The red bus is the best way to see all of Cape Town

My first week in Cape Town

Ines Haddioui joined EC language school in Cape Town as an intern about a month ago. Here she recalls her first week. I arrived in Cape Town in the evening so I was able to observe a city full of lights. Cape Town is a city surrounded by beautiful mountains, the ocean … The life seems to be soft and livened up. So, what can you do in Cape Town? I am going to speak about my favourite places in this cosmopolitan city. .One point of view: Table Mountain To reach it, you can go for a hike up of 2 hours either take the small blue cable railway. At the top, the view is wonderful and you can see all the city if there are no clouds or fog.    One beach: Camps Bay In a few words, palm trees, white sand, clear water and mountains in the background. Unfortunately the water is freezing, but it’s a pleasure for the eyes and a place to relax with your friends and see the sunset. One night: Long Street It’s the most famous street of the city centre, especially for the night-life, with some restaurants, bars and nightclub. For the night party, it’s the place to be with a different atmospheres and music, but be on your guard, this is a big city like anywhere. One bus: City Sightseeing (The red bus) You can take this bus to go to Table Mountain and Camps Bay, it’s really interesting to see all the places known of the city with comments at the same time. You have a day pass and you can take the City Sightseeing whenever you want. One end of the world: Cape Point You will need the whole day for this excursions because on the road there are a lot … Read more

district six cafe is not just a coffee shop, it is a meeting place for people to celebrate and share.

Cape Town for free?

EC language school in Cape Town offers many free activities to our students. But in the city walls there are many other free activities to do. We asked our intern Betty to have a look and this is what she found out. Indeed, Cape Town is such an amazing city! There is so much to do but best of all you can take a free tour with qualified guides and this happens 365 days a year. You don’t even have to book, just come to the corner of Shortmarket Street in front of the Green Market Square and look for the green “FREE TOUR” umbrella – here is your guide to some other free stuff in Cape Town. There are three tours available : District 6, Historic Cape Town and Boo-Kaap Tour. Each tour takes about one and a half hours – two hours.     1. District 6 tour (departures : 11am – 2 pm) Discover a place of colorful and dramatic history, which inspired lots of Hollywood blockbusters. The tour includes:  District Six Café (where the locals sine and which has a chocolate cake to die for) The Resettlements The Seven Steps St. Marks Church “Cairn of Conflict” “The Gangs of Cape Town District six Museum   The Fugard Theatre     2. Historic Cape Town (departures : 11am – 4:20 pm) Learn more about Cape Town and South Africa’s colourful and dramatic history. The route will guide you through some of the city’s most prominent places :   St Georges Cathedral The Parliament and the President’s House The Parade and City hall where Mandela made his first speech as a Free Man Green Market Square The Castle of Good Hope The Slave Lodge Company’s Garden   3. Bo-Kaap Tour (departures : 2pm – 4:20 pm) Entering the Bo-kaap … Read more

The youth of 1976 standing up against the guns and bullets of the Apartheid police.

Remembering youth day…

June 16 2016, the EC language school in Cape Town will be closed for Youth Day. We asked our intern Ines to do some research about the past but also to let us know about some of the events happening in the present. Youth Day, as it is popularly known, is a day when South Africans honour the youth that were ambushed by the apartheid regime police in Soweto on 16 June 1976. On that day over 500 youths were killed and changed the role of the youth in the fight for freedom. On the morning of June 16, 1976, thousands of black students went on a protest rally from their schools to Orlando Stadium. They were protesting against an official order which made Afrikaans compulsory in black township schools throughout the country. The use of local languages was prohibited in these schools and the constitution supported that Afrikaans and English be made the official languages of the country. Things got out of control when the police were called in to disperse the crowds and riots broke out. Hundreds of students were killed as a result. The June 16 1976 Uprising that began in Soweto and spread countrywide profoundly changed the socio-political landscape in South Africa   Nelson Mandela had this to say about those brave young students of 1976: Young people are capable, when aroused, of bringing down the towers of oppression and raising the banners of freedom. And that they did! On that day, it became clear that a new generation of freedom fighters were emerging and that they were not scared to die for their beliefs, just like their leader and mentor Nelson Mandela, After democracy, the new South African government made many changes and one of them was to honour the youth of that day by making June … Read more