A country with 9 beautiful provinces with a population of about 54 002 000 people, from whom there is an immense diversity in cultures thus making South Africa having the greatest Iconic buildings in the world, producing some of the best sportsmen, Olympic Gold Medalists, Chad le Clos as well as Nobel Peace Prize winners Nelson Mandela, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu. It has some of the best hotels in the world and some of the best holiday destinations in the world. In 2010, South Africa was invited to join the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) of which its membership has three distinct objectives: to boost job creation and the domestic economy; to support African infrastructure development and industrialisation; and to partner with key players of the South on issues related to global governance and its reform. South Africa is also playing a leading role in managing the global commons. South Africa’s economy is one of the growing economies in the developing countries.
About Cape Town
Cape Town and the Western Cape as a whole are considered among the most beautiful areas in Africa. Characterized by a cultural melting pot of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers, the local Khoisan (Bushmen & Hottentot) tribes and the Bantu tribes from the north, the pristine coastline with its white sandy beaches, the magnificent countryside with its bountiful rivers, wetlands and dams, and the unique flora kingdom, together with a “Mediterranean-like” climate and friendly community, make it a perfect destination for any visitor.
Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa, and the historic buildings of the Houses of Parliament are situated in the Cape Town city centre. Situated at the foot of Table Mountain, the Cape Town Central Business District is a relatively small area, which allows for easy exploration on foot. Numerous excellent hotels, loft apartments, trendy restaurants and bars can be found in the heart of the city and along the coast.
Take a trip up Table Mountain; visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with over 270 shops, a wide selection of restaurants and art and craft markets. Last, but not least, take the trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was formerly incarcerated. The City Central area offers a wide range of attractions and activities and the visitor can experience the “Mother City” at her best.
Cape Town was officially founded in 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck of the Dutch East India Company based in The Netherlands arrived to set up a halfway point for ships travelling to the East. Portuguese explorers arrived in the Cape in the 15th Century and Khoisan people inhabited the area prior to European arrival.
- Cape Town is the capital of the Western Cape.
- The city’s motto is “Spes Bona”, which is Latin for “good hope”.
- Cape Town is twinned with London, Buenos Aires, Nice, San Francisco and several other international cities.
- The world’s first heart transplant was performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard in Cape Town in 1967.
- Famous Capetonians include Nobel literature laureate JM Coetzee, singer Brenda Fassie, swimmer Natalie du Toit and entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth.
- Cape Town is home to the world’s largest individually timed cycle race, the Cape Argus Cycle Tour.
- Cape Town is sometimes called the “Tavern of the seas”.