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November 21, 2010

Wheel of Excellence finds a new home at the V&A Waterfront

The Wheel of Excellence at night. Photo: Cape Town Tourism

The Wheel of Excellence has been a firm favourite among Capetonians since it took up residence near the entrance to the V&A Waterfront more than five months ago. We’ve become accustomed to its gentle revolutions and its twinkling nighttime presence and we brag about it when we talk to friends and family in different cities.

Since it landed on our shores before the start of World Cup, thousands of locals and tourists have flocked to the attraction to enjoy its one of a kind views of the Mother City.

But the Wheel of Excellence has bid adieu to its initial location and is moving to the heart of the V&A Waterfront, until the end of February next year. The wheel will be located on Market Square – a more central location – and will be open to the public from December 3.

Deconstruction of the wheel began on November 15 and will take approximately six days to complete. The wheel will then be reconstructed on Market Square (this will also take about six days) and will undergo various tests and trials before it welcomes visitors aboard.

The wheel was initially brought to Cape Town for the World Cup but its popularity has warranted an extended stay in the Mother City. It’s expected to receive thousands of visitors in its new position – which is conveniently located near to the mall and parking areas – this festive season.

Chantelle Kidd, strategic marketing executive of the V&A Waterfront, explains, “It’s the ideal activity during the holiday months when people have more time to do fun things, while taking advantage of the warmer summer weather.”

The wheel will continue to afford visitors spectacular panoramic views of Cape Town and its surrounds.

The wheel features 36 fully enclosed cabins which can accommodate up to eight people. Adults can take a trip on the wheel for R80, while children aged between 4 and 12 ride for R50.

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