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September 03, 2013

Meet our new Cape Town Tourism CEO Enver Duminy

We kidnapped Cape Town Tourism’s CEO, Enver Duminy, from his desk, and took him for a milkshake at the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden to drink in the views of the city he calls home:

Meet the dynamic, Mother City-loving CEO of Cape Town Tourism, Enver Duminy. Photo by Skye Grove

Let’s start with a practical question, Enver – what’s your favourite milkshake flavour?

Strawberry (possibly the only pink drink you will ever see me drink) as it reminds me of my youth when I would meet friends at the Milky Lane in Westgate Mall in Mitchells Plain. Good times!

Where did you grow up and did you have an imaginary friend when you were little?

Most of my formative years were spent in Mitchells Plain, a place that I still call “home”, as I return every other weekend to connect with friends and family, but also to remind myself of the challenges my community face and how I can make a difference.

I had no need for an imaginary friend; I had way too many real friends and lots of family, who have kept me grounded.

Why do you #LoveCapeTown?

There isn’t enough time, paper or ink to list all the reasons I #LoveCapeTown and I think that is just it. You can never be bored here – something new, beautiful, interesting or crazy is always happening just around the corner.

Where else in the world would you most like to visit?

There’s no place like home, but if I could travel anywhere in the world it would have to be a family holiday to Disneyland in Florida; I am a dad after all (and a kid at heart).

If you were an animal which animal would you be, and why?

That’s a tough one. I think I would be a cross between an eagle and an elephant (what an unpleasant visual), but the reason is simple – the great vision and ability to soar like an eagle, combined with wisdom, strength and the quiet disposition of an elephant.

As a family man, what are your favourite Cape Town family experiences?

The Company’s Gardens.  My family and I love feeding the squirrels and pigeons while at the same time connecting with locals in a safe and open space, enjoying nature in the heart of the city. My other family favourites are Bugz Family Playpark near Kraaifontein, Butterfly World and Strand Beach.

How do you feel about the term “Mother City”?

I grew up with the term and believe it is endearing. The Mother City is caring, nurturing and evolving to create a greater city for both visitors and citizens. She is creative and inspirational, and a testament to the strength and beauty that underlies all women.

Besides what could be a better name for a city in Africa, also called the Motherland.

If you had to describe Capetonians in one word what would it be?

Passionate.

How would you describe the working environment (and your staff) at Cape Town Tourism?

My team often refer to themselves as a “family”, and I think that is what it is. Just like a family we are open, warm and understanding. Sometimes we drive each other up the wall but in the end we stick together, purely because of the passion with which we #LoveCapeTown and our collective drive to share that love with as many visitors as possible.

What can we expect from Cape Town Tourism under your leadership?

At this stage of my journey I am listening. I will then look at the synergies which will appear as common threads through my conversations with the team. This will provide me with insights into what needs to change in order to reach our collective goals for Cape Town.

And with that, and the loud sucking noise that marks the end of a delicious milkshake, we returned Enver to his office to carry on his important work.

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