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It’s 4.15 am. Still quite sleepy, I creep out of my tent to be, some minutes later, ready to sit in the truck that is waiting for us. Shortly after 5.00 am, we leave the campsite and after a one-hour-drive we reach our destination. I jump out of the truck and feel the fresh, clean air surrounding me. Above me lies nothing but the still dark and cloudless sky. Immediately, we start climbing “Dune 45” which spreads itself right in front of us. Finally we sit on the ridge of the dune, searching in anticipation for the expectant sunrise. Bit by bit, it edges out of the darkness until its warm rays caress our faces and then the entire plain before us. And as J.W. Goethe’s writes in “Faust” “I am a man here; I can be a man here!”                  

Accommodation

Win luxury accommodation, great nosh, and a R 2 500.00 camera voucher!

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We have been overwhelmed by the response from local businesses who have thrown their weight and support behind our very own "local is lekker" contestant Liam Kelly. We wrote an article earlier this weekend about What'sUp with Liam - THE CapeTonian set to take the world by storm. Here's what we had to say: Liam Kelly – a CapeTonian with a mission – is set to go places –Literally! Having recently entered into the STA Travel World Explorer Competition, Liam is down to the wire having just been selected as one of the top 5 of over 4000 applicants countrywide. What’sUp has the utmost faith that our readers are going to ensure that winning this one is pretty much “in the bag” (which is already packed!). So What’sUp for grabs you may                  

Music

Jack Parow

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Referred to as "Bob Dylan of the northern suburbs", "pirate of the caravan park" and "an Afrikaans Eminem", Zander Tyler is more popularly known for his on-stage persona as Jack Parow - one of South Africa's most prominent popular culture icons. As "Cooler as Ekke"has monopolized African airwaves, Afrikaans, Mothercity-made Jack Parow, has become one of South Africa's local loves. At the early end of the decade, musical movements that tore Afrikaans music apart from religious zeal, resulted in the Belville Rock city phenomena - and so spawned bands the likes of Fokofpolisiekar,aKing, and Van Coke Kartel. So while Afrikaans music was once ripe with religious evangelism, the noughties saw it slowly became synonymous with                  

Lifestyle

Monday Mania

For students, the pungent scent of term-time is in the air, and Monday blues are as common as the notorious mothercity's Winter flu. For those despairing Mondays marking a return to daily grind, 17 on Loader in the spirit of our "year-round hospitality" suggest you cheer up and step out. In the city that never sleeps, even Mondays get manic, and we're more than merry to tell you how... Our loyal, grungy, alternative pool-bar lover in The Shack, of course. The drinks are cheap, the crowd is comfy/careless and all that aside, its ALWAY open 'til 4am. Mondays. Sundays. Mother's Days. ALWAYS. Just next door to Shack - attack is Mercury. Mercury Mondays are infamous, and after all this time, high-schoolers and university-doers are                  

Eating Out

Deli Express

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For those of us that reside on the 'burbs side of the mountain, we occasionally feel cheated of the abundant trendy little bistros and food-stops that one stumbles into so frequently in town. While I love the picket-fence-school-bell atmosphere, I do often catch the city-bowl-itis and drive into town just for the sake of seeing and doing something different - and perhaps being in a place where the average customer does not tick either the "soccer mom" or "geriatric" box. Luckily though, as the Mother City does, the Southern Suburbs are rejuvenating and thanks to places like The Kitchen, The Bromwell and The Old Biscuit Mill (which started it all), what was industrial Woodstock/Salt River (I'm never really sure of the                  

Night Life

Twankey Bar at the Taj

Last week, us at 17 on Loader swanked our way into the grand opening of the Twankey Bar, at Cape Town's Taj Hotel. On the corner of Wale and Adderley, we were greeted by pearly whites, bubbles and a roomful of, what I call, the blackberry-ers. Twankey is swanky - a white marble bar, dark wood finishes and leather booths, kit the two floors out for Film Noir's femme fatales and cigar-smoking detectives. As those that are best, the menu is beautiful in it's brevity. While they don't do much, they sure did good by us. The selection of ten cocktails speaks mostly of the classics - margharitas, caipirinhas,  mojitos and an absolute vixen of a cosmo. The means of feeding is finger food, but we're hardly                  

Africa Travel

In den Weiten Afrikas

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Es ist 4.15 Uhr. Verschlafen krieche ich aus meinem Zelt um kurz darauf pünktlich im abfahrbereiten Truck zu sitzen. Um kurz nach 5.00 Uhr verlassen wir das Camp und erreichen nach einer einstündigen Fahrt unser Ziel. Ich klettere aus dem Truck und spüre die saubere, frische Luft, die mich umhüllt. Über mir thront der noch dunkle aber wolkenlose Himmel. Wir machen uns auf den Weg, die vor uns liegende „Dune 45“ zu erklimmen. Schließlich sitzen wir auf dem Kamm der Düne und blicken erwartungsvoll der sich langsam erhebenden Sonne entgegen. Stück für Stück bahnt sie sich ihren Weg bis ihre warmen Strahlen unsere Gesichter und mit ihnen bald die gesamte uns umgebende                  

Eating Out

The Waterfront Wine Affair

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Cape Town's been very quiet this week - we've been nursing our once-flourishing social calendars and wishing for sunburn. But what we have fast forgotten is that winter brings wine, fireplaces and excuses for shared body-heat...  Until Friday, The V&A spends the week swaying with the inebriated influence of dozens of boutique and reserve wines. With curling leaves and early evenings comes the annual V&A Wine Affair. The backdrop of a Table Mountain-marked cityscape makes The Waterfront's look out a perfect rooftop for some indulgent-out-of-doorsness.    This well-loved tasting/sipping soiree is a palate party.  Think sushi, oysters, imported cheeses and charcuterie... the menu boasts the                  

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Stadium Stories: Durban

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    For all those cheeky Capetonians arguing that "we have the best stadium" don't be fooled - us Durban-born girls disagree. Besides the fact that as a host city, Durban will be the SAM-HELL warmer than Cape Town, a recent visit has convinced me that eThekwini has the best stadium to boot. An unimposing testament to symmetry, this pillared structure is perfectly placed in the heart of the Durban skyline - with cable car providing a literal bird's eye view.   The 70, 000 seater stadium is named after KwaZulu Natal-born Moses Mabhida - a unionist called upon by Oliver Tambo to develop the ANC's armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK). Mabhida is remembered for his contributions as chief political instructor of new military                  

Night Life

Balkanology

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Fortune tellers and flying carpets are the fan fare of Balkanology, 26th April 2010. Again the magic of Gypsy/Balkan music is made manifest in the carnivale festivities of a massive, manic party - A one night only affair. Here today, gone tomorrow - as the caravan children do.  Balkanology - the deliciously devilish circus spectacular - will lay love loose on the new Cape Town venue of spectaculars - whispered as a replacement to the infamous Madame Zingara's -  the wonderhouse that is Vaudeville. Think magicians, balkan bass and bare-bellied beauties, with the wonderment of dream and hallucination. The insatiable line-up lists tempos from Toby2shoes, Maoriginal, Hopa Banda and the Nomadic Orchestra. Tickets