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Archive for July, 2009

Cape Town number one tourist attraction

Cape Town

The Mother City recently came out top’s in an international tourism survey which aimed at finding the top 10 tourism attractions in Southern Africa.

The survey was conducted by publication, SA Tourism Update in association with the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA).

According to Cape Town Tourism, one hundred overseas tour operators participated in the survey, which was completed last week.

Participants were from North America, the UK, Germany and several other European countries.

The survey recognised the following attractions as the Top 10 in Southern Africa:

1. Cape Town
2. Kruger National Park
3. Garden Route
4. Victoria Falls
5. Okavango
6. Cape Winelands
7. Sabi Sands
8. Namibia
9. KwaZulu-Natal
10. Etosha


Pizzeria making dough for children

red cross childrens hospital trust

Six of SA top celebrity chefs have been selected for a gourmet charity project hosted by pizzeria, Col’Cachio.

The project, which started in April this year, will be running until September, showcasing a different pizza masterpiece every month.

The Chefs include, Philipe Wagenfuhrer (Chief Patron of Roots restaurant in Gauteng), Mike Basset (Owner and chef of Myoga, Ginja and Shoga restaurants in Cape Town), Citrum Khumalo (Owner and chef of Asidle Gourmet Catering in Gauteng), Reuben Riffel (Owner and chef of Reuben’s restaurant in Franschhoek), Margot Janse (Executive chef at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek), Rudi Liebenberg (Executive chef of Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town)

The aim of the celebrity chef series is to raise funds for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

For every celebrity chefs pizza sold R 5.00 will be donated to the hospital.

Durban opens its doors to 30th International Film Festival

Durban International Film Fest

Yesterday marked the opening of the 30th Durban International Film Festival, aimed at bringing together world renowned films and filmmakers to the Zulu Kingdom.

The festival opened with Durban film, Izulu Lami (My Secret Sky), winner of the ‘Dikalo Best Feature Film’ prize at the International Pan African Film Festival, held in Cannes in April 2009

Table Mountain shortlisted as part of New 7 Wonders of the World

Table Mountain

The infamous Cape Town landmark, Table Mountain, was shortlisted today as a potential “New 7 Wonder of the World.”

The City of Cape Town will find out in 2011 whether the mountain, which will compete against 28 additional “wonders,” including the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef, has made a place for the top 7 wonders of the world.

Table Mountain is only one of two African monuments that has been shortlisted as a finalist- the other being Mount Kilamanjaro in Tanzania.

To vote for Table Mountain to become a 7 wonder of the world visit or call 0041 77 312 4041 and select Table Mountain’s four-digit code 7725.<img

SA cops get fit

Metro Police

From today onwards Metro Police Officers will be getting their feet into gear and hitting the gym as part of a health and fitness policy which was approved last year.

The policy requires all metro law enforcers and traffic officers to reach international fitness standards where their fitness levels will be tested on a quarterly basis.

According to JP Smith from the Cape Town mayoral committee the aim of the program is not just to get the officers healthy but to prepare them so they can do their jobs properly. “They need to be able to defend themselves,” says Smith.

Officers who don’t meet target will join in with a special programme and receive extra help. For those who are still unable to reach respected fitness levels after the special programme, they will be removed from the operational service and given administrative duties.

Requirements for men up to the age of 34 includes, to be able to run 2.4km in 12 minutes, and to do 40 push-ups or 55 pull-ups in two minutes,

For the women officers, the requirements are, to do 31 pull-ups or 34 push-ups in two minutes, and run 2.4km in 14 minutes and 30 seconds.

An additional self defence course which is focused on teaching officers how to react without using a firearm will in due time also be provided to the officers.

Nelson Mandela turns 91

Nelson Mandela
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson Mandela- Long Walk to Freedom (1995)

Today marks the day of Mr Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday! Happy Birthday Sir- Thank You for your love, compassion, humility and strength!

Wishing you many more blessed years.

Mandela Day: Celebrating the legacy of Madiba

Mandela Day imprint

Mandela Day seems to be hot on the lips of all South Africans, but what exactly is the occasion about and when where is it taking place and how can you get involved?

The event is aimed to treasure and celebrate the legacy of South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela.

46664 and the Nelson Mandela Foundation are urging all people over the world to join them in a bid to create an official Mandela Day, which would be held on Mr. Mandela’s birthday (July 18) each year, starting tomorrow.

Mandela Day will be celebrated annually where the public are not only urged to remember Mr. Nelson Mandela’s life but also to recognize their individual power in making a difference to society, by aiming to eradicate poverty and promoting peace and reconciliation.

On Mandela Day, people around the world would be asked to spend 67 minutes of their time to do something which made a difference to the world around them. One can pledge their support and tell the world what they aim to do to make a difference on the day at

People can participate in Mandela Day by taking clothes and food to shelters, children’s homes and underprivileged schools or even help build homes in the townships, visit the sickly or play with orphans. Whatever you do you would touch at least one life during the process.

The Springbok rugby squad will be gathering at Bloemfontein’s Vodacom Park at 11:45 to sing to Madiba and has requested the public to come and visit the stadium to join in with the birthday wishes.

All in all the day gives you an opportunity to finally make time to make a small difference in society.