EnglishShow more Specific use of general English mother-city metropolis, home town, here referring to Cape Town’s status as the oldest city in South Africa and the first point of settlement by people from Europe.
The Mother City:Cape Town.Cf. Tavern of the Seas (see tavern sense 1).
[1908Westminster Gaz. (U.K.) 4 Aug. 5Capetown..is in the truest sense..the ‘mother-city’ from which the rest have sprung.]
1913H. TuckerOur Beautiful Peninsula 17Those who believe that the Mother City has still its best days to come, are equally assured that..fair women and brave men will never be lacking to grace and guard the Cape Town yet to be.
1936E. RosenthalOld-Time Survivals 23The district of Malmesbury, near the Mother City, is to this day known as ‘Zwartland’ to crowds of South Africans.
1943Outspan 9 July 11I have watched the civic growth of our Mother city for over 40 years.
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