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Jou ma se goema
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Jou ma se goema

A friend of mine shared a video about goema recently on Facebook. Since I don't have a clue what goema is, my interest was more than a little piqued. Mostly because this particular friend of mine has introduced me to the sounds of Cape Town jazz in her own way. Her house, up until recently, was a one-stop-shop for Cape Town musicians who used her lounge for jamming sessions, and any occasion that warranted it (and a fair number of those that didn't) would find her home full to busting - singers with microphones, any number of guitars, the piano and even the odd double bass - I tried not to ...
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Fetching cotton rugs – at Barrydale hand weavers
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Fetching cotton rugs – at Barrydale hand weavers

It would be pouring with rain on the day we visit the hand weavers in Barrydale. We run into what appears to be an old school hall, which we later learn is the town's former 'bioscope' and are greeted by Tivane, whom I have already met over the weekend at the Montagu Village Market where he can usually be found manning a stand selling rugs on a Saturday morning. He steps down from the stage (it's one of those typical old halls – wooden floors, stage at one end, gallery on the other) onto a freezing cold floor where we stand shuddering at the combination of wet and wind, and welcomes us. Car...
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Harvest of Hope – Harvesting hope with my weekly box of vegetables
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Harvest of Hope – Harvesting hope with my weekly box of vegetables

Every school week a box of vegetables is dropped off at my son's school with my name on it. It sits, in amongst similar boxes, awaiting pick-up. It must be said that I often forget and my box finds its way into the school fridge until I remember the following day to collect it. My pack is always brimming over with a variety of fresh vegetables, picked on the morning of delivery. This might sound pretty obvious, but I have used other box delivery schemes in Cape Town where, because of logistics and through no fault of their own, you only receive your vegetables a couple of days after picking...
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Cape Town FIFA Fan Fest for the most fun you can have without a ticket
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Cape Town FIFA Fan Fest for the most fun you can have without a ticket

The Cape Town FIFA Fan Fest is a must as part of your Cape Town 2010 World Cup experience. With the ultimate soccer atmosphere it is definitely the most fun you can have without a ticket! Every match day the Cape Town FIFA Fan Fest will broadcast all the FIFA Soccer World Cup matches live on a 70m² screen - to ensure you don’t miss one goal. There is also a daily entertainment lineup between matches that will blow your mind. This lineup will include a variety of top local performers and bands, local DJ’s and new and emerging talent. The overall entertainment programme at the CTFFF will ...
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Perfect weekend fare – Breakfast at Caveau and picnics in Kommetjie
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Perfect weekend fare – Breakfast at Caveau and picnics in Kommetjie

My Saturday was, as per usual a day of eating.  I didn’t feel too guilty about it though because Knysna Half Marathon training has commenced so I did my scheduled 3kms on Friday night and wrapped up a quick 5kms on Saturday morning (the views from Boyes Drive make it all worth while)! Breakfast had been organised for 10am and I met my girlfriends at Caveau in Newlands.  Housed next door to the well known Josephine Mill, Caveau serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and a delicious range of tapas (try the lamb samoosas or beef cubes with béarnaise sauce - to die for!). We were there for breakfas...
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South Africa still a Favourite with Travelers according to TripAdvisor
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South Africa still a Favourite with Travelers according to TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor has just released its Travelers’ Choice lists for 2010 and Cape Town is still a favourite with travelers. Ranked #25 in the Top 25 Destinations in the WORLD, though Europeans ranked our fair city #6. The “Mother City” also featured on a number of other lists: #1 in the Top 25 Destinations in Africa #2 in the Top 10 Culture & Sightseeing Destinations in Africa #4 in the Top 10 Outdoor & Adventure Destinations in Africa #6 in the Top 10 Beach & Sun Destinations in Africa The Western Cape (the South African province which is home to Cape Town as well as...
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Africa Umoja, the Spirit of Togetherness – a South African song and dance sensation
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Africa Umoja, the Spirit of Togetherness – a South African song and dance sensation

Be a part of the reopening of one of Johannesburg’s oldest theatres - The Victory Theatre in Houghton Estates as it has become the permanent home to Africa Umoja. This is a proudly South African production that has wowed audiences around the world. London’s Daily Telegraph described it as having "enough energy to light up London. I defy anyone to leave this hit dance musical feeling anything less than elated." This is a production worth making time for so if you are in Johannesburg make sure you watch this masterpiece. The Victory Theatre has been revamped as it was initially built a...
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Grease the Musical at Artscape in Cape Town – a review
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Grease the Musical at Artscape in Cape Town – a review

Grease the Musical is currently playing at The Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town before moving on to The Teatro at Montecasino in Johannesburg.  The West End production was brought to our shores by Pieter Toerien, Paul Nicholas and David Ian and this production, with its entirely local cast will be the first full stage production of the musical to be staged in South Africa for a decade. I went to the show a few nights ago and judging by the amount of fun the cast of Grease was having, Rydell High in 1955 was the school to be at!  I enjoyed it tremendously - we had excellent seats and not...
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From Corporate Strife to an African Life
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From Corporate Strife to an African Life

“Life should not be measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of times you are left breathless” - Anon. When I came across this quotation nearly four years ago, it helped me to realise that I needed to make some changes to my hectic and stressful world. Little did I know then the huge impact that this inspirational maxim would have on my life ... At the time, I was burned out after 20 years of ‘hard labour’ in the UK corporate IT market. Having reached my dream job of Sales and Marketing Director I realised that whilst I was rich financially, I was poor in love, laughte...
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4 Oscar Nominations for District 9, 2 for Invictus
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4 Oscar Nominations for District 9, 2 for Invictus

The Sci-Fi box office hit "District 9" scores 4 Oscar Nominations for Best Film; Visual Effects; Film Editing and Writing (Adapted Screenplay) and "Invictus" scores 2 Oscar nominations including the coveted Actor in a Leading Role for Morgan Freeman and Actor in a Supporting Role for Matt Damon ... District 9 Nominations: Best Achievement in Editing - Julian Clarke Best Achievement in Visual Effects - Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros, Matt Aitken Best Motion Picture of the Year - Peter Jackson, Carolynne Cunningham Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produce...
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Book review Invictus: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation
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Book review Invictus: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation

In 1988, 31 years after I first arrived in the Cape, I left the country in order to join my partner in the active management of a small business I had acquired in the American Mid-West. For years  thereafter I was unable to follow events in South Africa, partly because my new enterprise encountered more than the expected share of start-up problems and thus absorbed all my energy and then some and more importantly because the American media pay scant or no attention to events outside the country that lack head-line grabbing drama or scandal. Thus many of the decisive events preceding and ...
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2010 World Cup Draw Results
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2010 World Cup Draw Results

In an entertaining ceremony held in Cape Town last night broadcasted live to an estimated audience of 150-million viewers in 200 countries, the 2010 World Cup draw results were announced. The first duty of the show's presenter, Academy Award-winning actress and proud South African, Charlize Theron, was to show off the official 2010 Match Ball, adidas's Jabulani, a name which means 'to celebrate' in Zulu. Then Soweto’s Gospel Choir enchanted with a lively rendition of Pata Pata before the arrival of Draw Master and FIFA Secretary General, Jerome Valcke, which signalled that it was time for t...
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Kelp Vuvuzelas – a local, green touch for the Fifa World Cup Final Draw
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Kelp Vuvuzelas – a local, green touch for the Fifa World Cup Final Draw

I stumbled upon a new type of vuvuzela that definitely bears talking about. Not that I'm a fan of the vuvuzela. I happen to hate them. I know, how very unpatriotic of me, but anything that makes that much noise and is mass produced in plastic so that it bears little resemblance to the original home-made kudu horn version is hardly inspiring. I'm not surprised there was an attempt to ban them. But the vuvus made in kelp are works of art. And I'm inspired to buy one in time for the World Cup Final Draw on Friday, particularly as its unique to Cape Town. Graphic designer, Adam Carnegie, is beh...
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2010 FIFA World Cup matchballs on display at the Waterfront
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2010 FIFA World Cup matchballs on display at the Waterfront

Totalsports’ V&A Waterfront store was given the exclusive opportunity to become the first store in the world to sell the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ matchball produced by Adidas. The official 2010 World Cup matchball will be unveiled during the World Cup Draw at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Friday evening (4th December). At this event Adidas and Totalsports officials will unveil the giant ball (2 meters in diameter) outside the store at 8pm, followed by a symbolic delivery of the signed official ball by adidas ambassador, Lucas Radebe, who will be coming from the red carpet...
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V&A Waterfront World Cup Draw Events
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V&A Waterfront World Cup Draw Events

Predicted to attract thousands of Cape Town football fanatics, celebrity watchers and the world’s media, the V&A Waterfront, in partnership with official FIFA World Cup sponsors - MTN, Coca, Adidas and Sony - today revealed its line-up of exclusive events taking place in and around the V&A Waterfront from December 1st to 6th, 2009. Coinciding with the final FIFA World Cup Draw - which takes place on December 4th at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) - this once-in-a-lifetime experience is set to ignite local football fever among Capetonians ... The line up of e...
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