Prominence, Luxury, and Elegance Capetown invites all to explore its rich landscapes, exquisite hotel and shopping areas. Enjoy luxury like no other. In Cape Town, South Africa
Brought to the world’s attention for racial inequity and the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela, this landscape has since begun redefining its meaning, becoming a symbol for beauty, gorgeous scenery, diversity and post-apartheid. Revitalized – restored – and re-emerged.
There’s never been a better time to visit Cape Town thanks to a proliferation of edgy boutiques, independent galleries, and forward-thinking restaurants. Neighborhood markets, where biltong (cured meat) is topped with plum-cured foie gras. And the buzz is spreading. StumbleUpon noticed that Cape Town is one of the top 10 destinations generating interest among its community of 30 million users. The city has been designated the World Design Capital for 2014, with more than 450 events in the works. It’s also an opportunity to pay tribute to the late Nelson Mandela with a visit to Robben Island, where he spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Cape Town has four major commercial nodes, with Cape Town Central Business District containing the majority of job opportunities and office space. Cape Town is the economic hub of the Western Cape Province, South Africa’s second main economic center and Africa’s third main economic hub city. It serves as the regional manufacturing center in the Western Cape.
Century City, the Bellville/Tyger Valley strip and Claremont commercial nodes are well established and contain many offices and corporate headquarters as well. Most companies headquartered in the city are insurance companies, retail groups, publishers, design houses, fashion designers, shipping companies, petrochemical companies, architects and advertising agencies. The most notable companies headquartered in the city are food and fashion retailer Woolworths, supermarket chain Pick n Pay stores, Shoprite, fashion retailer Foschini Group, multi-national mass media giant Naspers, and financial services giant Sanlam.
Other notable companies include Belron (vehicle glass repair and replacement group operating worldwide), Cape Ray (develops, manufactures and supplies medical imaging equipment for the diagnosis of breast cancer), Ceres Fruit Juices (produces fruit juice and other fruit-based products), Coronation Fund Managers (third-party fund management company), ICS (was one of the largest meat processing and distribution companies in the world), Vida e Caffe (chain of coffee retailers), and Capital Bank (commercial bank in the Republic of South Africa). The city is a manufacturing base for several multinational companies, including Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Levi Strauss & Co., Adidas, Bokomo Foods, and Nampak.
Cape Town is not only the most popular international tourist destination in South Africa, but Africa as a whole, due to its good climate, natural setting, and well-developed infrastructure. The city has several well-known natural features that attract tourists, most notably Table Mountain which forms a large part of the Table Mountain National Park and is the back end of the City Bowl. Reaching the top of the mountain can be achieved either by hiking up or by taking the Table Mountain Cableway. Many tourists also visit Cape Town’s beaches, which are popular with local residents. Beaches in affluent Clifton and elsewhere on the Atlantic Coast are better developed with restaurants and cafés, with a strip of restaurants and bars accessible to the beach at Campus Bay. Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town is known for its colony of African Penguins. Surfing is popular; and the city hosts the Red Bull Big Wave Africa surfing competition every year.
A notable cultural and shopping attraction, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront which is built on top of part of the docks of the Port of Cape Town, is the city’s most-visited tourist attraction. It is also one of the city’s most popular shopping venues, with several hundred shops. Enjoying what the area has to offer is easy due to the warm Mediterranean climate.
Mild, moderately-wet winters and dry, warm summers make for comfortable exploration. Winter lasts from the beginning of June to the end of August, and you may see large cold fronts entering for limited periods from the Atlantic Ocean with significant precipitation and strong northwesterly winds. Winter months in the city average a maximum of 18.0°C (64°F) and minimum of 8.5°C (47 °F). Summer, which lasts from early December to March, is warm and dry with an average maximum of 26.0°C (79°F) and minimum of 16.0°C (61°F). The region can get uncomfortably hot when the Berg Wind, meaning “mountain wind,” blows from the Karoo interior for a couple of weeks in February or early March.
Residency Community and Diversity The population of Cape Town is made up of 3,740,026 people. This is an annual growth rate of 2.6% compared to the results of the previous census in 2001 which found a population of 2,892,243 people.
This is a predominately male-occupied area, made up of range of ethnicity groups 35.7% spoke Afrikaans, 29.8% spoke Xhosa, and 28.4% spoke English. 24.8% of the population is under the age of 15, while 5.5% is 65 or older. One cannot overstate the case for visiting Cape Town.
If you like a diverse culture, thriving communities, luxury entwined with outback-style adventure, then Cape Town is for you … one of the top cosmopolitan cities of southern Africa.