Urban soul: Fred Kent on the power of people-driven placemaking

Fred Kent of PPS speaks in Cape Town, photo by Lisa Burnell

During a visit to Cape Town in May 2013, renowned public space thinker Fred Kent explained how a “lighter, quicker, cheaper” approach to placemaking can transform our city’s public spaces. Continued…

May 30, 2013

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CTICC continues to help Cape Town grow jobs

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Cape Town International Convention Centre paid tribute to 2012, a year in which it created 7 082 employment opportunities and 3 103 direct jobs and facilitated a R2.55-billion contribution to the South African GDP, at its AGM on Tuesday 16 October 2012. What do 2012’s achievements signal for the years ahead? Continued…

October 18, 2012

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‘Home-IT’ at 2012 Cape Homemakers Expo

The seventeenth annual Cape Homemakers Expo takes place from 23 to 26 August 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and will showcase the latest trends ranging from home improvement products to innovative décor ideas.

Entrance for adults is R60, pensioners pay R40 and children younger than 12 enter free of charge. The Expo will be open from 10h00 to 20h00 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 10h00 to 18h00 on Sunday.

For more information, phone (021) 511 2800 or log on to www.homemakersonline.co.za.

May 17, 2012

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The Cape Town Book Fair 2012

After an almost two-year absence, The Cape Town Book Fair is back – remodeled and set to impress. The Fair will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 15 – 17 June 2012.

Previously an annual event, last year the organisers announced that the Cape Town Book Fair would become a biennial event, starting in 2012. To support this re-launch, the Fair is under new management and has undergone an impressive branding transformation too, with a revamped logo, website and new marketing material.

High expectations for this year’s fair

Organisers are confident that this year’s Fair will far outdo expectations: they’re anticipating an exciting mix of representatives from the African, Arab and Asian publishing worlds.

They’re also expecting a positive spill-over from the 29th International Publishers Association (IPA) Congress, which is being hosted in Cape Town from 12 – 14 June 2012. This will be the first time in over 100 years that this Congress will be hosted in Africa.

Book lovers are in for a treat

As usual, bookworms can look forward to exhibitions by aspiring and published authors, book associations, book distributors, book stores, electronic book traders, libraries, literary agents, printers, publishers and repro agents.

So far, confirmed exhibitors include Paarl Media, Juta and Company, Protea Boekhuis, Pan Macmillan South Africa, Shuter & Shooter Publishers and Cambridge University Press amongst others.

Although the final programme is yet to be confirmed, there will be book launches, book signings, author interviews, literary workshops and forums, and a poetry corner on offer. There will also be a dedicated digital zone for eBook fans, as well as a cookbook corner for culinary demonstrations.

For younger visitors, there will be a kids’ zone with exciting literary activities. And, of course, there will be an impressive social events calendar too.

Ticket prices, times and other information

General entrance will cost R60 per day. Students and pensioners will pay R30, while entrance will be free for accompanied children under 12. Tickets will go on sale through Computicket towards the end of March.

The morning of 15June will be reserved for trade visitors only. Thereafter, the Fair will be open to the general public as follows: Friday, 15 June: 14h00 – 22h00; Saturday, 16 June: 09h00 – 18h00, and Sunday, 17 June: 09h00 – 17h00.

For updates, attendees can sign up to receive the Cape Town Book Fair newsletter at www.capetownbookfair.com. News will also be posted on the Fair’s Facebook page (“Cape Town Book Fair”) and via Twitter (@CptBookFair).

About the Cape Town Book Fair

Brought to you by the Publishers Association of South Africa (PASA), the Cape Town Book Fair was started seven years ago. Since its inception in 2005, it has quickly become known as the premier book fair in Sub-Saharan Africa. For more information, visit www.capetownbookfair.com or call the show organisers, Thebe Special Projects, Conferences & Events on 011 549 8300 or email info@captownbookfair.com.

April 11, 2012

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Cape Town Partnership applauds CTICC expansion towards a sustainable city

CTICC Expansion

The news that a trio of Cape Town architects (Piet Bakker of Stauch Voster Architects, Anya van der Merwe of Van der Merwe Miszewski Architects and Mokena Makeka of Makeka Design Lab) has been appointed by the Cape Town International Convention Centre to begin work on the R690-million expansion of the CTICC drew excitement and praise from city stakeholders.


March 27, 2012

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Towards a more sustainable Africa

soa 2012 conference

How can Africa provide enough, for all, forever? Dynamic and inspirational African business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and artists will bring their thoughts and experience to bear at the Sustain Our Africa (SOA2012) conference at Cape Town International Convention Centre from 24 to 26 October. Continued…

January 31, 2012

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EDP: Creating opportunities for growth and jobs

EDP CEO FORUM 21 Nov 2011

How do you get a regional economy to pull in the same direction? How do you make sure that growth and jobs is the result? The Western Cape government is creating the Economic Development Partnership to do just that. Continued…

November 22, 2011

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Design Indaba Expo to Showcase World Design Capital 2014 Bid

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 With excitement mounting towards this year’s Design Indaba Conference (23-25 February) and Expo (25-27 February) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), visitors are in for a myriad of creative events and exhibits. Continued…

February 21, 2011

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CTICC Ends 16 Days of Activism Campaign On a High Note


In support of the international 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Continued…

December 13, 2010

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CTICC Scoops EXSA Award for Hosting the Most Memorable Event for 2010


 The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) scooped the award for hosting the Most Memorable event for 2010 at the Exhibition and Event Association of South Africa’s (EXSA) Annual Awards dinner, which was held last week. Continued…

November 22, 2010

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