OUT IN NUMBERS: Cape fans. Photo: BACKPAGEPIX

Take a bow Cape Town, I dub thee the sports capital of South Africa.

I’m pretty sure that the rest of the country will disagree heavily with this statement.

But they don’t have a strong case against the people of the Mother City when it comes to sport.

Let’s start with last Friday night.

Even after already playing host to the ODI series decider against Pakistan on Wednesday, Capetonians again flocked to Newlands where they packed the stadium to the rafters for the first of three-T20I contest.

No wonder national cricket captain Faf du Plessis has dubbed it as his favourite ground in South Africa.

LOVING NEWLANDS: SA's Faf du Plessis, left. Photo: PHANDO JIKELO/ANA

The people of Cape Town simply love the sport, even when things don’t go well with their local team, they continue to support the boys believing they can help turn around their team’s fortunes. And yes, you do.

On Saturday it was the Cape Town 10s - another big event on the Cape sporting calendar, with the likes of Jack Parow, Siya Kolisi and a number of big names on display.

The biggest event this past weekend, though, was SuperHero Sunday - Sunday’s Super Rugby warm-up matches involving the Sharks and the Lions and the Stormers and the Bulls.

Now tickets to see the heroes in action were nearly sold out last week already.

This comes straight after the month of January - which was a tough one for all of us, financially.

But what Cape Town proved again this past weekend is that sport can unite this torn-apart country of ours.

Personally, I am sick of all the racism we see on social media and all around us these days.

When it comes to events like these, though, the colour of your skin is not the primary focus.

Instead, it is enjoyment and the unity in supporting the team you love.

TOP LEVEL: UWC set for Cup debut. Photo: Facebook

That’s why I enjoyed going to these events in years gone by - people forgot their differences and united for one cause.

Back to Cape Town, the sporting festivities aren’t over just yet.

Tonight we are treated to another big derby that is sure to be enjoyed by everyone - it’s UWC’s first ever taste of Varsity Cup rugby when they travel to UCT for the opening round of fixtures in this tournament.

While Cape Town is having a real purple patch in terms of sporting events that unite us, I think it’s time for South Africa to once again stage a global event.

In a sport where we actually have a chance of winning.

Look at what winning the 1995 World Cup on home soil and Afcon the following year meant to our country.

It’s my assessment that things went pretty well after that. Albeit briefly.

I also think it’s quite apparent that we are in need of unification again.

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