The film and accompanying exhibit previously have been seen by audiences in locations such as Moscow, Munich, Brussels and Luxembourg.
At the opening ceremony in Cape Town, Jean Luc Duramy, Middle East, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe manager for DuPont, explained that the film is intended to heighten awareness of the Earth's fragile ecosystem and to present the complex challenges society faces to ensure sustainable development in the future. Tony Fairall, professor of astronomy at the University of Cape Town, gave a talk explaining that modern humans have experienced only a microscopic part of the history of the planet, but now hold its future in their hands.
The film "Planet Earth" and accompanying exhibit has traveled to more than a dozen cities across Europe in recent years and the two have been viewed by more than 850,000 people in the region. The film highlights the DuPont commitment to achieving sustainable growth and building partnerships to meet society's needs and protect the environment.
After the latest opening, DuPont South Africa Country Leader Tim Donkin said the film "got a great response from everyone who saw it, and I'm sure that as news spreads around Cape Town, it will bring many extra people into the museum." In March 2003, the film is scheduled to move to the Transvaal Museum of Science and Technology in Pretoria.