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December 2, 2014

Spectacular vistas and foodie heaven in the South African capital

For part one, click here.

The unrivaled star attraction in Cape Town is Table Mountain. Recently named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, little can prepare you for the jaw-dropping beauty of this flat-topped icon.

It forms part of the Table Mountain National Park – a craggy spine, stretching from Cape Town’s city centre along the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope, where it plunges into the Atlantic’s surf. 

December 2, 2014

Spectacular vistas and foodie heaven in the South African capital

For part one, click here.

The unrivaled star attraction in Cape Town is Table Mountain. Recently named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, little can prepare you for the jaw-dropping beauty of this flat-topped icon.

It forms part of the Table Mountain National Park – a craggy spine, stretching from Cape Town’s city centre along the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope, where it plunges into the Atlantic’s surf. 

November 30, 2014

South Africa's multicultural melting pot is also the gayest city on the continent

‘You have to be kidding me!’ he says, a confident smile spreading across his Latino face
.

‘Why?’ I reply, a touch surprised.


‘You’ve come to the most beautiful city in the world and you’re only staying for a week? Change your plans. Give her two weeks at least. Let her work her magic with you…’


November 30, 2014

South Africa's multicultural melting pot is also the gayest city on the continent

‘You have to be kidding me!’ he says, a confident smile spreading across his Latino face
.

‘Why?’ I reply, a touch surprised.


‘You’ve come to the most beautiful city in the world and you’re only staying for a week? Change your plans. Give her two weeks at least. Let her work her magic with you…’


October 30, 2014

And your lips will smack at the thought there’s at least 14 more in the country that produce some of the world’s best reds, whites and everything in between

Calculating the liquid yield of 18 wine routes is best considered, in our humble opinion, while drinking at one (or more) of the said wine routes.

The Cape Routes, named for their proximity to South Africa’s capital city Cape Town, offer travelers some of the best vistas and consequently best vineyards on the planet.

The warm, protected climate coddles grape vines into eruption to help fuel an industry overseas and cater to oenophiles at home.

October 22, 2014

From veggie baskets fitted for the roof of your car, to loincloth-inspired fashion and a brand new Forest Route, South Africa’s design industry is making waves around the world

South Africa is a country of firsts.

It was the first country in the continent to legalize same-sex marriage; the first in Africa to host the World Cup; and now the Rainbow Nation is the first in Africa to enjoy the biennial award of World Design Capital in Cape Town.

Awarded to capital cities around the world for using design for social, cultural and economic development, Cape Town’s World Design Capital accolade further strengthens South Africa’s position as an economic and cultural power to watch.

October 22, 2014

From veggie baskets fitted for the roof of your car, to loincloth-inspired fashion and a brand new Forest Route, South Africa’s design industry is making waves around the world

South Africa is a country of firsts.

It was the first country in the continent to legalize same-sex marriage; the first in Africa to host the World Cup; and now the Rainbow Nation is the first in Africa to enjoy the biennial award of World Design Capital in Cape Town.

Awarded to capital cities around the world for using design for social, cultural and economic development, Cape Town’s World Design Capital accolade further strengthens South Africa’s position as an economic and cultural power to watch.

October 5, 2014

Founder of mosque says petrol and oil were used, claims vandals are to blame for the attack

A gay-friendly mosque, which opened in South Africa's Cape Town two weeks ago amid fierce criticism from the local Muslim community, was damaged by a fire shortly after midnight on Saturday.

September 24, 2014

The Open Mosque broke a law by not having parking spaces

South Africa's first gay-friendly mosque has been shut down because it violated a by-law by not having any parking spaces.

The Open Mosque in Cape Town only opened last week.

July 7, 2014

South African mom Michele Macfarlane has written a book about how she split from her husband after falling in love with the couple’s female au pair. She talked to GSN about the backlash she has received to the memoir’s publication…

Michele Macfarlane is not the first woman to split from her husband after falling in love with another women, but she is one of the few to write a detailed, brutally honest account of this turbulent period of her life.

I Left My Husband for the Au Pair details how Macfarlane fell for her nanny and her subsequent family break-up.

April 9, 2014

The Rainbow Nation’s sands go beyond tans and turf. From surfing to sunning we dive deep into the best South Africa’s coasts offer

Fun at the beach doesn’t have to stop at a killer tan.

South Africa’s beaches are world-renowned as epicenters for sport, nature and of course, socializing at the local restaurants and bars teeming with locals and travelers.

South Africa claims more than 40 Blue Flag beaches, a title given only to the world’s best beaches rated on water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and services.

April 9, 2014

The Rainbow Nation’s sands go beyond tans and turf. From surfing to sunning we dive deep into the best South Africa’s coasts offer

Fun at the beach doesn’t have to stop at a killer tan.

South Africa’s beaches are world-renowned as epicenters for sport, nature and of course, socializing at the local restaurants and bars teeming with locals and travelers.

South Africa claims more than 40 Blue Flag beaches, a title given only to the world’s best beaches rated on water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and services.

March 20, 2014

There’s a reason the Rainbow Nation is a choice location for shooting music videos, and it goes beyond cityscapes and sceneries

It’s not just local bands that have been showing South Africa pride in their music videos.

The country has made a name for itself as a hot bed of musical talent, an inspirational place where international styles fuse seamlessly with local flavors.

The local music scene has exploded with music festivals from Woodstock South Africa toOppikoppi, Rocking The Daisies and Splashy Fen. Numerous international musical artists have also been drawn to film on South Africa’s scenes, from polished city streets to dusty safari roads.

March 20, 2014

There’s a reason the Rainbow Nation is a choice location for shooting music videos, and it goes beyond cityscapes and sceneries

It’s not just local bands that have been showing South Africa pride in their music videos.

The country has made a name for itself as a hot bed of musical talent, an inspirational place where international styles fuse seamlessly with local flavors.

The local music scene has exploded with music festivals from Woodstock South Africa toOppikoppi, Rocking The Daisies and Splashy Fen. Numerous international musical artists have also been drawn to film on South Africa’s scenes, from polished city streets to dusty safari roads.

March 14, 2014

We set you up for a successful St Patrick’s Day full of drinking and flirting in Irish with our latest gay-friendly language guide. Sláinte! (it means ‘cheers,’ pronounced ‘slawn-cha’)

From Buenos Aires to Cape Town, the world will see rivers and gutters go green in celebration of St Patrick’s Day, Monday 17 March.

What started off as a religious holiday commemorating Ireland’s patron saint St Patrick has turned into a worldwide celebration where bars are sucked dry of Guinness and pinches are handed out for not wearing green.

Now, you will be able to win over some Irish hearts with our gay-friendly language guide.

Irish, sometimes referred to as Irish Gaelic, is a Celtic language related to Scottish Gaelic and Welsh.

March 3, 2014

Gay bars and gay festivals abound in Cape Town where Barry Johnston, editor of London’s Beige magazine, spent the last week relaxing in his hometown

This weekend, South Africa erupted into revelry with the annual Cape Town Pride celebration.

With its stunning natural beauty, cosmopolitan culture and liberal mindset, it is no surprise Cape Town is a thriving destination for the LGBTI traveler.

World-class beaches, internationally acclaimed dining and beautiful people await under the slopes of Table Mountain, in this, the vibrant Mother City. From sports to music enthusiasts, the Rainbow Nation has a little for everyone.

This week alone Santana and Eminem rocked venues across the city.

March 3, 2014

Gay bars and gay festivals abound in Cape Town where Barry Johnston, editor of London’s Beige magazine, spent the last week relaxing in his hometown

This weekend, South Africa erupted into revelry with the annual Cape Town Pride celebration.

With its stunning natural beauty, cosmopolitan culture and liberal mindset, it is no surprise Cape Town is a thriving destination for the LGBTI traveler.

World-class beaches, internationally acclaimed dining and beautiful people await under the slopes of Table Mountain, in this, the vibrant Mother City. From sports to music enthusiasts, the Rainbow Nation has a little for everyone.

This week alone Santana and Eminem rocked venues across the city.

February 27, 2014

Tabloid 'satirically' claims Museveni is dating a male model, who is 'crying over his lover letting gay people rot in jail'

Uganda president Yoweri Museveni does not have a ‘gay lover’.

In contrast to several misleading tabloid articles currently going viral, the president who has signed one of the most draconic homophobic bills in the world into law is not dating a 28-year-old male model.

One tabloid report claims the young man met the Ugandan president in Cape Town, South Africa, where he was working as a waiter.

After desserts, the man claims the president complimented him and asked him to contact him at a hotel.

February 21, 2014

Win over South African locals when you bust out with greetings and flirtations in this guttural, Dutch daughter language

What happens if you run out of sunblock while you're on the beautiful beaches of South Africa?

Use this cheat sheet you'll have already printed out (or on your smart phone) and use it to approach an attractive local. Even if you have sunblock, use this as an excuse to work on your pronunciation.

Start off by asking for help (make sure they speak Afrikaans first). Then move on to a smile, a bat of the eyelashes and hopefully your asking for help will turn into a fun story you can share with family and friends when you go back home.

February 18, 2014

Cape Town Pride celebrates South Africa’s LGBTI community with gay rugby matches, a lesbian beauty pageant and a killer pride march party

As the only country in Africa to legalize same-sex marriage, South Africa is used to blazing trails.

While South Africa’s move to constitutionally protect gay and lesbian couples in 2006 made global headlines, the coastal city of Cape Town has been making waves since 2001 with its annual gay pride festival.

This year, from 21 Feb to 2 March, Cape Town’s Pride Festival welcomes pride partiers for a week of debates and debacles.

November 14, 2013

The World Council of Churches’ 10th Assembly in Busan, South Korea, has closed with an appeal for LGBTI non-discrimination and inclusion

The global meeting of one of the world’s largest groupings of non-Catholic Christian churches has closed with a prayer for LGBTI inclusion in a first for the World Council of Churches.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has been meeting in Busan, South Korea for its 10th Assembly and its member denominations serve nearly 600 million Christian worshipers worldwide.

The Assemblies are held once every seven years, and the 2013 Assembly closed Friday with a prayer from Father Michael Lapsley of the Institute for Healing of Memories in Cape Town, South Africa.

October 22, 2013

Thabo Makgoba, Metropolitan of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa has released a video statement in which he calls for an end to violence and discrimination against LGBT people in Africa

The Most Revd Dr. Thabo Makgoba, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of Southern Africa, has partnered with international human rights group Human Rights Watch to release a video message decrying homophobic violence and anti-LGBT discrimination on the African continent.

In the video Makgoba challenges arguments put forward by several African governments that culture, tradition, and religion justify the marginalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people.

‘Don’t fear,’Makgoba says to LGBT people in the video message.

July 27, 2013

Bishop Desmond Tutu wants nothing to do with religions, or gods, who hate gays and lesbians

If this doesn't make you love Archbishop Desmond Tutu, please consult a physician. Your heart is a block of ice.

South Africa's retired archbishop was talking to Agence France-Presse, a French press agency. He was in Cape Town, helping the United Nations launch a gay rights campaign.

'I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this,' Tutu said, as reported by Washington Times.

March 29, 2013

The African National Congress (ANC) says it will take action against Cape Town councillor Abdulhamied Gabier for his anti-gay rant

The ANC stated it will take action against its own Cape Town councillor (Cllr) Abdulhamied Gabier for alleging the city’s council is trying to promote Cape Town as ‘moffie city’, an offensive term roughly translated as ‘faggots’.

Gay Star News reported earlier today (29 March) that mayor Patricia de Lille, of the Democratic Alliance party (DA), slammed Gabier, saying: ‘the councillor had laid into Cape Town with a string of insults, among them the anti-gay slur’.