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Nominate Cape Town as N7WCity here is the link

History & Culture, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa and — many believe — the most culturally aware. (OK those many are all Capetonians, but they probably do have something there.)
Cape Town's rich colonial history has endowed the city with some distinctive old buildings in the distinctive Cape Dutch style with its whitewashed walls, ornate gables and thatched roofs. Some of the best examples of these are to be found on the many wineries, the most easily accessible of which isGroot Constantia in Cape Town's southern suburbs. An easy stroll along the 'Historical Mile' between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay will take you pastPosthuys, the oldest building in South Africa.

A host of museums on a huge range of the usual subjects like natural history, cultural history and just plain ordinary history complement the smaller ones like the District Six museum, a doll museum and a police museum. And, of course, a visit to the Robben Island museum in the V&A Waterfront, followed by a ferry trip and a tour of the island itself, is almost de rigueur. You'll get to see Nelson Mandela's old cell but you can't sleep in it. You can't even get your photo taken in it, as it's locked to keep people out. Strange how things change.

But there is more to culture than the stuff found in museums. Culture is about how people live — how they organise their lives. So you can choose from a range of cultural tours. Most involve a drive out to one or more of the townships of Nyanga, Langa, Gugulethu, Crossroads or Khayelitsha, where you can see how local people live, visit historic sites mostly pertaining to the struggle against apartheid, shop in the open air markets, enjoy a drink or a meal at a shebeen (township tavern) and, if you like, even consult a traditional healer or sangoma. 

Another interesting place to visit is the Bo-Kaap, which is often included on general Cape Town cultural tours or can be visited on a tour of its own. The Bo-Kaap is home to the oldest existing community in South Africa that has not been subject to forced removals. Previously called the ”Malay Quarter“, this area housed the many slaves brought out, mainly from Java, in the 17th and 18th Centuries.

Their attractive, brightly coloured, flat-roofed houses, decorative mosques and the sound of the muezzin calling over the city streets have remained relatively undisturbed for all this time. The major threat facing this attractive area is now not forced removals, but gentrification, as image-conscious yuppies move into and renovate the lovely old buildings, taking advantage of the sea views and proximity to the city centre. The Bo-Kaap Museumdocuments the history of the area, and a meal in one of the local restaurants is a culinary delight as well as a cultural experience.

Art galleries range from the huge and well endowed National Art Gallery to some very funky little indie spots that host fabulous and/or bizarre fringe exhibitions. Musical offerings range from symphony orchestras and classic jazz to some short-lived experimental performers so, to even begin to know where to start, you'll need to buy a local paper.
There's loads to do, see, experience, eat, drink and enjoy. Have fun.

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Dec 2, 2011

Hi Guys,

Please help me get Cape Town nominated as New 7 Wonder City, see the link below: 

here are some of Cape Town's accolades 

List of accolades 

  • Second Best Beach City, Lonely Planet’s Ten Best Beach Cities 2011
    An announcement by Lonely Planet, one of the world’s leading multifaceted travel resources, of their choice of the World’s Ten Best Beach Cities listed Cape Town as second best amongst cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and Miami. They described Cape Town as ‘good-looking, fun-loving, sporty and sociable’. 
  • Top City in Africa and the Middle East - Condé Naste Readers’ Travel Awards 2010 
  • One of the World’s Top 20 Cities - Condé Naste Readers’ Travel Awards 2010
    The Condé Nast Readers’ Travel Awards celebrate the best the travel world has to offer - from cities and islands to hotels and tour operators - as voted for by Condé Naste Travel readers. Cape Town has been voted as the 13th Top City in the World.
  • Africa’s Leading Destination, 2010 World Travel Awards
    The Annual World Travel Awards aim to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. In July 2010 Cape Town was ranked as Africa’s Leading Destination for the third year running.
  • TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards 2010
    TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel review site and a trusted source in the global tourism industry. In 2010 they have named Cape Town:
    • Twenty Fifth in the 25 Best Destinations in the World
    • First in the Top 25 Destinations in Africa category
    • Sixth as Top 25 Destinations in the World chosen by Europeans
    • Sixth again as Top 10 Beach & Sun Destinations in Africa
    • Second as Top 10 Culture & Sightseeing Destinations in Africa
    • Fourth as Top 10 Outdoor & Adventure Destinations in Africa; and last but not least
    • Second as the Top 10 Food & Wine Destinations in the World (Western Cape).
  • 6th Top City for Men 2010,
    Each year, the world’s favourite website for men,, profiles the best cities worldwide for men to live, work and play in. Their formula takes into consideration the weather, outdoor activities on offer, the amount of professional opportunities and the cost of living, nightlife and dating. In 2010 Cape Town was named their top sixth city on their list of Top 29 Cities for Men 2010.
  • Top Ten Ethical Destinations in the World 2010, Ethical Traveler
    Annually, Ethical Traveler (, a web-based international alliance of travellers that aims to unite all tourists and tourism operators in the fight for world-wide sustainability and conscientious travelling, reviews developing countries across the globe that are working to protect human rights, build social welfare, and preserve the environment. South Africa has recently been heralded as being one of the Top Ten Ethical Destinations in the World for 2010.
  • Best Holiday Destination Ever, Heat magazine
    heat magazine’s summer holiday survey took place at the beginning of January 2010 when readers took part in voting for their favourite holiday destination, amongst other questions. As voted for by South African’s themselves, Cape Town came out tops and was voted Best Holiday Destination Ever.
  • One of the World’s Most Beautiful Cities, Forbes
    Surveying city specialists from a range of fields such as urban planning, architecture and sustainable development Forbes went in search of the world’s most beautiful city. Cape Town was announced as one of the top ten due to its open spaces, aesthetic appeal and “manageable size”, leaving a minimal ecological footprint as a result.
  • Skyscanners 33rd most searched for destination for 2010 –
    Each year, a popular website for searching and comparing flights, hotels and car hire across the world, releases information on the top 50 destinations searched for by UK residents. 2009 searches for travel in 2010 reveals that Cape Town was the 33rd most searched for destination by Britons.
  • British Airways Top Ten List for 2010
    Each year British Airways compiles a table of long-haul destinations it considers the top choices for UK holidaymakers for the following year. Major sporting, cultural and entertainment events, as well as emerging travel trends influence the ratings.

    With the 2010 FIFA World Cup taking place in South Africa, Cape Town is expected to be the most popular destination for foreigners – and thus, has been predicted to be one of British Airways Top Ten Destinations for 2010.
  • One of the World’s Top 10 Party Cities, 2009 Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Experiences
    With 1000 Ultimate Experiences, Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel authority, has brought together 1000 ideas, places and activities to inspire and entertain travellers.
  • New Home of The Loerie Awards 2009 – 2014
    The Loerie Awards were first held in 1978 as a platform to support television advertising but has since grown to include every area of brand communication including radio and print advertising, architecture, design, video, live events, direct marketing and digital media. The awards have attained its status by recognizing, rewarding and fostering creative excellence and nurturing potential, especially in disadvantaged communities.
  • Best Destination, Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2009
    Nominations are received from all over the world for organisations and cities making a real difference to local communities and the environment. This year Cape Town was voted as Best Destination.
  • Blue Flag beach status
    Blue Flag is an international annual award given to beaches that meet excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness, and environmental management. In South Africa, the programme is run by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa in partnership with local authorities. Cape Town’s Blue Flag beaches include: Big Bay, Bloubergstrand; Clifton 4th beach; Camps Bay beach; Muizenberg beach; Strandfontein beach; Mnandi beach and Bikini beach in Gordon’s Bay.
  • Second favourite overseas city – Guardian, UK
    The Guardian’s results of their Travel Awards 2009, where readers of the newspaper and website vote for their favourite destination, saw Cape Town selected as the second most favourite overseas city. The Guardian is one of the UK’s leading newspapers and reputable news sources.
  • 27th Best City for Men to Live in - 2009 ran its first “guide to greener pastures” in 2009 – The Top 29: Best Cities to Live In. The editorial team chose the best cities by applying a statistical formula to eight lifestyle categories and then evaluating the results (taking into account ongoing global recession influences).
  • World's Number Two City – Travel+Leisure magazine July 2009
    Travel+Leisure Magazine – one of the world’s leading travel magazines - ran their 14th annual World’s Best poll in 2009, where readers of the magazine rate the world’s best cities, islands, hotels, cruises and airlines. This year readers opted for more exotic destinations where Cape Town finished one place up from 2008, in second place.
  • World's Best Incentive Destination - Conference & Incentive Travel magazine October 2009
    The Conference & Incentive Travel Hot List 2009 was designed by Conference & Incentive Travel magazine to celebrate the best destinations and venues for events across 12 categories and was voted for by readers. Over 400 event planners across the globe voted over an eight-week period and at the end of voting Cape Town was selected as best Incentive Destination for 2009.
  • World's Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Destination - Luxury Travel Awards April 2009
    The 2009 Luxury Travel Awards were part of the greater International Luxury Travel Exhibition that took place in Switzerland in April. The awards looked at identifying destinations with great potential in the luxury travel sector.
  • Best Tourism Investor City of the Year - AI Tourism Investor Awards 2009
    Africa Investor is a pan-African investment group that hosts an annual Tourism Investor Awards event. All entrants are judged on the basis of vital financial indicators, the sustainability of projects and value added contributions. All entrants were of significant international competition and Cape Town was chosen as AI’s first ever Best Tourism Investor City - emerging as the ultimate leader in the tourism industry world-wide.
  • Best Destination, Africa - World Travel Awards 2008
    The Annual World Travel Awards aim to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. In 2008 Cape Town was ranked as Africa’s Leading Destination.
  • 3rd Best City In The World - US Travel And Leisure July 2008
  • Best City In Africa & Middle East - US Travel And Leisure July 2008, 2009
    In 2008 Travel+Leisure Magazine ran their 13th annual World’s Best poll and Cape Town finished in third place.
  • 4th Top City In The World – Conde Nast Readers’ Choice October 2008
  • Best City In Africa & Middle East – Conde Nast Readers’ Choice October 2008
    An International poll run by publishers, Conde Nast, where readers participate in a ‘Readers’s Choice Survey’. In 2008 over 32,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers voted in this survey leaving Cape Town as 4th Top City in the World and the Best City in Africa and the Middle East.
  • 3rd Best City In The Top 10 World Food Cities - Lonely Planet Blue List 2008
    The third edition of Lonely Planet’s popular Bluelist book published in 2008 named Cape Town as the third best city in the Top 10 World Food Cities.
  • One Of The World’s Most Sustainable Cities - Ethisphere Institute, Sept 2008
    The Ethisphere Institute chose 2008 to name their 10 leading cities they call “2020 Global Sustainability Centres” as they try to create awareness around developing and implementing sustainability plans globally. The cities they chose were large, economically significant cities with long-term sustainable plans and judging weighted several economic, cultural and environmental factors.
  • One Of The “Places Of A Lifetime” – National Geographic Traveler July 2008
    Since 1999 National Geographic Traveler has showcased 50 of the world's top destinations each year – according to National Geographic these are places that every curious traveler should visit in a lifetime.
  • Best City To Live In, Africa & Middle East - Mercer Quality Of Living Survey 2008
    Mercer is a trusted HR and related financial advisory company. Mercer’s Quality of Living ranking covers cities across the world and is conducted to help governments and major companies place employees on international assignments.
  • Favourite World City, UK Telegraph November 2008
    In 2008 the Telegraph readers’ voted Cape Town one of their favourite cities in the world during the annual Telegraph Travel Awards.
  • Awards from previous years: 
    • Boulder’s Beach: World’s Best Family Beach - UK Telegraph March 2007
    • Cleanest City In SA - DEAT Annual Cleanest Metro Awards March 2007
    • #1 UK Long Haul Destination - UK Trends And Spends Survey 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 
    • One Of The World’s 5 Bluest Sky Destinations - July 2006
    • Favourite Foreign City - UK Telegraph 2004, 2005
    • Ideal Travel Destination - Markinor-Sunday Times Top Brands Survey 2005


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Nov 2, 2011

In her cage after surgery

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In her cage after surgery

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Nov 2, 2011

the 1st day at the clinic

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the 1st day at the clinic

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Oct 27, 2011

This award I received in grade 7 fro starting an Environmental Group . I received 4 Awards altogether....this was when I the environment became important to me. The school I attended was St James RC Primary School in Kalk Bay

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Oct 26, 2011
Name: Kitty
Type: Memorial (for the deceased)
To Honor: Pet(s)
Location: Kalk Bay , South Africa

Miss Kitty was a beautiful black and white cat.  Very petite and respectable, and she was very sweet her in 97. She was known as the PEPINO family cat.  she got tick fever when she was two and boy i nearly lost.  She died 2 years ago.  I miss you Kitty.

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Posted: Oct 26, 2011 5:43pm
Oct 26, 2011
Name: Alfie
Type: Memorial (for the deceased)
To Honor: Pet(s)
Location: Cape Town, South Africa

IMO of ALFIE had him for 4 years. This was the naughtiest cat I ever had, I wont mentioned how he died. Its been 5 yeats now ....I have loads of pics of this fellow.  


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Oct 25, 2011

GLOBAL WARMING SURVIVAL HANDBOOK - by David De Rothschild who is the founder of Adventure ecology. This book will encourage you to live a green life. ISBN 1-59486-781-X

Photo: A book on Global Warning- I recommend
GLOBAL WARMING SURVIVAL HANDBOOK - by David De Rothschild who is the founder of Adventure ecology. This book will encourage you to live a green life. ISBN 1-59486-781-X

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Posted: Oct 25, 2011 1:51pm
Oct 24, 2011
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Donation
Location: South Africa

Warrior needs your help! After what she has gone through, she deserves the best treatment possible. 
She was buried alive and survived…

We are so very grateful that we could save Warrior from her horrific ordeal. She is receiving lots of love, care and food, but she needs more. Although there is some reflex response in her back legs, she is not fully mobile. She needs to go for x-rays and possibly for a MRI scan of her spine and this means the costly services of a orthopedic vet.

If you are able to contribute to her medical expenses, it would be greatly appreciated.
Bank details:

Mdzananda Animal Clinic
Standard Bank Rondebosch
Account number: 075595710
Branch code: 025009 
Bank transit (SWIFT) number: SBZAZAJJ 



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Oct 23, 2011

This a great animal rescue organization that I support - read about it - check it out on

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