Joburg vs Cape Town

In winter, I think Jozi wins. The shopping is better and you can have a picnic in May.


  • Customer service is always brilliant. No uber-cool, hand-on-hip sighing when you ask for black pepper.
  • The air is painfully lip-cracking, nose-bleeding dry in winter. On the upside, the sun shines all day.
  • The massive weight of traffic has created two black holes called Boksburg and Kempton Park.
  • The 3-series BMW is considered an entry-level vehicle.

Cape Town

  • Five confectionery salespeople lolling behind the counter, oblivious to your desperate need for Smarties and popcorn before you miss Star Trek.
  • The howling rain moves horizontally and mocks your feeble umbrella, turning it into an objet d’art.
  • Even though it pours down every year, Capetonians always forget how to drive at the first sign of precipitation. Chaos and fender-benders ensue.
  • The 1987 Ford Datsun is considered an entry-level vehicle.


  • Marianna Boguslavsky
    May 18, 2009 - 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Nice post and SO true!! Made me smile…especially the entry level car part.

  • amanda
    May 18, 2009 - 1:16 pm | Permalink

    The cars are understandable (Cape Town salaries being what they are), but the service thing drives me barmy. Why is there such a monumental difference?

  • May 18, 2009 - 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Interesting take ;) I made the trek from Durban to Jozi, I don’t regret it one bit. Not a huge CT fan though.

  • May 18, 2009 - 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Cape Town: Mixed, rich, poor, middle class, bad drivers, good drivers, great drivers. Same for any other services or skills. I think Cape Town is just more laid back. No need to rush. We’re surrounded by beauty 24/7 and we do what we want. Your only as rich as what you want to be, not what your friends are. No keeping up with anyone, unless its your choice.

    Perfect Job in Cape Town – N/A

    Joburg: Billboard, traffic, billboard, greedy, credit card, billboard, rat race, debt, sales driven, money driven, Boksburg breker, Benoni, no beemer – no gf (lol) nuf said ;) … and did i mention billboards

    Perfect Job in Joburg – Movie Star Agent, Car Dealership Salesman, Stripper

    The best thing about going to Joburg is coming back home to Cape Town. Now wait for the backlash …

  • amanda
    May 18, 2009 - 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Well I must admit our air smells better. Being laidback is no excuse for shoddy service though.

  • May 18, 2009 - 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Big respect, first article I have seen on CT with no mention of “The Mountain” !!
    In all seriousness though as an outsider from London and having lived in both there can only be one and Cape Town is the place to be.
    Benefits include: Best places to eat out, best scenery, close to 1000′s of wine farms (lots of fine drinking!), Africa’s Silicon Mountain, stunning beaches (inc lots of topless tanning in summer !), A CBD you can walk around in and not get easily murdered, great little food markets, and if you miss joburgers they are all here anyway every summer. (Oh and did i mention that Mountain) :)

  • amanda
    May 19, 2009 - 11:06 am | Permalink

    Tsk, what about the abundance of attractive Cape Town women? High maintenance perhaps, but at least they don’t mind getting dirty (all that mountain hiking). I admire a lot of things about Joburg. Still, my heart leapt into my throat when I looked out the aeroplane window and saw waves rolling onto the beach. And that was only after a week!

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