Cape Town Tourism honours Madiba

2013-12-10 09:11
Cape Town - Cape Town Tourism has expressed its gratitude for former President Nelson Mandela's role in making the Mother City one of the top destinations in the world today. 

Cape Town Tourism CEO, Enver Duminy, said that in the light of the recent passing of the beloved leader, they wish to honour the contribution Madiba made to the symbolism of a post-apartheid South Africa. 

"His imprisonment on Robben Island has made it a site of pilgrimage for many visitors wanting to respect his endless dedication to a free South Africa and his strength of character in rising above anger and bitterness to give ordinary people a roadmap for the new South Africa," said Duminy.  

He also remarked on the fact that it was in Cape Town that Mandela marked his freedom and a turning point for the nation with his City Hall address on the Grand Parade which has since become a focal point for mourners wishing to pay tribute to South Africa's greatest icon.

"2014 marks the twentieth year of our freedom and it's the year that Cape Town is World Design Capital. As we re-design and re-imagine our city towards greater inclusivity and deeper humanity, we hope that we can build on Mandela's powerful legacy to share with the world a Cape Town that embodies his vision," he said.

He added that in the coming years sights that have been impacted by the presence of Nelson Mandela, such as Robben Island and the City Hall will play a big role in educating visitors to the Mother City about the footsteps of Madiba's journey to freedom in Cape Town. 

With approximately 4 million international tourists in 2013, Cape Town enjoys the title as the most visited tourist destination in Africa, and the City’s popularity looks set to soar in light of the recent achievements and awards from the world’s leading travel publications.  

Aside from Cape Town being crowned as the World Design Capital 2014 (WDC 2014), The Lonely Planet Guide has named the City among the top three destinations to visit in 2014, and the recent World Travel Awards held in Kenya awarded Cape Town the title of Africa’s Leading Destination and also as Africa's Leading Meetings and Conference Destination.  

Being recognised as one of the world’s most desirable destinations may not come as a big surprise to many Capetonians, who only need to look out their window for validation of an abundance of natural splendour.  

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