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Cape Town

Cape Town
Full nameCape Town
Official nameCape Town
Native name 
Settlement typeCity
MottoSpes Bona (Latin for "Good Hope")
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
MunicipalityCity of Cape Town
Municipal government1839
TypeMetropolitan municipality
MayorPatricia de Lille
CouncilCape Town City Council
City managerAchmat Ebrahim
Total Area947.5 sq mi (2454.72 km2)
Highest Elevation5217.8 ft (1590.4 m)
Lowest Elevation0 ft (0 m)
Total Population3497097 (2007)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Racial makeup
Black African34.9%
Indian or Asian1.8%
Other information
Time zoneSAST (UTC+2)
Postal code range7700 to 8099
Area code+27 (0)21

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Cape Town ( ; ) is the second-most populous city in South Africa, and the provincial capital and primate city of the Western Cape. As the seat of the National Parliament, it is also the legislative capital of the country. It forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality. The city is famous for its harbour as well as its natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom, including such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Cape Town is also Africa's most popular tourist destination.

Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town was originally developed by the Dutch East India Company as a victualling (supply) station for Dutch ships sailing to Eastern Africa, India, and the Far East. Jan van Riebeeck's arrival on 6 April 1652 established the first permanent European settlement in South Africa. Cape Town quickly outgrew its original purpose as the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope, becoming the economic and cultural hub of the Cape Colony. Until the Witwatersrand Gold Rush and the development of Johannesburg, Cape Town was the largest city in South Africa.

Today it is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa.

the city had an estimated population of 3.5 million. Cape Town's land area of 2455 km2 (947.9 sqmi) is larger than other South African cities, resulting in a comparatively lower population density of 1425 PD/sqkm (550.2 PD/sqmi).

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