Imagine having your “office” on top of Table Mountain – one of the world’s greatest attractions and New 7 Wonders of Nature. Cape Town’s Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC) is leveraging the remote working trend and has welcomed digital nomads in the WiFi lounge at the top of Table Mountain using the TMACC Cable Card, where they can enjoy ample working space, refreshments and food, stable Internet and stunning views.
In 2021, a survey conducted in South Africa found that up to 87% of participants indicated that remote working did not affect their productivity, and more than 50% said they felt more motivated working remotely. These statistics reflect a strong case for remote working among global and local workforces. The future of work will demand more flexibility from employers, reflecting a need for better quality of life among workforces.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed perceptions of remote work – for the better. Before 2020, the world of work was confined by cultural and structural barriers. Subsequently, the pandemic has forced companies to break through both and has catalysed a fundamental operational shift where work can be combined with travel.
To accommodate international remote workers, the government in South Africa has taken steps to draw foreign remote workers by implementing a remote work visa. The City of Cape Town has also welcomed the remote work model and the implementation of a remote work visa by government.
In 2021, Cape Town was named one of the “Best Cities for Remote Working” by global housing rental platform, Nestpick. The City of Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism have also launched incentives and campaigns to draw remote workers to the city, as their presence brings significant value to the tourism industry and the economy.
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