Cape Town 1 of 10 most loved cities - CNN

2012-06-08 14:21

Johannesburg - Cape Town was listed as one of CNN's "World's 10 most loved cities" on Thursday, coming in at number nine alongside cities such as Barcelona and New York.

According to CNNgo, CNN's travel website, Cape Town was chosen because of its "sweet harbour, nice architecture, weather, lovely waterfront shopping and the wonder of wonders, Table Mountain".

Western Cape Tourism MEC Alan Winde welcomed the award.

"We are absolutely delighted that Cape Town has been chosen.

"It's particularly encouraging that we have been listed on CNN because it further increases our exposure to international markets," said Wilde.

Tourism contributes over 10% to the region's GDP.

"In the past year, we had a 14% increase in international tourism arrivals at Cape International Airport and we intend to raise the figure," Wilde said.

  • SKELEMPIE - 2012-06-08 14:30

    Yes, because Cape Town is South Africa

      hayden.cajee - 2012-06-08 14:34

      But that still doesnt make the water warmer!!

      FoodforThought - 2012-06-08 14:44

      DA forever...

      SKELEMPIE - 2012-06-08 14:50

      Cape Town was chosen because of its "sweet harbour, nice architecture, weather, lovely waterfront shopping and the wonder of wonders, Table Mountain". Food4thought, Which one of the above did DA build or create? Give credit when is due. VIVA NP for architecture and the shops the rest are God given.

      Henri - 2012-06-08 14:51

      Alicia, i live against those slopes where the wind was made and i love every beating second and every non beating too CAPE TOWN IS KING !!!!

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-08 14:52

      Skelempie its a city in South Africa and the best run to be exact. We should be independent, the province should be an independent nation. We don't fit in with the rest of ANC ruled South Africa. We just soooooo much better!

      rbphiri - 2012-06-08 14:56

      If they paid a visit to parliament and saw all the clowns we have in parliament, the headline will read other wise. Yes we have a sweet harbour, nice architecture, weather, lovely waterfront shopping and the wonder of wonders, Table Mountain, but this merely serves as masks for the ugly faces of corruption, poor service delivery and other plaguing issues. But on the bright side, the news will boost our tourism and potential investors and the international microscope can seem some good for a change.

      Nosiphom - 2012-06-08 14:56

      Uyahlanya wena William. CPT belongs to all of us and of cause I love the fact that city bylaws are implemented - you don't find 100's of illegal adverts on every street pole or sign post. I wish the other mayors / city managers would have the balls to at least try to clean up their Metros.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-08 15:01

      Viva NP from an ANC supporter lol. Skelm I'm glad you finally realised that your African National Criminals build nothing after the fall of apartheid. Perfect!

      sabongam - 2012-06-08 15:37

      True, the majestic city of Cape Town is probably on of the most scenic and most picturesque places in SA, in fact in the world and remember that it's being in SA, so no chance of independency for idiots like William Letsong whose name doesn't even sound like he's originally from Cape Town(apologies for my stereotypical ways). Anyway kudos to CT, well done. By the way DA supporters your party is only been in charge of CT for only the past 6-years and the city is about 360-years old, so thanks to GOD for the natural beauty, the Dutch for the heritage and as much as I hate to say it, thanks to the and NP...The DA is only responsible for it's governance and administration in the past 5-years. Before then the ANC was the big makhulu baas. So, please DA don't try to take credit.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-08 15:51


      Jean - 2012-06-08 15:57

      Sabongam... The DA can take full credit, cos if it wasn't for their managing skills then cape town would have been compared to the rest of SA, things need to be maintained and the DA had to reduce the cbd crime to 90% due to the ANC's lack of leadership. Most of you wouldn't dare to go to jhb, dbn, pta cbd cos of the dangers there while in cpt that is where everything still happens, it is our preferred place to do business unlike other cities in SA and the only cbd in SA where you can go out at night, feel safe and have a good time...

      Thozi - 2012-06-08 16:14

      @RPhiri Yes yes, I know about them clowns in parliament... Know what, I ignore them and just enjoy the beauty of the city - that is if I can avoid bumping into them. Just looking at them, can spoil one's day especially when knowing how corrupt and self-centred some of them are.

      Anthony - 2012-06-08 17:14

      I love Cape Town

      ryan.cooper.96558 - 2012-06-08 19:46

      Thank the NP for the architecture? Most of the great architecture predates the NP by decades. The NP brought us wonderful buildings such as the Civic Centre and The Good Hope Centre, they were if anything butchers of great architecture. Think Nazi Germany, grandiose buildings, but no style, dull and oppressive. It seems their architecture has many things in common with their time in charge. Most of the great architecture came about due to the melting pot of cultures that came to the Cape over a few centuries.

      Benn - 2012-06-09 04:22

      When I read the opinions here, I suddenly understand why SA is in the mess it is without so many even realizing it.

      Zion - 2012-06-09 08:43

      Skelempie If Gauteng had all the attributes that Cape Town has then it would still resemble a rubbish dump. don't look at the mountain but at the people that manage that mountain. Cape Towns managers are far superior to other towns and cities.

  • christo.hyman - 2012-06-08 14:31

    NOW HOW COOL IS THAT!! awesome way to start the weekend !!! Good luck to the Springboks!

      poloyatonkim - 2012-06-08 14:40

      Those Ladies from England cant play rugby...

      hayden.cajee - 2012-06-08 14:43

      @Polo,its time like these i wish you were a rugby ball, smash, kick and throw you around.

      poloyatonkim - 2012-06-08 14:55

      Hayden.. I guess you are one of those ladies...

      Jack - 2012-06-08 15:06

      Just shows you what proper governance can do, hopefully the ANC corrupt/scum bags will stay out. Makes you wonder what the rest of the country could be like if left to honest accountable people.

      hayden.cajee - 2012-06-08 15:07

      Good comeback Polo,

  • downwiththeanc - 2012-06-08 14:34

    Also because it is run by competent people...we don't need the ANC in the western cape. They already stuffed up the rest of the country.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-06-08 14:39

      that was just mean !!! But also COMPLETELY TRUE !!!

      SKELEMPIE - 2012-06-08 14:40

      We knew there's always one prick and that it will be you...The article doesn't talk about who runs the Cape.We do not know whether it will still be preferred if we mention that.

      msendi - 2012-06-08 14:47

      Cape Town was beautiful even before 1652 when it wasn't even known as Cape Town. God designed that place to be beautiful, not DA or ANC.

      Nosiphom - 2012-06-08 15:00

      Except Msedi, the Architecture is not Natural - came before both the ANC and the DA, but the DA is doing good at maintaining it. We cannot say that about the old beautiful buildings in JNB and PTA, unfortunately - sad reality. They allow beautiful buildings to crymble. Look at the Victoria hotel next to the PTA station or the building on Proes (sorry don't remember the new name) that used to house the German club!

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-08 15:12

      @Nosiphom the architecture was build by the Europeans and the Apartheid regime and it is well maintained by the Democratic Alliance. The African National Criminals built absolutely nothing in Cape Town. Give the fools credit where they deserve to be credited for example white elephant world cup stadia, pitty they mess up everything they touch.

      Derek - 2012-06-08 15:45

      Agree, the City of Cape Town is well run. But remember a few decades a go only a select few of us could enjoy the city. I still remember being chased off Fish Hoek beach. Yes the ANc is corrupt and incompetent at governing (as was the NAts) but we will not forget they liberated South Africa from that evil Nat system. All you commenting here - where were you when the biggest crime against humanity was being carried out on your doorstep - were you walking and enjoying the safe slopes of Table Mountain?

      msendi - 2012-06-08 18:31

      @Nosiphom… My sister, lets congratulate Cape Town and put aside politics because in that same place the are places like Langa, and other townships. Not everything is golden there. There is also development in other places. It is just that politics creates hatred that make some of us blind to see the beauty of our country…

      Oistar - 2012-06-08 18:44

      @ Derek, most of the Capetonians, in apartheid years were far more liberal than the rest of the country. It was the countries laws and nort Cape Town's that prevented you from walking on the beach. I am sorry for what you had to endure though, nevertheless

      Derek - 2012-06-09 21:46

      @oistar, that is powerful words, thats all we need to hear sometimes, just a sorry - the first time someone has ever said sorry to me for what I experienced, and my experiences were petty compared to others who lost their lives. There is so much vitriol on these News24 comments, which shows our country is far from being healed, but it is so uplifting to get a personal apology

  • msendi - 2012-06-08 14:35

    Congrats Cape Town…

      Andres - 2012-06-08 14:58

      SAA doesn't think so :-( They think we're unworthy of international connections.

      Nosiphom - 2012-06-08 16:24

      Annman, you are wrong. It was a business decision. why should they fly empty planes between CPT and LHR? Its got nothing what they think of the city!

      Andres - 2012-06-08 20:47

      @Nosiphom: If they're such a good business, why asking taxpayers for R6billion AGAIN? Why did BA just increase their frequencies to CPT? If they're purely and "independent business" why does ACSA still protect them and we don't have open skies?

  • blane.blandon - 2012-06-08 14:35

    The Vaalies will have plenty to say

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-06-08 14:38

      No we won't, well done Kaapstad

      Wouter - 2012-06-08 15:27

      The Vaalies say "WELL DONE"

      johan.lombard.33 - 2012-06-26 18:00

      No - Cape Town is a great place to visit for holiday.

  • Bernard - 2012-06-08 14:35

    Nice to look at. Cap to live in.

  • Carla - 2012-06-08 14:38

    Well done Cape Town!!!

  • poloyatonkim - 2012-06-08 14:38

    Most loved city but the poverty in CT townships is shocking.

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-08 14:43

      ANC legacy. Incidentally, the poverty there is nothing compared to other parts of the country.

      Joe - 2012-06-08 14:43

      on the flip side the ANC says it's a barrel of laughs in the other townships around the country

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-08 14:47

      Most of them escaped Eastern Cape poverty and would rather hustle here than starve back home. The city does not have endless reserves for every citizen who moves here to beg for help

      Nosiphom - 2012-06-08 15:00

      When is your PC getting a virus, mara??

      poloyatonkim - 2012-06-08 15:09

      Nosiphom - there is a thing called anti-virus.

      Andres - 2012-06-08 15:13

      @Poloytonkim: Does everything have to be political with you? And poverty in KwaMashu, Tembisa, Kathlehong and Umlazi isn't shocking???

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-08 14:43

    Yes yes yes. Zillaville. That's what I'm talking about.

  • Mlamli - 2012-06-08 14:43

    Congra SA. This is all thanks to democratic gov that we have

      ben.louw.5 - 2012-06-08 14:53

      for not being in control of Cape Town...

      Michael - 2012-06-08 15:12

      Ha Ha Ha...ANC gov should not receive any recognition for any of the positives in CT...CT is far better than any city in RSA (or the rest of Africa - for that matter) all thanks to the DA.\r\nDurban on the other hand, is an absolute cr@p-hole thanks to the ANC - and could quite easily rival CT if only it were managed properly.

      Rob - 2012-06-08 15:20

      Nice one Ben.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-08 15:26

      \Congra SA\? Are you nuts? It should be Congrats Cape Town! The rest of SA is f@¤(€d up!

      dylanswanie - 2012-06-09 15:06

      got to love the arrogance shining through Cape Townians hahaha

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-08 14:51

    Congrats DA you manage CT properly therefore it is beautiful,show them how its done not that they care.

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-08 14:52

    Glad I didn't grow up here. Locals take the city for granted, they are not always onscious of how gifted they are. If you can get an ok job, you'd live an amazing life in CT

  • SKELEMPIE - 2012-06-08 15:00

    William, that will be tha day the ratings drops to the preferred city not. I suggest we go to orangia..but only if that bloody mugabe was no more.

  • Deon - 2012-06-08 15:01

    Well done!

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-06-08 15:06

    Cape Town is an awesome city, proud to be here. Still, there are beautiful parts all over SA. Happy we got the no.1 title though :-)

  • Kevitu - 2012-06-08 15:07

    I LOVE CT........

  • Wayne - 2012-06-08 15:11

    Wonder what the ANC and ANCYL's take on this would be? Cant play the race card on this one chaps?

      Rob - 2012-06-08 15:21

      It kills them. Just shows them up time after time. Idiots !

      poloyatonkim - 2012-06-08 15:27

      You just played one moron...

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-08 15:31

      CNN and its agents are Racist!!! LMAO

      Jean - 2012-06-08 15:35

      Poly, nothing in Wayne's comment is racially abusive so shut up and sit down... Moron!!!

      Tamaranui - 2012-06-08 16:39

      CNN is run by Zionist, Who cares what bias agendas they present. Wonder if the current Civil disobedience regarding Service delivery was included ??

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-08 17:19

      Tamara let's pretend there are no service delivery protest in the rest of South Africa and mind you those who are protesting here in our streets are the ones living in informal settlements. Should I tell you where they are from? A province where everything is in a mess called the Eastern Cape. A place where people believes that by breaking and burning infrastructure is a norm and by exercising your democratic right to vote people out of power who fails you is wrong. Pls dear!

      Tamaranui - 2012-06-08 17:20

      Rest of the country make the list?? Enough said , me thinks.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-08 17:26

      Think before you comment you idiot moron.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-08 17:26

      Think before you comment you idiot moron.

  • rike.gratrix - 2012-06-08 15:26

    Yay how fantastic is that and I am so proud that I was born there. Rike Freiin von Ketelhodt Gratrix Durban South Africa

  • Sifiso A Radebe - 2012-06-08 15:30

    i can bet that Poly passes street beggars witout giving em a dime and is scared to walk in the townships at you volunteer or support any charity nah i dnt think so man.....for 1c be positive and the past is the past sure it was bad but yohh you goin to die a sad man dwelling on history

  • lmapheto - 2012-06-08 15:37

    So quick to forget Uncle Jan Van Riebeec

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-08 15:38

    Cape Town was chosen because of its \sweet harbour, nice architecture, weather, lovely waterfront shopping and the wonder of wonders, Table Mountain !!! Where does DA, ANC or any other political party fits in. Im tired of idiots who cant think of anything besides DA and ANC. Imagine going home chanting viva DA or whatever, VIVA yourself - shallow minds! Thats why politicians screw you from both sides of the camp because they know you are sheep, bleating DA all day, get a life. Cape Town was there before DA and will be there after DA !!!!

      stanton.clarke - 2012-06-08 16:04

      Lerato, Cape Town is clean and well run!

      Jean - 2012-06-08 16:05

      Uhmmm do you people realize that to enjoy all of those things that were mentioned, you need to make a city feel safe, make it look appealing, maintaining it, make it easy to get around, make it fun, get it very well promoted. These things are planned and for that to be done you need a government and since the DA is governing the city, I think it is fair to say the DA can take credit.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-08 16:15

      Lerato dear, did Cape Town just appear in its form on a bright sunny morning? Of cause there were people involve in the construction of the beautiful city that it is today. And guess who built it? The Europeans and the former NP. Yes a political party dear and guess who maintain the infrastructure? Another Yes you guessed right, the DA. So when Cape Townions go about chanting DA, don't eat sour grapes, be happy for them. They've got all the reasons to do so unlike the rest of south Africa where corruption, mal-administration and all the other negativity are at the order of the day. Please no harm intended, mara I think that those in the rest of the country who supports the ANCriminals are the ones who should catch awake up and get a life.

      Tamaranui - 2012-06-08 16:41

      Seems current civil disobedience regarding service delivery in Kaapstad indicate another truth.

      Francois - 2012-06-09 14:21

      well, it's either that...or chaos.

  • Michael - 2012-06-08 15:41

    JOOHHHBURG was number waahhh.

      Bear - 2012-06-08 15:44

      I just don't believe that, seems unrealistic.

      dave.elmore.5 - 2012-06-08 16:30

      Yeah, from the bottom........

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-08 16:51

      There is a top10 list on Barcelona is nr 10.

  • noelle14 - 2012-06-08 15:44

    CAPE TOWN rocks my socks!!!

  • Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-06-08 15:50

    Can I just say that I've been teaching English for over 5 years in Korea, Koreans and Chinese have always loved Cape Town because of its natural amazing scenery n for its great infrastructure. Ds has always been the case.... N the DA shouldn't be quick to take Credit as some scumbags on da forum are already playing the DA(We will never run this country card) put ur pants back on!!!

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-08 16:45

      Since you call us \scumbags\, tell us why you teach english for the last 5 years in Korea? We need teachers here Idiot!!!

  • Colin - 2012-06-08 15:51

    Just don't try fly non-stop from the UK via SAA

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-06-08 15:55

    I've never given so many thumbs up! Just shows how a good news story can bring all of us together. Ek wil sommer huil. Go Bokke.

  • Thozi - 2012-06-08 16:01

    I love this city. Every time I'm abroad, people will not know where Bloemfontein is... and would say, is that in Souwetho? But being who I am, I'd say no, near Cape Town. Then you see their curious faces registering a pleasant and envious acknowledgement... WOW, Cape Town!

  • Ken - 2012-06-08 16:03

    Don't stop on a motorway in England unless you want serious problems. Few years ago was driving from Manchester to Yorkshire and got lost. Stopped on the side got out map. Next see flashing blue lights as police pull up behind me. Think great some help at last. Proceed to get out of car and instead of help get a blasting for my illegal action. Policeman says you know you can't do that. My reply was "you can where I come from". Policeman now angry "And where might that be?". Cape Town I reply. Attitude changed completely. The guys made sure my daughter and I made it to the correct turn off. Thanks I shout, no problem he replies, my brother lives in Bellville.

  • Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-06-08 16:09

    kaap stad, jou lekker ding!

  • Neville - 2012-06-08 16:55

    To all those outraged supporters of " The Spear Of The Nation " debacle, can we kindly implore you to harness your abundant, self sacrifising, freely available spare time to further enhance the beauty of this remarkable city of ours (Cape Town) which will be here for our children and their children to share and appreciate unlike your hero's painting that has already faded in the sun set and forgotten by the rest of us. Please march through Cape Town singing praises to the Mayor of this illustrious city of ours which has been declared free of corrupion and whilst doing this, remove the litter and garbage from the streets of this our Mother city and capital as you planned to remove the paining If you can do this for us and the motherland we may overlook your past atrocities, indiscretions and short sightedness and please bear in mind what happened to the past leader of Sierra Leonne, we do not want this to happen to such a peace loving, cultered group of people Do I hear a yes , ah thank you to the gentleman dressed in the red, yellow, green and black cap with the raised fist right at the back (where they belong)

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-06-08 17:01

    Tamaranui = annoying! do you have to be so biased or are you trolling hard?

      Tamaranui - 2012-06-08 17:19


      Mike - 2012-06-09 13:25

      Yes more particularly because she is from the US and has done nothing for any south Africans black or white.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-08 17:11

    Hey,,,what about the West Rand???? They have mountains,,wait sorry. Mine dumps...

  • hopewell.gumede - 2012-06-08 17:41

    Job well done to our president Jacob Zuma.

      wesselo1 - 2012-06-09 07:48

      Not JZ, congratulations to Helen Zille and the DA.

      orrinf8 - 2012-06-09 11:41

      neither IDIOT zuma nor CLUELESS godzille can lay claim to this, this belongs to the people of Cape Town..Wake up hopewell, and smack that jz awake while you at it...

  • mahomed.mather - 2012-06-08 17:43

    And SAA with draws their CPT To LOndon Service. How wonderful for our national carrier to show its support for the city!

      glenn.adams.125 - 2012-06-08 20:07

      Many airlines will capitalize on this, to the detriment of our national airline, because of their pig headiness. The loss ( tourism etc.)will be negligible, no matter how hard they try to hide the truth. I just love traveling on our roads, and absorbing the most beautiful scenery in the world, and looking at the rehabilitation and infrastructure growing, and so modestly, and against terrible odds, this economic. well done to all true cape townsmen

  • danie.swanepoel3 - 2012-06-08 20:13

    But where on the list is this utopia called Metro of Tshwane as depicted by the Executive Mayor in his budget speech? Perhaps it is off "balance sheet"

  • Nompumelelo - 2012-06-08 20:26

    Well done Mother City! You are an inspiration and proof that public administration can still be EFFECTIVE and EFFICIENT right here in RSA! Business is also encouraged to flourish in the City. You rock and keep up the excellent work!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-09 08:12

    Cape Town the real leader.

  • Zion - 2012-06-09 08:39

    Man, oh Man do I agree 100%. Just a comparison with any other god-for-saken city or town in SA cannot even come near. CT is the best and will remain the best due to the City being run by the best. Take a gawk at the CBD in the mighty Johannesburg and wade in its garbage.

      Bianca-Anne - 2012-06-09 14:44

      Who governs Khayelitsha, Masiphumele, Ocean View, Macasa, and the Township between Misty Falls and Scarborought ... the Mighty DA and well their service delivery is also people-for-saken cause they know the tourist will not see that, the average South African living in their cosy houses, hating the ANC, will never see those places and those places falls under Cape Town... Love Cape Town but the struggle of the classes is much more. The Beauty of Cape Town is not due to the governing of Cape Town but due to the nature. The DA for one did not create the mountain or the see, even though they think so.

  • Pixie86 - 2012-06-09 10:49

    this is south africa's victory- not the DA's. It's not a political award.

  • Francois - 2012-06-09 14:20 other words it works.

      Bianca-Anne - 2012-06-09 14:50

      Francois, so the beauty and good governance of Khayelitsha, Masiphumele, Ocean View is due to the DA ... I thought so much ... I invite you when you take a trip between Fish Hoek and Kommetjie to glance at Masiphumele and say it works ... Maybe I don't know much but I know that even if the ANC were governing it would have looked like that since the townships are basically the forgotten child of our infrastructure and upliftment programmes. But coming from the Free State, SERVICE DELIVERY where I am staying is 90% better as to what I am use to - that I will applaud who-ever is responsible but I still take Masi, Ocean View into consideration and it breaks my heart.

  • Bianca-Anne - 2012-06-09 14:37

    Cape Town, irrespective who governs it, is beautiful. The beauty of Cape Town has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE DA OR THE MANAGERS GOVERNING IT. I think people living in Cape Town acknowledge the beauty and therefore care more...nothing to do with who governs it since we also have places where no service delivery commence such as the township near Scarborought or Massie. The beauty of Cape Town was created by God.

  • Erna - 2012-06-09 14:44

    Why make this a DA or ANC thing? Accept the award as a South African achievement.

      johan.lombard.33 - 2012-06-26 18:03

      I personally think that Durban also had the potential, but after years of being run down the drain by the ANC, we only have Cape Town to be proud of!

  • johan.lombard.33 - 2012-06-26 18:02

    Congrats Jan Van Riebeeck, Helen Zille and Patricia de Lille, and also that mountain!

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