Out in Africa Film Festival

The Out In Africa South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival showcases the latest films & documentaries from around the world. For more info on this festival visit http://www.oia.co.za

Cape Town Carnival ~ 24 March

The theme of the 2012 Carnival is Cape to Cairo and it takes you us on a journey through Africa and its people, sights and sounds; a visual and sound explosion of themed floats, each accompanied by 150 performers and dramatic lead dancers. The Carnival will be lead by African Queens and end with a view into a futuristic Egypt. – http://www.capetowncarnival.com/

Writing Competition Winners

Last week students were asked to write an essay on any Public Holiday in their country. The best essay from the lower & higher levels were chosen and given a ticket to Robben Island! Here are our winners: Student: Neusa De’bora Sachiepo Level: Elementary Holiday: Angola’s War for Independence Day Student: Olga Briasco Level: Upper Intermediate Holiday: Las Fallas Festival Well done Neusa & Olga! Enjoy your trip to Robben Island!

Public Holiday- Human Rights Day- 21 March

Human Rights Day is of critical importance in the lives of all South African citizens. In 1960, on this historic day almost 69 people were killed in a police firing at Sharpeville. It was the period of the Apartheid where ethnic origins had raised their voices in opposition to the pass laws made by the white ruling party. Today South African Human Rights Day seeks to ascertain that South Africans have developed an understanding of the various human rights they are entitled to and can protect themselves against human rights exploitation. *Please note school will be closed Wednesday 21 March. Not sure what to do on your day off? We have a FULL DAY Cape Point tour (R450) Join the Cape Point tour and explore the scenic Cape Peninsula! Includes a visit to Boulders Beach to see the penguins OR The FULL DAY Winelands Tour (R545) This is a truly mellow day spent absorbing the rich beauty and history of the greater Cape Wine lands – we visit Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek, with a cellar tour in one, and tastings in each region. Enjoy spectacular views during a sumptuous picnic lunch – by the time you return you should be feeling pretty rosy!

Meet our Intern!

“Hello, my name is Jessica and I am a student of Business Administrations from Germany. I have been staying in Cape Town for the last six weeks to improve my English skills and to get to know this lovely city. Located in the City Centre of Cape Town EC Language School is the perfect venue to combine both because you are always in the middle of the action. Right from the very first day I felt very welcomed and all the colleagues were very friendly and helpful which made it easier to improve my English skills. I am glad that I decided to spend my time in Cape Town as this city has an amazing flair and I made a lot of experiences I will never forget”

St Patrick’s Day Competition

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Correctly guess how many gold coins are in our ’pot of gold’ at the graduation ceremony on Friday at 12h30 and win a prize! St Patricks Day celebrations in Cape Town: The Dubliner Quintessentially Irish, be sure to expect a huge celebration at The Dubliner bar in Long Street on 17 March. Leprechaun lookalikes will serve you green beer, while the live music pays homage to shamrock ‘n roll! Be sure to arrive early for a few fun giveaways and, of course, to avoid the line. Long Street, City Bowl Perseverance Tavern This traditional Irish bar will celebrate St Paddy’s with Guinness hats, Irish music and Guinness Draught specials. 83 Buitenkant Street, Gardens O’Driscolls This popular spot will have Guinness prizes up for grabs and a chance to possibly win a trip to Ireland for you and a friend. Of course, there will also be entertainment and lots of drinking… and did we mention drinking? 33 Hout Street, City Bowl – www.capetownmagazine.com

EC Success Stories

Take look at some past EC Cape Town students who have decided to stay in South Africa to continue their studies or to work and see what they are doing now: Name: Aymen Mansour From: Libya Studied at EC for: 7 months Currently at the School of Dentistry at University of the Western Cape Name: Isadig Rhoma From: Libya Studied at EC for: 9 months Currently studying medicine at University of Cape Town Name: Mahmoud Al– Naili From: Libya Studied at EC for: 8 months Currently a medical officer at Tygerberg Hospital. Will continue to be based at Tygerberg for the next 3 years Name: Saleh Babalghoom From: Yemen Studied at EC for: 7 months Currently at Cape Peninsula University of Technology studying Electrical Engineering

Cape Point Tour – 10 March

On Saturday 10 March, students joined our marvelous full day Cape Point tour! Along the way to the Cape Point Nature Reserve students also stopped at Rhodes Memorial, UCT- the oldest university in the Southern Hemisphere, False Bay, Kalk Bay, Simons Town (to see the penguins at Boulders Beach) and, of course, the most scenic road in Cape Town, Chapmans Peak. This is definitely the best way to see the Cape Peninsula! Go to reception to book this tour The next tour takes place on Saturday 24 March. Dont miss it!