In celebrating Marine Month in October 2012 and African Penguin Festival and Awareness Day in Simon’s Town, SANCCOB has teamed up with the City of Cape Town, the Iziko Museum and Table Mountain National Park and the Simon’s Town community to bring you an exciting range of activities.  Simon’s Town Penguin Festival is of particular interest to residents and visitors to the Scenic South Peninsula. Read the details below.   SANCCOB (The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) is a leading marine-orientated non-profit organization which has treated more than 90 000 oiled, ill, injured or abandoned African penguins and other threatened seabirds since being established in 1968.

Simon’s Town Penguin Festival: 13 October 2012

An annual festival of educational fun for young and old – all in the name of the endangered African penguin. The opening of the event sees the release of a group of wild African penguins rehabilitated at SANCCOB, back into the wild at Seaforth Beach (Simon’s Town). The public is invited to come along and witness this moving event and proceed to join the festivities at the parking areas in front of Boulders Beach Lodge and Restaurant on Bellevue Rd.  This year’s festival features a cooking demonstration by a celebrity SASSI chef, a snake and reptile show, a raptor show, live spider exhibit, food stalls and loads of ‘edutainment’ for the kids. Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet and take pictures with SANCCOB’s famous ambassador penguins.

Location: Bellevue Road, Upper and lower parking lot in front of  Boulders Beach Lodge and Restaurant, Simon’s Town. Time: 10h00-15h00  Entrance: Free    All proceeds of the festival are donated to SANCCOB.

African Penguin Awareness Day on 13 October 2012

The countdown to African Penguin Awareness Day 2012 has begun – a day dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about the plight of the endangered African penguin. Join SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) and watch the APAD barometer soar – the goal is US$30 000 to save African penguins. 
What you can do:

Download an African Penguin Awareness Day poster, save it as your screen saver, post it in your classroom or on your fridge.

Start planning a fundraising event (no matter how big, small or in what corner of the earth you are) for 13 October ’12.

Join and post your news on the African Penguin Awareness Day Facebook page, tell your friends and invite them to join the African Penguin Awareness Day Facebook community.

Hit the donate button at http://www.sanccob.co.za/ and make sure you select African Penguin Awareness Day where it says: “Please allocate my donation towards:”  And watch the APAD Barometer climb to save penguins.

Wild About…Marine Careers  2-5 October 2012

Location:22 Pentz Drive, Table View Time: Daily  Entrance: Limited space; Booking essential – email 

A programme for 16-18 year olds that want to get a taste of what it’s like to work with penguins, seagulls, cormorants, gannets and many other seabird species. You will work side by side with SANCCOB’s bird rehabilitators, interns and volunteers. Learners will also be introduced to a different marine conservation career through a talk by a professional working in the marine conservation field. Speakers may include veterinarians, researchers, biologists, conservation officers and environmental managers.

SANCCOB & IZIKO Museum Marine Week: 8-13 October 2012 

IzikoMuseum and SANCCOB have organized a series of public engagement opportunities for this year’s National Marine Week. The theme for Marine Week “The Sea & Us” which aims to draw attention to the way human have impacted the oceans and marine life with pollution, exploitation of natural resources and human-induced climate change effects. To raise public awareness regarding the state of our oceans, Iziko South African Museum and SANCCOB invite both young and old to experience a walk through the “Rommel Tonnel” (translation in English, the “Garbage Tunnel”), to learn about how mankind has affected the oceans. The temporary exhibition will also highlight current mitigation and adaptation measures.  Members of the public will be challenged to re-think their behavior and urged to sign a “Think blue, what can you do?” pledge. Members of the public will have an opportunity to meet SANCCOB’s ambassador penguin and learn about how people can effect change to ensure the survival of the critically endangered African penguin populations.

Location:Iziko South African Museum, 25 QueenVictoria, Cape Town  Time: Daily 10h00-17h00 (except Saturday, 13 October, open for the public from 09h00-17h00)  Entrance: Adults R20; free entrance for under 18’s

Iziko Museums also plans to celebrate African Penguin Awareness Day on Saturday 13th October 2012 in collaboration with SANCCOB. A SANCCOB representative will also be giving a short presentation on the endangered African penguin and the penguin release in Simon’s Town will be broadcasted live via Skype.

For more information on National Marine Week programme, email Sthembile Harmans

SANCCOB & the City of Cape Town’s Blouberg Conservation Area Education initiative -12 October 2012

This year SANCCOB will join forces with the City of Cape Town’s Blouberg Conservation Area to bring learners from disadvantaged communities to experience conservation hands-on at our facilities. The curriculum aligned programme will see learners learn about sustainable marine practices and how they can help make a difference to the lives of seabirds and our precious marine environment.

Date: 9  Location:22 Pentz Drive, Table View  Time: Daily

SANCCOB Gala Auction  30 October 2012

About: To conclude the month of African Penguin Awareness, created through the Simon’s Town Penguin Festival, SANCCOB will host its annual Benefit Auction on Tuesday 30 October, this year hosted by Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Restaurant inCavendish Square,Claremont. This prestigious black-tie event celebrates the work of SANCCOB and its conservation partners in the rescue and conservation of African Penguins. Enjoy an evening of dinner paired with wine accompanied by an auction for an excellent cause.

Location: Cavendish Square Mall, Claremont  Time: 18h00-22h00  Entrance: R250 – RSVP essential

Tickets cost R250 per person and include a welcome drink, canapés and dinner with paired wines. Limited tickets are available and should be booked by emailing  or calling 021 557 6155 before 1 October 2012.

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 SANCCOB   Email:   Tel: (+27) 21 557 6155

SANCCOB is a non-profit organization (Section 21 Registration No. 2001/026273/08, Non-profit Number: 003-134 NPO).