Cape Town South Africa

by Glenda Capman

The capital of the Western Cape of South Africa is Cape Town. The city is the legislative capital of South Africa and its second most populous city. Cape Town government consists of a city council that is headed by an executive council. Over all of the councils are the executive mayor and city manager. A booming economy, selection of entertainment, interesting history and geographical features make this area of the Western Cape of South Africa a great place to explore.

Early Cape Town

The earliest evidence of human occupation in the area of the Western Cape of South Africa currently known as Cape Town are from more than twelve thousand years ago. In 1652 the area was settled by employees of the Dutch East India Company to facilitate trade. The company needed labor and imported slaves from Indonesia and Madagascar.

In 1814 this area of the Western Cape of South Africa was given to the British government. From that point on the government experienced a great deal of turmoil. Changes have included the policy of apartheid and the eventual removal of this policy in the city.

Weather and Geography

The city of Cape Town in the Western Cape of South Africa has a total area of nine hundred forty-seven square miles and a population of almost three and a half million. Cape Town can be found at the northern tip of the Cape Peninsula. The town is surrounded by cliffs over seventy of which tower at more than a thousand feet, all within the city limits.

Cape Town has a large range of temperature fluctuations. This area of the Western Cape of South Africa has an average high of seventy-two degrees and an average low of fifty-two degrees. The record high for the area is one hundred six degrees and the record low is thirty degrees. The yearly average of precipitation is just over twenty inches. Most of the rain falls during the winter months.

The Cape Town Economy

The economic center for the Western Cape of South Africa is Cape Town. It is also the regional center of manufacturing. The area has a large agricultural community and most of these goods are processed in the town. The largest number of jobs are found within the business districts of Cape Town.

Being the regional and national government seat has also helped the economy of this area of the Western Cape of South Africa. The city also has is host to the Port of Cape Town and the Cape Town International Airport. These large transportation hubs help export the goods of the area. The abundance of transportation options also helps deliver people to the town and helps make Cape Town the most popular tourist destination in South Africa

Exploring Cape Town

The Port of Cape Town docks are the home of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront complex. The complex rests atop a portion of the docks. The complex is one of the many popular destinations in the Western Cape of South Africa. The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is home to hundreds of shops as well as the Two Oceans Aquarium. Sports are also a favorite past time for residents and visitors of the Western Cape of South Africa. Cricket, football, and ruby are all quite popular and each sport has its own stadium.

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