Tag: Cape Town

  • Cape Town Drought: When the political system fails…

    The Joint Association Member Meeting (JAMMS) held its biggest ever meeting when over 600 people from the tourism and hospitality industries came to interact with the City of Cape Town and Provincial government over plans for Day Zero – the day most taps are turned off and even stricter water rationing starts – now set […]

  • Cape Town: World Design Capital 2014

    Cape Town was named as the Word Design Capital for 2014 ahead of the other short-listed cities, Dublin and Bilbao.  This prestigious status is designated biennially by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) to cities that are dedicated to using design for social, cultural and economic development.  Cape Town’s accolade was awarded…

  • Say No! to toll roads in Cape Town

    The SA National Roads Agency (SANRAL) wants to introduce toll roads on the N1 and N2 between the city and the Winelands.  The City of Cape Town has objected and declared an intergovernmental dispute. The story first appeared, as far as I know, in The Sowetan – Cape Town not happy with tolls. SANRAL’s website…

  • Cape Town is the world’s top destination

    TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has named Cape Town as the world’s top travel destination for 2011, based on millions of opinions posted by TripAdvisor travellers. The city’s top attractions are listed as Robben Island, Table Mountain, hiking, cycling and tours.  They describe it thus: “Cape Town glistens at the southern toe of the…

  • It’s NOT “Slaapstad”*

    I did an interview the other day with Dirk Elzinga, who retires later this year after heading up the Cape Town International Convention Centre since its design stage almost ten years ago. There’s little doubt that he’s left an indelible mark on the city and all Capetonians owe him a huge debt of gratitude. RAI…

  • The Final Countdown

    In a week’s time, an estimated 150 million people around the world will watch the final draw for the FIFA 2010 World Cup in Cape Town.  It’s less than 200 days to kickoff. Some 3,000 VIP guests from all over the world will gather at the Cape Town International Convention Centre to add glitter and…

  • It’s official: CTRU is irrelevant

    The City of Cape Town has announced that it has given up waiting for Cape Town Routes Unlimited to prove its bone fides and is transferring the marketing mandate for Cape Town to Cape Town Tourism. A quick poll of tourism businesses around the city shows overwhelming support for the decision, announced by Simon Grindrod.…

  • South Africans show their spirit

    Traumatised South Africans have risen to the challenge of their country’s darkest hour by opening their hearts and wallets to the crisis on the ground, after fast-failing national and provincial governments showed their incompetencies. This morning’s IOL daily email shows the national headlines: Coffers swell as South Africa gives South Africans are showing a spirit…

  • Another reason for Greatness?

    Cape Town could also soon be recognised globally as the city with the best mayor in the world. And so could Johannesburg, but Cape Town seems to be ahead. Both Cape Town’s Helen Zille and Joburg’s Amos Masondo have made it into the shortlist of 50 top mayors in the world. Now if Cape Town’s…