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Cape Town Design Capital 2014 – diarise these events and projects
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Cape Town Design Capital 2014 – diarise these events and projects

Cape Town was recently listed one of 52 places the New York Times regards as THE places to visit in 2014. The loss of Mandela has placed South Africa in the hearts of many the world over. Cape Town as World Design Capital 2014, the article says, is grappling with the challenge of transformation since Mandela's first address as a free man 20 years ago. 2014 is the year the city's creative class take on this challenge by celebrating design in all its forms over the year ... Fashion shows, architecture open houses, visits by the public into artists' studios and various exhibitions fulfill th...
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20 top Christmas markets around the country – time to get shopping!
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20 top Christmas markets around the country – time to get shopping!

Something about the incessant jingling of carols, rabid shoppers and overhead neon lights makes malls uninhabitable at this time of year. The calm of local Christmas markets, on the other hand, where you support local crafters, buy local food for your table and get to meet the people who make your food and gifts, is a completely different experience... We've handpicked 20 Christmas markets around the country: CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN GAUTENG Transoranje Christmas Market (Pretoria Accommodation) Over 270 exhibitors at this festive market that includes a tea garden, demonstrations on beads, ...
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Hair Raising Halloween Shenanigans
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Hair Raising Halloween Shenanigans

Halloween is also known as All Hallows Eve and is a holiday celebrated every year on 31 October. This devilish day originates from Samhain, which is an ancient Celtic festival that celebrated the end of the harvest season. During this period, Pagans would prepare for Winter and count their stock. The Gaels believed that on this day, the land of the living and the land of the dead overlapped, allowing the dead and ghastly gouls to enter our world and wreak havoc on the crops or cause illness amongst the living. Costumes were worn to imitate the dead and evil spirits, as this was supposed to ...
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Afro Optimism at ABSA Vuka Showcase
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Afro Optimism at ABSA Vuka Showcase

This year sees the very first of a brand new event that promises to whip South Africa and the rest of the continent into a vibe of unique arts, music and the delicious cuisine of the nations. The Absa VUKA Showcase will highlight all that is African, progressive and exciting... In the light of its theme, which is Afro Optimism, the art, cuisine and music of Africa is presented in a positive light; displaying how such a diverse continent can be united by the very things that define its different cultures and customs. This event is inviting representatives from 12 different countries (inc...
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Party the night away at the Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival
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Party the night away at the Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival

Sponsored by Checkers, Coca-Cola and the Overstrand Municipality, along with some major supporting sponsors, the Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival is all about rip-roaring fun in the heart of the Western Cape. Hermanus is the whale-watching capital of the world, with the last remaining whale crier still in operation. This gentleman is adept at spotting Southern Right and Humpback whales as they frolic in the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast. When he does, he sounds his horn, alerting all in the vicinity so that they are able to watch as these massive mammals perform for ...
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FOUR Annual Festivals You Don’t Want To Miss!
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FOUR Annual Festivals You Don’t Want To Miss!

Every city has one - a festival you just cannot miss. One that is worth going to because it's spectacularly unusual, and for a moment you can almost pretend that your life is hip and happening (I'll speak for myself, shall I?). Here are four such festivals – unusual, creative, slightly whacky (a couple of them) and worth attending for the promised exhiliration you will feel as a result. There will be those of you who argue about other equally as entertaining festivals, but I've selected those I think stand head and shoulders above the rest, mostly for originality. CITY OF GOLD FESTI...
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Workers Day 1 May in South Africa
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Workers Day 1 May in South Africa

If you are reading this, there’s a good chance that you form a part of the international working class and are lucky enough to have an eight hour day job. Since the dawn of agriculture, thousands of years ago, the working class has existed, and has been exploited by a wealthier class. In times gone by people like you and I had no choice but to give into the desires of others in return for the bare minimum of living conditions equivalent to slavery. In more recent, “civilised” times this oppression has been hidden by the wage system which is only a few hundred years old. In South Africa, ...
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Freedom Day 27 April in South Africa
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Freedom Day 27 April in South Africa

You have to love the simplicity with which public holidays in countries, the world over, are named. South Africa’s Freedom Day is no exception. Independence and liberty are two words that come soberly to mind when taking a moment to reflect upon what this day means to us as a nation. South Africa, our land, was set free from more than three hundred years of colonialism and more than forty years of the enforced, vicious racial segregation system, Apartheid.  It was designed, quite literally, to keep us apart and indeed, ignorant. Freedom Day is the culmination of years of protest, sufferi...
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Scaling Vlakkenberg – A Hike in the heart of Cape Town’s Suburbs
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Scaling Vlakkenberg – A Hike in the heart of Cape Town’s Suburbs

Vlakkenberg peak, within the Table Mountain National Park, is right in the heart of Constantia, linking Price Drive to Constantia Nek. It's regarded as the seldom visited half of Constantia Nek (access it across the road from the parking at Constantia Nek via a pedestrian gate, partway down the road towards Hout Bay, or conversely from the top of Price Drive). The hike, whilst pretty steep, takes you up Vlakkenberg peak to the summit with views out over False Bay, Hout Bay and Constantia. 'Ideal weather tomorrow,' I inform Rob, who organises our hikes, 'perfect for a walk, as it's due t...
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Penguin Awareness Day
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Penguin Awareness Day

Every year on the 13th October is Penguin Awareness Day, where we celebrate and support our penguins by raising awareness of their endangerment and how we can prevent these horrific occurrences from happening. Some do the ‘Waddle’, a short walk with a group of people and others, like myself, go to enjoy the splendid sight of watching rescued African Penguins being released at the Simons Town Penguin Festival. In Simons Town, Cape Town, the annual penguin release is held at Seaforth beach.  I got to the beach really early and found a great spot where I could watch the penguins, who have been...
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In Search Of Harry Goemans – Elgins Open Gardens Reveal A Hidden Secret
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In Search Of Harry Goemans – Elgins Open Gardens Reveal A Hidden Secret

Sunday in the Elgin Valley is heady. The weather is close to perfect, even if it can't quite decide between spring and summer. The Peregrine farmstall in Grabouw hums with an influx of visitors who use the stall as the start or finish to their trawlings through other people's gardens. And the nursery is already doing good business as inspired individuals made off with various fruit trees for their own gardens (please note: kiwi fruit trees, pears and most citrus will not bear fruit in Cape Town!). The Elgin Open Gardens Route map on the floor at my feet, a bag of apples (you cannot visit...
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The Knysna Oyster Festival in … well Knysna, of course
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The Knysna Oyster Festival in … well Knysna, of course

Oysters are a luxurious delicacy known for their aphrodisiac powers. Every year, for almost 30 years, the small coastal hotspot of Knysna celebrates the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival - this gloriously moreish mollusc with the popular Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival.This is a fabulous event for locals and visitors of any age, and makes for a fantastic family outing. Of course, it is a must for oyster-lovers, but this definitely isn’t essential, as there is so much to see and do. This is also a major sporting occasion, as there are more than 100 different sporting events, varying in int...
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South Africa’s 5 Most Popular Events
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South Africa’s 5 Most Popular Events

Every year, South Africa hosts hundreds of exciting events; ranging from sports matches and dances to theatre and art exhibitions. Locals and tourists flock to the various locations around the country in which these events take place, because they showcase the talents and abilities of this gloriously diverse land and its people. Here are five of the most popular events in South Africa, based on their annual attendance, as well as on their influence within the event and media circles. South Africa’s 5 Most Popular Events The Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (WC) The KKNK, as it is more co...
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The Shell Festival
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The Shell Festival

Jeffrey’s Bay is best known as the surfing Mecca of champions and sportsmen from all over the world. The same beaches that host these local and international surfing enthusiasts and their spectators are home to another South African treasure. This is the extensive collection of exquisite shells that occur naturally along these shores. As the chill of winter dissipates and spring is well on its way, the annual Shell Festival lures thousands of South African and foreign visitors to Jeffrey’s Bay to see some of the beauty that exists in its shell variety. More than 600 types of shells come in ...
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Get Cheesy at the George Cheese Festival
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Get Cheesy at the George Cheese Festival

The Cheese Festival in George, Garden Route, began in 2002 and, considering its size and popularity, has very humble roots. This festival was started by the parents of the children attending Outeniqua Primary School in an effort to raise much-needed funds. The money raised is used to improve the children’s educational experience as well as to assist the community in a number of ways. Local fundraising activities like these go a long way in bettering and uplifting communities. However, the George Cheese Festival is not only popular for its monetary value, but also for the delicious flavours ...
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