Cape Town

Investors are filtering back

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in the historic heart of Cape Town's working harbour is South Africa's most-visited destination, having the highest rate of foreign tourists of any attraction in the country.

South Africa tends to get a bad rap, what with its political and social unrest, and lately, industrial action. Even Standard and Poor's downgraded the sovereign rating of Africa's largest economy, amid uncertainty linked to strikes and rising social tension.

Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 3:22am

Southern delights

ONE WAY of gaining mastery on Cape Town is to withdraw all knowledge about South Africa - no comparisons to Sydney or San Francisco or crime statistics are necessary. Cape Town is home to South Africans who have migrated south, foreigners who spend summers here, international jetsetters and even great achievers in diverse disciplines.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Michael Church in South Africa

Local resident Ridhwan asks what Cape Town and a pregnant woman have in common. It takes nine months for anything to happen! The contrast between Cape Town and Johannesburg is immediately apparent on the approach to the Mother City; the dusty, dry grasslands that surround the country's biggest, most vibrant - and indeed most crime-riddled - city feel like they are a continent apart.

7 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Long-distance call

'Growing up as a Chinese in South Africa constantly made me conscious of the cultural differences,' says Chris Wang Yi-ju, who, until April 21, was one of three Chinese members of South Africa's parliament. 'It was easy for me to adapt but quite difficult for my parents.'

28 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Coetzee returns to ride Egyptian Ra

Felix Coetzee will make an unexpected return to Sha Tin on Sunday as the jockey for Egyptian Ra in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup.

South African ace had a special affinity with Egyptian Ra, on whom he won the International Mile Trial (Gr 2) in November.

10 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Two's company

A newly refurbished apartment in Pok Fu Lam does double duty as a love nest and a designer's showcase.

14 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Wong qualifies for 2008

Just three days after getting the presidential stamp of approval, Wong Kam-po secured an Olympic berth for Hong Kong by finishing fourth in the road race at the world B championships in Cape Town yesterday.

3 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

South Africa


If you fancy a quiet and inexpensive vacation, don't visit between mid-December and late January. This is the peak tourist season and resorts and national parks are usually heavily booked and prices can double. Also, bear in mind that school holidays start in April, July and September, and the beaches and national parks are more crowded at these times.

16 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Lightning hits earl's home

The Cape Town home of the Princess of Wales' brother, Charles Spencer, has been ravaged by fire.

His four young children were rescued unhurt from the blaze.

According to Spencer's neighbours in the plush suburb of Upper Constantia, a lightning bolt hit the thatched roof of the house, Tarrystone.

16 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Cape's bid for Games supported

Africa's Supreme Council for Sport has endorsed Cape Town's bid to host the 2004 Olympic Games - a major boost since the council has 23 of the International Olympic Committee's 106 votes.

Cape Town needs 54 votes to win when the venue is selected in September.

27 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Reforms give boost to South African real estate

HOMES in Cape Town and Durban are being offered to local buyers at half the price of comparable coastal properties in Australia, according to organisers of the South Africa Unlimited property exhibition.

13 Nov 1994 - 12:00am