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City of Cape Town nominated as World Design Capital 2014


The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) revealed yesterday, that the City of Cape Town (South Africa) has been chosen as the World Capital Design® (WDC) 2014. The designated city was disclosed on the closing day of the International Design Alliance Congress in Taipei. Cape Town will be the fourth city to hold this biennial appointment and represents the first for the African continent.

Awarded to cities determined by their commitment to make use of design as an effective technique for social, cultural and economic development, the WDC has grown to become more than simply a project or a programme. Today, it is a global movement and serves to acknowledge the fact that design can, and does, have an effect on the quality of human life.



Icsid President and Member of the Selection Committee Dr. Mark Breitenberg stated, “It is encouraging to see how Cape Town intends to use design as a tool to resolve urban challenges. I am positive that this new member of the WDC family will reveal to the world how design is growing in application and influence.”

For Cape Town, the WDC appointment will come exactly two decades after reaching democracy. “2014, then, is the moment when the past and the future will come together for Cape Town, in contemplation and in action,” stated Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Ms. Patricia de Lille. “It represents how the city has socially and physically reinvented itself.” Cape Town’s vision of design is founded on socially responsible design, sustainability and innovation. In their bid, the theme “Live Design. Transform Life” was introduced in support of Cape Town’s objective to concentrate on improving the city’s infrastructure to make it a far more liveable African City.


Shortlisted candidate cities, Bilbao (Spain) and Dublin (Ireland) at the same time mounted persuasive bids. “The decision for the Selection Committee was not straightforward given the high calibre of the bids that were considered amongst the final candidates,” added Dr. Breitenberg. “The commitment of Cape Town’s strategy to broaden the scope of the World Design Capital and shape the way forward for this initiative, were the determining factors that eventually led to the city’s appointment for 2014. Cape Town has the most powerful claim on a new chapter for Icsid as the World Design Capital. The storyline of transformation is all about sustainability, urban development and embracing a global community in light of its drive to enhance its social and economic environment. We anticipate tangible benefits will be reaped to assist reposition Cape Town on an international scale.”

Cape Town can be described as a developing and energetic city, where design has for many years been a significant factor in its desire to build an open city. The marriage of need and innovative design has led to unique approaches to deal with the difficulties of a developing city. Design in Cape Town is in addition reaching beyond city limits by aspiring to become the design and style centre for South Africa and for the African continent.


Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana (MD Cape Town Partnership), Patricia de Lille, Andrew Boraine (Chief Executive Cape Town Partnership) and Helen Zille with the World Design Capital 2014 Bid Book


Ms. De Lille concluded her acceptance of the WDC designation by saying, “We are delighted for the World Design Capital bid process and title. It has assisted to bring different initiatives together and has made us realise that design in all its forms, when added together, creates human and city development. We look forward to gaining knowledge from other cities that happen to be using design as a tool for transformation, including designated cities Torino, Seoul and Helsinki and our fellow shortlisted cities, Dublin and Bilbao. We are honoured to have been taken into consideration with them.”

The City of Cape Town will follow the examples of past World Design Capitals to develop an engaging programme for 2014.


Source: worlddesigncapital.com, capetown2014.co.za


Cape Town awarded leading African destination at World Travel Awards

Cape Town has once again received top honors in the world of tourism by attaining the title of Africa’s Leading Destination 2011 at the World Travel Awards. It is the 12th time this accolade has been claimed by the city. Since 1998, Cape Town has received the award in all but two years (2004 and 2007), when it was awarded to Sharm el-Sheikh.



This year, Cape Town faced head on tough competition from many other South African destinations including Johannesburg, Durban and the Kruger National Park, along with Luxor in Egypt, Marrakech in Morocco and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Accolades and honors are very important for awareness and the profile of destinations, however they will have to be followed up with campaigns that transform awareness into real visitors to the destination. Naturally we are proud of this award and the recognition it brings.



In conjunction with TripAdvisor’s Top Destination 2011, and more recently Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best Cities vote, these awards form a fantastic base for the kick off of our national and international marketing campaign focused towards boosting demand for Cape Town. The campaign will get under way in October at Cape Town Tourism’s AGM and will also be rolled out internationally from the World Travel Market in November 2011. The marketing campaign is an element of a broad strategy Cape Town Tourism is putting into action to meet the evolved market circumstances and consumer demands.



Cape Town Tourism spent some time working closely with major players in the industry to produce a more compelling and inclusive tourism marketing positioning for Cape Town which will go beyond beauty. Cape Town’s organic beauty is in all likelihood her best-known quality, and although it must remain an essential part of the city’s marketing message, it is crucial for tourism marketing campaigns to complement a broader economic message and reinforce Cape Town as being a city of inspiration and innovation.


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Cape Town awarded 2011 Travelers Choice Destinations

Cape Town has been honored with yet one more accolade – TripAdvisor 2011 Travelers Choice Destinations. Renowned travel site TripAdvisor, released the winners of its 2011 Travelers’ Choice® Destinations awards. In its third year of the awards, TripAdvisor has recognized 337 spectacular vacation spots around the world. In addition to the top 25 in the world overall, top 25 lists have been named for the United States, Europe, the Caribbean & Mexico, Central & South America, Asia, India, South Pacific, Canada, Africa, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany and Spain.

Travelers’ Choice Destinations awards pay tribute to top travel spots all over the world determined by millions of real and unbiased feedback from TripAdvisor travelers. Award winners were chosen based on a mixture of travelers’ favorite places and overall destination popularity.

“Millions of TripAdvisor travelers around the world have made it easier to determine the world’s top travel spots,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “The Travelers’ Choice Destinations awards not only acknowledges many of the most cherished holiday destinations all over the world, but also to provide inspiration for millions of travelers seeking to plan their upcoming trip.”

2011 Travelers’ Choice World Destinations:

1. Cape Town, South Africa
2. Sydney, Australia
3. Machu Picchu, Peru
4. Paris, France
5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6. New York City, United States
7. Rome, Italy
8. London, United Kingdom
9. Barcelona, Spain
10. Hong Kong, China

For a complete list CLICK HERE


Source: tripadvisor.com


Google nurtures South African talent

South Africa’s IT gurus will ultimately get the opportunity to become a component of the worldwide technological community subsequent to Google unveiling the establishment of its cutting edge technology start-up incubator in Cape Town.

The world’s number one online company has asked tech innovators residing in South Africa to participate in their six-month Umbono programme, a new pilot programme for Google that will, if successful, be carried out in other countries.

The programme is going to act as a springboard when it comes to tech entrepreneurs, transforming their computer- or mobile-based creative ideas directly into business enterprises.

Umbono (isiZulu, meaning “vision” or “idea”) will give successful applicants with approximately R173 000 (US$25 000) and R346 000 ($50 000) in equity start up funds, in addition to free work space at Hub Cape Town, business training, free bandwidth, mentorship as well as the means to access expertise, networking and marketing events to assist the participant grow and develop.

As reported by a Google press release, the programme’s main focus is to encourage and support growth throughout the South African developer community. Google is at the same time attempting to make the internet available to a lot more people in Africa as a result of this programme.

The selected groups definitely will reap the benefits of a mentor base consisting of local and international industry professionals. Team members will have to be in a position to legally live and work in South Africa to be able to be eligible.

Umbono’s programme manager Johanna Kollar explained the mentor base is an essential component of the initiative. Industry professionals will offer assistance and guidance on subject areas including product design, commercialisation, legal incorporation and valuation.

Kollar added the fact that experts, whom she refers to as Googlers, are going to take part on a volunteer basis.

“Our Googlers coming from all over the world, who will be volunteering their time, are generally enthusiastic about technology in Africa and will also be in a position to give support to teams with the issues they encounter, whether it be relating to product, business or technical front,” she explained.

Cape Town is Africa’s technology capital

The Mother City ended up being selected as the incubator’s base of operations for the reason that it is quickly becoming Africa’s very own Silicon Valley. The city has, in the past few years, positioned itself as being a centre of innovation and technology as a consequence of projects most notably the Silicon Cape Foundation, an IT networking body which happens to be working together with Google in running Umbono.

Foundation board member Justin Spratt suggested the programme will provide technology enthusiasts the chance they require to learn and grow. “There quite a bit of natural talent and enthusiasm for technology in Cape Town, and several concepts only require that window of opportunity,” said Spratt.

Bandwidth Barn, a Cape Town-based business incubator, have also been brought on board. Together with the Silicon Cape Foundation, Bandwidth Barn is there to offer help and support to the chosen groups as well as to guarantee they make the most out of their six months.

Luke Mckend, Country Manager, Google South Africa

The city in addition boasts highly regarded tertiary institutes, particularly the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University, which happen to have formidable IT courses adn programs.

For Kollar, Cape Town provides the ingredients that enable it to be the perfect environment to operate a tech-based company. She added that at this moment in time there are no plans to expand the incubator to other areas.

Making reference to local start-ups such as Yola, MXit and Twangoo, Google South Africa’s country manager Luke Mckend stated that this energetic tech scene applied not only to Cape Town, but also the entire country.

“Google’s latest investment with Umbono is an excellent expansion of our overall strategy in the region to bolster the web ecosystem,” stated McKend.

There is still have time to apply for up and coming tech gurus

The selection committee is going to consist of angel investors – those individuals that ordinarily invest their own personal money into start-ups – and Google employees, who will subsequently select the individuals based upon a variety of specifications and requirements including the feasiblility of the business idea, applicability and suitability to regional and global needs, as well as the ability to bring the idea from concept to execution.

The first round of application will be ending on the 15th of April. Having said that, the website is going to continu to accept applications past the deadline. Kollar stated that the application process will continue to remain open year-round for the reason that individuals always have good ideas.

She described the prospective successful applicants as enthusiastic and passionate when it comes to technology and dedicated to their business idea, explaining the fact that they needs to be prepared to see their idea through to the prototype and, thereafter, utilize their particular technical skills to drive the product to the next level.

“Beyond that, groups will need to have the vision to scale their prototype or product to a regional or global business,” she explained.

She revealed that Google intends to select a minimum of five teams for this year’s programme, however added that this number would be determined by the quality of the teams coupled with interest coming from the angel investors, who will acquire a 10% share in the business in return for their financial contribution.

According to the Google website, the programme prefers teams to apply despite the fact that individuals are allowed. Having said that, individuals are discouraged from making an application if they do not possess a computer programming prior experience, which happens to be one of many requirements.

Candidates are permitted to submit several ideas but are encouraged to submit one formidable idea instead simply because it will probably stand a better possibility of being successful.

Source: mediaclubsouthafrica.com


Cape Town voted the 2nd best beach city globally

In the event that you’re contemplating your upcoming holiday getaway and yet aren’t absolutely certain whether or not to take a city break or perhaps a beach holiday, then we could possibly provide the response to that question. Each of these sunny cities are located conveniently along the coastline, which suggests you can actually be sure to take your city holiday along with some sunbathing on the side.

A recently published Lonely Planet survey ended up seeing one of the several world’s foremost travel and leisure resources publicize their particular selection of the world’s ten best beach cities, and furthermore Cape Town ended up being selected as second amidst the likes of Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and Miami. Lonely Planet, a trusted and dependable all-round travel and leisure source of information accompanied by a historical past spanning in excess of thirty years, presented their own personal preference a short while ago, outlining Cape Town as “good-looking, fun-loving, sporty and sociable”.

Their top ten beach cities are:
* Barcelona, Spain
* Cape Town, South Africa
* Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
* Tangier, Morocco
* Sydney, Australia
* Valencia, Spain
* Tel Aviv, Israel
* Dubai, United Arab Emirates
* Miami, United States of America
* Brighton and Hove, England

Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, mentioned that this valuable endorsement and recommendation was really a celebration of Cape Town’s all-aroundness: “Whilst Cape Town can be described as a fascinating, culturally rich city, it’s additionally a purely natural paradise. We have been in the company of the fortunate handful of vacation spots across the world to have the capacity to lay claim to a blend of the premier beaches, renowned natural beauty and charm with a rich urban culture as an element of our unique identity.”

Cape Town’s expanding collection of accolades includes:

* Top city in Africa and the Middle East and one of the world’s top twenty cities in the 2010 Condé Naste Readers’ Travel Awards
* Africa’s leading destination in the 2010 World Travel Awards
* Second in the top ten culture and sightseeing destinations in Africa and fourth in the top ten outdoor and adventure destinations in Africa in the 2010 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards
* One of the top ten ethical destinations in the world in 2010 by Ethical Traveller

Source: lonelyplanet.com, mediabistro.com, watersense.co.za, capetownlodgings.com, travelpod.com, wayfaring.info, concierge.com, thundafunda.com