Archive for Cape Town

Finally some better weather!

Posted in General with tags , , on Friday, 17 July 2009 by Deems

The last few weeks we’ve been having some bitterly cold weather in Cape Town. With loads of heavy rains whic Baldricman and Seth shared with us here, here and here. It’s been crazy.

And this morning is no different temperature wise,  but it’s clear skies outside and just look at this outlook for the next few days (remember, it’s the middle of winter here in Cape Town).


How awesome is that? Four days of sunshine and low twenties. Yes, that big four at the top means it’s 4 degrees (that’s 41F) here right now as I type this.

Okay, off to work for a training session this morning at 9am. Have a great weekend!


Real-time News

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on Friday, 15 May 2009 by Deems

Isn’t the power of the internet, coupled with blogging and micro-blogging amazing?

I was at home this morning when I heard on the news about a fire in Cape Town that had gutted a backpackers lodge (just around the corner from our office building). 

At the same time I was checking my RSS feeds, reading email and I saw a new tweet from a mate of mine about the fire with a photo and a post on his blog about it.

A quick search of my local news feeds and Twitter and no one else had picked up on this yet. Only after I got to the office, and took a few pictures myself, did the other news agencies pick up on it.

Does it mean journoulists should be worried about their jobs – nope – but I do think they should be keeping their ears and eyes open to other bloggers and micro-bloggers. After all this isn’t the first time news stories have broken out on the Internet even before news agencies and journalists have picked up on it.

Loop Street backpackers fire in Cape Town

Taken from my office window this morning.


Talk about town, Cape Town weather

Posted in General with tags , , , on Thursday, 5 March 2009 by Deems

cpt-weather-5march2009It’s the hot topic in and around Cape Town right now – the weather! Why? Because it’s a stifiling 42 degrees outside in Cape Town today.

We just came back a little while ago from a presentation and tour of the new Green Point Stadium which was great, but we couldn’t wait to get back to our air-con filled offices to cool off a bit.

To some, 42 degrees (107 F)  may not sound too bad, if you live in the desert that is – but for Cape Town this definitely is an extreme – considering that our average temperature in Cape Town for this time of year usually ranges between 25 and about 32.

Update: 6 March 2009

It doesn’t look like the weather’s letting up, except maybe on Sunday for the annual Argus Cycle Tour.


Cape Town mayor named World Mayor

Posted in General with tags , , , , on Tuesday, 14 October 2008 by Deems
Mayor of Cape Town, Helen Zille 


Mayor of Cape Town, Helen Zille

I don’t know where I’ve been but I somehow missed out that there was a competition going on amongst 280 nominated mayors from around the globe. According to the project, they have no affiliation with any city or organisation and run strictly in a non-commercial capacity. 

So what’s the reason for this post? Just as the title says, not only did our mayor of Cape Town, Helen Zille, make the top 11 but she made number 1. But as she said on her interview on KFM this morning, it’s not an honour she can accept alone, as her job cannot be done by one person, it takes a team (her mayoral staff, her family, and us the residents of Cape Town).

Cape Town – Old and New

Posted in General, Photography with tags , , , , on Friday, 1 August 2008 by Deems

Yesterday a friend sent me some pictures of “Old” Cape Town which really make you think of how far we’ve come as a city and how things have changed over the years. I was trying to find some “new” photos for comparison and thanks to Michelle and a 4×4 forum member’s flickr photostream here are a few comparison photos – enjoy!