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It has a huge shopping centre and lots of hotels. The new owners have the capital and vision to turn the waterfront into something more special, an "African Riviera" as they call it. No high rises.

The website is pretty awful but check it out. The waterfront attracts about 22 million visitors annually.

www.waterfront.co.za

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SA is doing us proud but also nut with a high volume of pride. The atmosphere sorrounding SA people make them think they are like gods to other African countries. Anyway, I like Sa.

That waterfront has one of the most distinct area with the best structures in Cape Town.

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Chile Ise likes Captown. It bees tha superior part of Afrika, youse knows what Ise says?

Stop adding swahili to the English language cos it's not allowed here.

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Will the new stadium in Cape Town be able to have an athletics track? All the designs I've seen so far show it to be a soccer specific facility.

Yes, I thought this was the case as well, and was something that was bemoaned by Mo at the time. What is the situation? I mean to say, it's prettyv well the key questiohn to a Capetown bid.

BTW _ what is correct _ Capetown or Cape Town?

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Yes, I thought this was the case as well, and was something that was bemoaned by Mo at the time. What is the situation? I mean to say, it's prettyv well the key questiohn to a Capetown bid.

BTW _ what is correct _ Capetown or Cape Town?

Cape Town is correct but when it acting a an abjective Capetown bid is also correct. More proper to say Cape Town bid.

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Will the new stadium in Cape Town be able to have an athletics track? All the designs I've seen so far show it to be a soccer specific facility.

An all soccer/rugby facility with a private operator.

An Olympic bid would use a temporary athletics stadium further developing the concepts used for London 2012 and "Chicago 2016".

During the design phase, noise reduction ,height impact and a variety of other factors resulted in the increased cost of an athletics stadium with imperfect sightlines for football, not being feasible, considering very few athletic events would be hosted and generate revenue for the period 2010-2020.

Official response from the city:

We have indeed seriously considered an athletics track in the stadium

but the very thorough business plan shows that it is not financially

viable - the stadium would have to be a lot bigger to accommodate the

required sightlines for football and rugby and we cannot justify a

bigger stadium for the cost. In general athletics attracts a far smaller

group of spectators and a dedicated facility (possibly on the Common as

well) would make much more financial, economic and environmental sense

at this point.

I can assure you we have done the arithmetic and yes indeed we do want

to bid for the Olympics and look forward to your support.

kind regards

Dr Laurine Platzky

Deputy Director-General

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Existing Venues by 2011 application date

-Images can be added/posted on request

Archery: Newlands Cricket Stadium 10,000

Badminton: Good Hope Centre 6,000

Basketball: Newlands Rugby Stadium*- Arena A - 15,000

Boxing: Oliver Tambo Sports Centre 10,000

Canoe Kayak Slalom: Berg River 8,000

Cycling Track: Bellville Velodrome 6,000

Cycling Mountain Bike: Stellenbosch 2,000

Equestrian: Kenilworth Racecourse 12,000

Fencing: Cape Town International Convention Centre - Pavillion 2 - 5,000

Football: Athlone Stadium 30,000 | Phillipi Stadium 20,000 | Green Point Stadium 55,000

Sub-venues: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, 40,000 | Buffalo City Stadium, East London, 20,000

Gymnastics Artistic and Trampoline: Newlands Rugby Stadium* - Arena B - 15,000

Gymnastics Rhythmic: Good Hope Centre 6,000

Hockey: Hartleyvale Hockey Centre 15,000 and 5,000

Judo: Grand Arena 6,000

Modern Pentathlon: University of Stellenbosch - Ride/Run 10,000 | Swimming 5,000 | Shooting/fencing 2,000

Sailing: Table Bay Harbour

Diving: Sea Point Pavillion 5,000

Water Polo: Newlands Aquatic Centre 5,000

Table Tennis: Cape Town International Convention Centre - Pavillion 3 - 6,000

Taekwondo: Cape Town International Convention Centre - Pavillion 3 - 6,000

Tennis: Green Point Tennis Centre - 10,000 | 5,000 | 3,000

Triathlon: Green Point Urban Park 2,000

Weighlifting: Cape Town International Convention Centre - Pavillion 1 - 5,000

Wrestling: Grand Arena 6,000

* There currently exists no need for two 15,000 seat indoor facilities. A temporary roof will be added to Newlands rugby stadium and the venue will accommodate two 15,000 seat arenas.

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Cape Town BMX Venue gets fast-tracked

A groundbreaking ceremony in Khayelitsha has marked the launch of the much-anticipated new Velokhaya Cycling Centre – the first centre of its kind in South Africa.

The ceremonial groundbreaking was performed today, Friday, December 14, by legendary broadcaster, Phil Liggett (MBE), the ‘voice of cycling’ and Velokhaya patron.

Velokhaya – which takes its name from the French word for bicycle (velo) and Xhosa word for home (Khaya) – is the fundraising initiative of the Life Cycling Academy (LCA), a not-for-profit organisation which promotes cycling, and individual ‘growth through cycling’, in disadvantaged communities in South Africa.

Speaking at today’s event, LCA CEO and co-founder Glyn Broomberg said the construction of a BMX track – which would encourage mass participation in cycling and attract young children to the sport – would launch the first phase of the new Velokhaya Cycling Centre.

“Once the BMX track has been completed the Centre’s facilities will be expanded to include accommodation for cyclists and coaches, equipment maintenance and storage and a training facility for bicycle mechanics,” he said. The Centre will also focus on cycling-specific sports science and education and life skills development.

Velokhaya patron Phil Liggett said the new Velokhaya Cycling Centre had the potential to significantly and positively impact both cyclists and the community of Khayelitsha.

“The Velokhaya Centre will become synonymous with inspiration and achievement; a facility where new sporting heroes, role models and talented individuals are developed and where the sport of cycling is made accessible to many young South Africans, regardless of their race or socio-economic status.”

An architect’s drawing of the completed Velokhaya Cycling Centre

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Liggett said he was enormously proud to be associated with the new Centre, which places as much emphasis on the educational and life skill development of its members as it does on sporting achievement.

Co-founder of the LCA, Amos Ziqubu said: “After six years of operating without a formal base, the new Centre is a dream come true for our fast-growing Academy.

“Not only will the Centre provide the LCA with a permanent base in the heart of the community of Khayelitsha, but it will also allow us to incorporate - and make full use of - the knowledge, skills and infrastructural capacity of our international partners.”

The Velokhaya international partners include Team CSC, the world’s number one pro-cycling team, its sponsor, the Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC) and bicycle manufacturer, Cervélo.

"That it is possible less than a year after the launch of Velokhaya, the LCA's fundraising initiative, to break ground on the first phase of their new home in Khayelitsha is a testament to the appeal of their mission to transform cycling in South Africa," said Henrik Bo Pedersen, the executive in charge of CSC's cycling sponsorships. "CSC is proud to have done our part, along with Team CSC and Cervélo, to make today a reality."

Together the LCA and its partners have established a number of cooperative programmes aimed at sharing intellectual capacity, educating LCA staff and raising funds for the Academy.

The LCA has also established a mentorship programme with Team CSC. “The mentorship programme will allow our LCA cyclists to develop a close relationship with, and be inspired by, top professional European cyclists and make it possible for LCA riders to compete in Europe alongside their heroes,” said Ziqubu.

Caption: Breaking new ground (from left to right): Phil Liggett, the international 'voice of cycling' and Velokhaya patron turns the soil to mark the start of construction at the new Velokhaya Cycling Centre in Khayelitsha. Joining him in the ceremonial dig are the Life Cycling Academy's Zanele Tshoko (13), the Western Province Female Cyclist of the Year and LCA co-founder Amos Ziqubu

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Cape Town 2020

Sea Point Pavillion

Diving, Waterpolo

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In 1992, in Barcelona, there was no Zaha Hadid design, no glowing Water Cube, no roof at all, yet the diving and swimming events will always be remembered, not for the architecture, but for the breathtaking location overlooking the city.

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Is there enough space to install seating?

It will probably only host diving since another venue exists for Waterpolo, so the pools would be rearranged to open up space.

Also remember during Melbourne 2006, temporary seating was constructed over a pool at the MSAC so at 5,000 seats would be able to be installed. Barcelona had 3,500 I think, but the IOC benchmark is at 5,000.

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But if you're going to have the horizon (essentially a blue screen) as the backdrop for this venue, might as well move it to a soundstage with a real blue screen, and you can project all the most beautiful images of South Africa more professionally. As a matter of fact, why stop at one venue?

Move all the venues to sound-stages and bathe them with all the state-of-the-art tourism-come-hither screen magic; and the RSA would've gotten its Olympic and World Cup investment back.

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It will probably only host diving since another venue exists for Waterpolo, so the pools would be rearranged to open up space.

Also remember during Melbourne 2006, temporary seating was constructed over a pool at the MSAC so at 5,000 seats would be able to be installed. Barcelona had 3,500 I think, but the IOC benchmark is at 5,000.

6500 in the reformed Montjuic swimming pool (built in 1929) ,venue for diving and waterpolo in Barcelona 92

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Even the most certain knows that all African countries will support Cape Town for 2020 Olympic. Go Cape!

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2008

Venues construction/facelifts:

- Cape Town Town International Convention Centre doubles exhibition space, additional 10,000sqm - construction commences mid 2008

- Velokhaya BMX Centre

-Upgrade of Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium

- Upgrade of the Bellville Velodrome to host the 2008 UCI World Junior Champs

- Refurbishment of Turfhall Softball Stadium - Venue of the 2011 Junior World Champs

- Green Point Stadium (football) (70,000) construction commences on second and third tier - completion late 2009

- Athlone Stadium (football) (35,000) - construction enters final phase - completion early 2009

- Green Point Tennis Centre - final design phase including main stadium centre court

- Good Hope Centre refurbishment - venue of the 2007 ITTF World Junior Circuit Finals

- Phillipi Stadium 10,000 - football - final design phase

Images on request.

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On a lighter and arb note.

Cape Town will be hosting the world rope skipping Championships later this year at the Good Hope Centre, in July. Cape Town even had to bid for the event, which is hosted through the SA Gymnastics Federation.

2008 FISAC- IRSF World Championships

from the 22 July 2008 - 31 July 2008

The more the merrier I suppose.

Bid Book: http://www.irsf.ca/new/bid2008.pdf

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