May 2022: Celebrating Africa Month

Home to more than 1.2 billion people, spread over 54 countries who speak more than 2,000 different languages, Africa is truly a remarkable place to live.

Come with us as we explore how Cape Town is playing its part this Africa Month.

A Brief History

After World War II, decolonizing the African continent gathered momentum with people all over Africa increasingly pushing for political rights and independence.

Between 1945 and 1965, a significant number of African countries gained independence from colonial rule.

As a result, 15 April was decreed African Freedom Day (or Africa Liberation Day), however when 32 African nations converged in Addis Ababa on 25 May 1963, the Organization of African Unity (OAU) was formed, and the now called Africa Day would be celebrated on this very day, commemorating an integral part of the continent’s history.

After our first democratic election, South Africa joined the OAU, which later became the African Union (AU) on 25 May 2001.

Besides the historical significance of Africa Day and Africa Month, it’s also an important opportunity to spread appreciation and demand for African arts, culture, services, and products, while encouraging trade among neighbouring countries.

Our continent remains a vital world region, with over a billion vibrant and innovative people, unparalleled eco-diversity, and some of the fastest growing economies on earth.

Africa Month is a time to reflect on our past, celebrate how far we’ve come, and to envision a prosperous future full of growth and opportunities for all.

Cape Town Stimulates Investment in Africa Through Tourism

Located at the southernmost tip of Africa, Cape Town is South Africa’s second main economic centre and Africa’s third main economic hub city, with the tourism industry playing a major role in attracting important foreign investors.

“Tourism directly contributed 3% to South Africa’s GDP and that doesn’t even take into account the value to industries such as manufacturing or transport,” says Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Growth, City of Cape Town. He goes on to say, “It is through tourism that the opportunities and innovation of Cape Town are revealed to the world.”

Just a few days ago, on 8 May 2022, the UK’s Telegraph named Cape Town the Third Greatest City on Earth due to its topography and geography.

Last year, Cape Town took home the title of Africa’s Leading City Destination at the World Travel Awards and TMAC’s Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction. Cape Town also went on to bag the coveted No.1 City in Africa and the Middle East award, at the prestigious 2021 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.

Alongside these accolades, Cape Town has also been voted the Best City in the World for a staggering seventh consecutive year by Telegraph Travel Readers, as well as being named a Safe Travel Destination, by the World Travel & Tourism Council (2020).

These awards not only solidify Cape Town’s tourism industry as a powerhouse on the international stage, but also brings global attention and investment to the African continent.

“This city really does have something to offer anyone. It also represents fantastic value for money when you consider that lots of what we can do in Cape Town would cost much more in other parts of the world,” adds Alderman Vos.

Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism goes on to say, “Winning these awards is a huge honour and really does instil a sense of confidence in our world-class destination. As a visitor walks through the streets of Cape Town, explores our national parks, enjoys our beaches, enjoys what our winelands create, they will undoubtedly enjoy the natural beauty of Cape Town. But what turns that enjoyment into a love for our city is what we as locals offer. It’s our warmth and welcoming nature that is the magic ingredient that keeps visitors coming back to Cape Town.”

We’re Open for Business!

Visitors to the tip of Africa can take a trip up our world-renowned Table Mountain, spend time on pristine beaches, indulge in delicious authentic dining, mingle at magnificent cocktail bars and sojourn at one of the city’s stylish hotels – all in one trip.

Or extend your stay and venture beyond the CBD on a beautiful game drive, before feasting on gorgeous gourmet creations at one of the many internationally acclaimed wine estates to round off a truly unforgettable experience here in the Mother City.

Yes, Cape Town is open for business and more than ready to welcome the world
this Africa Month.

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