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Cape Town

Cape Town
Kaapstad (Afrikaans)
iKapa (Xhosa)
Clockwise from top: Cape Town CBD, Strand, Clifton beach, Table Mountain, Port of Cape Town, Cape Town City Hall
Coat of arms of Cape Town
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Mother City, Tavern of the Seas
Motto: Spes Bona (Latin for "Good Hope")
Cape Town is located in Western Cape
Cape Town
Cape Town
Cape Town is located in South Africa
Cape Town
Cape Town
Cape Town is located in Africa
Cape Town
Cape Town
 Cape Town shown within Western Cape
Coordinates: 33°55′31″S 18°25′26″E / 33.92528°S 18.42389°E / -33.92528; 18.42389Coordinates: 33°55′31″S 18°25′26″E / 33.92528°S 18.42389°E / -33.92528; 18.42389
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Municipality City of Cape Town
Founded 1652
 • Type Metropolitan municipality
 • Mayor Patricia de Lille (DA)
 • Council Cape Town City Council
 • City manager Achmat Ebrahim
 • City 400.28 km2 (154.55 sq mi)
 • Metro 2,444.97 km2 (944.01 sq mi)
Highest elevation 1,590.4 m (5,217.8 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2011)
 • City 433,688
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
 • Metro 3,740,026
 • Metro density 1,500/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Capetonian
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African 15.8%
 • Coloured 44.6%
 • Indian/Asian 3.4%
 • White 32.3%
 • Other 3.9%
First languages (2011)
 • English 67.7%
 • Afrikaans 22.5%
 • Xhosa 2.7%
 • Other 7.1%
Postal code (street) 7700 to 8099
PO box 8000
Area code +27 (0)21
HDI Increase 0.74 High (2010)
GDP US$ 58.9 billion
GDP per capita US$15,918
Website www.capetown.gov.za
Venue Sport Capacity Club(s)
Cape Town Stadium Association football/Rugby 69,070 Ajax CT, Cape Town City FC
Newlands Cricket Ground Cricket 25,000 Cape Cobras, Western Province Cricket
Newlands Rugby Stadium


47,000 Stormers, Western Province
Athlone Stadium Association football 24,000 Santos Football Club
Philippi Stadium Association football 5,000
Bellville Velodrome Cycling track 3,000 Western Province Cycling
Hartleyvale Hockey Centre Field Hockey 2,000 Western Province Hockey
Turfhall Stadium Softball 3,000 Western Province Softball
Good Hope Centre Various indoor sports 6,000 Various
Royal Cape Yacht Club Sailing N/A Royal Cape Yacht Club
Grand West Arena Various 6,000 N/A
Green Point Athletics Stadium Athletics, Association football 5,000 N/A
Newlands Swimming Pool Swimming/water polo/diving 2,000 WP Aquatics
Autshumato/Berg River Dam Rowing/Canoe-Kayak N/A N/A]
Khayelitsha canal Rowing/Canoe
Khayelitsha Rugby & Soccer stadium Association football/Rugby 6,000

Cape Town (Afrikaans: Kaapstad [ˈkɑːpstɐt]; Xhosa: Ikapa) is a coastal city in South Africa. It is the second-most populous urban area in South Africa after Johannesburg. It is also the capital and primate city of the Western Cape province.

As the seat of the Parliament of South Africa, it is also the legislative capital of the country. It forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality. The city is famous for its harbour, for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region, as well as for such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. As of 2014, it is the 10th most populous city in Africa and home to 64% of the Western Cape's population. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa. 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 American New York Times and the British Daily Telegraph.


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