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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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Big 5 or Bust?
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Big 5 or Bust?

Something that always amazes me is the modern day traveller’s overwhelming desire to spot the Big 5. This is not to say that I don’t appreciate such a sighting and relish every moment watching Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and (for me, the as yet unseen) Leopard in the wild, but when lucky enough to spend some time in South African Game Reserves, any sighting fills me with joy ... On a game drive in a private Big 5 reserve recently, I was disappointed to find that our game ranger was giving preference to these species, to the near exclusion, or rather, dismissal of other game species. Ther...
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Winners 2010 SAGA Calendars
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Winners 2010 SAGA Calendars

CONGRATULATIONS to the following 10 people who have won a copy of the 2010 SAGA Calendar: Lynne Bindeman (South Africa) Dale Burns (UK) Valerie Elizabeth Burns (South Africa) Janet Churchill (South Africa) Holly Godfrey (South Africa) Debbie Greener (UK) Bev Isaacs (Israel) Pauline Prinsloo (South Africa) Rebecca Sims (USA) Patrick Taylor (South Africa) The winners have been selected and the giveaway is over, but that doesn't mean you can't get one of these calendars for yourself - and support this worthy cause. Find out more about the 2010 SAGA Calendar. ...
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Why support organic and local, and where to get it in Cape Town
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Why support organic and local, and where to get it in Cape Town

Everyone's talking organic and local. Eating organic is obviously a lot better for you, given the lack of chemicals used in growing the food. But is it always the best choice for the planet? And where do you go to find it? Organic produce is important. We have spent a great deal of the 20th century adding synthetic chemicals to our food supply and the organic movement is a return to the kind of farming that was 'conventional' before all this tampering with our food began. In a nutshell, organic means: farming that replenishes the fertility of the soil, without the use of chemical pesticides, ...
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Win 2010 SAGA Calendars (closed)
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Win 2010 SAGA Calendars (closed)

A very worthy cause was recently brought to our attention and we thought we'd support the cause by giving away 10 of these beautiful SAGA (South African Guide-Dog's Association) calendars, which feature photographs taken by 13 top South African Wedding Photographers. Simply complete the easy entry form (competition closed - view winners), find out more about how the calendar came into being or, if you'd rather not wait to win, order your calendar and support SAGA and the important work they do. For those of us who can see and who can move freely through the world it can be hard to understand ...
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How to Go Green
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How to Go Green

The time is NOW, the colour is GREEN and the question is: "What are you doing to save our Planet?" Eco living is on everybody's lips and if it isn't, it should be! Recycling, conservation and renewable energy have been around for many years. Fossils fuels are polluting our environment and alternative energy sources are here! Many establishments are already saving the planet 1 kilowatt hour at a time by using various energy saving ranges, which are becoming increasingly affordable and available in South Africa and the world over. Do we really need to consider making changes to our comfortab...
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Shark Tales
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Shark Tales

The following aquatic conversation is based (albeit very loosely) on true fictional tails. The names of the Great White Sharks have been concealed in order to protect their predatory identity. Overheard on location in Gansbaai: Shark 1: "Where are they? They know its winter and we're practically lurking around in schools this time of year!" Shark 2: "I don't know but I didn't floss my pearly whites on seaweed to impress the sardines, they better show up soon I've got some scaring to do" ... Shark 3, Shark 4, Shark 5, Shark 6 and Shark 7 appear from the shadows of the deep Indian Ocean....
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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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SA-Venues.com celebrates its 10th birthday
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SA-Venues.com celebrates its 10th birthday

The eyes of the world have been focused on South Africa recently for obvious reasons - the Dalai Lama's unfortunate banning from the conference intended to tackle racism ahead of the 2010 World Cup, our new president, our banks have remained largely protected against the direct effects of the global financial crisis, and the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. It is an appropriate moment to announce SA-Venues.com 10th anniversary that also just happened to fall a few days ago, on the 10th May 2009! The tourism industry also reported a buoyant year in South Africa for 2008, despite the...
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Cape Town Street Crafts
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Cape Town Street Crafts

Cape Town Street Crafts: Anyone who travels round the streets of the Mother City cannot fail to be moved by either the extreme beauty or the dire poverty that makes up much of Cape Town life. Each journey can be an emotional roller-coaster ride – joy, sadness, enchantment, anger, hope. But for me one of the most powerful and recurring themes has been an absolute respect and admiration for the extraordinary craftsmanship and dazzling inventiveness of the street artists that ply their bead work, paintings and metal sculptures around a number of major intersection across town. Wow! Thes...
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Arum Lily Reed Frog at Afton Grove Country Retreat
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Arum Lily Reed Frog at Afton Grove Country Retreat

Chris Spengler, owner of Afton Grove Country Retreat in Noordhoek - Cape Town, reports having recently found an Arum Lily Reed Frog (Hyperolius horstocki) on the glass pane of a dining door at the lodge recently. The Red Data listed species - Western Leopard Toad (Bufo Pantherinus) is resident for most of the year on the lodge grounds at Afton Grove Country Retreat. Other species that also occur at Afton Grove are: Clicking Stream Frog (Strongylopus grayii), Cape Sand Frog (Tomopterna delalandii) and Clawed Frog / Common Platana (Xenopus laevis). "It is a long time since I have been th...
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Oscar Win for South African Film
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Oscar Win for South African Film

Tsotsi, the South African film about a Johannesburg Shantytown thug won the Oscar for best foreign language film on Sunday, making it the first film from the country to win the award. The film which was directed and written by South African Gavin Hood features a searing performance by Presley Chweneyagae a gun-toting grown up AIDS orphan, who becomes an emotionally dead gangster until he learns the value of human life when he is forced to care for a baby he has mistakenly kidnapped. "We may have foreign language films, but our stories are the same as your stories. They are about the human ...
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