Table Mountain National Park, previously known as the Cape Peninsula National Park, is a national park in Cape Town, South Africa, proclaimed on 29 May 1998, for the purpose of protecting the natural environment of the Table Mountain Chain, and in particular the rare fynbos vegetation. The park is managed by South African National Parks. The property is included as part of the UNESCO Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site.

In May 1998, then-president Nelson Mandela proclaimed the Cape Peninsula National Park. The park was later renamed to the Table Mountain National Park.

Flora.

There is a high diversity of flora, much of which is rare and endemic. Protea, erica, restio and Asteraceae species, as well as geophytes, are all found in abundance. The main indigenous vegetation types are Peninsula Sandstone Fynbos and Cape Granite Fynbos, both of which are endangered and endemic to Cape Town – occurring nowhere else in the world.

Fauna.

Larger predators that historically roamed the area include the Cape lion, leopard (which persisted as late as the 1920s, and tracks are claimed to still be found today, as well as spotted hyena and black-backed jackal. Large herbivores similarly disappeared at the hands of the European settlers, for example African bush elephant, black rhinoceros, kudu, eland, mountain zebra and bontebok, although the last three species were re-introduced to the Cape Point section of the park in recent years.

Tourist attractions.

The Table Mountain Cableway carries visitors from the Lower Cable Station on Kloofnek Road to the top of Table Mountain, allowing visitors to avoid the fairly arduous walk up. Boulders Beach, south of Simon’s Town, contains a large colony of African penguins. Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope are very scenic, although they are neither the most southern tip of Africa nor the meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, as is often believed.

Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (Tokaleya Tonga: The Smoke That Thunders), is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. It has been described by as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world.

David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view Victoria Falls on November 16,1855, from what is now known as Livingstone Island, one of two land masses in the middle of the river, immediately upstream from the falls on the Zambian side. Livingstone named his discovery in honour of Queen Victoria of Britain, but the indigenous Tonga name, Mosi-oa-Tunya—”The Smoke That Thunders”—continues in common usage as well. The World Heritage List officially recognizes both names.

The nearby national park in Zambia is named Mosi-oa-Tunya, whereas the national park and town on the Zimbabwean shore are both named Victoria Falls.

The largest waterfall in the world.

While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls is classified as the largest, based on its combined width of 1,708 metres and height of 108 metres resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls and well over twice the width of its Horseshoe Falls. In height and width Victoria Falls is rivalled only by Argentina and Brazil’s Iguazu Falls.

For a considerable distance upstream from the falls, the Zambezi flows over a level sheet of basalt, in a shallow valley, bounded by low and distant sandstone hills. The river’s course is dotted with numerous tree-covered islands, which increase in number as the river approaches the falls. There are no mountains, escarpments, or deep valleys; only a flat plateau extending hundreds of kilometres in all direction.

The Devil’s Pool.

The naturally formed “Devil’s Pool”, where some crazy tourists sometimes swim despite a risk of plunging over the edge. The famous feature is the naturally formed “Armchair” (now called “Devil’s Pool”), near the edge of the falls on Livingstone Island on the Zambian side. When the river flow is at a certain level, usually between September and December, a rock barrier forms a bay with minimal current, allowing adventurous swimmers to splash around in relative safety a few feet from the point where the water cascades over the falls. Occasional deaths have been reported when people have slipped over the rock barrier.

The term ‘Big Five’ was historically used to denote the five most dangerous animals in Southern Africa. These can now be seen at many larger wildlife resorts.

  1. Elephant

Height: 3m Mass: Up to 6000 kg, at birth the calf is 90 cm tall and weighs approx. 120 kg. Suckled until about 2 years old. Gestation: 22 months, single calf. Twins have been recorded but this is extremely rare. They breed throughout the year, one calf every 5 years or so. An elephant can eat up to 250 kg’s of food a day and considering it’s bulk, can reach a speed of up to 40 km/hr. Due to it’s size however, it is incapable of jumping even a small ditch. It can swim and sometimes uses it’s large trunk as a snorkel. The average lifespan is 60 yrs, this is due to the fact that during it’s life cycle it goes through 6 sets of teeth (each lasting 10 years). Once the last set has gone the elephant cannot eat and therefore dies. The cow’s forehead is angular whereas the bull’s is more rounded. One should always approach elephants with great caution even though they have poor eyesight and hearing.

  1. Black & White Rhinoceros

Black Rhino: Height: 1,6m Mass: 900-1000 kg Gestation: 15-16 months, single calf Speed: Maximum of 45 km/hr. A crusty, unpredictable and anti-social creature. Even the male and female adult have only a fleetingly passionate relationship before going their separate ways. It’s smaller than it’s white relative. Distinguished from the white rhino by a prehensile upper lip, which is pointed or hooked. The head is held high when the animal walks. It is a browser unlike it’s white relative. Lifespan approx 30 yrs. Calf always walks/runs behind or alongside it’s mother. It has a different colour dung to that of it’s relative. It’s eyesight is poor but it possesses exceptional hearing and a good sense of smell. It is normally shy and solitary.

White Rhino: Height: 1,8 m Mass: Up to 2000 kg Gestation: 18 months, single calf at intervals of 3 years. Also known as the square-lipped rhino, is the second largest animal living on land after the elephant. It is basically a placid creature and less irritable than it’s cousin, the black rhino. There is no colour difference between the two and is distinguished from its cousin by a wide (where the name white originates from) square lip and pronounced neck hump. The calf always walks/runs in front or alongside it’s mother.

  1. Leopard

Height: 70cm Mass: 60-80 kg Gestation: 105 days. Although smaller than the lion, the leopard is fiercer, braver and very intelligent. It has exceptional hearing, good eyesight and sensitive, extra-long whiskers which help it avoid obstacles in the dark. A leopard is capable of leaping onto rocks up to 3m high, carrying prey 3 times it’s own weight. The coat is covered in black rosettes and spots that are unique for each individual. The upper parts are light and tawny whilst the under parts are whitish. A leopard can run at speeds of 60 km/hr. They are also good swimmers and climbers and often spend time in trees. The call is a coughing, rasping sound. Leopards are solitary, secretive and mainly nocturnal animals

  1. Lion

Height: 91-120 cm Mass: males 181-227 kg females 113-152 kg Gestation: About 120 days, they breed throughout the year. The “King of the beasts”, is the largest carnivore on the continent and it’s roar can be heard through the African night for up to 8km. Lions are very lazy and spend 15-20 hrs of the day inactive, resting on their sides or lying like domestic kittens on their backs with all four paws in the air. Lions are both diurnal and nocturnal. They are highly social animals and are found in prides and groups of up to 20 individuals. They prey on a wide range of species, including small rodents, and have excellent sight, hearing and sense of smell. Both males and females roar as a means of communication and territorial demarcation. When lions have consumed a fair amount of blood, the dung is usually very black and strong smelling. It turns white if there is a high calcium content.

  1. Cape Buffalo

Height: 1,5 m Mass: 600kg Gestation: 330 days, single calf. It breeds throughout the year with peaks in August and September. The buffalo is one of the world’s most dangerous animals when wounded but unprovoked, it is an inquisitive and placid animal. They are intelligent and cunning and when threatened, have been seen to go into a defensive semi-circular formation with males facing outward on the perimeter, protecting the females and calves within. They are good swimmers and are fond of wallowing. They are preyed upon by lion which are invariably found trailing large herds. They are grazers but occasionally browse on shoots, twigs and bushes.

For many folks, a detox sounds appealing but not entirely practical; you might not want to be completely out of reach of your petsitter, your ailing mother or your kids in their first week of college, for instance.

And it is not a trivial concern to worry about the emails, voicemails, texts, work contacts, and other issues big and small piling up while you unplug, waiting to ambush you when you reconnect. Disconnecting for several days only to be forced to sit at your computer for 16 hours straight when you get back isn’t necessarily a good outcome of disconnecting, and could all but obliterate the beneficial effects of the detox within mere hours.

There might even be some things you really cherish about digital connectivity that could be unfair to characterize as digital addiction. For example, when I am flying, one of my favorite things to do is track the flight plan so I know what I am looking at out the window. Not all airlines offer a flight tracking option in the in-flight entertainment, so I often try to follow along using my phone’s GPS.

To me, this doesn’t feel like I am indulging in digital addiction; it feels more like it did when I was following along with road maps on family trips when I was a kid as our family’s designated navigator. Giving this up isn’t really something I care to do, detox or not; if I could take a huge atlas along, I would do it, but there goes traveling light.

So if a full digital detox is not what you have in mind, there are plenty of ways to unplug while traveling that will offer many of the benefits of a detox without a full digital blackout. Possible approaches might include:

  1. Setting aside a short time each day to check all the stuff you would normally check, but with a time limit
  1. Alternating days on and off of digital access
  1. Putting your phone in “airplane mode” whenever you’re outside your hotel room or for a set amount of time each day

You get the idea. You set the terms of the detox according to what is going to work best -and then don’t cheat

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Lost Passport

It’s the traveler’s worst nightmare: opening your purse, backpack or money belt to discover that your passport has disappeared. Whether it’s stolen or lost and you may never know what happened to your little blue buddy your response should be the same: Act now! Yes, there’s a small chance that you’ll return to your room and find your passport under the bed. So get back to that hotel and search your room from corner to corner as soon as possible, and then contact your embassy if your passport is gone.

What to Do:

Contact the police and then your local embassy. You’ll have to show up in person at the embassy to apply for an emergency passport to get you back home. An emergency passport is only valid for a limited time, and once you are back in your country, you’ll have to apply for a new passport.

Before you leave home, pack the list of items you will need for getting an emergency passport. If you do not have everything you need, you may need to present an affidavit of identifying witness. This will be filled out by a fellow traveler, who can attest that you are who you say you are.

Missed Flight

It’s unfair, your plane could be hours late, and you get no apology, discount or explanation. But if you are three minutes late, running to the gate just as boarding ends, that’s it – the plan’es not coming back to fetch you.

If you always arrive at the airport three hours before your flight and think that only last-minute Larry’s miss their flights, don’t skip this section as it could happen to you too. Events beyond your control, from problems at the security checkpoint to stormy weather, may mar even the best-planned itinerary.

What to Do:

Has your plane taken off without you? Immediately go to your airline’s desk. It is possible that your airline can get you on the next flight. Whether or not it will charge you will vary depending on which airline is involved and if the missed flight was your fault. If there are no other flights or the next flight is booked, try for the next day, or inquire about any available flights from your carrier’s partner airlines.

If your airline refuses to offer a voucher for another flight, get ready to pay up. Passengers who miss their flights sometimes must pay full price for a new ticket and prices are steep when it’s the day of or the day before your departure. Take this as a warning to always arrive at the airport with plenty of time to spare, especially around the holidays.

If you have missed a connecting flight and your luggage has been checked, it will most likely go on without you, so your suitcase may be en route to the Bahamas while you’re stuck in a chilly airport in Chicago. Go to your airline’s ticket counter and ask if it can locate your bags. The airline may be able to hold your bags until you arrive at your destination. This is just one of many reasons why you should pack a change of clothes in your carry-on when you fly.

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Hydration:

If you think hydration is a concern on a cross-country flight, try tripling or quadrupling your time in the air; you might as well spend 15 hours lying on the desert floor. Which is a good comparison, and you should stock up and behave accordingly. Imagine you are going to a full-day hike. How much water would you bring? Expect to drink about that much on a 16-hour flight. Also consider drinking “electrolyte solution. Maintaining electrolyte balance is important, and that you don’t want to become completely diluted with water, particularly for older folks or people with other medical problems. The combination of dehydration and stasis can really become an issue with blood clots.

Deep vein thrombosis:

DVT, the formation of blood clots in deep veins, is a known (if occasionally overstated) risk on longer flights. According to the National Institutes of Health, the risk of developing DVT increases when flights go longer than four hours. The NIH’s tips include walking up and down the aisles of the plane; moving, flexing and stretching your legs to encourage blood flow, especially in your calves; wearing loose and comfortable clothing; drinking plenty of fluids; and avoiding alcohol. Also, if you’re at increased risk for DVT, your doctor may recommend wearing compression stockings while traveling or taking a blood-thinning medicine before you fly.

The combination of being immobile along with the effects of dehydration increases the risk of DVT on long flights.

Here’s some good advice:

  1. Hydrate well the night before the flight, preferably with electrolyte drinks.
  2. Don’t drink alcohol the night before the flight.
  3. Avoid diuretics such as coffee, soft drinks and even chocolate (all of which contain caffeine).
  4. If you have no issue with ulcers, take a baby aspirin the night before and day of your flight.
  5. Get an aisle seat or exit row so you can get up and walk around whenever possible.

Colds & Flu:

With regards getting colds, the flu, bacteria in recycled air, it is your body’s compromised ability to deal with normal bacteria and viruses that puts you in danger of getting sick after a flight.

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  1. Upgrade.

When traveling long-haul, you have no better friend on the planet than your frequent flier miles. Call your travel agent to find flights on which I could burn up your frequent flyer miles to upgrade your trip. It may be that your get better legroom, fully reclining chairs, edible meals, entertainment and breathing space. It’s worth a try.

  1. Escape.

You will want to have a rock-solid plan for frittering away several hours of your flight, and I don’t mean working; staring at spreadsheets and writing proposals may burn up hours, but it does not make them vanish. You want these hours to disappear almost without a trace. Think headphones and Hollywood blockbusters. Getting a lot of work done is fine but rarely do you have 15 consecutive hours without a phone or email, so I encourage bringing some work but enjoy some downtime too. You deserve it.

  1. Don’t carry on too much stuff.

While checked baggage fees are inspiring travelers to carry on more and more stuff, on a long-haul flight this could burn you; anything that is under the seat in front of you just means less legroom and a more cramped living space for 15 or 16 hours. Don’t bring so much on that you compete for your own sleeping space.

  1. Bring your go-to gear.

When it comes to surviving flights, I am not a gear guy. I can’t be bothered to lug around neck pillows, eye masks, earplugs, noise-canceling headphones, etc. — except on a long-haul flight. As I note above, your total carry-on haul should be limited, but you may want to consider some of these relatively small survival tools. Your body and brain will thank you for every small comfort you can provide, and the inconvenience of packing and carrying these around is dwarfed by the misery of 15 hours in flight with crying children, pilot announcements, engine noise and a major crick in your neck. So gear up with wisdom.

  1. Board relatively rested.

Don’t count on a long-haul flight as a good place to catch up on sleep, it’s not. As attractive and intuitive as it seems to get on a long-haul flight extremely tired, hoping to sleep the whole way, you are in for a world of hurt if you can’t sleep for any reason. You will be on the plane long enough to catch a few winks even if you are somewhat rested, and my advice is to take it when it comes; if your eyes start to droop, get out the eye covers and earplugs, and go with it. If you throw away a solid two-hour nap on a few extra rounds of Angry Birds, you might well be angry at yourself later.

  1. Secure your stuff.

A long-haul flight gives unscrupulous travelers all the more time to size up the location of your wallet, wait until you fall asleep and make a move on your luggage. Secure your valuables deep inside your bags where it would take a TSA X-ray machine to find them. Consider keeping items like your passport, credit cards and cash in a money belt under your clothes.

  1. Consider a sleep aid.

If you are planning to use sleep aids (including “natural” methods such as melatonin, or drugs such as Ambien), try them before you fly with them. A few years ago a friend gave me an Ambien pill for a red-eye flight from Honolulu to New York City, and the drug acted more like a stimulant than a sleep aid. I was awake the entire flight and felt wretched to boot. These drugs can vary greatly in how they affect individuals, so you will want to try them at home before you rely on them on the plane

  1. Ask about seats at the gate.

Failing the ability to choose great seats before your flight, try again at the gate. If the flight is not full, the gate agent may be able to see an empty row, or put you and a traveling partner in a “window and aisle” configuration that reduces the likelihood of having someone sit in the middle seat, thereby getting you a seat and a half, at least.

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The Capital of Greece and also the largest city, Athens is also one of the oldest cities in the world. The historical significance of this city goes back to a time warping 3,400 years and the region has been continuously inhabited for the past 7000 years. The city we see today is a highly urbanized town and boasts of its ancient monuments and is visited by millions of visitors each year. The city’s various attractions like historical sites and monuments along with a vibrant culture and a welcoming climate has made it one of the top tourist places.

Formerly known by the name Thira or Thera, Santorini is a chain of islands in the south Aegean Sea. The city was an important town during the spread of civilization during the Bronze Age. The islands are a remnant of the volcanic caldera and the town is built in a unique architectural style that makes it a really amazing site to witness and also keeps the houses cool in summer and warm in winter. The special wines and the cuisine are totally worth enjoying and the relaxed lifestyle of the people will ensure a rejuvenating experience upon your visit.

Ancient Peloponnese holds a significant place in Greece’s history. It is considered as the birthplace of the Greek war of Independence and Greek politics has been dominated by the Peloponnesian people ever since. The Peloponnese was considered the heart of political and social affairs in Greece. The peninsula boasts a rich cultural heritage of monuments and sites. The culinary tradition of the Peloponnese is impressive and delicious.

The third largest of the Ionian Islands, Zakynthos is known for its clubs, bars and the various parties held here. The islands were said to have been inhabited since the Neolithic age and was mentioned in the Greek epics of Iliad and Odyssey. The city has a number of ancient and historical sites that are frequented by a huge number of tourists. The town is famous for its olives, currants, citrus fruits and grapes and most of the dishes are centered on these, used as ingredients. The Navagio Beach is one of the most pristine beaches you can ever witness with its white shores and crystal clear waters.

The island of Rhodes is an ancient town mentioned in Greek Mythology and is a world heritage site. The island is characterized like most towns in Greece with mountains and shorelines. The island has been famous since the creation of the Colossus of Rhodes and the Citadel of Rhodes which is a world heritage site. Rhodes has been a blooming city from ancient times and the subsequent reign of the Romans and the Ottoman empires. The various monuments in the city attract a huge number of tourists every year and the architecture of the whole city is a marvel to behold.

  1. Hands-On Harvest Robertson 10-12 March

The Robertson Wine Valley is proud to host its 9th Hands-on Harvest festival. This down-to-earth Autumn celebration takes place from 10 – 12 March 2017 and offers families a chance to experience the magic of harvest.

This fruity fiesta is bigger and better than ever and is poised to shake up Route 62 during the 2017 harvest season. It boasts a wonderful programme of events that includes the towns of Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson. With more than 20 wineries, estates and other establishments taking part, this food and wine affair spoils visitors for choice with a wide variety of tailor-made activities.

Experience the grape’s journey from vine to barrel to glass by grape picking & stomping, vineyard safaris and blending & tasting experiences. Enjoy riverside lunches, vineyard picnics and food & wine pairings. Adrenaline junkies can get their fix of excitement with a host of adventure activities including skydiving, 4×4 routes, golfing, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking and river cruises.

  1. Vrede en Lust Harvest Festival – 11 March

One of the oldest working wine farms of the Cape, would like to invite you to bless the harvest and celebrate what the earth has given us in abundance! This 328 year old, family-owned and managed, wine farm with its rich history and romantic atmosphere are known to leave guests with a sense of tranquility and connected to the wheel of life. This festive family day will take place in Vrede en Lust’s beautiful gardens under the farm’s ancient oak trees in front of the historic Manor House.

  1. Stellenbosch Street Soires. 8th and 22 March

Immerse yourself in the inimitable food and wine culture of Stellenbosch when the City of Oaks gets painted red with its ever popular, bi-monthly Street Soirees to entice a hip crowd with its local tastes and tunes. The Stellenbosch Street Soirees take place every second and last week of the month for hip crowds to immerse themselves in the inimitable food and wine culture of this forever young town, with live music adding to a cool and casual vibe. The first pop-up street party will spill onto the bustling Drostdy Street on 16 November, when cars will make way for locals and visitors to sip, savour and share in the enviable lifestyle of the country’s second oldest town. It is a vibrant, after-work street party where strangers become friends over a glass of wine with gourmet snacks by resident eateries and upbeat vibes by talented local musicians. “Stellenbosch has a recipe for living that is hard to resist or come by. With these street parties we offer visitors a taste of our way of life through quality wines, delicious bites and live music. I cannot imagine a better way to spend a balmy summer’s evening, let alone better company to share it with,” shares Elmarie Rabe, Manager of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes.

The communal Stellenbosch Street Soirees are for young and old to let their hair down and hang out with interesting characters and friendly folk in the heart of this quaint town. It goes down from 18h00 to 20h00 and each event features a different selection of cellars and food vendors. R70 gets you a glass to taste as many wines as you wish. Sumptuous street food will be on sale.

  1. Franschhoek ATKV Harvest Festival. 25 March

The ATKV Oesfees at Solms-Delta, Franschhoek, will be celebrating another year’s successful wine harvest on Saturday, 25 March 2017. Join the workers of the valley, along with thousands of other music, food and wine lovers to share in the joy of a diverse cultural event, featuring some of the finest homegrown musicians, as well as some of South Africa’s most popular artists and bands.

The Franschhoek valley has a rich and lively music culture. The local Music van de Caab project, sponsored by Solms-Delta and Boschendal, under the leadership of the brilliant Adriaan Brand of Springbok Nude Girls, seeks to preserve and develop the diverse musical heritage of the rural Cape, including the fostering of local musical talent. The Music van de Caab acts that will be performing at the ATKV Oesfees include the Klein-Handjies Pre-school Choir and the “Kaapse Klopse”-style walking band, Langbroeke; a female choir ensemble Die Soetstemme; the Delta Valley Entertainers and the Lekker Lekker Delta group. Top South African talents who will be sharing the stage include Radio Kalahari Orkes, Manouche, Nick Turner, Riku Lätti, Bacchus Nel, Jackie Lätti, Hannes Coetzee, Die Papier Familie Orkes, Akkedis, Les Javan, Hemelbesem and Yoma, Brain Cloete, Churchil Naudé, Die Wasgoedlyn and Tribal Echo. A special treat this year will be a performance by the African Jazz Pioneers. An annual ATKV Oesfees highlight is a performance by winners of the ATKV Riel Dance Final. The Betjies from Betjiesfontein were the winners of the ATKV 2016 Riel Dance competition in the Junior category and will take to the stage to entertain with their impressive footwork.

This year marks a very special occasion as the ATKV Oesfees reaches its 10th year milestone. Mark Solms from Solms-Delta says: “When we launched the ATKV Oesfees in 2008, we were not sure how it would turn out. But the celebration turned out better than we could have dreamt and the festival just keeps on growing. We proudly share our love for everything that unites us in this beautiful land, with our music and food and wine, and our deepest and best hopes for the years to come.”

“The ATKV’s objectives are to further Afrikaans and provide a cultural home for Afrikaans people. Afrikaans is one of the strongest indigenous languages in Africa, and creates exceptional opportunities for nation building, development and letting the South African landscape thrive. To do this with partners, further enhances the potential for success. Therefore, the cooperation with Solms-Delta is an excellent opportunity for the ATKV to celebrate Afrikaans and turn objectives into achievements, “says Japie Gouws, Managing director of the ATKV group.

Traditional food and excellent wines from the Solms-Delta farm will be on sale. There will be a special area for kids, managed by a professional events company, Cre8tive Kids. Children are registered and are looked after inside a specially fenced, safe area. They can look forward to playful activities all day.

  1. Hope at Paul Cluver Music Festival. 25 March.

Hope @ Paul Cluver Season 4 where, with family and friends, you can still pack a picnic and GATHER TOGETHER for an evening of entertaining concerts at the one of its kind magical, woodlands theatre on Paul Cluver Wine Estate in Elgin. Not to be missed, Hope @ Paul Cluver offers the golden circle Sensational Summer Concerts, by legendary artists.

Your ticket ensures an intimate experience with your favorite artists Elvis Blue 28 January and Watershed 25 February. Die Koningin van die Woude – Karen Zoid, McCully workshop have already graced the stage and wowed their audiences and this Saturday, The Parlotones with their packed out audience will be bursting through the tree tops into the heavens above with the anticipated, enigmatic entertainment.

The artists are ensuring that the profit from this season will top all other seasons by investing their own time in promoting their concert and keeping costs to a minimum. The profit from each ticket sold is going directly to Thembalitsha Foundation’s Village of Hope – a safe haven for children at risk, Educare Grabouw – empowering the community to nurture youngsters through their early years and ThembaCare – the only In Patient Hospice in Grabouw. Thembacare, celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, ensures the community receives home based care and provides HIV, TB and non-communicable disease testing (Diabetes) and Counselling through their mobile testing unit.

Opportunities are being created for up-and-coming South African talent to be showcased alongside established artists in the opening acts including Lee-Ron Malgas and Emma Van Heyn.

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The Dubai Mall is a shopping mall in Dubai and the largest mall in the world by total area. Located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it is part of the 20-billion-dollar Downtown complex, and includes 1,200 shops. It was the most visited building on the planet, attracting over 54 million visitors per year. Access to the mall is provided via Doha Street, rebuilt as a double-decker road in April 2009.

The Dubai Mall recorded 61,000 tickets sold for the Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre in the first five days, following its opening. The Dubai Mall hosted over 37 million visitors in 2009, and attracts more than 750,000 visitors every week. In 2010 it hosted 47 million, and saw footfall increase by around 27 percent over 2009, despite the economic crisis. In 2012, Dubai Mall continued to hold title of world’s most-visited shopping and leisure destination, and attracted more than 65 million visitors, an increase of more than 20 percent compared to the 54 million recorded in 2011. It attracted more visitors than New York City with over 52 million tourists in 2012, and Los Angeles with 41 million. The numbers also surpass visitor arrivals to all landmark leisure destinations and theme parks in the world including Times Square (39.2 million), Central Park (38 million), and Niagara Falls (22.5 million). It is over 13 million square foot (equivalent in size to more than 50 football fields), the Dubai Mall has a total internal floor area of 5.9 million square feet (55 ha) and leasable space of 3.77 million square feet (35 ha), about the same as the West Edmonton Mall.

It also has a 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafes. The Mall has over 14,000 parking spaces across 3 car parks, with valet services and a car locator ticketing system. The mall has won five awards – two awards at the Retail Future Project Awards at Mapic, Cannes, in 2004, for Best Retail Development Scheme (Large) and Best Use of Lighting in a Retail Environment.