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Cape Town selects 162 acts for World Cup performances

The City of Cape Town has selected over 1 100 highly talented artists from all over the Cape Metropole to perform at the city’s official World Cup events from June 11 to July 11, 2010.

Over the past six weeks, more than 3 000 artists participated in a series of tough auditions at six venues across the city. A total of 246 acts, involving 1 280 performers, then took part in “boot camp” training for the final auditions at the GrandWest Arena.

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2010 FIFA World Cup™ was never a solution to poverty

“Recent news articles have favoured the sensational rather than fact in decrying the lack of benefit felt by the poor ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™,” says Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariette du Toit-Helmbold in response to media articles that South Africa’s FIFA World Cup project has failed its citizens.


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Since its inception in 2004 Cape Town Tourism has endeavoured to be at the forefront of responsible tourism developments in Cape Town. Today, as a recognised leader in the field, it hosted a workshop for member hospitality establishments on the Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct.

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City moves to cut carbon emissions and address energy efficiency

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee, at its meeting on May 18, recommended that the City’s Energy and Climate Change Action Plan be tabled at the next Council Meeting for approval. The action plan was supported by all the city’s portfolio committees and the Executive Management Team (EMT).

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Cape Town’s park-and-ride facilities ready

Park-and-ride facilities across the city have been upgraded to encourage soccer fans, daily commuters and visitors to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ to make use of the extended public transport services available during the event.

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Cape Town transport gets a new name and look – MYCiTi

The City of Cape Town introduced its first branded Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) buses today at Granger Bay bus station near the new Cape Town Stadium and unveiled the name, colours and design of the new public transport system, MYCiTi.


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World Cup countdown: 30 Days to Kick-off celebration

Tuesday May 11 marks just 30 days to go until the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ kicks off.

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Cape Town voted one of the best 25 destinations by Tripadvisor

As Cape Town prepares to welcome the world to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, the Mother City is still emerging as a global travel favourite, with a string of fresh accolades to boost its top destination reputation.

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Cape tourism agencies take small hospitality business owners to INDABA 2010

In the lead up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, foreseeing the demand for tourism offerings increase, Cape Town tourism officials have been working in partnership with hospitality SMME members to prepare them for their “World Cup Peak Season”.

Assistance with product differentiation, brand building and marketing helps these businesses to optimise their exposure at a national and international level, while Cape Town Tourism also offers short courses, such as the Intermediate Business Management course, to further support and educate members.

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Walking tall, walking wide

A Pinelands mother and her 18-year-old son are embracing the World Cup in their own unique and highly entertaining way.

She is designing what is destined to be the widest, most colourful skirt in all of Cape Town, while he is seeing life from a highly (pardon the pun) unusual vantage point – 4m long stilts, on which he balances with consummate expertise.

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