the Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group!

Images © City of Cape Town 2011

Information on Cape Town’s journey to becoming a responsible tourist destination can be found at www.responsiblecapetown.co.za. The Mother City won the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Award in the best destination category in 2009.

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