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Womens Day 9 August
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Womens Day 9 August

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Womens Day on the 9th August in South Africa? It has nothing to do with honouring women just because we need another "Mother's Day", this day commemorates the 9 August 1956 when women participating in a national march petitioned against pass laws ... (For anyone who does not know the history - "pass laws" were legislation that required African persons to carry a document on them to ‘prove’ that they were allowed to enter a ‘white area’ during the Apartheid regime). On this day in 1956, over 20 000 women of all races and ages from every corner of So...
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Kuier a while at the Klein Karoo Klassique
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Kuier a while at the Klein Karoo Klassique

Every year the Klein Karoo Klassique Festival is held in Oudtshoorn during August and you will be able to enjoy wines from the Klein Karoo (from as far afield as Montagu), ostrich and game dishes and classical music. And when you order your wine at restaurants and other venues over this weekend you will only be drinking wines from the Klein Karoo region. There will also be wine and port tasting events and many of the local restaurants and cellars will be hosting performances of classical music. The music over the weekend will be organised by the Oudtshoorn Music Society with assistance ...
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What to Do this Weekend
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What to Do this Weekend

If you haven’t made any plans yet for the weekend and are wondering what to do, here are a few suggestions of events to attend, What to Do this Weekend, places to go and things to do … In the Cape “Brides to Be” in the process or arranging their big day should take a leisurely drive out to the Cape Winelands to attend the Paarl Mall Bridal Fair. The Bridal Expo will feature a variety of professional exhibitors including wedding service providers (photographers, wedding gowns, flowers etc) as well as wedding venues who will be exhibiting and ready to discuss requirements with engaged coup...
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Prefer life in the slow lane?
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Prefer life in the slow lane?

Do you prefer life in the slow lane? If so then take a chilled trip down to Robertson for their third annual Robertson Slow. This year the festival will be held from 7 to 10 August 2009. Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson in collaboration with 28 wineries and Guest Houses from these areas welcome you to the Robertson Wine Valley and invite you, the visitor, to enjoy food and drink at their tables. Traditional fare such as Waterblommetjie Bredie, Karoo venison, tripe and organic meals will be on offer at the homes of the Valley’s winemaking families. Here you will be able to meet...
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Mandela Day – Give 67 minutes of your time
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Mandela Day – Give 67 minutes of your time

In an effort to celebrate Nelson Mandela's legacy the Nelson Mandela Foundation is urging the globe to join together in their bid to create an official Mandela Day (18 July). This day will not only be symbolic in celebrating the man who changed South African history, but will enable and encourage individuals to improve the circumstances of those around them. This global movement for positive change will only be made possible by individuals giving of themselves ... The 67 minutes campaign that will be taking place globally on 18 July 2009 asks that participants give 67 minutes of their t...
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Wine Events in July
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Wine Events in July

Just because you can't make it to the Cape Winelands in July doesn't mean you can't celebrate South Africa's great wines a little closer to your intended destination (or home if you are local). There are a few excellent events being held around the country that celebrate South African wines. Here's a quick round up of a few "Wine" events taking place in July: In East London head to the 14th annual Wine Fair from the 1st to the 3rd of July, With over 45 estates, the Wine Fair brings a wide variety of the best tasting wine to your doorstep. Superb local restaurants and eateries always acc...
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It’s Christmas in Tulbagh
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It’s Christmas in Tulbagh

It's Winter in the Western Cape and Tulbagh is celebrating Christmas early by welcoming one and all to visit their town for a host of wonderful winter warmers this Saturday and Sunday (27-28 June 2009). Father Christmas will be there and you may even be able to take a trip with him down Church Street to hand out edible delights to the young children. The town will be decorated with Christmas lights and trees with all the trimmings while local restaurants will be serving up traditional Christmas dinners. Spend the day browsing through some of the arts, crafts and photographic exhibiti...
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Back from Rocking the Daisies
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Back from Rocking the Daisies

Starting just three years ago, the folk and rock festival, Rocking the Daisies, has fast become one of the best music festivals in South Africa. It takes place on a farm in Darling, on the West Coast, and is one hours drive from Cape Town, making it a pleasure to attend for most locals. Combining eco, green and live music themes, it constantly aims to educate followers on living more consciously, giving back to the environment and reducing their carbon footprint. Although messages are difficult to get across to loud and drunk revellers, the organisers pull out all the stops to be consistent...
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Festivals in the Cape
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Festivals in the Cape

The amazing variety of festivals in the Cape is evidence of the fact that Capetonians like to celebrate. Having recently experienced the epic, eco-friendly Rocking the Daisies music festival in Darling, I can attest to the fact Cape Town’s party spirit is alive and well. Capetonians don’t just rock ‘n roll however. From the Whale Festival in Hermanus, celebrating the town’s status as one of the whale watching sites in the Southern Hemisphere, to the Cape Town International Jazz festival, bringing the best performers from all over the globe, it seems every taste is accommodated. The C...
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Design for sustainable living expo in Hermanus
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Design for sustainable living expo in Hermanus

There is something so exciting about this time of year. Yes, it rains a great deal in the Western Cape (who’s complaining, it’s not like we get a lot!) but it’s also the time of the coming of the whales to our shores. I love the whales. These beautiful, gentle, giants show utter trust in humanity when they enter our bays to produce their young. I wouldn’t trust human beings with quite the same level of humility and grace (hey, I know what they’re capable of!) particularly when you take a step back and reflect on the current state of the environment. Yet people flock in their thousands to...
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The Grahamstown Festival
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The Grahamstown Festival

It was opening night and adrenalin and lack of sleep were fueling an unhealthy intensity in the house we were staying in. We had arrived in Grahamstown after a ten hour drive which ended with the actors in the back seat trading more elbow jabs and knees to the midsection than in a Thai kickboxing match. We were in Grahamstown, a small town in the Eastern Cape, for the National Arts Festival, a highlight on South African arts circuit occuring at the end of June/ beginning of July every year. The first thing to know about Grahamstown is that it is absolutely freezing, which only seemed to...
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