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Wealth and Income Inequality in Cape Town, Western Cape

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Here's what eight local experts had to say about wealth and income inequality in Cape Town, Western Cape.

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You’ll struggle to find a more beautiful, dramatic setting. A city of extremes. Beauty, food, wealth, wine, weather, but also inequality, poverty and violence. It’s easy to stay safe, though, if you stick to the right areas.

Cape Town is a beautiful multicultural city. Our beaches are pristine an we have amazing hiking trails on Table Mountain. Our popular wine routes are close to the city and a must to visit. Crime, however is a major problem in the city especially in low income communities such as the Cape Flats. Cape Town is considered one of the most unequal cities in South Africa, this is due to the large wealth gap.

Keletso, says: 2020

Cape Town is a very laid back city with many tourist attractions. It is a place filled with diverse cultures and a deep history with places such as Robben Island and multiple landmarks. The schooling is excellent, but career development can be quite stagnant so it is definitely not a place where you can build a highly successful and income generating career.

The city’s weather is bold and dynamic, with long hot summers and mild winters.The climate makes it easy to enjoy the wealth of outdoor activities on offer.Every part of the city is amazing, the two major assets are the mountain and the sea. One pays handsomely for accommodation in these parts of the city.

When moving to the mountainous city of Cape Town, be aware of the rising crime rates resulting from a large population of people surrounding the city, living in poverty. Although the city is well known for its tourist destinations and magnificent landscapes, the constant reminder of people who aren’t fortunate enough to experience the beauty of the simple things surrounding them, hangs heavily in the air.

Denise, says: 2020

The city is a seaside city. It’s got some beautiful natural settings to explore, the people are interesting and Friendly. The crime rate is high, the poverty levels are extensive and the potential is immense. Our historical background in Cape Town is deeply entrenched. We have a diverse population due to these historical occurrences.

Ntombizodwa, says: 2020

Cape Town is the mother city of South Africa. We can proudly lay claim to Table Mountain, one of the seven wonders of the world, and our city is often considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There are, however, a few pros and cons to consider:

– Cape Town offers a thriving culture for nature enthusiasts, with sprawling beaches, forests and mountain trails, it appeals to a broad audience.
– The gastronomy is one of the best in the world with varying local cuisines and locally-sourced produce to cater to all tastes.
– The locals are very vibrant, diverse and friendly and all cultures are welcomed and accepted.

– Living in Cape Town can be quite expensive compared to the rest of the country’s major cities. This is mainly due to the high cost of accommodation and entertainment.
– Due to the current road infrastructure, congestion often takes place on the main freeways and commuting to work can be quite time-consuming depending on where you reside.
– Crime is a concern in many areas, and gated communities should be considered.

Cape Town is a beautiful city, filled with beaches and high mountains peeking over you. A place where cultures and races come together in harmony. A place of vast opportunities to expand and grow. It is also a city where dreams could come true. However, it is also a city where there are a large wage gap, unemployment rate, and poverty struggles. A city where inequality has been a driving factor in many lives since before apartheid. A city of dreams and yet, one where many are unable to dream.

Anomaly, says: 2020
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