March 18, 2014
#WeLoveCapeTown – cast your votes by 20 March!
Roy Barford has lived in more than 10 cities and towns around the world, but decided to settle in Cape Town. He loves the fact that he can enjoy both urban and natural adventures every day, surrounded by creativity and tranquility.
He is a sports fanatic who can often be found at Newlands rugby and cricket stadiums, while he also enjoys outdoor adventure activities and exploring Cape Town's vast nightlife options.
Roy has written for publications such as the Sunday Tribune, Cape Argus and the Star, and has also blogged for websites such as Southafrica.net, Tablemountain.net.
Voting for WWF’s Best-loved Sustainable City closes on Thursday 20 March, 2014, so everyone who loves Cape Town needs to declare this online before then to generate votes for the Mother City.
There are several ways you can do this:
1) Vote online right now by visiting: http://www.welovecities.org/capetown/ You can also submit your suggestions about how to make Cape Town a more sustainable city, by following that link.
2) Add #WeLoveCapeTown to your tweets
3) Post your Cape Town photos on Instagram and tag them #WeLoveCapeTown
Here are just five reasons to bear in mind when considering Cape Town as a worthy winner of this competition:
• Cape Town is the 2014 World Design Capital and many projects in the city are underway to uphold the slogan: “Live design. Transform life.”
• Cape Town is a biodiversity hotspot. Robben Island and the Cape Floral Kingdom are both Unesco World Heritage Sites and Table Mountain is of course on of the New7Wonders of Nature.
• Cape Town is a great city for sustainable transport, such as cycling. Think of events such as the monthly Moonlight Mass and the annual Cape Town Naked Bike Ride, which raise awareness, as well as world-class races such as the Cape Argus Pick n’ Pay Momentum Cycle Tour and the AbsaCape Epic.
• Cape Town won Best Destination at the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards in 2009 and Cape Town Tourism has been vigilant in implementing the UN World Tourism Organisation’s responsible tourism code.
• Cape Town was TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Best Destination in 2011, and rated by the New York Times as the number one place to visit this year.
Cape Town is not a perfect city and one of the main aims of the We Love Cities competition is to identify ways to improve. If you have ideas, please submit them here:www.welovecities.org/capetown