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Official launch of The Fringe: Cape Town’s Innovation District

The design and informatics hub planned for the area in Cape Town City Centre known as the East City finally has a name: The Fringe: Cape Town’s Innovation District. Previously known as the East City Design Initiative, the project has been in a concept planning phase since 2007 when a range of stakeholders began to engage government on the need to support innovation and development in the design, media and information and communication technology (ICT) sectors.


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Cape Town International Jazz Festival: Packed with the best

Cape Town International Jazz Festival organisers had to wait more than three years to find space in saxophonist Wayne Shorter’s busy schedule for “Africa’s grandest gathering”. According to espAfrika CEO and Festival Director Rashid Lombard, they have always wanted the 77-year-old saxophonist to appear in Cape Town: “For years, it’s been our wish to get Wayne Shorter to the festival. As [he is] a touring artist, we could never get the time right. We are thrilled that this round this living jazz legend could make it.”


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Cape Town is one of Lonely Planet’s ten best beach cities of 2011

January 2011 saw one of the world’s leading travel resources announce their choice of the world’s ten best beach cities, and Cape Town voted second among the likes of Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and Miami. Lonely Planet, a trusted multifaceted travel resource with a history spanning over thirty years, announced their choice recently, describing Cape Town as “good-looking, fun-loving, sporty and sociable”.

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Township tourism shows resilience after November honeymoon murder

The extradition hearing of Shrien Dewani has been postponed to February 8, after he was deemed too ill to appear in court in London yesterday. Dewani is accused of orchestrating a hijacking that lead to his wife, Anni, being murdered in a Cape Town township late last year.


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Flourishing relations between sister cities Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro

The Heineken Cape to Rio yacht race has become an institution in Cape Town since its inception in 1971. Throughout the years, this race has attracted the participation of yachtsmen from across the globe, as well as many Capetonian onlookers that converge along the Table Mountain shoreline and surrounding viewing points such as Signal Hill and Lion’s Head. This year the race begins at noon on Saturday, January 15, with teams from South Africa, Brazil, India and Germany participating.

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Cape Town’s 2011 “second new year” celebrations on January 1

Cape Town’s famous Tweede Nuwe Jaar (“second new year”) carnival is a bright, noisy vibrant celebration featuring the traditional Kaapse Klopse, a larger-than-life parade of singing, dancing minstrels who perform through the city’s streets. The festival usually takes place on January 2, but due to the fact that January 2, 2011 is a Sunday, and thus a day of religious consideration, the march will fall on January 1, 2011.

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Cape Town’s International Tourism Season is only just beginning

Cautious optimism remains the order of the day as Cape Town starts to experience the beginnings of its traditional summer tourism season with an influx of domestic tourists.

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City poised for “transport revolution”

MyCiTi will be the lifeblood of a future Cape Town, connecting the city in a giant web of red “trunk” routes and smaller feeder routes. This new bus-based transport system will allow Capetonians to travel across the metropole quickly, comfortably and safely.

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Gugulethu hosts top-notch wine label launch

Cape Town Tourism attended the launch of Oak Valley’s new Rawbones wine label on December 9, 2010, hosted by well-known Gugulethu township attraction Mzoli’s Place. The event was well-attended by media and trade despite recent negative publicity surrounding the controversial Shrien Dewani case.

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Cape Town Tourism takes The Big Issue vendors to the top

Cape Town’s summer tourism season is getting underway and Cape Town Tourism has launched a summer campaign with the message, “Love Summer! Love Cape Town!”

To celebrate, Cape Town Tourism hosted 100 top vendors of The Big Issue on a tour of the Cape Peninsula and a visit to the top of Table Mountain. This follows on from Cape Town Tourism’s successful partnership with The Big Issue that started in the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, during which time vendors were trained as tourism ambassadors and provided with rainbow-coloured bibs.

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