Travel the world and you will find few cities as beautiful as breathtaking as true to your imagination as Cape Town. Blessed with the perfect climate, spectacular vista and some of the most productive farmlands on earth, Cape Town at first glance appears to be the most spectacular place on earth, and it is.
But dig a little deeper past the picture postcard images and you will also find a buzzy urban decidedly multicultural city. Let me be clear, this is a complex city, this is a contrasting city, this is Cape Town, Welcome my friends to the mother city.
But Cape Town remains a conquered city, predominantly white, 95% maybe 99….with blacks on one side and whites on the other. But yet again we live in a conquered world.
Cape Town and South Africa as a whole have a troubled past….NO denying it, NO ignoring it. But how its people are not defined by the choices their country made generations ago, the effects of those choices are still felt are still seen and are still being reconciled today.
District 6, today what appears to be a quiet innercity residential area was once the ground zero during the apartheid regime in Cape Town. An almost entirely black neighborhood throughout the 19 and 20 century, in the 1950s….the government began segregating communities based on the color of their skin. AKA The Group Areas Act of 1950.
I would go on and on and on….but I might be right to say, Capetonians are a good people. Black, White, Coloured e.t.c Here, they are living the best way they can.
Cape Town is Now, Just Now and Now Now. Modern, natural and buzzing also cool calm and peaceful is what this city is….beautiful city surrounded by nature, mountains, beaches, kind of the best of all worlds.
When you come to a city like Cape Town, it’s easy to flip between luxury hotel, beautiful sandy beach, tourist traping a,b and c…without ever seeing any of Cape Town, if that’s your jam fine. But you are missing out on a city that has a thousand stories to tell.
So dig a little deeper, embrace your sense of adventure and this city will reward you like no other. Despite the troubled past that is far from being resolved, there is the beauty in the sense of pride, the sense of community, the pure positivity, radiating from every South African.
A lesser people would have buckled under the weight of its troubled history, but South African arent your average people, they are tuff, they are proud, they are committed…they keep smiling, and I think that says a lot about this country.
Past Present Future.
That’s why I love Cape Town.