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    Hi Everyone

    As some of you probably know I have been in Cape Town the past couple of weeks. I thought it would be interesting to talk about the city and how I experienced it after 14 years since my last visit and a typical Gautenger.

    At first glance Cape Town is impressive in many ways. It is cleaner absolutely beautiful and generally at a much slower pace than Gauteng. But there are a few things that continue to amaze me everyday I spent here.

    Metro Police
    It is very difficult not to miss the Metro police presence all over Cape Town, they are generally much more visible than the tree sitters in Gauteng, but they are also much harder on petty crime. They seem to be more focussed on enforcing law and I haven't seen a single manned camera yet, but I am still looking. It seems like speed prosecution are mostly automated through fixed camera positions.

    Cleaner
    I do not know if it is just the wind blowing all the rubish away, but CT is generally much cleaner than Gauteng.

    Less Crime
    There is no doubt that CT has a lot less crime than Gauteng, but I can say with fair accuracy that it is not surprising given the Metro Police and to a lesser amount also the SAPS visibility in and around CT.

    Houses
    One of the first things I noticed about CT is the open front of the majority of houses here. Unlike Gauteng where all houses have 10ft walls or palisades around it. It gives the city a welcome feeling to it.

    Friendly
    People here are friendly and helpful.

    State of the roads and infrastructure
    The state of the roads are generally much better than in Gauteng. It seems like the city and its surrounding areas are truly well managed, as infrastructure are being maintained much better than in Gauteng.

    Unemployment
    One of the shocking things about CT is the number of unemployed people that are living here. During my discussions with people in Kayalicha, Langa and other poor areas it is also surprising how many of them come from Gauteng and Limpopo without any explanation as to why they came to CT. This baffles my mind as they are clearly poor and unemployed.

    Illegal electricity connections
    I am still planning to take pictures of this but the number of illegal connections are just shocking! This is something you should see to believe.

    In general the wind sucks big time but this is a place that is busy crawling under my skin, so do not be surprised if my family joins me in CT one of these days, but I will remain a Blue Bull supporter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chatmaster View Post
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    I am still planning to take pictures of this but the number of illegal connections are just shocking!
    Pun intended?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chatmaster View Post
    Less Crime
    There is no doubt that CT has a lot less crime than Gauteng, but I can say with fair accuracy that it is not surprising given the Metro Police and to a lesser amount also the SAPS visibility in and around CT.
    Many areas of Cape Town CBD also have CCTV surveillance which has reduced crime.
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    Cape Town

    I have lived in Cape Town for the last 50 years. I cannot see myself living anywhere else. A weekend visit to Johannesburg, 20 years ago, convinced me never to go back there.

    If you ever visit New York, you will be struck by how passionate New Yorkers are about their city - that is exactly the same passion you will find in Cape Town. We talk about "our Mountain", "the Sea" we even have our our dialect (Kaaps!)

    Yet when Cape Town was administrated by the ANC, it deteriorated into a slum. Thankfully, when the DA took over, Cape Town was allowed to flourish again.

    So I am very happy, when an import from up north, raves about but the City!
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    Hi

    I live in Johannesburg because of the better work opportunities here but I am originally from Cape Town. Johannesburg is much more populated than Cape town, the streets are dirtier and the traffic is worse. Cape Town is much more relaxed and the people there are generally happier and friendlier.
    Cape Town accommodation and entertainment is more affordable than that in Johannesburg. I miss living in Cape Town, and given the chance I wouldn't think twice about moving back to Cape Town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chatmaster View Post
    Hi Everyone

    but I will remain a Blue Bull supporter
    You have my sympathy.
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    Awesome stuff

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