In a local newspaper, someone wrote in to say that Cape Town was the only city in South Africa that could rightly call itself a metropolis (Greek for mother city), and hence it gained its nickname of being a ‘mother city’. There was even a time when it used to be known as ‘Cape Grab’ and not for any illustrious reasons…it was because of the grabbing practices of innkeepers who charged exorbitant amounts from sailors who passed by the Cape on their way to the East.