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Interesting Facts about Cape Town


Interesting Facts about Cape Town selected by WSPID

  • One of the most multicultural cities in the world, about 3.5-million people live in Cape Town, making it South Africa's second most-populated city.

  • The world’s first heart transplant was performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard in Cape Town in 1967.

  • Waterblommetjiebredie is a uniquely South African stew that literally means “small water flower stew”. It is made of lamb and potatoes stewed together with waterblommetjies - a flower commonly known as Cape pondweed or Cape hawthorn.

  • Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the area of Cape Town was inhabited by the Khoisan people. Cape Town was officially founded in 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck of the Dutch East India Company arrived to set up a halfway point for ships travelling to the East.

  • The city’s motto is “Spes Bona”, which is Latin for “good hope”, a relevant motto for WSPID 2013.

  • 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)

  • Famous Capetonians include Nobel literature laureate JM Coetzee, singer Brenda Fassie, swimmer Natalie du Toit and entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth.

  • Surfing is a popular sport in Cape Town and it organizes a Red Bull Big Wave Africa surfing competition every year.

  • Cape Town is sometimes called the “Tavern of the seas". The Port of Cape Town is deemed to be one of the busiest shipping corridors in the world.

  • Cape Town was named the World Design Capital for 2014 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.

  • Whale watching is quite popular in Cape Town. Bryde's Whales can be seen throughout the year.


Changing cubicles, also known as Umkleidekabine, in Cape Town.