Saturday, August 8, 2009

A "Roof wetting" braai at the new 2010 Green Point Soccer Stadium

While I drove home this evening, I passed this interesting atmospheric scene of construction workers celebrating something with a braai (barbeque)

Working on a huge Green Point Common waterfeature right behind the new 2010 Stadium in Cape Town

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These waterfeatures will be used as holding ponds for winter rainwater which drains from the Common land and collected off the inward-sloping stadium roof. When the need for water is great in the summer they will be a back up to the natural springwater which will be piped in from the Oranjezicht springs.

Work on the upgrading and reconfiguration of the Green Point Common into the Green Point Urban Park (sports precinct and public park) that will surround the 2010 FIFA World Cup stadium is well advanced

When the project is completed, March 2010, the common will accommodate several sporting codes and public recreation areas, including a new golf course, improved transport infrastructure and a 12,5-hectare Urban Park in the south-east corner.The entire park and the green open spaces are being re-landscaped at a total cost of about R310 million. This figure includes roadworks (R98 million) and stormwater drainage (R15 million). After 2010, an eco centre is proposed that would feature a biodiversity garden with information on Cape Town’s unique flora and fauna. Other possibilities being investigated are a tea garden, a trimpark and a skateboard park.

At work during the night on the 2010 Green Point Stadium

August 7 2009

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A winters Day and Night shot of the new 201 Green Point Stadium on August 6, 2009

The nightshot is hot from my camera todayAugust 6 and the day shot, a few hours earlier this afternoon.

I have a new camera since a few days but have not been able to use it much yet, I am getting more and more frustrated with the weather, its not bad weather, its a mixed batch but so hazy its a waste of time to go out for a shoot

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I can handle fog, in fact I rather see fog, I got some exciting shots with the fog, but this wishy washy defused grey light is impossible, so you will have to bear with me, I would love to go to Milnerton area and shoot from there Hopefully during this long weekend, keep your fingers crossed for me please !

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Smelling the fresh sea breeze while walking along Mouille Point's Beach Road in Cape Town

Its been wet, grey and cold in Cape Town these last few days, but thankfully the sun peeped through the clouds again late afternoon.
I had a look at the stadium first, from the deck of Café Neo (Free WIFI internet access ) and then crossed the road, to the promenade behind the Light House, from where I took this photo. The Mouille Point promenade is Cape Town's answer to California, as droves of joggers, rollerbladers and walkers power their way along the paved sea front.
Its all part of the Green Point Area which is being upgraded for 2010

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The South East side of the new 2010 Green Point Stadium

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View From Signal Hill, with Robben Island in the back ground
You might have noticed that the stadium bowl is surrounded by a podium/concourse/plaza
This was necessary, since its all rock underneath, and removing the rock would have cost too
much so its to reduce and soften the visual and height impact of the stadium structure

Under the podium entrance level are two floors, they will mainly be housing parking bays and players’ operational areas. The underground areas also have an extremely complex ventilation design to supply and extract air and smoke and pressurise corridors, to keep the crowds safe, in the event of a fire anywhere in the stadium .

Monday, August 3, 2009

Camps Bay ...a 20 minutes drive from Green Point, Cape Town

Camps Bay close to Green Point is one of the most popular and most expensive suburbs in Cape Town. The reason is its stunning location at the foot of the majestic Twelve Apostles, a mountain range belonging to the Table Mountain range, and its proximity to the centre of town, via Kloof Nek road.

Kloof Nek road is the road I took from Green Point its slightly longer but quicker in timethen the winding coastal road but both are spectacular
If you look here Kloof Nek Road goes right between Table Mountain and Lions Head and down into Camps Bay The various Seaboard suburbs are described here
This photo (above) is in Camps bay and the photo below is from a spot between The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Camps bay If you want to stay in Camps Bay area during the 2010 World Cup just remember there is only one road in and out which means long queues at peak time and you could be stuck for a considerable long time

The mountain is Lions Head which you usually see from the other side on my blog, like here as seen from the Green Point Metropolitan Golf course

If I were to come to Cape Town for the 201o Soccer World Cup I would stay in Green Point.
Its so close to the Waterfront with all its shops, entertainment and restaurants bear in mind many roads will be closed off on the day the matches are played, so make sure you are not staying far from this area .
I would not stay in a hotel but in a 4 or 5 star guest house, I have stayed in 5 star ( The Table bay Hotel) and 4 star hotels The Radisson Blu Hotel and 2 weeks in a loft apartment in the Protea Hotel Victoria Junction all close to the Waterfront and I stayed in 4 star guest houses and the latter are by far the best deal and if you choose with care the guest houses can rival the 5 and 4 star hotels, in some cases even surpass them

Have a look on Trip Advisor rated by popularity and The official Cape Town Tourism website to satisfy all your needs

Shimmering in the sun; The 2010 World Cup Green Point Stadium on an August sunday afternoon

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August 2 2009