BO-KAAP’S BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL

The current legal battle between the Muslim residents of the Bo-Kaap and the developers of an 18-storey apartment block is just one of many that have been fought in this historic low-rise Cape Town neighbourhood. South Africa’s largest concentration of early 1800s architecture sits on prime land on the slopes of Signal Hill, just minutes from the city centre.

“Bo-Kaap” means “above the Cape” and due to its elevated position, some of the best views of the city can be enjoyed from the area. These distinctive flat-roofed, single-storey homes were mainly built for and by liberated slaves and political exiles from the former Dutch colonies of the East. Their descendants…
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BO-KAAP’S BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL

First Festival of Art to give undiscovered artists a platform

[FEATURED] As art feeds the soul of society, so too can it change the lives of its creators. It’s with this ethos in mind that the Festival of Art was founded to provide a platform for undiscovered and underprivileged artists to showcase their work.

Set to make its mark on the Western Cape social calendar in the scenic Franschhoek region on 17 and 18 March, the festival will also feature revered South African artists at each of its three venues – Selwyn Pekeur at Bridge House, Nanette Ranger at Eikehof and Ronald West at La Bri.

The festival…
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First Festival of Art to give undiscovered artists a platform

Travel to transform in your own backyard

To experience travel is one thing, to be transformed by it is something completely different. The new big buzzword in travel is transformative travel and, by the looks of it, it will be one of the next big travel motivators in 2018.

Perhaps best described as experiential travel at full throttle, transformative travel really boils down to travel for the purpose of self-reflection and engaging with a new culture and nature. It empowers travellers to make meaningful, lasting changes in their life. This desire emerges in many of us, especially if we have travelled before, explains Sharmila Ragunanan, Head of Marketing…
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Travel to transform in your own backyard

The non-swimmer’s shark cage-diving guide

It was my first time in South Africa and I was already in love. I was hitting all the major “spots” between Johannesburg and Cape Town. I had spent three amazing nights at Kruger National Park, mesmerised by elephants, zebra, giraffes and even lazy lions lounging at the roadside. I had drank my way through Stellenbosch’s picturesque vineyards and enjoyed the views from Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope. I was obsessed with all South Africa had to offer. All except for one thing — great white Shark cage-diving and that was exactly what my travel buddies…
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The non-swimmer’s shark cage-diving guide

Cape Town wants to honour Mandela with a R3.5m statue

The City of Cape Town plans to commemorate the life and work of former president Nelson Mandela with a R3.5m statue and exhibition at the City Hall.

Naming and nomination committee chair, councillor Brett Herron, said on Monday that the City would start with a public participation process about the proposal.

“The purpose of the public participation process is to engage with our residents about the intended memorialisation of Madiba at City Hall,” said Herron. “We want to work more closely with our residents, and an important aspect of strengthening the relationship between the City and Capetonians is for our residents to participate in…
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Cape Town wants to honour Mandela with a R3.5m statue

Route 62 listed as one of the world’s best road trip routes

The beautiful winding Route 62 that makes its way from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape in South Africa, has been listed by CNN Travel as one of the best road trips for 2017.

The R62, which winds between Port Elizabeth, through to the Langkloof, Oudtshoorn and Cape Town made it onto the coveted list alongside 9 other international routes. The route was picked for its picture-perfect scenic views and vineyards, with CNN Travel dubbing it “a journey to the unexpected.”

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Must see attractions along the way include Chapman’s Peak…
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Route 62 listed as one of the world’s best road trip routes