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    Jess Brendan

      Africa being the world’s second-largest and world’s second most populous continent is a distinctively unique continent among all 7 continents of the world. Africa boasts of rich cultural heritage, diversity and abundant natural resources. Most of the cities in the continent offer breathtaking tourist attractions.



      Recently, the African Development Bank’s Annual Development Effectiveness Review stated that Africa is now the fastest growing continent in the world. According to the report, Africa development is due to the improved economic governance on the continent and the private sector.



      With recent developments in African countries, the continent can boast of numerous advanced cities where technology is a normal part of people’s daily lives. One can be sure that there are lots of developed cities in the continent that are catching up in the list of the fastest developing cities in the world. In other words, Africa is home to some of the most developed cities in the world today. In this post, we look at the most recent develop place in Africa and where it is located.



      Cape Town




      The beautiful city of Cape Town is located in South Africa, and is one of South Africa’s three capital cities. Cape Town serves as the seat of the Parliament of South Africa, thus being the legislative capital of the country. The city is the second largest city (after Johannesburg) in South Africa.



      Cape Town is adjudged to be the most developed place in Africa. Named colloquially as the “Mother City”, Cape Town serves as the largest city of the Western Cape province, home to 66% of the Western Cape’s population, and is managed by the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality. The other capitals are Pretoria which is located in Gauteng serving as the executive capital, and Bloemfontein, which serves as the judicial capital in the Free State, where the Supreme Court of Appeal is located.



      The Globalization and World Cities Research Network ranked Cape Town as a Beta world city. The city is known for landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point, it’s harbour and for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region,  making it a beloved tourist destination for visitors all over the world. In 2014, The New York Times and The Daily Telegraph named Cape Town as the best place in the world to visit.



      The City Bowl area of Cape Town, located on the shore of Table Bay, is the oldest urban area in the Western Cape, having a significant cultural heritage. The history of Cape Town can be dated back when It was founded the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The company used the City as a supply station for Dutch ships sailing to East Africa, India, and the Far Eastern parts.



      On the 6 April 1652, Jan van Riebeeck arrived and the VOC Cape Colony was established, making it the first permanent European settlement in South Africa. However, Cape Town became the economic and cultural hub of the Cape Colony as it outgrew its original purpose as the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope. Prior to the Witwatersrand Gold Rush and the development of Johannesburg, Cape Town has been the largest city in southern Africa.



      One peculiar feature of the city is a long coastline on the Atlantic Ocean, which includes False Bay, extending to the Hottentots Holland mountains in the East. Within the city boundaries is the Table Mountain National Park and the city also boasts of several other nature reserves and marine protected areas within and adjacent to the city which protects the diverse terrestrial and marine natural environment.



      The figure of the 2011 National Census put the population of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality; an area that includes suburbs and exurbs at 3,740,026 inhabitants. This is a clear representation of an annual growth rate of 2.6% as compared to the results of the previous census in 2001 which placed a population of 2,892,243 people.



      Cape Town is adjudged to be South Africa’s second main economic centre and Africa’s third main economic hub city, serving as the regional manufacturing centre in the Western Cape.



      As the most developed place in Africa, Cape Town accounted for 11.1% of all employed persons in South Africa and had a citywide GDP per capita of R111,364 (US$7,524). In 2019, the GMP of R489 billion (US$33.04 billion) of the city shows and indicated 71.1% of the Western Cape’s total GRP and represented 9.6% of South Africa’s total GDP.



      The city generates 80% of its economic activity by the tertiary sector of the economy with the finance, retail, food, real-estate and beverage industries which is four largest contributors to the economic growth of the city.



      Having the percentage of Capetonians pursuing business opportunities almost three times higher than the national average, the city was named as the most entrepreneurial city in South Africa in 2008. Interestingly, the people between 18 and 64 of age were 190% more likely to pursue new business.



      With the highest number of successful information technology companies in the continent, Cape Town serves as an important centre for the industry in Africa. This was as a result of an increasing number of companies in the space industry and this makes Cape Town becoming increasingly important to the country’s economy. Some entrepreneurship initiatives and universities hosting technology startups are located in the city. They includes Aerobotics, Yoco, Rain telecommunication, Jumo, and The Sun Exchange. Also, the largest film industry in the Southern Hemisphere is located in the city which generates R5 billion (US$476.19 million) in revenue.



      There are many reasons why people loves Cape Town and one of them is that the city is a beloved tourist destination for visitors the world over. For the past seven years, this coastal gem has been voted the best city which makes no surprise. Cape Town is famous for it’s sun, sea and scenery, and Table Mountain which is most definitely the defining beacon of Cape Town’s cityscape, is in fact one of the most instantly recognisable landmarks in the world. This mountain has attracted more than 25 million visitors since it became a tourist attraction.



      Furthermore, you find the Cape Point which is located in the incredible Cape Point Nature Reserve which is also considered a Natural World Heritage Site. Some fascinating aspects of the town are the forests, beaches, mountains, oceans, gardens, grasslands, nature and reserves. The city hosts a huge selection of beaches exploring from Camps Bay close to the city centre to Diaz Beach way down the peninsula.

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