Cape Town

AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam

Despite Encroaching Wildfires, Cape Town Should Be Safe

Fires have been spreading in close proximity to the city since Sunday.


Cape Town Has Created a Disastrous Memorial to Nelson Mandela

It's a giant pair of Ray-Bans. No, really.

Shutterstock/Jorge Casais

Cape Town's Universal Wi-Fi Program Isn't Ambitious Enough

It offers too little data—and, with a completion date of 2030, too late.

Associated Press

Life in Apartheid-Era South Africa

Gripping photos show what decades of segregation looked like in Nelson Mandela's home country.


Mourning Mandela, Around the World

Memorials and tributes to the South African icon, from Soweto to Brooklyn.

Talking About Climate Change in Terms of Its Impact on Your Favorite Things

New York. Paris. Bacon.

A Dazzling Totem Pole of Tires in One of Cape Town's Most Dangerous Slums

Rather, it's about a neat community art project dealing with old tires.

Eric Goldwyn

The Limits of Bus Rapid Transit: A Cape Town Case Study

Why BRT isn't right for every city.

Soon, South Africans Will Drink Treated Sewage Water

Plus, a terrorism memorial becomes a magnet for public urination and the location of a British town's death registry office is questioned.


What Makes a Public Space Good for Democracy?

The best world capitals to raise a democratic ruckus. 


The Growing Popularity of Bus Rapid Transit

When designed the right way, a BRT line can be a smart alternative to more expensive modes of public transit.


Cape Town Prepares for Winter

A glimpse of the city as the seasons change.


Dramatic Skyline Change of the Day: Cape Town May Grow Up

The city's building height restrictions are under review.

Chart of the Day: Africa's Greenest Cities

A side-by-side comparison of 15 major metro areas.


Why You Should Buy an iPad in Bangkok Instead of Buenos Aires

Comparing the price of an iPad and more than 20 other consumer goods across a selection of the world's major cities.


Cape Town, Design Capital

South African city named “World Design Capital 2014”


Improving Urban Planning in Africa

An interview with Nancy Odendaal, project coordinator of the Association of African Planning Schools

Flick user: alexindigo, under a Creative Commons Licence

The Best and Worst of Official City Flags

They're less visible, but most cities have flags just like countries or states. Some are great. Others, not so much.