What’s happening around Cape Town this weekend?
The Hermanus Whale Festival
An annual, fun-filled educational fair promising live acts of more than just the deep sea variety
The 2012 Hermanus Whale Festival, a much-loved, highly-anticipated and family-friendly annual Overberg event, starts up on Friday, 28 September and runs until Monday, 1 October 2012; though, activities will also feature on the following weekend: from Friday, 5 October to Sunday, 7 October 2012.
As home to the best land-based whale watching in the world, the small seaside town of Hermanus is the ideal destination in which to celebrate the magnificent Southern Right whales and their miraculous survival. Now in its 21st year, the festival aims to put the massive mammals in the spotlight for both purposes of entertainment and education; allowing people to both revel in the awe-inspiring sightseeing opportunities and to become clued up on the plight of the endangered whales.
So, while the whales are definitely the stars of the show, festival-goers can also look forward to great activities, top performers and musicians, fabulous food and more.
Last year's festival included ten venues around Hermanus, and so, not to be outdone, this year's festival will look to be larger and longer, spilling over into a second weekend of school holidays.
Hermanus welcomed 137,000 visitors to the 2011 festival, and this year's turn-out is sure to follow suit.
What to expect at the Hermanus Whale Festival 2012:
- Whale spotting (and celebrity spotting!)
- ‘Big Five' facts and education within the Endangered Species Marquee (the emphasis will be on the marine big five and the plight of the rhino)
- Arts and crafts
- Checkers Food Emporium
- Sporting Events (including MTB races, half marathons and three Old Harbour distance swims)
- Sports stand
- The Whales and Wheels car show
- Concerts and Shows within the Two Oceans Marquee
- Kiddies Entertainment
Music & Entertianment at the Hermanus Whale Festival 2012:
- Phantom of the Opera
- Elvis Blue
- Steve Hofmeyr
- Hip Hop Dance Show
For the full programme of events, as well as ticket pricing, have a look around the Hermanus Whale Festival website (link provided below).
The SPRINGBOKSwill takeon the AUSSIE team, Saturday at 5pm at Loftes Versveld, Pretoria
Oosthuizen, who was named on the bench, has been replaced by Pat Cilliers.
"Coenie, who played 35 minutes of rugby for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs last weekend, had stiffness in the neck and shoulder area after the game.
"After sitting out training on Monday, he felt much better and took part in the field sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, but based on the nature of his injury and the initial symptoms early in the week, we felt that it would be better to withdraw him from the Test.
"Coenie is a young player who has a lot of rugby ahead of him and with injuries like these it's always better to gradually build him back to full match fitness."
Commenting on the injuries, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said: "Losing Frans and Coenie so close to the Test is a big setback, but we will always consider player welfare first. I'm very excited to see what Jaco will bring to this team and it's great to have an experienced player like Juan as back-up. Pat has been part of this squad for almost two months now and he will slot in easily."
Please note, the Springboks will be playing with black arm bands on Saturday and a minute's silence will be observed in the stadium before kick-off to commemorate the life of Malome Maimane, the Springbok Technical Adviser from 2008 to 2011, who recently passed away.
The revised Springbok team to face Australia in Pretoria is:
15 Zane Kirchner (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 19 caps
14 Bryan Habana (DHL Western Province) 81 caps
13 Jaco Taute (MTN Golden Lions) uncapped
12 Jean de Villiers (captain, DHL Western Province) 79 caps
11 Francois Hougaard (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 22 caps
10 Johan Goosen (Toyota FS Cheetahs) 2 caps
9 Ruan Pienaar (Ulster, N-Ireland) 58 caps
8 Duane Vermeulen (DHL Western Province) 2 caps
7 Willem Alberts (The Sharks) 15 caps
6 Francois Louw (Bath, England) 12 caps
5 Andries Bekker (DHL Western Province) 27 caps
4 Eben Etzebeth (DHL Western Province) 6 caps
3 Jannie du Plessis (The Sharks) 37 caps
2 Adriaan Strauss (vice-captain, Toyota FS Cheetahs) 16 caps
1 Tendai Mtawarira (The Sharks) 39 caps
16 Tiaan Liebenberg (DHL Western Province) 3 caps
17 Pat Cilliers (MTN Golden Lions) 3 caps
18 Flip van der Merwe (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 18 caps
19 Marcell Coetzee (The Sharks) 7 caps
20 Elton Jantjies (MTN Golden Lions) 0 caps
21 Juan de Jongh (DHL Western Province) 10 caps
22 Pat Lambie (The Sharks) 15 caps