cape town

  • 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 Cape Town Stadium was built ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and hosted eight soccer matches during the tournament, including the semi-final between Uruguay and The Netherlands. (The Netherlands won the game 3-2.)
  • 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”.
  • 41 South African beaches were awarded Blue Flags, an international indicator of high environmental standards for recreational beaches in 2013 (up from 27 in 2010).
  • South Africa’s wine tourism has been rated the best-developed in the world by International Wine Review in 2012, one of the world’s most influential opinion formers on wine
  • South Africa was the first African country to host the FIFA Soccer World Cup in 2010. It is only the second country in the world to have hosted the Cricket, Rugby Union and Soccer World Cups, after England.
  • South Africa is home to the world’s largest individually timed cycle race (the Cape Argus Cycle Race), the world’s largest open water swim (the Midmar Mile) and the world’s largest ultra-marathon (the Comrades Marathon).