Cape Town Christmas Night Market

The ‘Adderley Street Night Market’ from 17 to 30 December 2011 is open between 18:00 and 24:00 and is the perfect place to shop, eat & party. There are more than 180 stalls which sell local crafts, food, gifts, jewellery, clothes, home accessories and there’s entertainment from top bands!

Christmas Holiday Tours 26 Dec- 3 Jan

4 Day Kruger National Park Departure date: 29 December Cost: R4950 – 10% discount = R4455 Includes: meals & camping accommodation Excludes: flight to & from Johannesburg ex Cape Town Enjoy the ultimate safari in the the iconic Kruger National Park where vast landscapes and spectacular African wildlife awaits you. Enjoy thrilling day and night game drives and walking safaris, traditional dancing and spectacular views of the Blyde River Canyon- the 3rd largest canyon in the world. 7 Day Desert Explorer to Namibia Departure date: 25 December Cost: R6250 – 10% discount = R5625 Includes: meals & camping accommodation Excludes: flight from Windhoek, Namibia to Cape Town Namibia is a land of contrast with compelling beauty, abundant sunshine, vast unconfined space and breathtaking landscapes! Visit the Cederberg area in South Africa, Fish River Canyon, dune 45, Tropic of Capricorn and the Namib-Naukluft National Park 3 Day Western Cape WOW Departure date: 27 December Cost: R1710 (incl 10% off) Includes: activities; wine & cheese tasting, township culture tour, Cape Point entrance fee, penguin visit entrance fee and 2 nights accommodation Excludes: optional activities- shark cage diving (R1080) & Cape Agulhas visit (R200) Discover off the beaten track between Cape Point & Cape Agulhas- set against a backdrop of awe-inspiring scenic wonders, blessed with abundant wildlife and wide sandy beaches. Experience the creative vibe of informal settlements, the grand elegance of our wine farms and learn about the proud cultures and traditions of our diverse people Go to reception for more information and to book these tours

New Years Eve in Cape Town

Festivals, concerts, beach parties, street parties…you name it, Cape Town has it! Check out some of the main celebrations on 31 December: One Night of Pacha New Years Eve with the world famous nightclub in Ibiza, leading DJ Andy Baxter and the Pacha dancers on the Grand Cafés private beach Time: From 8pm Where: Grand Café & Beach Kirstenbosch Summer Concert Watch South Africas top rock band, Prime Circle Time: From 5pm Cost: R250 Countdown on Table Mountain What a better way to start off your New Year’s celebrations than an awe inspiring trip up Table Mountain to see the last sunset of the year? Or you can stay there passed the countdown and watch as Cape Town celebrates below. On New Year’s Eve the last cable car goes up at 11pm, and the last one comes down at 1am, weather permitting Time: 10h00 til late Cost: The Cableway’s ½ price special applies- R43p/p V&A Concert & Fireworks Enjoy a live jazz concert with fireworks at midnight Time: 7pm– 2am Where: V&A Waterfront Cost: Free Ministry of Sound New Years World famous Ministry of Sound New Years event boasts 5 massive arenas showcasing 5 international DJ’s (including Chicane!) and a supporting line up of all South Africa’s favourite artists – 15 hours of musical mayhem – prepare to be blown away. There will be 19 bars, 24 VIP zones, huge sound and lighting production, video countdown and an outdoor arena. Time: 7pm– 10am Where: CTICC Cost: R280 Rock the River Festival 31 December—2 January Over 100 rock acts, food & craft markets, swimming, paintball & bbq areas Where: Cape Town Ostrich Ranch Cost: R150 Rezonance Trance Festival 30 December—2 January Four days, three nights, two stages one epic experience. Rezonance 2012 New Year’s event is guaranteed to put a smile … Read more

Season’s Greetings from EC Cape Town!

School will close on Friday 23 December and reopen on Tuesday 3rd January. If you are looking for ideas on what to do over the Christmas holidays, go to reception for information on what’s happening in Cape Town Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you all! The EC Cape Town Team

The NEW Listening Centre!

This week we opened the new bigger and better listening centre, filled with more materials to improve comprehension skills. Come check it out in room 5.5! Daily sessions are available throughout the day where you can practice listening skills through lectures, news broadcasts and audio-books. For more information and to book a session speak to Nicoletta

IELTS Exam Dates 2012

IELTS or ‘International English Language Testing System’ is one of the world’s leading tests of English for higher education, immigration and employment. Prepare for and write the IELTS exam at EC Cape Town- an authorised IELTS testing centre! The IELTS test dates for 2012 are: 21 January 2012 18 February 2012 31 March 2012 21 April 2012 26 May 2012 30 June 2012 21 July 2012 25 August 2012 22 September 2012 27 October 2012 17 November 2012 08 December 2012 * All the exam dates are Saturdays- General Training and Academic For more information and to book the exam contact Rifqah Brenner on 021 422 4111 or email rifqahbrenner@ecenglish.com Let us help you get the BEST score you can by taking our IELTS preparation course!

Nicoletta goes to EC Miami

My next adventure will see me leaving Cape Town for 10 weeks to help set up and head the academic department of a new centre of EC – in none other than Miami, Florida!! I fly out on Boxing Day (26th Dec) for the mighty Everglades. In the next weeks I’ll be sharing my thoughts, feelings, experiences, what I’m doing and going to do on my blog http://www.thoughts.com/nicoletta, so that my family, friends and colleagues can see what I’m up to. Join me on my adventure….. – Nicoletta Di Gia, Director of Studies

Staff Christmas Party

On 02 December EC staff were treated to a delectable feast and drinks at the Winchester Mansions Hotel for our Christmas party. A great time was had by all!