A drive along the beautiful Chapman’s Peak

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The spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive…

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The magnificent Chapman’s Peak Drive

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Chapman’s Peak Drive is situated on the Atlantic Coast winding its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay, at the south-western tip of South Africa. It is one of the most spectacular marine drives anywhere in the world.

The drive offers breathtaking 180° views with many areas along the route where you can stop and take in the scenery or sit down for a relaxing picnic. The 9km route, with its 114 curves, skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman’s Peak, the 593m high southerly extension of Constantia Berg.

View from Chapmans Peak of Hout Bay harbour
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Sir Frederic de Waal, the first administrator of the Cape Province, was the mastermind behind Chapman’s Peak Drive. De Waal Drive, in Cape Town, was named after him.

Work on the road began in 1915 after the best route along the soft band of shale between the mountain’s granite base and the overlying sandstone was determined. This stretch was blasted into the mountain side and is a masterpiece of road construction. The route was formally opened in 1922.

Rock falls were a constant threat and a series of unfortunate events lead to the closing of Chapman’s Peak Drive in January 2000. But its closure had a severe impact on the economy of the South Peninsula and had a serious impact on the productivity of all who did business and/or lived in the area.

While closed, this spectacular roadway denied the traveler some of the best scenery in the Cape Peninsula. Thus due to its sensitive location within the Cape Peninsula National Park an integrated environmental approach to the rehabilitation and upgrading of Chapman’s Peak Drive was warranted.

The reopening of Chapman’s Peak Drive is the culmination of one of the most innovative road engineering projects ever to be undertaken in South Africa. The upgrading (or rather reconstruction) of Chapman’s Peak Drive is indeed an engineering feat that will for many years be regarded as one of the top road engineering projects in the country.

Article Source: chapmanspeakdrive.co.za

Cape Winemakers Guild – 2009

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Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase

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The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase is held in Cape Town on 12 August. At this showcase members of the Guild present the 2010 collection of their finest selection of wines as a run-up to this year’s Nedbank CWG Auction to be held in October.

Cape Guild Aution ShowcaseDuring an informal tasting at the Guild Auction, wine lovers can enjoy these rare and exclusive wines, hand-crafted exclusively for this showcase by some of South Africa’s leading winemakers, along with other acclaimed flagship wines from members of the Guild. While there, you can chat to your favourite winemakers and bid on rare signed bottles from previous CWG Auctions during a Silent Auction in aid of the Nedbank CWG Development Trust.The Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). For more information, please phone 021 852 0408.

Physical Address of the CTICC:
Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8001
Telephone: +27 21 410 5000
www.cticc.co.za

Article Source: uncoverthecape.co.za

Wine Festival at the Cape Town International Convention Centre

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RMB WineX Cape Town opens its doors at the CTICC (Cape Town Internation Convention Centre) on 19 August as a completely different event after running as a three-day show for seven years. With an aim to present quality rather than quantity, the now two-day show with over 100 exhibitors remains the most important premium consumer wine event in the Western Cape. Cape Town International Convention CentreWe invite you to indulge your curiosity at the CTICC all within the spaciousness and easy elegance of the WineX hall. The annual Best Wines on Show ballot, with great prizes, adds to the fun of what is always a wonderful wine evening in the city.

The dates are from Thursday, 19 August 2010, 17:00 – 21:00pm and then again Friday, 20 August, also from 17:00 – 21:00pm. To find out more, please visit www.winex.co.za. The contact person is Alex Mason-Gordon, +27 11 482 5936 or on e-mail at alex@outsorceress.co.za or winex@outsorceress.co.za.

Early Bird tickets are R90 but you have to book by Sunday, 15 August 2010. Thereafter and at the door, it will be R100 for Thursday night and R120 for Friday night. This includes a tasting glass and unlimited tastings throughout the evening. You can book via Computicket and it’s now open for early bird bookings! Telephone 083 915 8000 or book online at www.computicket.com. Bulk Tickets can also be purchased and there is a special discount for group bookings (10 tickets or more for Thursday 19 August only). This can be booked via the organisers. Telephone 073 265 3094.

List of wines by varietal will be available on www.winex.co.za a week prior to the show. There is also ample parking available at the CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre).

Physical Address of the CTICC:
Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8001
Telephone: +27 21 410 5000
www.cticc.co.za

Article Source: cticc.co.za

 

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