Association football, which is better known as soccer in South Africa, is also popular. The Newlands Cricket Ground regularly hosts international matches.
Cape Town has had Olympic aspirations. For example, in , Cape Town was one of the five candidate cities shortlisted by the IOC to launch official candidatures to host the Summer Olympics.
Although the games ultimately went to Athens , Cape Town came in third place. The city of Cape Town has vast experience in hosting major national and international sports events.
The Absa Cape Epic is the largest full-service mountain bike stage race in the world. Some notable events hosted by Cape Town have included the Rugby World Cup , ICC Cricket World Cup , and World Championships in various sports such as athletics, fencing, weightlifting, hockey, cycling, canoeing, gymnastics and others.
It was also one of the host cities of the Indian Premier League cricket tournament. Cape Town has a well-developed higher system of public universities.
Cape Town is served by three public universities: This is due in large part to substantial financial contributions made to these institutions by both the public and private sector.
UCT is an English-speaking institution. It has over 21, students and has an MBA programme that is ranked 51st by the Financial Times in The new university offers education primarily in English, although one may take courses in any of South Africa's official languages.
The institution generally awards the National Diploma. Cape Town has also become a popular study abroad destination for many international college students.
Many study abroad providers offer semester, summer, short-term, and internship programs in partnership with Cape Town universities as a chance for international students to gain intercultural understanding.
Cape Town International Airport serves both domestic and international flights. It is the second-largest airport in South Africa and serves as a major gateway for travellers to the Cape region.
Cape Town has direct flights to most cities in South Africa as well as a number of international destinations. Cape Town International Airport recently opened a brand new central terminal building that was developed to handle an expected increase in air traffic as tourism numbers increased in the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup.
The airport's cargo facilities are also being expanded and several large empty lots are being developed into office space and hotels. Cape Town has a long tradition as a port city.
The Port of Cape Town , the city's main port, is in Table Bay directly to the north of the central business district.
The port is a hub for ships in the southern Atlantic: It is also a busy container port, second in South Africa only to Durban.
In , it handled 3, ships and 9. The Shosholoza Meyl is the passenger rail operations of Spoornet and operates two long-distance passenger rail services from Cape Town: These trains terminate at Cape Town railway station and make a brief stop at Bellville.
Cape Town is also one terminus of the luxury tourist-oriented Blue Train as well as the five-star Rovos Rail.
Metrorail operates a commuter rail service in Cape Town and the surrounding area. The Metrorail network consists of 96 stations throughout the suburbs and outskirts of Cape Town.
Cape Town is the origin of three national roads. The N1 and N2 begin in the foreshore area near the city centre. An older at-grade road, the R , runs parallel to the N1 from Bellville.
It becomes a multiple-carriageway at-grade road from the intersection with the R44 onwards. An older at-grade road, the R , runs parallel to the N1 initially, before veering south at Bellville, to join the N2 at Somerset West via the suburbs of Kuils River and Eerste River.
It runs north, initially as a highway, but becoming an at-grade road from the intersection with the M5 Potsdam Rd onwards.
There are also a number of two- and three-digit regional routes linking Cape Town with surrounding areas. The R27 originates from the N1 near the Foreshore and runs north parallel to the N7, but nearer to the coast.
The R44 enters the east of the metro from the north, from Stellenbosch. It exits the metro heading south hugging the coast, leading to the towns of Betty's Bay and Kleinmond.
The R runs from the R in Bellville, heading north across the N1 through Durbanville leaving the metro to Malmesbury. This R starts north of Koeberg from the R27 and, after meeting the R, continues north to Darling.
The R originates from Muizenberg and runs along the coast, to the south of Mitchell's Plain and Khayelitsha, before veering north-east, crossing the N2 west of Macassar, and exiting the metro heading to Stellenbosch.
Each city's M roads are independently numbered. Most are at-grade roads. However, the M3 splits from the N2 and runs to the south along the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, connecting the City Bowl with Muizenberg.
Except for a section between Rondebosch and Newlands that has at-grade intersections, this route is a highway. It is a highway as far as the interchange with the M68 at Ottery, before continuing as an at-grade road.
Cape Town suffers from the worst traffic congestion in South Africa. Golden Arrow Bus Services operates scheduled bus services throughout the Cape Town metropolitan area.
Several companies run long-distance bus services from Cape Town to the other cities in South Africa. This is known as the MyCiTi service.
The service use high floor articulated and standard size buses in dedicated busways, low floor articulated and standard size buses on the N2 Express service, and smaller 9-metre foot Optare buses in suburban and inner city areas.
It offers universal access through level boarding and numerous other measures, and requires cashless fare payment using the EMV compliant smart card system, called myconnect.
Headway of services i. Cape Town has two kinds of taxis: Unlike many cities, metered taxis are not allowed to drive around the city to solicit fares and instead must be called to a specific location.
Cape Town metered taxi cabs mostly operate in the city bowl, suburbs and Cape Town International Airport areas.
Large companies that operate fleets of cabs can be reached by phone and are cheaper than the single operators that apply for hire from taxi ranks and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
There are about one thousand meter taxis in Cape Town. Their rates vary from R8 per kilometre to about R15 per kilometre. The larger taxi companies in Cape Town are Excite Taxis, Cabnet and Intercab and single operators are reachable by cellular phone.
The seven seated Toyota Avanza are the most popular with larger Taxi companies. Meter cabs are mostly used by tourists and are safer to use than minibus taxis.
Minibus taxis are the standard form of transport for the majority of the population who cannot afford private vehicles. These taxis make frequent unscheduled stops to pick up passengers, which can cause accidents.
Minibuses are generally owned and operated in fleets. Table Mountain from the harbour. Metrorail train leaving Kalk Bay station.
N2 highway, entering the City Bowl. Taxi rank above Cape Town railway station. Cape Town has nine twin towns and sister cities:.
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