Humane Society International/Africa and ProVeg South Africa have partnered to create a My Plant-Based City map of Cape Town, which shows there are 14 fully vegan restaurants and 16 vegan-friendly eateries in the South African city. Printed versions of the map will be distributed across Cape Town at various information points and restaurants. People can also access all the locations of all the restaurants using Google Maps to take to their restaurant of choice.

There has been a recent increase in vegetarian and vegan restaurants, partly because of the willingness to eat healthier food, and partly for advances in food technology in the form of fake meats and alternatives to dairy products.

Leozette Roode, the meat-reduction specialist for HSI/Africa, says: “The guide is an ideal tool to help Capetonians explore the diversity of the city’s incredible plant-based food options.” The My Plant-Based City maps form part of HSI/Africa’s Green Monday SA campaign as a fun, affordable and tasty way to bring about positive change.

The local blogger and vegan influencer Garth Tavares, known as the Cape Town Vegan, recommended some vegan eateries that were then featured on the map. The My Plant-based City Map also lists the top five most plant-based friendly national food chains according to ProVeg South Africa’s 2022 Plant-Based Friendly Fast Food Franchise Ranking.

ProVeg South Africa is part of ProVeg International, a global food awareness organisation working to transition the food systems away from animal agriculture. ProVeg works with international decision-making bodies, governments, food producers, investors, the media, and the general public to help the world transition to a society and economy that are less dependent on animal agriculture and more sustainable for humans, animals, and the planet.

“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.