What better way to start the New Year than by going on an adventure to Cape Town, South Africa! That is precisely what an intrepid group of TCLoc and CAWEB students will be doing in a few weeks’ time, from February 18th to February 24th.
Why Cape Town ?
The primary reason for the visit is to explore the technical communication landscape of South Africa. The team will meet with movers and shakers in the African localization, marketing, and design industries. The team will visit several Cape Town-based companies, including Rhino Africa and Folio Online.
In pursuit of this goal, the team will be assisted by the University of Stellenbosch and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology that have been kind enough to provide facilities and expertise where needed.
Secondly, the team will have the privilege of experiencing the astounding beauty of the place. This includes seeing the majestic outline of Table Mountain from white sands of Bloubergstrand, or they can look down on the harsh, windswept serenity of the Cape peninsula from the heights of the Mountain itself. Besides the obvious attraction of the natural abundance of Cape Town, which includes African penguins, great white sharks, and proteas, there are also its people
Cape Town is a cultural hotbed
The Cape Malay community is an integral part of the Capetonian landscape, having shaped its culture, music, food, and language for centuries. This is most apparent in the Bo-Kaap neighborhood, with its unique and colorful architecture. When in Cape Town, the team will be able to sample Cape Malay specialties, such as bobotie and kerrievis, while enjoying some of the best wines the world has to offer.
Of all South Africa’s many official languages, Afrikaans and English tend to dominate in the Cape. The French speaking members of the team will therefore have ample opportunity to practice… good luck. Fortunately South Africans are warmhearted people, and are always keen to lend a hand.
Follow the trip on Facebook on the TCLoc or Caweb pages, or visit the dedicated Cape Town page on the TCLoc website for more on what the team will be getting up to. South Africa, here we come!
Written by Willem Beckmann
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