A modern African city!

What if I told you that there is a city in Africa with plenty of clean, well-organised public parks and spaces; sidewalks and cyclepaths; modern public transport; opportunities to recycle; public art and accessible information. Would you believe me?

Don’t get me wrong, I love my adopted country South Africa – the beautiful weather, friendly people and relaxed lifestyle – but as a born and bred Scandinavian I have some issues with African organisational skills. It’s not as if one has to reinvent the wheel; there are plenty of cities that have managed to establish these (basic) functions (like public transport, pedestrian access and the ability to estimate how long something will take) before. But every time I arrive in Cape Town I feel that I get the best of both worlds! Here, life is blissfully chilled and the sunshine is warm. At the same time, you can catch a bus that runs on time, walk along the sidewalk or enjoy a stroll in the (clean and safe) park. These things may sound trivial to many people, but I can assure you that once you have lived without them for a while you will realise how much they add to your daily comfort!

Cape Town really is on the path to becoming an absolutely world-class city! Sure, she was born with some physical advantages (think beautiful weather, Table Mountain, wine districts and two oceans) but although Capetonians are known for their relaxed attitude, they didn’t just kick back and feel satisfied with this. There is constant progress, both for locals and visitors, driven by the City of Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism. Although this is not a political blog, I can’t help – in this year of the 5th democratic elections in South Africa – but reflecting on the fact that the city has been run by the opposition (Democratic Alliance) AND has had a female Mayor for almost 10 years…

Green Point Park

Green Point Park

Recycling at V&A Waterfront

Recycling at V&A Waterfront

Pedestrian bridge over busy road

Pedestrian bridge over busy road

A golf course in the city

A golf course in the city

Public safety booth

Public safety booth

Public transport

Public transport

Public art

Public art

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