Cape Town the 'fittest' city

2013-06-13 20:22

Johannesburg - Cape Town is the city with the fittest people in South Africa, according to an index by Discovery Vitality.

"The Mother City’s urban infrastructure gives Capetonians the edge when it comes to facilities and an environment that encourages and facilitates exercise," the company said in a statement on Thursday.

"Cape Town’s residents have the lowest car dependency in the country and are the biggest users of public transport."

The city also had the greatest number of sports clubs, gyms, fitness facilities, and parks per 100 000 people.

The Discovery Vitality Fittest City Index was developed to determine how each of the country's six major metropolitan areas ranked in physical activity-related health and infrastructure that promoted physical activity.

Data for the index was collected from "reliable, publicly-available resources and research" and was divided into four categories: personal health indicators, self-reported physical activity, transport, and sports facilities.

It found that Nelson Mandela Bay was the second fittest city. Tshwane, eThekwini, Johannesburg, and Ekurhuleni followed.

Head of vitality wellness at Discovery, Craig Nossel, said he hoped the index would encourage policy makers and local governments to create "supportive environments" to improve the health and physical profile activity of their cities.

"We'd like the index to act as motivation to encourage people to find opportunities to get active."

  • Dylan Dylan Dylan - 2013-06-13 20:47

    Hahaha please ask your leaders to make it happen. Nobody wants to be stuck here with the likes of you.

  • Rob Martin - 2013-06-13 20:49

    What the hell is this to do with fitness.

      Drikus Mouton - 2013-06-13 21:21

      Was my thought aswell. Maybe we read the wrong story, but I think this is bout fitness.

      Jean Cloete - 2013-06-14 07:18

      I agree, what has all this talk about racist, apartheid got to do with fitness!!!!!!!!!

      Siya Ngcangisa - 2013-06-14 11:58

      Rob Martin, you have no idea how annoying it is to see people finding fault in every good news. This story is positive and has nothing to do with racial politics.

  • Amanda Matthews - 2013-06-13 20:50

    @ Casi stop regurgitating. I think you posted this on the wrong site. Whites by the way are South Africans by birth. So are Indians. So are Coloureds. Somalians are here by invitation by the ANC led Government. So what are you going to do about it you idiot?

      Tersia Louw - 2013-06-13 22:27

      Amanda, Casi posts that comment on just about EVERY site; he's very tiresome and, I suspect, really lazy.

  • Uzziphathele KaSkhokho Tshabalala - 2013-06-13 20:54

    Well done DA compare to others,wise person can see that with out evaluation that was done,and wise south africans can see what ANC is crying to do in cape town,now ANC said no DC for the ANCYL members involve in that offices scandal,its ok because was not meant for ANC but from ANCYL to DA,shame on you ANC(YL)!!!

  • Kosie Nel - 2013-06-13 21:08

    Capetonians are the fittest because they are battling against the south-easter in summer and against the north western in winter. The windiest city of all.

      Brendan Keith Shaw - 2013-06-14 05:28

      Yawn. Another jealous comment

  • Longile Bongani - 2013-06-13 21:19

    dubula, your area fool

      Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-06-13 21:31

      shouldn't you be proud of cape town ? wonder which political party runs it?thats the party that should win the elections so the whole country can be like cape town.

      Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-06-13 21:34

      longile ,what a sick comment .

  • Vinesh Moodley - 2013-06-13 21:23

    I suppose capetonians have to be superfit. With all the crap flying around they must be able to jump real quick!

  • Paljas Paljassie - 2013-06-13 21:43

    Jealousy makes you nasty and all the racists. You actually have an infiriority complex! At least the police and traffic cops don't look like dressed hippos, like in Gauteng!

  • Emile van Rooyen - 2013-06-13 22:03

    With all this in mind....they still SUCK @ playing rugby.

      Brendan Keith Shaw - 2013-06-14 05:26

      Really mature comment Emile. Now go back to McDonalds play pen

  • Thanduxolo Galada - 2013-06-13 22:07

    OMG! Every story turns political then escalates to racism on News24. News24 disable all accounts and people must use their real names. Then no one hides behind fake names to spew hatred and other vitriol!

      Tersia Louw - 2013-06-13 22:29

      Agreed, Thanduxolo - if hatred and vitriol are to be spewed, people should grow e-balls and have the courage of their convictions. Real names, real profiles!

      Jerome Peter Rothman - 2013-06-14 10:33

      So true

  • Lungelo Zulu - 2013-06-13 22:08

    I'm a 20year old 2nd year law student, and I've got tons of mates from other racial groups. Never have we had problems within the group that revolved around race, instead our differences are what keeps us together. We don't see just another white, indian, black, coloured guy, but we see brothers that want to live in a country where race is just a dictionary word. Reading certain comments on this story, I'm disgusted and appalled by the mentality of certain individuals and their attitude towards a race different from theirs. An Irish friend of mine is visiting me these coming holidays, and I'm ashamed at what he will see.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-06-13 22:31

      It will take time; some hurts run very deep and some individuals just can't get past the past. If you're a good representative of the next generation, there's hope.

      Filipa Domingues - 2013-06-13 22:47

      amen brother

      Jerome Peter Rothman - 2013-06-14 10:44

      It is a case of the old and the young. Many Older folk black and white are trapped in the past. The youth of today is growing up in a different South Africa. It is sad but the old must make way for the new- I am sure young South Africans see a different South Africa and a different future. People tend to hold on to what they know and trust. Even in a new South Africa you can live where you want people still choose to buy and live in old apartheid communities and yet the freedom is there to live where you want.Racial tendency, class tendency , cultural and believes are inhernt to all humans. Even between weak and strong. This is Human Nature at work - Birds of the same feathers flocking together - even in a social set up you see poeple are drawn on the likes of art , sports, music. Just said that color has been added to likes and dislikes. As long as we do not look down on peopel or think we better we can go a long way to live in unity and harmony.

      Logic - 2013-06-14 12:14

      the problem doesnt lie with us the non racial and educated people of South Africa, the issues reside with the racist idiots that are in the ANC as well as the uneducated rural people

  • Filipa Domingues - 2013-06-13 22:46

    in my opinion South Africans are the least racist people on the planet! We are so forced to deal with our differnt races on a daily basis, we take for granted how easily we are open to ourselves... that comment comes from travelling experience, and dealing with clients who come from abroad... stop looking for hatred and discrimination and start seeing the good in PEOPLE. that's what Madiba did... why are we so quick to forget that? especially now more than ever!

  • George Pito - 2013-06-13 23:06

    Yeh the Craig Nossel Character is something. Then I suppose thats where the western cape people are at 15:00 when everybody else is still working he he. Somehow I dont beleive the sources mentioned.

  • Sean Bagley - 2013-06-13 23:31

    Well done Cape Town for always raising the bar for every other municipality to follow.And well done PE in coming 2nd in that survey.Die Baainaars is gesonde mense.

  • Noloyiso Ndlazi - 2013-06-13 23:32

    I don't see how this can be true - I have been to the cape flats and the townships around Cpt and I wonder if those areas were part of the survey. I have not seen not even one virgin active/planet fitness in Khayelitsha, Langa, Phillipi or even Nyanga. People there eat and I mean Eat braai meat (and I mean all kinds of meat - nothing like lean meat) and drink lots of beer. I guess chasing the trains counts as a work out but it's unfortunately involuntary unlike jhb people who I have seen running as early as 5am!

      Robert Sidney - 2013-06-14 09:18

      Yes, but on the Cape Flats everyone runs because they are always chasing each other with guns and knives. And where do you run in Gauteng anyway?

  • Albert Martin - 2013-06-14 00:41

    Lol Noloyiso they go to century city and constantia Virgin Active!!!!!

  • Albert Martin - 2013-06-14 00:42

    The rest is at Tygervalley Virgin Active

  • Rob Martin - 2013-06-14 08:35

    Brain dead news24 fixed their screw up from yesterday.. wrong caption/subject.

  • Andre Evans - 2013-06-14 13:20

    Im a Kaapie, and fittest is not only talking about the healthy state of the people....but also the chicks..woohoo

  • Billy Banter - 2013-06-15 13:04

    On News24 (opening para this article) - Cape Town is the city with the fittest people in South Africa ... On Health24 "Capetonians may be rich in facilities but they’re poor in health." The survey is actually about facilities offered, as measure of "fitness" of a city, not about whether the people in that city use the facilities. The survey was critical of Capetonians who "scored poorly when it came to personal health indicators such as BMI, waist circumference, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol." But why should that stop a a journalist from writing the opposite!

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