• Cape Town is the capital of the Western Cape.
  • The city’s motto is “Spes Bona”, which is Latin for “good hope”.
  • Cape Town is twinned with London, Buenos Aires, Nice, San Francisco and several other international cities.
  • The Cape Town Stadium was built ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and hosted eight soccer matches during the tournament, including the semi-final between Uruguay and The Netherlands. (The Netherlands won the game 3-2.)
  • The world’s first heart transplant was performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard in Cape Town in 1967.
  • Famous Capetonians include Nobel literature laureate JM Coetzee, singer Brenda Fassie, swimmer Natalie du Toit and entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth.
  • Cape Town is home to the world’s largest individually timed cycle race, the Cape Argus Cycle Tour.
  • Cape Town is sometimes called the “Tavern of the seas”.