Discover Cape Town, Africa’sMost Beautiful City
Hello Displorers, welcome to another informative video presented to you by Displore and thanks for watching. In this video, we shall take a Cruz ship through Cape town to discover this Africa’s most beautiful city. Cape Town is the second most populous city in South Africa after Johannesburg and also the legislative capital of South Africa. Colloquially named the Mother City, it is the largest city of the Western Cape province and forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality. The Parliament of South Africa is situated in Cape Town. The city is known for its harbour, for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region, and for landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Cape Town is home to 64% of the Western Cape’s population. The city was named the World Design Capital for 2014 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.In 2014, Cape Town was named the best place in the world to visit by both The New York Timesand The Daily Telegraph.It is Africa’s most beautiful city and the reasons include its physical attributes, culture, climate and the suburbs of cape Town.
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Background of Cape Town
Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town as the oldest urban area in South Africa, was developed by the United East India Company as a supply station for Dutch ships sailing to East Africa, India, and the Far East. Cape Town outgrew its original purpose as the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope, becoming the economic and cultural hub of the Cape Colony. Until the Witwatersrand Gold Rush and the development of Johannesburg, Cape Town was the largest city in South Africa.Prior to the mid-twentieth century the Cape Town was arguably the most racially integrated city in South Africa. Formerly multi-racial suburbs of Cape Town were either purged of residents deemed unlawful by apartheid legislationor demolished. The most infamous example of this in Cape Town was District Six. After it was declared a whites-only region in 1965, all housing there was demolished and over 60,000 residents were forcibly removed. Many of these residents were relocated to the Cape Flats. Under apartheid, the Cape was considered a “Coloured labour preference area”, to the exclusion of “Bantus”, i.e. Africans. The implementation of this policy was widely opposed by trade unions, civil society and opposition parties. It is notable that this policy was not advocated for by any coloured person, and its implementation was a unilateral decision by the apartheid government.Cape Town was home to many leaders of the anti-apartheid movement. In one of the most famous moments marking the end of apartheid, Nelson Mandela made his first public speech since his imprisonment, from the balcony of Cape Town City Hall hours after being released on 11 February 1990. His speech heralded the beginning of a new era for the country, and the first democratic election, was held four years later, on 27 April 1994. Nobel Square in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront features statues of South Africa’s four Nobel Peace Prize winners: Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, F. W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela.
The Physical Attributes of Cape Town
Physically, cape Town is a beautiful city with many layers of touristic sites and scenic views. Table Mountain, with its near vertical cliffs and flat-topped summit over 1,000m high, and with Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head on either side, together form a dramatic mountainous backdrop enclosing the central area of Cape Town, the so-called City Bowl. A thin strip of cloud, known colloquially as the “tablecloth”, sometimes forms on top of the mountain. To the immediate south, the Cape Peninsula is a scenic mountainous spine jutting 40kilometres southwards into the Atlantic Ocean and terminating at Cape Point. There are over 70 peaks above 300m within Cape Town’s official city limits. The Cape Town region is characterised by an extensive coastline, rugged mountain ranges, coastal plains, inland valleys and semi-desert fringes. Some of the suburbs in Cape Town include Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.
Climate, Flora and Fauna of Cape Town
Cape Town has a warm Mediterranean climate with mild, moderately wet winters and dry, warm summers.Located in a CI Biodiversity hotspot as well as the unique Cape Floristic Region, the city of Cape Town has one of the highest levels of biodiversity of any equivalent area in the world. These protected areas are a World Heritage Site, and an estimated 2,200 species of plants are confined to