Cape Town is the second most populous city in South Africa and is colloquially named the Mother City. It is the largest city of the Western Cape province and forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality.
The Parliament of South Africa is situated in Cape Town.
The city is known for its harbour, for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region, and for landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point.
The city was named the World Design Capital for 2014 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.
Cape Town is rated Beta by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Beta level cities are cities that link moderate economic regions to the world economy.
Cape Town is the #67 city in the world according to the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) which evaluates and ranks the competitiveness of the major financial centres of the world according to a wide range of criteria – Human Capital, Business, Finance, Infrastructure and Reputation.
Cape Town has a population of over 3,740,000 people. Cape Town also forms part of the wider City of Cape Town metropolitan area which has a population of over 4,524,000 people.
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