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I thought it'd be cool to consolidate all of the accolades received by the city in one thread :) I've moved a few posts over from the Cape Town Discussion thread to populate it a bit.

JHB, CT among best cities in Africa - index
Apr 15 2014 20:00 Fin24

Cape Town - Johannesburg is the highest ranking city in Africa ranked 59th, but has fallen 9 spots since 2008, according to the A.T. Kearney Global Cities index.

Nevertheless Johannesburg remains the second highest ranked African city on the A.T. Kearney Emerging Cities Outlook.

This indicates that Johannesburg has the opportunity to quickly improve its ranking.

Cape Town is the highest ranked African city entering the index.

It is highlighted as one of the African cities with the characteristics to rapidly improve its global attractiveness.


Africa is increasing its global attractiveness as several mega cities emerge on the index.

The A.T. Kearney research released on Tuesday highlights that seven of the African cities have the characteristics to rapidly improve their global competitiveness.

"African cities are at a cross roads. The established megacities of Johannesburg, Nairobi and Lagos continue to be among the most global African cities but with major decreases in their rankings since the first index in 2008, emerging global cities may be quick to take the lead," said Dan Starta, A.T. Kearney managing partner for Middle East and Africa.

"Johannesburg in particular must lay out a clear path to maintain its lead on the continent to continue to reap the benefits of being the most global city in Africa."

With Cape Town ranked among the top 20 emerging global cities, the future prospects for the city look attractive, he said.

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Cape Town’s economy tops SA for inclusivity

THE economy of the City of Cape Town is more inclusive than the national economy.

This is according to a report on the city’s economic performance indicators published this month by the South African LED Network, a project hosted by the South African Local Government Association.

The report also says the Western Cape continues to perform better than the national average in employment creation and saw more jobs created than any other province in the fourth quarter of last year.

The report will help to reinforce the Democratic Alliance’s claim that Cape Town and the Western Cape are faring better in economic development than provinces and cities run by the African National Congress.

While the national economy created 141,000 new jobs in the fourth quarter of last year, most were in the Western Cape. Compared to the other large provincial economies, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape "stands out … strongly growing employment — by 98,000 — in the fourth quarter, while Gauteng created no new employment and KwaZulu-Natal recorded a decline of 42,000 in employment levels".

South Africa’s overall employment growth in the quarter was driven mainly by the Western Cape, Eastern Cape (38,000) and North West (17,000).

The Western Cape’s better performance is also underlined by the unemployment numbers. On the narrow definition of employment, which does not include those not actively seeking work as "unemployed", the Western Cape — at 23.4% — has remained consistently below the national average unemployment of 24.5% as at the end of last year. On the wider measure of unemployment, when those who have given up searching for work are included in the numbers, the Western Cape does significantly better, with a rate of 22% compared to the national rate of 34%.

Within the City of Cape Town, the rate of unemployment in the fourth quarter was 23% with an additional 81,000 individuals finding jobs. The key sectors that contributed to increasing employment were trade, community and social services and private households, says the report.

But while Cape Town has better overall numbers, it has a bigger youth unemployment problem than average. The strict unemployment rate for individuals aged 15-24 in Cape Town is estimated at 51.4%, higher than the national youth unemployment rate of 48.9%.

"This is exceptionally high by developing-country standards and poses a significant challenge to economic-policy makers in the city."

http://www.bdlive.co.za/national/2014/04/22/cape-towns-economy-tops-sa-for-inclusivity
 

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City scoops award as top municipality for water and electricity services

The City of Cape Town was named the top municipality in the African Utility Week Awards, which took place on 13 May 2014. The award is given to the top performing municipality or metro in South Africa that excels in improving service delivery, increases its capacity to deliver services, and demonstrates minimisation of costs through the application of turnkey solutions or increased revenue collection.

A panel of judges comprising leaders in the utilities industry in Africa rated the City higher than any of the other four nominated metros.

Through outperforming the other two finalists – the Ekurhuleni Metro and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro – as well as the Johannesburg Metro and eThekwini Municipality nominees, the City once again cemented its position as the top achiever in the country. As such, the contribution of the thousands of dedicated and disciplined officials who are seldom praised for their unfaltering commitment to serving this city’s residents, cannot be overestimated.

In nominating the City for this award, Eskom and a private entity from the water sector lauded the City’s exceptional infrastructure planning for the short, medium and long term at the highest level; financial management; water savings management; and electricity provision. In It was stated that: ‘the quality of electricity provided to the end user is as good as you will receive at international level’ and ‘the major and minor pressure management projects are resulting in current annual savings of approximately 3,37 million cubic metres of water, worth around R31 million per year, bringing down its overall water losses in 2012 and 2013 to 14,5%’.

The City is proud and humbled by this recognition by Africa’s most distinguished power and water industry professionals.

It is well known that the City has the best record of any metro in the country in providing basic services and financial relief to the poor. It provides 10 500 litres of water and up to 60 kilowatts of free electricity to indigent households per month. In this financial year, 64% of our budget will be spent on the provision of services to historically disadvantaged communities and, as part of our commitment to redress, the City has prioritised a massive allocation of resources to improve living conditions in informal settlements, specifically in the provision of electricity, water and sanitation, refuse removal and area cleaning.

In this financial year the City has budgeted the following for the direct provision of basic services to informal settlements:

Water and Sanitation – R520 million
Electricity Services – R292 million
Solid Waste Management – R141 million
In addition, the City is funding Eskom to the amount of R190 million to connect more than
20 000 households in informal settlements and temporary relocation areas with electricity.

However, sustainability is a key factor and, as far as financial management goes, the City is once again the top performer with unqualified audits for the past 10 years – a record for any metropolitan council in South Africa.

Published by the City of Cape Town.

2014/05/14

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:cheers: And so far ahead, too!

Cape Town takes top spot in ICCA Rankings
15 May 2014

Cape Town and the Western Cape is still proudly the number 1 destination for conferences in Africa according to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) 2013 stats.

South Africa maintained its number 1 spot in the African meetings category, followed by Kenya and Morocco with triple the amount of meetings held. In the African city rankings, Cape Town was the ultimate winner with Durban 2nd and Nairobi 3rd. Stellenbosch placed 10th an incredible feat for this picturesque town in the Cape Winelands region.

In relation to its partners in the BestCities Global Alliance (Berlin, Chicago, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Melbourne, Singapore, Vancouver) Cape Town fared very well at 52nd, behind Melbourne at 44th and Vancouver at 38th.

Cape Town and the Western Cape’s impressive results are attributed to our award-winning international airport, world-class infrastructure, award-winning international convention centre and its vibrant destination appeal, making it a first choice destination to meet in.

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) General Manager for Commercial and Business Development, Megan Arendse says that the recent ICCA rankings bears further testament to Cape Town’s appeal as one of the world’s leading convention destinations and the leading destination in Africa.

“The centre’s imminent expansion is set to further enhance Cape Town’s value proposition as it will attract a greater number of international association conferences to the city, thereby further enhancing economic growth and job creation”, she adds.

The Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau, a division of Wesgro - the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for the province, has been working closely with its BestCities Global Alliance partners to source leads and bid intelligence. They have also strengthened relationships with local Professional Conference Organisers by providing stronger marketing support for building attendance and on-site event services.

Nils Flaatten, CEO of Wesgro, adds “The latest rankings serves as testament to our world-class facilities, dynamic product and service offerings and unwavering professionalism. Without our stakeholders and partners this would not have been achieved and it is because of them that we celebrate our global ranking as a top destination to meet in.”

ICCA is a prominent international meetings organisation and the only association that comprises a membership representing the main specialists in handling, transporting and accommodating international events. ICCA boasts more than 850 members in over 80 countries worldwide.

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Issued by Wesgro

www.wesgro.co.za

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Young UK professionals vote Cape Town as number four overseas relocation city

Cape Town has been named as the number four overseas relocation destination by young British professionals, in research carried out by deVere Group, an independent financial advisory organisation.

deVere Group - which has 80,000 clients in 100 countries globally and $10bn under advice and management - reports that in a recent poll 15% of its UK-based clients under the age of 35 claimed that Cape Town would be their number one choice for relocation if they were to leave the UK.

Hong Kong was the top choice (26%,) followed by Dubai (23%,) New York (19%,) Cape Town (15%) and Sydney (7%.) 10% of those surveyed cited other destinations including Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Tokyo and Geneva.

Of the 365 UK-based young professionals who were polled in this survey, 78% said they have ‘seriously considered’, ‘are thinking about’, or ‘would be tempted’ to move overseas.

deVere Group’s founder and chief executive, Nigel Green, said, “Relocating overseas is always a big step and so the benefits and rewards for doing so need to be clearly identifiable and substantial.

“Besides the top five (which include Cape Town) overseas relocation destinations all being major international business hubs and having comparatively lower personal taxation than the UK, they also share other characteristics. For instance, they all have large, established expatriate populations, English is the primary business language, infrastructure and communications are world-class, and they are all well-served by airlines servicing UK airports.”

“Naturally, high achieving young professionals like those who participated in this survey, would be looking at global destinations that are perceived to offer the very best career and remuneration opportunities available; and preferably have a competitive tax rate in order to maximise their income whilst abroad.”

He continues, “Bearing these important ‘pull’ factors in mind, it makes perfect sense that Hong Kong and Dubai topped the poll for British professionals under 35. Perhaps the reason why Hong Kong ranked just slightly ahead of Dubai, by three percentage points, is due to it being arguably more familiar in business terms because of its former British colony status.”

Green suggests that those key international business hubs that didn’t make the list need to be asking questions regarding what they should be doing to become more attractive to the very best young professional talent in the UK, the majority of whom are prepared to relocate overseas.”

http://www.cbn.co.za/component/k2/i...-town-as-number-four-overseas-relocation-city
 

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The accolades continue to roll in for Cape Town...

Condé Nast readers pit Joburg vs Cape Town
2014-08-07 10:18

Cape Town – So, you think Cape Town is ‘cliquey’ and unfriendly, while Joburg is generally welcoming? Well, it seems like world travellers don’t necessarily agree.

According to Conde Nast Traveler’s annual survey, Johannesburg is the unfriendliest city in the world, while Cape Town found its way onto the friendliest list – the eighth position to be exact.

Now this may seem rather strange to most locals who generally believe the exact opposite about the two rival cities.

Conde Nast explained the results as follows:

“In our annual Readers' Choice Survey we ask readers to rate cities on a number of factors, including ‘friendliness,’ and the ones with the lowest scores, by default, end up with the title ‘unfriendliest.’ As you'll see from this list, that title can sometimes have nothing to do with people.”

Guess that explains it somewhat.

Feedback from readers revealed that safety was the biggest concern of travellers to the City of Gold and one even called it a city of ‘crime and contrast.’ More positive comments disclosed that despite the safety issues, the city is one of the most beautiful in the world with a stunning urban landscape, ‘excellent breweries’ and ‘great shopping.’

So, don’t feel too bad Jozi!

Also check out Joburg: Exploring the city of inspiration

Also, the city finds itself in good company, with popular counterparts across the world, such as Paris, Beijing, Frankfurt and Milan.


Cape Town, on the other hand, was called ‘the most amazing place on earth’ by one reader and also lauded for its perfect mix of nature, coast, mountains, and beaches. The Mother City also seems to be considered mostly a safe space to navigate as a traveller.

What do you think? Do the two cities deserve their titles? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Check out the full list of friendliest and unfriendliest cities below:

Friendliest

1. TIE: Auckland, New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia
3. Victoria, British Columbia
4. Charleston, South Carolina
5. TIE: Dublin, Ireland and Sydney, Australia
7. Siem Reap, Cambodia
8. Cape Town, South Africa
9. TIE: Savannah, Georgia and Seville, Spain
11. TIE: Budapest, Hungary and Salzburg, Austria

Unfriendliest

1. Johannesburg, South Africa
2. Cannes, France
3. Moscow, Russia
4. Paris, France
5. Marseille, France
6. Beijing, China
7. Frankfurt, Germany
8. Milan, Italy
9. Monte Carlo, Monaco
10. Nassau, Bahamas

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Two Oceans named one of the world’s best aquariums
2014-08-07 08:50

Cape Town – The Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town has been named one of the best aquariums in the world by TripAdvisor.

The aquarium announced their achievement in a press release on Wednesday, stating that they were named the 10th best in the world in the 2014 Travelers’Choice Zoo and Aquarium Awards by the popular travel review site.

What makes the accolade even more remarkable is the fact that it is the only aquarium in the southern hemisphere to make the list!

The awards are generated by reviews and opinions of millions of travellers around the globe.

According to TripAdvisor “award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for zoos and aquariums worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period”.

The featured comment alongside the Two Oceans Aquarium’s image states ““Best aquarium I have ever been to”. The same reviewer, from Baltimore in the USA, says “I really liked the variety of animals here. You see animals that you do not normally see. The animals are also quite large. It is very affordable”.

If you’re planning on heading to Two Oceans Aquarium anytime soon, be sure to check out at least one of these five highlights: diving with the sharks, feeding of African penguins, watching the antics of Yoshi, the loggerhead turtle, feeding of ragged-tooth sharks on Sunday afternoons and experiencing the interactive ‘Nemo’ exhibit.

Head to the Two Oceans Aquarium website for more details.

Here’s TripAdvisor’s full list of top 10 aquariums around the globe

10. Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town, South Africa
9. Mundomar, Benidorm, Spain
8. Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, British Columbia
7. Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas, Texas
6. Aquaworld Aquarium, Hersonissos, Greece
5. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
4. Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee
3. Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, Georgia
2. Oceanario de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
1. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California

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Sky Bar at the Cape Royale has also been named one of CNN's best rooftop bars. It joins Durban's Lighthouse Bar on the list:

Sky Bar, Cape Royale Hotel & Spa (Cape Town)

There aren't many cities crunched between one of the world's most photographed mountains and the ocean -- so when you find one, it makes sense to head to its best rooftop bar for a sundowner.

This hotel-guest-only (and their guests) al fresco area was renovated in 2013, and overlooks the Greenpoint Stadium, Atlantic Ocean and Signal Hill.
Worth ordering two of: Summer Cup ($4.50): Ginger liquor, fresh strawberries, lemons, cranberry juice, lemonade.

Sky Bar, 47 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town, South Africa; +27 (0) 21 430 0500; daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m. (winter); 8 a.m.-midnight (summer).
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Impressive!

CITY OF CAPE TOWN’S VALUATIONS DEPARTMENT WINS THOMSON REUTERS AWARD
PROPERTYWHEEL — 26/08/2014

The City of Cape Town’s Valuations Department, which forms part of its Finance Directorate has recently being named Thomson Reuters’s (Manatron) ‘Jurisdiction of the Year 2014’.

This is the highest award that a jurisdiction, such as a municipality, can receive. The City competed against more than 1 000 other Thomson Reuters government customers across the globe.

The City was entered into the ‘Excellence in Business Process Transformation’ category of the Public Sector Champions Awards, which was adjudicated by a selection panel that consisted of independent industry experts and Thomson Reuters executives.

The Valuations Department’s unique implementation and use of a system for property valuation, used across the world, has been lauded.

The City uses the same system, the Thomson Reuters Aumentum (GRM) product, as the other municipalities, but the City’s use of this system to increase productivity and to introduce innovations stood out for the judges.

Some of these innovations and increased efficiencies include the redesign and implementation of the City’s objection process, which has enabled it to realise an improvement in the resolution of objections during the latest general valuations objections and appeals process. The improvement is in the order of several hundred percent.

Furthermore, the City’s innovative real-time use of the system also includes a multi-database solution to accommodate South Africa’s unique valuation requirements; the sending of SMSs on receipt and resolution of objections, and the use of the ‘notice’ and ‘history’ functionality on the GRM product that allows the department to produce reliable valuation rolls, billing files and a website that are all aligned.

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CTICC voted best conference and events venue in South Africa
1 Sep 2014



The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) once again garnered industry recognition, when it scooped the prestigious award for the “Best Conference and Events Venue” for 2014 at the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) Annual Awards. This event, which was held in St. Lucia, KwaZulu Natal last month serves to acknowledge and recognise role players, who have contributed to advancing the meetings and events industry of South Africa.

“The CTICC is honoured to be the recipient of this industry accolade,” says Megan Arendse, General Manager: Commercial & Business Development. The selection of the SAACI Awards is an autonomous process, which affords industry peers the opportunity to vote for the award category winner. “Clinching this award is testament that SAACI members are confident that the CTICC will continue to deliver a world-class service offering, which is on par with some of the leading international convention centres in the world,” adds Arendse.

“With over a decade’s experience in hosting events, we are continually ‘pushing the envelope’ in terms of advancing our service offerings in order to create memorable event experiences for our clients,” she says. The CTICC places a strong emphasis on partnering and collaborating with key strategic service partners, who can assist the centre to achieve its goals.

The centre is operating at close to full capacity in a seasonality context and to grow the meetings and events industry an expansion is needed to support the centre’s goal to be the best long-haul international convention centre by 2020.

“The CTICC expansion will position Cape Town as a premier local and international events destination and contribute to economic growth,” concludes Arendse.

Pictured from Left to Right: Desiree Smits van Waesburghe (SAACI Western Cape), Crystal Kasselman (SAACI Western Cape), Chantal Croaster (CTICC), Thiru Naidoo (Cape Town Convention Bureau), Esmare Steinhofel (CTICC), Megan Arendse (CTICC), Adele De Wet (CTICC), Kurt Johnson (SAACI Western Cape), Lindy Geyer (CTICC).

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OMG for snatch game.... I was so sad to see Miss Trinity K Bonet leave... I have a bit of a soft spot for her. Loving Bianca del Rio, but hating Ben de la Crème....
 
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