Neighbourhood News Update: 12 April 2024


V&A Waterfront CEO, David Green, announcing the opening of The Turtle Conservation Center which will be part of our Granger Bay precinct improvement project.

Last night the Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation (TOA) hosted their second One Blue Heart fundraising event, where all aspects of the event were focused on promoting sustainability. Featuring zero-waste catering, slow-fashion, and art with a purpose, the event brought together individuals united in their commitment to marine conservation. The event’s mission stems from the alarming impact of human actions and plastic pollution, which have severely disrupted marine ecosystems and pushed sea turtles to the brink of extinction.

Showcase at The One Blue Heart Fashion Event: Artwork made entirely out of waste collected from beaches and zero-waste fashion items made from left over and recycled fabric.

The event commenced with a zero-waste and slow fashion aspect, alongside a panel discussion. The discussion delved into the importance of mindful fashion choices, emphasizing sustainable practices and the environmental impact of fast fashion on the earth, the marine and its marine life.

Left to right: Panel Discussion featuring Luke Radloff, Creative director of UNI FORM, Jackie May, Founder of Twyg, Thando Ntuli, Creative director of Munkus, Helen Gibbs, Founder and Creative director of Helon Melon, Aaniyah Martin, Founder of The Beach Co-op, and Cleo Droomer, Creative director of DROOMER.

The Dinner was emceed by Maps Maponyane. Speakers at the event included Talitha Noble-Trull, Conservation Manager and Ann Lamont, Executive Chairperson of The Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation.

The event was followed by a dinner, where it was announced that a new stand-alone Turtle Conservation Centre will open its doors in 2026, as part of our Granger Bay precinct improvement project. This Conservation Centre will be the first of its scale in Africa, including a turtle rehabilitation hospital, and education facilities. This initiative will enable TOA to enhance their ongoing efforts in turtle conservation, education, and research. Over the past 20 years TOA has successfully released over 1000 turtles back into the ocean.

Photo Credit: Two Oceans Aquarium

“The new facility will showcase various species of turtles in our care. It will provide us with the opportunity to share information about turtles and the marine ecosystems they call home, to demonstrate the care and attention needed to nurse turtles back to health, and to appeal to the public to make changes in their lives which will benefit not only the turtles, but all inhabitants of the ocean” explained Lamont.

The One Blue Heart Dinner which took place at The Two Oceans Aquarium

Read the full press release – here.


We are thrilled to announce the historic convergence of two maritime marvels at our Cruise Terminal, as two of Cunard’s Queens, the iconic Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria have berthed simultaneously for the very first time. This momentous occasion not only marks an incredible milestone for our Cruise Terminal but also holds significant importance for African maritime history.

The Queen Mary 2, a familiar sight at our terminal, stands as one of the largest cruise ships, with an impressive length of 345 meters, boasting a passenger capacity of 2,691 and a crew of 1,292. She concludes her 30-day voyage from Hong Kong and will undergo a turnaround call in Cape Town before setting sail for New York, USA. The Queen Mary 2 is scheduled to depart from our port on Saturday, 13th April at 18h00.

Meanwhile, the Queen Victoria, making her debut arrival at our Cruise terminal, carries a passenger capacity of 2,061 and a crew of 981, with a length of 293 meters. Currently on a 55-day journey from Sydney to Southampton, she has also made a brief stopover at our terminal. Queen Victoria is scheduled to depart from our port on Friday, 12th April at 17h30.

The berthing of the two Queen’s promises a spectacular sight for cruise and maritime enthusiasts.

Read the full press release – here.


The Upcycled Exhibition features a diverse group of artists and designers including Congolese artist Patrick Bongoy, Ananta Design Studio’s Viveka and Rucita Vassen, Hoven Design’s Nisha and Justus van der Hoven, Laurie Wiid from Wiid Design, and Tétris EMEA’s Amaury Watine, Adrian Davidson, Helen Wentzel, and Tshepiso Lesufi.

Step into a world where innovation meets sustainability at the UPCYCLE Exhibition, happening at Makers Landing from Friday, April 19th to Saturday, April 20th. UPCYCLE aims to showcase how design can embrace circularity, fostering more conscious and sustainable workspaces. Witness the transformation of old office furniture into stunning works of art, each piece telling a unique story of creativity and environmental consciousness.

On Friday, April 19th, design students are invited for a special focus day, while Saturday, April 20th offers a free curated walkabout with the artists and designers. Don’t miss this chance to witness the power of upcycling in action!


Oscars Arc WOOF Project

Date: Monday, 1 April –  Sunday, 5 May

Time: 09h00 – 17h00

Location: Noble Square

Join the pack and support Oscars Arc in their mission to promote dog adoption! Experience the joy of giving a furry friend a forever home this festive season, or just pop around and give our furry friends some love.

The Cyclathon

Date: Saturday, 13 April

Time: 09h00 – 10h00

Location: Amphitheatre

Join us for an exhilarating day filled with fun, music, and sweat at The Cyclathon! This 13-hour challenge is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Breadline Africa, a non-profit organization committed to building infrastructure for under-resourced schools in South Africa. There will be hourly raffles, with amazing prizes to be won. Get ready to pedal for a cause and make a difference!

V&A Neighbourhood Busker Auditions

Date: Sunday, 14 April

Time: 12h00 – 16h00

Location: Amphitheatre

If you missed the last audition, join us at our upcoming neighbourhood auditions and showcase your talents on our stage! Whether you’re a dancer, poet, musician, circus performer, magician, or entertainer, all are welcome to audition. Don’t miss this opportunity to shine!