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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.

The Lilizela Tourism Awards recognise and reward tourism players and businesses who work passionately and with pride to deliver a world class product and service and whose delivery grows South Africa’s global destination competitiveness. Click here to nominate your favourite establishment before 31 May 2014.

Bid to Tender

Appointment of a service provider for the event management of The World Tourism Day celebrations Northern Cape including a community development component.

Click here to view and download bid documents.

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

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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Trio of Supermassive Black Holes Shake Space-Time

Astronomers have discovered three closely orbiting supermassive black holes in a galaxy more than 4 billion light years away. This is the tightest trio of black holes known to date and is remarkable since most galaxies have just one at their centre.

What's On

JUNE 2014

1st Annual Walls of Arts (Learners) Exhibition

The walls of arts is an annual exhibition project for local Visual artists in the Province, sponsored by the National Arts Council of South Africa. The overall aim of the event is to develop learners in the arts section and to give a platform to budding artists to build their profiles.

Date: 21 June 2014
Location: Mayibuye Arts Centre, Kimberley

Contact: Mercia Wechoemang
Tel: 071 027 1567

JULY 2014

Congress for the Association for Mathematics Education in SA

The aims of AMESA are, in general, to promote Mathematics Education and, in particular, to enhance the quality of the teaching and learning of mathematics by providing vision, leadership, and professional development to support teachers in ensuring mathematics learning of the highest quality for all learners.

Date: 4-7 July 2014
Location: High School Diamantveld, Kimberley

Contact: Nina Scheepers
Tel: +2721 821 9898

Fraserburg Logan Drama Festival

The oldest and biggest drama festival specifically for school drama. Each year between 40 and 50 plays from the top schools around the country are show-cased, with about 400 - 500 actors on stage during the course of the week, and about 2000 audience members. The festival provides a showcase for many of the upcoming talent in the theatre world, as well as bringing together writers, directors and actors. Celebrity judges, warm hearted Karoo welcomes and fabulous drama promises to make this a fantastic event not to be missed.

Date: 30 July - 3 August 2014
Location: Fraserburg

Contact: Peter
Tel: +2723 741 1252









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