The 2021 Cape Town Kite Festival will take place in October 2021. It will once again not be a traditionally physical festival; we will have a hybrid festival, partially online and physically through pop-up flies and community engagement flies. This has been confirmed by Corné Mouton the Events Organiser.
To stay updated please follow the Kite Festival Facebook page (see link below) or this post!
Africa’s biggest kite festival and attracts over 20,000 visitors, including some of the biggest names in kiting in South Africa and the world who fly in to show off their magnificent kite creations.
With kite-making, kite-flying, food stalls, kiddies’ rides, a full programme of entertainment and an eclectic craft market, this is family entertainment at its best.
The Cape Town International Kite Festival happens on (and above) the lawns of Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg (corner Axminster and The Row), from 10:00 to 18:00 daily. There is an entry fee payable on the day – proceeds go to Cape Mental Health, a not-for profit organization.
As soon as dates are confirmed we will share them here! If you have any news on this event to share please contact us.
Ten Cape Town beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status for the upcoming summer season.
Blue Flag is an international accreditation awarded to beaches that display excellence through meeting 33 criteria covering four categories: environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, and safety and services.
Bikini Beach in Gordons Bay, Camps Bay, Clifton Fourth Beach, Fish Hoek, Llandudno, Melkbosstrand, Mnandi, Muizenberg, Silwerstroomstrand and Strandfontein ticked the boxes and were awarded Blue Flag Status.
How many times have you driven past this property? Did you know it is the oldest domestic residential building in South Africa built in 1673, in the Main Road, Muizenberg, known as De Post Huys.
HET POSTHUYS MUSEUM is one of the oldest buildings in South Africa, dating to circa 1742. It was built by the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC) as a toll-house to levy a tax on farmers passing by to sell their produce to ships lying in Simon’s Bay. One of the early postholders was Sergeant Muys (meaning “mouse”), from whom Muizenberg (formerly Muysenbergh and Muys Zijn Bergh (Muys’ mountain) before that) gets its name.
After a varied career as a police station, stables, brothel, hotel and private house the building was identified for what it was in the 1980s and restored with funds from Anglo American Corporation. The house is cared for by the Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society and contains a small collection of photos and items of interest relating to early days in Muizenberg. It is open to the public.
Main Road, Muizenberg. First mapped in 1687; served as a look-out post for enemy ships entering False Bay. Later uses include preventing contraband trading, a storage place for naval goods, an ale and eating house, and a private residence. Anglo-American restored it in 1982-1983. It is run by the Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society. On-site is a video tracing its layered history.
It is not often that such a large nature reserve occurs amidst an area dense in residential suburbs. Zandvlei Estuary, which borders Lakeside, Marina da Gama, Muizenberg and Steenberg is very much under threat from pollution, encroaching urbanisation and poaching as a result.
Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve protects the only functioning estuary, wetland, river system combination on the False Bay coast. It supports a series of indigenous fish, and young marine fish that use the estuary as a nursery where they can grow in safety.
Here you’ll find 10 threatened plants that include the critically endangered Cape Flats conebush and gonnabos.
The Zandvlei reserve protects 198 plant species in total, three of which are found only in the City of Cape Town. The Cape clawless otter, porcupine, Cape dune mole rat and water mongoose make Zandvlei their home, whilst over 149 species of bird that include the African fish eagle and great flamingo live on the estuary. At the same time as preserving, the estuary functions as a recreational area, particularly at Lakeside where windsurfers and picknickers regularly access the reserve to sit on its banks.
Fishing is strictly monitored. Anglers are encouraged instead to ‘catch, tag and release’ fish so that the local fish population is not further threatened. There are minimum catch sizes in place and bag limits, to protect the young fish that need the chance to breed.
There is a 1.5km circular walk along which picnic tables and two bird hides have been built.
Visitors can access the reserve from Lakeside train station and off Main Road. The Environmental Education Centre, on the northern side of the reserve, is accessed from Steenberg Station or Coniston Road off Military Road in Steenberg.
Saturday 9th September – Outside PICK & PAY from 10 AM ……
A chance to to get your and your children to be taken and loaded into a database to be used for emergencies Operated by THE PINK LADIES- No cost to you.
Rather be safe than sorry.
A good chance to meet the LCW TEAM as well.
Please come visit us on the 9th Sept from 10am outside PnP Lakeside Centre.
Pink Ladies will also have a stand with us and you are welcome to come down to their stand and load yours and your children’s profile on their database, in case persons may go missing. This is really a good idea in case of emergency as Pink Ladies will already have all details to enable the Alert to go out much sooner. Remember when a person is missing time is precious!.
Come enjoy a Wors Roll (R25) with us, with the contributions of these going towards our Camera fund.
We hope to have some other surprise displays on the day, so children will really enjoy this!
A case study for those contemplating a ‘green’ home make over!
The trend for green homes is gathering momentum on South Africa. With green materials and technologies become more available and affordable, one man has decided to take the ‘green journey’ approach to a home renovation in Lakeside. LLoyd Macfarlene has attempted to lower the footprint and increase the performance of his family home.
LLoyd was familiar with green building practices and worked in the broader sector of sustainability for almost 10 years. He decided to put his knowledge and patience to the test by embarking in a self-build green renovation of a 1960’s house that was in need of renovation but perfectly positioned in Lakeside Mountain Range.
After the home was purchased, the family moved in for a few months before the renovation began so that they could design through a living experience.