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The Mandela Museum – A Symbol of “Triumph Over Adversity”

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, affectionately known as Madiba, has become a symbol of freedom and democracy in his home country and beyond its borders. Widely recognized throughout the world as a man of wisdom, compassion and a promoter of human dignity and equality, the history of this well-respected statesman and his contemporaries is of great interest to millions of South Africans, as well as to millions of tourists who visit South Africa each year. It was with this in mind that Nelson Mandela’s former home located at number 8115 Vilakazi Street, Orlando West, Soweto, was given a multimillion Rand facelift and reopened to the public on 19 March 2009.

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Cape Town Secures 2008 Telegraph Travel Best World City Award

Affectionately known as the “Mother City” of South Africa, Cape Town is a popular tourist destination drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors from within its borders and beyond every year. Set against the backdrop of the iconic Table Mountain, this vibrant city is packed with places of interest to visit, while its surroundings offer an astounding array of natural wonders to explore. South African Tourism recently announced that Cape Town has won the Best World City Award in the Telegraph Travel Awards 2008. Additionally, South Africa secured a spot in the top three for the category of Best Non-European Country.

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South Africa awarded at International Wine & Spirit Competition

At the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) awards held in London on 22 November, South Africa was once more in the limelight, with Kanonkop Wine Estate being awarded the Winemaker of the Year trophy. This is no small achievement when considering that the 2008 competition drew over 7,000 entries from more than 80 countries. The entries were judged by a panel of international experts over a period of about six months, with northern hemisphere entries being submitted around four months ahead of those from the southern hemisphere.

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Wavescapes Surf Film Festival 2008

The Wavescapes Surf Film Festival is more than just a film festival that showcases documentaries and artistic eulogies, it is an event that is trying to raise awareness to the danger that sharks across the world are in. Together with Save Our Seas Foundation, the Wavescapes Surf Film Festival strives to educate the public that sharks are not the great threat they are perceived to be and that the slaughter of millions of sharks a year could lead to their extinction and have a major impact on the environment should they no longer exist. Wavescapes Surf Film Festival is all about nature, surfing and the relationship that surfers share with the big blue ocean.

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Blue Flag Beaches In South Africa

The Foundation for Environmental Education Campaign is a non-profit organization that works towards creating environmental awareness and the impact that humans have on the lives of animals on land and in the sea. They created a Blue Flag project to award countries and specific freshwater and maritime beaches the Blue Flag, which lets visitors to various countries know which authorities comply with the criteria. Countries throughout the Caribbean, Europe, New Zealand and South Africa, all have Blue Flag beaches, and the latest list of Blue Flag beaches in South Africa has recently been announced.

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!Khwa ttu : A Tribute To The Unique San People

Approximately forty minutes drive from Cape Town, is one of the most unique and community related attractions in South Africa. It is not only a magnificent cultural experience, but a look into the diverse history of South Africa and its people. !Khwa ttu, welcomes local and international visitors, to journey into the world of the San people, to enjoy their hospitality, marvel at their craftsmanship and explore the traditions that make them so unique and significant to the country. !Khwa ttu is an adventure that everyone should allow themselves to enjoy.

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South African Traditional Healers

Visitors to South Africa will likely find themselves intrigued with stories of traditional African healers. While some may consider them to be a relic from a bygone era, others feel their role is still very important in modern communities. In fact, more than 80% of the South African population still regularly consult traditional healers when they need help.

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Botanical Gardens with a Difference

Just outside Worcester, and approximately a hundred and twenty kilometers from Cape Town, lies one of the best water-wise gardens in South Africa and the only actual succulent garden to be found in Africa. The Karoo National Botanical Garden was first established in 1921 and was located near Matjiesfontein, but to make the garden more accessible to visitors and tourists, the garden was moved to its current location in 1945. Today, the Karoo National Botanical Garden is the gem of South Africa, and allows visitors to get close to some of the most exquisite and colorful plants found in the drier, arid parts of the country.

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