The City of Cape Town has once again been named the best city in the whole of Africa and the world.
The city was voted the best in the world for the fifth consecutive year by a group of British tourists at the 2017 Telegraph Travel Awards with classic reference to its status as a “coastal gem in the shadow of an iconic mountain”.
In second and third place was Vancouver and Tokyo while other cities in the top 10 include Venice (Italy), Sydney (Australia) and New York (USA).
The “World’s Best” awards are determined by popular vote among the publication’s readers via survey, where people were asked to rate various aspects of their journeys.
The scores represent indexed averages of responses concerning applicable characteristics and South Africa’s Cape Town prime destination for travellers, having been ranked among the top cities in the world by several global travel publications, including Conde Nast.
Apparently, the world’s best cities were determined by looking at Sights/landmarks in and around the city, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people/friendliness, shopping, and overall value.
During the 2015-16 Telegraph Travel Awards, The Telegraph had its 75 000 readers to vote for their favourite destinations, airlines, tour operators and so forth. Not only was Cape Town voted the best City, it has won this honour for the fourth consecutive year.
The same year, South Africa was voted third best country in the world.
However, South Africa is considered as one of the most dangerous countries to live in Africa with three of its cities, including Cape Town being mentioned as one of the most dagerous in the world.
The Mother City has the highest rates of robbery, murder and property-related crime in the country, according to the 2017 State of Urban Safety Report.
This may be due to the fact that access to alcohol, drugs and firearms is twice as easy as it is in any other city in the country. The report, released on Wednesday, examines the state of crime and violence in South Africa’s major cities.
When it comes to murder Cape Town holds the dubious top spot along with Nelson Mandela Bay. Both cities have high levels of violent gang activity. Buffalo City is in third place.
Residents of these cities also report living with the highest levels of fear.
Meanwhile, a report in April this year shows that Cape Town’s murder rate has improved over the past 12 months, taking it out of the top 10 most violent cities in the world – though it still remains the murder capital of South Africa, and the 13th most violent in the world.
Cape Town’s high murder rate is closely linked to high levels of gang activity in and around the city – while the Eastern Cape’s violence problem is linked to overpopulation and poverty in the affected provinces.