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NEWSLETTER December 2008                                                                         Cape Town
                                                                                                 South Africa

                              Blatjan        Mandisa         Salty          Abdul     COMPETITION TIME!
                            the Baboon    the Mongoose    the Seagull       “Abie”       enter here

                    Hi Kids!
    STOP            November has simply flown by to bring us to the best part                    TOWN
     Slip           of the year
                    ... here in South Africa:
     Slop           ..... December and SUMMER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS!
                    Why the best part? That’s easy! Hours of sunshine, playing,
                    friends and family, with no stress about homework, exams
                    or getting to school on time!

                    The perfect time to join us on the open tour bus to find
 CAUTION            out more about our wonderful city of Cape Town.
    Safety                                                                            Did you
    Always          Our kid’s commentary will keep you amused and teach you
    Comes           more about Cape Town than you ever knew!                          know?
     First!         Remember:

                    CitySightSeeing + Kids = Awesome Fun!
                    Wishing you a ‘Top of Cape Town’ Day!
    GO!             Alex
   ENTER            (CEO in Training)
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                    pop me an email or send me your letter!

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NEWSLETTER December 2008                                                           COMPETITION TIME!
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                      Look at these
                                                                               a tip from ALEX:
                      interesting facts
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                      about our stars!                                      to find out what’s hot &
                                                                            happening in Cape Town
                                                                            in December for kids!
                               Salty is a Hartlaub’s Gull, the most common gull found in the Cape region.
                               The Hartlaub’s Gull is about the 10th rarest of the 50 gull species in the world.
             Salty             Seagulls can drink both fresh and salt water – they have a special gland above
             the Seagull       their eyes that flushes the salt out through their beaks.
                               Seagulls eat just about everything! –
                               not just fish, but also small rodents, French fries, bread etc.

                               Watch how they smash open clams and mussels by dropping them on a hard surface.

                               Mandisa is a Cape Grey Mongoose and is endemic (native) to South Africa.
             Mandisa           They’re also called the Cape Gray Mongoose or Small Grey (Gray) Mongoose.
             the Mongoose      The mongoose is a solitary animal, preferring its own company to being in a group.
                               Mongooses are active during the day, feeding on small rodents, insects, birds,
                               reptiles and fruit.

                               Mongoose predators include birds of prey and snakes.

                               Blatjan and his family live in large groups known as troops.
                               They’re Chacma Baboons or Cape Baboons.
                               There are 3 basic facts that you HAVE to remember about baboons:
             Blatjan           Always keep a safe distance from baboons.
             the Baboon        Never display food where baboons are visible.
                               Never feed baboons.

                                   The name “bus” comes from the Latin word omnibus and means “for all” –

   Did you                         the bus for all!

   know?                           In Cape Town the first omnibus was introduced in 1838 and drawn by horses.

                                   The first company in Cape Town to deal with public transport was the Cape
                                   Town and Green Point Tramway Company, which became operational on 1 April
                                   1863. Both single and double-deck horse-drawn trams ran along rails, from
                                   Adderley Street in the centre of Cape Town along Somerset Road to Green

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NEWSLETTER December 2008                                                               COMPETITION TIME!
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                                  Find out about
                                  Cape Town’s own                           Lekke
                                  special language!
  Find out about Cape Town’s Special Language:                                              STOP
  It’s December so it’s time to understand the meaning
  of ‘lekker’, a word that can be used for just about anything –
  tasty, nice, cool, good or great.

  Let’s try it in a sentence:
  “Holiday time – lekker, now we can have a lekker time,
  eating lekker food in the lekker environment                  So don’t ‘tune me grief’ (cause trouble), because
                                                                     I’m trying to be ‘windgat’ (a show-off or
  of Cape Town!!”
                                                                blabbermouth), or ‘skinner’ (gossip) behind my back
                                                                  – remember it’s ‘kif’ (cool, neat, wonderful) to
  OK, OK, so I overdid it a bit, but at least you can
                                                                    speak this ‘lekker’ South African English!!
  see that ‘lekker’ can be used in many different ways!

  Wolraad Woltemade
                         The year was 1773, the month was June. It was wintertime and a particularly heavy
                           storm was raging. Cape Town – a small settlement at the time – and Table Mountain
                              were lit up by bright streaks of lightning. In the harbour waves were pounding

                                 the 5 ships that lay anchored in the bay.

                               Captain Barends of the ship “De Jonge Thomas” feared the worst and ordered
                             the ship’s cannon to be fired to warn people on shore that help might be required.

 LEG                        On board were 270 men, women and children, as well as valuable cargo from the
                        At 5 o’clock that morning the captain’s fear became a reality when the ship broke loose
                 from its anchor and was forced onto the jagged rocks of Salt River. In the process the ship
                 broke in two with a loud crash, with passengers and sailors falling into the raging ocean.
                 Many drowned in an effort to swim to shore.

                  A troop of 30 soldiers marched up, but were forbidden by the officer in charge to go out to
                  help – the ocean was far too turbulent and unruly.

                   At this stage, an old man appeared on a large black horse. The man was Wolraad Woltemade
  – the zookeeper (some say a dairyman) – and his horse was Fleur. He threw off his coat and shirt, grabbed a
  rope and galloped into the raging sea on his horse. Close to the ship he threw the rope to the survivors and
  returned to shore dragging two men behind him. As the group reached the shore, bystanders rushed to their
  aid. Wolraad and Fleur plunged back into the icy ocean, again and again – 7 times in total – saving 14 people.
  Although bystanders and soldiers on shore insisted that he stop, because the storm was intense and the ocean
  wild, Wolraad pushed his horse onwards. On his 8th return to the ship, 6 distraught survivors leapt off the ship,
  grabbing onto Fleur. The weight of the panicking people was too much. Exhausted, Wolraad and Fleur disappeared
  beneath the waves, drowning.

  The Dutch East India Company, in honour of Wolraad’s unselfish bravery, named a ship after him: “De Helde
  Woltemade”, meaning “The Hero Woltemade”. The Republic of South Africa named the highest award for
  bravery in the country after him: the Wolraad Woltemade Award.

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                           Beware of the Sun!
                           It’s December – which means there are many very hot days ahead in
       STOP                Cape Town. Salty would therefore like to remind you again of his
                           Australian cousin Syd’s health message:
        Slip               Slip on a Shirt
        Slop               Slop on Sunscreen
        Slap               Slap on a Hat
                           Forgotten your hat? You can purchase one at our V&A Waterfront Kiosk
                           opposite the Two Oceans Aquarium.

    CAUTION                  Safety Always Comes First!
                             December also means many visitors arrive in Cape Town and our city and
       Always                streets become extremely full and often congested.
        First!               Mandisa, who is – as always – concerned about YOUR safety, would like
                             to remind you of the rules on the bus:
                             Sit down
                             Buckle up
        GO!                  Don’t ever get up when the bus is moving
       ENTER                 Simple – yet so effective – in making your journey safe!
                                           Hey Kids – guess what I spotted!

                           the Seagull

                  There’s a colouring in competition on the go

                 Hurry to Page 7 for all the details                           “Abie”

  the Baboon                        There’s awesome prizes to be won!

                                                                                    the Mongoose
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NEWSLETTER December 2008                                        COMPETITION TIME!
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All about the RED ROUTE tour
                  Salty’s beady eye in the sky has spotted the following
                  highlights for you along the red route:

                  This is a wonderful way to discover Cape Town city –
                  from on top, from the ground and from around Lion’s Head!

                  Great things to do on this tour are:

                         A trip up Table Mountain in the revolving cableway

                         Visits to museums, including the Iziko South African Museum,
                         the District Six Museum, the SA Jewish Museum
                         and the Gold Museum.

                         A swim at Camps Bay beach to cool off during the hot
                         December month!

All about the BLUE ROUTE tour
                  Blatjan knows the mountain like the back of his hand,
                  and the Baboon recommends the following stops along the Blue

                  Discover the suburbs of Cape Town – from the top, from the ground
                  and from around Table Mountain!

                  There are many great places along this route:

                           Kirstenbosch Gardens: magnificent gardens

                           World of Birds: a bird paradise with monkeys
                           as an added bonus

                           Imizamo Yethu: a township visit

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NEWSLETTER December 2008                                                               COMPETITION TIME!
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                                      When you get on
                                      our bus - you get
                                      an activity book!
                                            Blatjan the Baboon
  Blatjan, our wise Baboon has dug up these facts for you
  about Cape Town:
  Let’s look at some facts about the Khoisan (San, Khoikhoi or Bushmen),
  the first people known to have lived in the Cape Town area.

  Khoisan children learnt many of their skills from their parents by watching
  them and listening to their stories and conversations.

  The San were great storytellers. Tales were passed from one generation
  to the next by the old people of the group.                                                  PAST!
  San stories are about animals that were once people, as well as the sun, moon and rain.

  The San believed that the praying mantis had special and god-like powers. They believed it had created
  the moon, which was the source of rain.

  In order to survive, the San had to know a lot about the animals and the plants. Men hunted big animals
  with poisoned arrows, while women dug up roots and bulbs.

                              CAPE TOWN
      CAPE                    The most southern point of Africa (the tip of Africa) is NOT at Cape Point.
      TOWN                    It is in fact at Cape Agulhas, about 200 km east of Cape Town.

       facts                  Did you know that Cape Town has 2 of the 8 Unesco World Heritage Sites
                              (places of outstanding value to humanity)?
                              The one is the Cape Floral Region and the other is Robben Island.

                              The Cape Floral Kingdom, mostly known by its fynbos and the protea family,

     FAST!                    contains more plant species than the whole of Europe.

                              The Western Cape is the country’s 4th largest province, out of a total of 9,
                              and takes up about 10.6% of South Africa’s land area.
                              The total area of the Western Cape is 129 462 km2 – that’s about the size of Greece.

                 South Africa is at
                 the tip of AFRICA

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                    GO! Competition Time!
                            COLOUR ME IN!
                 In January we’ll be announcing our first winners.
           Make sure you’ve submitted an entry to stand a chance to win!

Name:                                               Boy or Girl:
Postal Address:
Email Address:
Your school name:
Contact number:

                  Fill in the details and post your entries to
              PO Box 379 Paarden Eiland 7420 South Africa
       or, scan your work of art (make sure it is no bigger than 1MB)
                                and email it to

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