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Tata Madiba: Father of our democracy, Father of our Nation

The iMadiba art installation

Iziko Museums commemorated International Mandela Day, with the launch of “Tata Madiba: Father of our democracy, Father of our Nation,” at the Iziko South African Museum.

The exhibition brings together objects, specimens and artworks to stimulate conversation about Madiba’s life, struggles and legacy.

Origins of Early Sapiens Behaviour at Spier

Mosaic panel created by diver and collector Matthews

The timing of Origins of Early Sapiens Behaviour exhibition could not be more right, writes Lucinda Jolly in Business Day.

Our common ancestry makes nonsense of racial divisiveness. The timing of Origins of Early Sapiens Behaviour exhibition could not be more right, writes Lucinda Jolly in Business Day.

New Woodstock skateboard park

A World Design Capital co-design ward project

The recently completed Woodstock skateboard park, which boasts four ramps, was officially opened on Monday 16 July 2018.

As part of the festivities, Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, got onto a skateboard and joined local skateboarders to test the facility. 

It is home-sweet-home for local skateboarders as they celebrate the new Woodstock skateboard park which will provide them with a platform to hone their skills.

Street lighting programme drives energy efficiency, reducing long-term costs

820 km of roads have been retrofitted

Investigations indicate that a saving of about 40% can be achieved compared with an HID fitting with the same light intensity.  

The City of Cape Town’s drive to retrofit existing street lights along major roads and in neighbourhoods across the metro is progressing well, with about R22 million having been spent on this project in the previous financial year. 
The programme to replace high intensity discharge (HID) lamps with light-emitting diode (LED) technology is lig

The ocean is certainly an apt metaphor for our anxious age

Stephen Inngs, Backline 2018

Barnard Gallery presents Shoreline, two solo exhibitions of new photographic and video work by Stephen Inggs and Vanessa Cowling.

Sharing more than just a title, each of these shows responds to the current resurgence of interest in the unstable relations between sea and land, and the social tides such environmental boundaries implicate. For both Cowling and Inggs, these are strange seas for strange times.

The ocean is certainly an apt metaphor for our anxious age.

The Shark Spotters Programme

Keeping Cape Town’s swimmers safe
Polarised sunglasses and binoculars could save you from sharks in Cape Town, reports Sarah Wild in Business Insider SA.
  • The Shark Spotters programme warns people when sharks are in the water and stops them from getting bitten.
  • Cape Town has the largest concentration of white sharks on the doorstep of a major city anywhere, but these creatures are vital for the ocean ecosystem.
  • Shark activity peaks during the day, and during spring and summer — when people want to b

‘Rise Up’ and fly at Africa’s biggest kite festival

24th Cape Town International Kite Festival – 27 & 28 Oct 2018

The 24th Cape Town International Kite Festival in Muizenberg is Africa’s biggest kite festival and sees kiters from around the world flying incredible kite creations in support of Cape Mental Health, South Africa’s oldest mental health organisation.

Big Issue Fundraising Concert & Blanket Drive

Andre Combrink and Louise Howlett

Don’t forget to buy your ticket for the Big Issue Winter Warmer Fundraising Concert and blanket drive.

The Big Issue concert features the Cape Town Male Voice Choir with guest soprano Louise Howlett and pianist Andre Combrink.

SANParks 13th annual free access week

South African National Parks (SANParks) will be hosting its 13th annual free access week from 10-14 September 2018. 

This gives South African day visitors the opportunity to gain free access to most of the 21 national parks. It encourages locals to explore parks closest to them and enjoy the facilities without having to pay.

Cape Town proves its a water-smart destination!

A water-smart destination!

Cape Town and the Western Cape are open for business, with our beautiful, world-class experiences waiting for visitors from around the world to enjoy.

With several months left in the winter rainfall calendar, it is now clear that Cape Town will continue to have enough water for its residents and visitors. Travellers are invited to come and enjoy, but still be mindful of water-wise tourism during their stay and continue to treat water as a precious resource.

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