Happy Africa Day!

Today is Africa Day, in commemoration of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963, which became the African Union in 2002.

Although not a public holiday in South Africa, the day is still recognised as an important celebration of African unity. This year will be the 50th celebration of Africa Day.


“Africa is the continent on which we are situated, with which we feel a sense of kinship and whose histories and problems are inseparable from ours,” said University of Cape Town’s deputy vice-chancellor, Professor Thandabantu Nhlapo.

Indeed, many overseas visitors see South Africa as their gateway to the rest of the continent, and Cape Town as the ideal place to experience a mix of African influences and European heritage. Equally, Africa remains a pillar of the South African tourism economy, and arrivals from the region have maintained solid growth of 8.5% over the last year.

We continue to enjoy good tourism relations with our African neighbours, and look forward to Africa Day celebrations!


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