Photos: Black Tuesday & Secrecy Bill Protest

23 November 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011, was a big day for South Africa as journalists and citizens came together to protest the passing of the ‘Secrecy Bill.’ This piece of legislation would give the South African government the right to withhold information from its citizens and prosecute journalists who share information that may be seen as a threat to the government.

To South Africans, this passing is a step backwards in what was a once-attempt toward a democratic country.

It’s a major issue at the moment, and if you are at all interested in human rights, communications, and social justice, it is something worth reading about!

To learn more, check out some blog posts:

News 24

Mail & Guardian

Creative Consulting& Development Works

As well, some of our If I Could…staff members attended the protest at Parliament. Check out some photos of the event:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Black Tuesday’ – Nov. 22, 2011

22 November 2011

Today marks ‘Black Tuesday,’ a movement that protests against the passing of the ‘protection of information bill,’ also known as the ‘secrecy bill.’

According to the African National Congress, they need to update ‘apartheid-era legislation safeguarding valuable information by all organs of state.’

It’s being hugely debated around the world, and heavily protested within South Africa.

To learn more, read the Guardian’s article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/21/black-tuesday-protests-south-africa-secrecy?newsfeed=true

Intern Chatter: Living & Loving CT and Heart 104.9FM

20 November 2011

 

 

{this post is from Rachel Petua, one of our interns currently working in Cape Town’s mega radio station, Heart 104.9 FM. This will be a weekly blog series highlighting her time in Cape Town. enjoy!}

Upon being given the opportunity to work in Cape Town and also discover this amazing city, I did my personal research which didn’t necessarily turn out to be what I wanted it to be. It was all about crime in Cape Town and trust me, I was completely baffled and frightened for my safety, but on the other side I really wanted to spot and experience the city that everybody is hyped and ecstatic about! Cape Town, it is!

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NY Times Hip Cities Special

18 November 2011

The New York Times included Cape Town in its list of “Hip Cities That Think About How They Work.”

Amongst a list of top-notch locations such as Barcelona, Copenhagen, and Berlin, Cape Town was highlighted and commended for its efforts to be environmentally friendly, active, vibrant and take large strides in reducing crime and violence.

The article highlights:

Wedged between sea and mountain, Cape Town’s natural setting is stunning. Nor does the city — with its colorful neighborhoods, historic sites, and easy charm — disappoint.

It goes on to mention the city’s 3.5 million residents as it becomes one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

Other fun mentions include:

Four major universities and many research institutes make Cape Town one of the continent’s bustling research centers. Named the 2014 World Design Capital last month, the city government is encouraging a cluster of design and creative firms in a neighborhood called the Fringe. The 2010 World Cup of soccer was a boon for infrastructure, especially public transportation. A new bus system, with dedicated lanes, has been rolled out in recent years to keep the many suburbs connected and alleviate crushing traffic.

Very favorable mention…go Cape Town!!

Table Mountain: Newest 7 Wonder of the World

16 November 2011

Hooray! We all know it, but after campaigns, advocacy awareness, and website promotions, the rest of the world has made their decision to include Cape Town’s infamous Table Mountain as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

This is HUGE news for the Western Cape.

The Vote for Table Mountain campaign first created THIS video when we were made aware that we became a finalist:

Table Mountain: New7Wonders of Nature finalist from Flow Communications on Vimeo.

After hundreds and thousands of votes, the committee made the decision to include Table Mountain. Watch their announcement video:

The New 7 Wonders of Nature are:

1. Amazon

2. Halong Bay

3. Iguazu Falls

4. Jeju Island

5. Komodo

6. Puerto Princesa Underground River

7. Table Mountain

Spokesman Martin Jansen van Vuuren, added the following:

“South Africa will gain an additional 108,000 international tourists a year due to the increased exposure of Table Mountain as a New 7 Wonder,” he said.

“The value of this tourism increase is estimated to be approximately R1.4 billion per year for the first five years following the inclusion.”

 

(images in this article sourced from the internet)

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