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Welcome to the Northern Cape

Big skies. Really big, really blue skies. Raptors hover over the mountain desert of the Richtersveld, the cascading Augrabies Falls and the expansive wilderness of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. These parks only form a small part of  this arid and vivid Northern Cape province.




Spectacular Skateboarding on its way

With less than 11 weeks to go before the 2014 Kimberley Diamond Cup world skateboarding championships presented by Kumba Iron Ore, skateboarding enthusiasts around the country can expect non-stop skating action.  With two Grand Slam events scheduled for Durban (Moses Mabhida Stadium, 26 July) and Cape Town (Canal Walk, 30 August), top South African skaters will go head to head to battle it out.  Each event carries R50 000 in prizes as well as a wild card entry into the amateur division of the world championships in Kimberley from 3- 5 October.  The Skateboarding for Hope tour will continue to touch the lives of thousands of South African youth with outreach initiatives still planned for Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth, De Aar, Springbok, Stoneridge, Alexandra, Kathu and Postmasburg.  For a full event schedule, visit www.kimberleydiamondcup.com.
 


Landmark Moment for the World's Fastest Car

In 15 months’ time, the Bloodhound Supersonic Car will roar down Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape at supersonic speeds. With retired RAF fighter pilot, Wing Commander Andy Green, at the steer, the Bloodhound team intends to break the current World Land Speed Record of  1 227,986km/h in August 2015. After returning to the UK for further engineering on the car, the Bloodhound team will then return to Hakskeenpan in an attempt to break the 1000mph (1609km/h) mark.  The Northern Cape Provincial Government has been a firm supporter of this initiative since its inception in 2009 and recently formalised their partnership when they signed a memorandum of understanding with the Bloodhound management team.  This event will serve to market and profile the Northern Cape as a world class extreme sport destination of choice and is also expected to bring significant economic spin-offs to the province.

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Flower-filled Fun in the Namaqua

The Namaqua region of the Northern Cape is set to burst into bloom as the annual flower season approaches. The first sightings of the upcoming floral splendour have already been reported.

Highly Competitive Field at Green Kalahari Canoe Marathon

The 2014 Green Kalahari Canoe Marathon (GKCM) promises three days of non-stop paddling action. From 7-9 August, a competitive field of paddlers will take on the mighty Orange River, vying for a massive R450,000prize purse.

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AUGUST 2014

Namaqua Quest Trail Running Stage Race


- The Namaqua Quest is an annual trail running event that takes place over 4 days and covers 120km of beautiful trails through the valleys and mountains of Namaqualand during its spectacular floral season. This allows for runners to experience the world’s most magical display of color and beauty the most intimate way… by foot!Jakkalswater Guestfarm has been chosen as the official race village as from 2014.

This beautiful farm, resting on the slopes of a typical Namaqualand mountain, has a rich history and the organizers felt that this venue will add great value and spirit to the event. Please see www.namaquaquest.co.za for online entries and more information or contact Debbie Agenbag (Race Organizer) (+27)83 294 5260 for more information.

Date: 27 -30 August 2014


Hantam Meat Festival


The Hantam Meat Festival (better known to locals by its Afrikaans name, the HantamVleisfees), an annual event that is also known as the Calvinia meat festival, is timed to coincide with the region’s spectacular spring wildflower displays.theHantam Meat Festival – a veritable orgy of lamb stews, curries, kebabs and braai vleis (barbeque).Lamb and mutton are the stars of the festival, and out of respect for the sheep, and in keeping with regional food traditions, the festival celebrates – and eats – the animals from nose to tail.

Date: 29 – 30 August 2014
Contact: Lizette Lambrechts
Tel: +2727 341 8219 or +2783 355 8155


Gariep Arts Festival


A Festival embracing the concept of a rainbow nation and producing the arts across all cultural and racial boundaries. This festival brings locals and visitors from across South Africa together enjoy a great weekend of fun and entertainment. The festival has many food stalls, arts & crafts, exhibitions, children’s theatre and many local musicians providing a great line up of live music.

Date: 28 – 31 August 2014
Contact: Hanlie Beukes
Tel: +2753 832-5014
Website: http://www.gariepfees.co.za


Kimberley Diamond Cup


Skateboarding enthusiasts can expect adrenaline-pumping action at the upcoming Grand Slam of the Kimberley Diamond Cup. The event carries a prize purse of over R50 000, which is guaranteed to attract some of the country’s top individual and team skaters. The KDC Grand Slams are local skateboarding contests designed to identify and develop South Africa’s top skateboarding talent. The world championships in the Northern Cape and subsequent global broadcast coverage have helped to make Kimberley a household name to every skateboarder around the world, and the Grand Slams are the perfect feeder events, offering all South African skaters a chance to shine on a worldwide stage. The 2014 KDC Grand Slam schedule includes four stops and has already visited the some other zones such as the Midway Mayhem in Kimberley during the month of March, and at Cresta Shopping Centre in Johannesburg in June. The remaining two competitions are scheduled for Durban on Saturday, July 26; and in Cape Town on Saturday, August 30.

Skateboarding For Hope


Skateboarding For Hope, presented by Boogaloos, is a community outreach initiative presented in part by the Northern Cape Provincial Government leading up to the KDC World Championships in October. Skateboarding For Hope consist of positive messages spread through skateboarding clinics for everyone—from absolute beginners to skaters who need additional guidance, skateboarding giveaways, and a skateboarding contest which gives skaters a shot at earning a Wild Card entry into the South African Street Championships in October at the Kimberley Diamond Cup. The Skateboarding For Hope events will be held in Kimberley, Upington, Postmasburg, De Aar, Kathu, Springbok, Cape Town and George. The next activation will be in Kings Beach Skatepark, Port Elizabeth. Saturday, August 16, 10am, and 3 Square Skatepark, Alexandra. Saturday, September 13, 10am. Visit www.kimberleydiamondcup.com for details on upcoming events.

 

 




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