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Cape Town Fashion Week 2011

For the fashion industry in South Africa, Cape Town Fashion Week is a very important event, as it is an opportunity for local designers to show off their talent and latest collections. It also is a vital networking platform for members of the industry, and this year the Cape Town Fashion Week will be hosted from 13 to 16 July 2011. Visitors to the Cape Town Fashion Week can look forward to viewing local and international collections, and the event usually attracts numerous celebrities and creative industry leaders.

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Prince Edward Islands: Valuable Research Centre

Located in the sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean around 955 nautical miles southeast of Port Elizabeth, Marion Island and Prince Edward Island are both of volcanic origin, with the volcano peak of Marion Island having experienced an eruption as recently as 2004. The two islands and some smaller islands, known collectively as the Prince Edward Islands, have been declared as Special Nature Reserves by South African authorities, and access to the islands is limited to research and conservation teams.

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New Cape Town Fossil Centre

The Western Cape Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church took it upon themselves to begin a project to create the Institute for the Blind and Deaf in 1880. The institute was founded in 1881, and by June of that year its first students walked through the doors. In 1905 the decision was made to teach the deaf and blind students separately and in 1933 it became apparent that the school would have to address after-school employment, which has led to six factories supporting the school. So many positive changes have taken place, and now a new project has been launched for the tourism industry.

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Fascinating Fort Klapperkop

The anticipation of the outbreak of the Second Anglo-Boer War caused a stir within the government departments of the South African Republic. Military officials and government delegates began to look at ways to protect Pretoria, the capital of the country, and consulted with engineers and military personnel in regard to their options. The best locations for defense fortifications were identified, leading to the construction of four forts, of which Fort Klapperkop was one. It is now a recommended attraction when visiting South Africa and the Gauteng Province.

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Marine Life of Dyer Island

In the picturesque Western Cape Province of South Africa is a quaint fishing village by the name of Gansbaai. It is popular with tourists because it is known to be a whale-watching destination, as well have having very large numbers of Great White Sharks in its waters. Cage diving to see these sharks is therefore an attraction in Gansbaai. The increased shark activity here is due to the penguins, seals and other marine animals that live on the nearby islands, of which one is the well known Dyer Island.

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Explore Historic Kokstad

The quaint town of Kokstad is located on the border of two South African provinces, namely the Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal. It is situated in an area that is known as East Griqualand, boasting a fascinating history to discover. It began with a division in the Griqua people. One of the chiefs of the tribe, Adam Kok III, took his followers and relocated to the slopes of the well-known Drakensberg Mountains, selecting an area that was picturesque and tranquil. They named the mountain they settled on Mount Currie in honor of Sir Walter Currie.

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Green Flag Trails in SA

Many foreign visitors to South Africa prefer to explore the beauty of the country’s landscapes through hiking trails and outdoor adventures. With so many resorts and hiking destinations available, the Green Flag Trail system was created to accredit establishments on the minimum requirements when advertising a hiking trail. This accreditation system therefore gives visitors the assurance that everything advertised by the establishment is true and that they comply with the standards set by the Hiking Organization of Southern Africa. Green Flag accreditation is a guarantee that visitors with receive all they are expecting.

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2010 Speedo Ice Swim Africa

The following article relates to the 2010 Speedo Ice Swim Africa as submitted to SouthAfrica.com by Shirley Finkel-Hall. For details on the 2012 Ice Swim Africa please visit www.iceswimafrica.co.za

Six cold water veterans and up to 30 other extreme swimmers are set for one of the coldest swims in Africa when they plunge into an icy dam in Fraserburg, near Sutherland in mid winter for the first Speedo Ice Swim Africa.

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