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Monthly Archives: September 2019


I’m a big fan of the Cape Cultural Collective.

So when I saw they organised a community concert for Heritage Day I knew it would be great.


But it was so much more than that!


We were warmly welcomed at Bonteheuwel Civic Centre and stepped into the eclectic energy of community leaders from various backgrounds giving heartfelt speeches.

Abdu Ragmaan from the Cape Flats News offered a brief look at the history of the two communities in Langa and Bonteheuwel to understand the importance of this event.

“Bridge the Gap” can be taken literally, as there was a procession from Langa Guga S’thebe across the bridge over the M7 to the Bonteheuwel Civic Centre.

A symbolic step to bring together two neighbouring communities that usually live in fear of each other.


Bonteheuwel Civic Centre is packed:


In celebration of Heritage Day one of the traditional African music performances:


Kids are enjoying the programme:


Now that the community has led the way by bridging Langa and Bonteheuwel, the government and Cape Town City need to follow suit to help keep up the momentum going and deliver on long overdue responsibilities.





Happy Heritage Day!

The sun is out, it’s just a bit windy.

With Cape Town’s strong gusts it is no surprise that litter gets blown about and collects in the corners of our neighbourhood.

Every bin day I do a MOOP swoop and clean up our street.

But today I also did a quick cleanup, so we can all enjoy our hood for Braai Day.

It goes so quick, in only 10 minutes I collected more than one garbage bag, which, by the way, I also found amongst the litter.

If we all did this, our neighbourhood would always be clean.


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When your pet rat gets old, they become very fragile and need some extra care.

But just like in our human world, try and tell that to the young. With little regard for the elderly, they just want to play and cuddle, even if it’s too much for the seniors.

So it is no surprise that rattie oldies Cinnamonkey and Milka stick together.

They know each other from back in the day and have become best friends over the years of rattiesitting encounters.

They insist on cuddling together, actively seeking each other out and only settling down in each other’s company.

So we extended the rattiesitting visit, now they can stay together a bit longer.



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When your pet rat gets old, it can be challenging to keep a healthy weight.

Some ratties put on weight, some get thin.

Either way, at an old age your pet rat deserves some special rattie treats.


Milka is very old and very fragile. She got very thin, so she can eat any food she wants, anything that helps her gain some weight.

She is in good spirits and appreciates a yummy snack. She loves to lap up the baby puree out of the squeeze pouch:


Cinnamonkey is also old, but still quite fit. She enjoys a climb every now and then and always makes sure to greet you.

Cinnamonkey is a foodie and loves the baby puree. It looks so cute how she licks it from the squeeze pouch:


Luna doesn’t look her age, but is already a Grande Lady. She is maybe a little less active than the younger and naughtier version of herself, but she is just as energetic.

Accordingly she grasps the nozzle of the squeeze pouch to make sure she’ll get her fair share of the baby puree:




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There’s no denying it: Rats are nosy!


Of course, only in the cutest way possible:


Rats have a remarkable sense of smell


Rats have an amazing sense of smell and rank amongst the top 10 sniffers in the animal kingdom.


Rats smell in stereo and save human lives by sniffing out landmines and tuberculosis.


Rats even work for the police, as they are easier and cheaper to train than dogs in detecting gunshot residue.




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The dilemma:
How they went to sleep.

Pet rat Cinnamonkey likes to sleep in her favourite rattie bed, but two don’t really fit.
However, rattie oldies Milka and Cinnamonkey enjoy snuggling together so much, that they still try to squeeze in.


The solution:
How they greeted me in the morning.




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Vet orders are that rattie Fadley needs to lose weight.

As it’s impossible to cut down on his diet – he eats what everyone else in his rattie clan is eating – exercise is key.

So I spend a bit more play time with Fadley and for extra exercise, his task is to find his way back to the cage.

Already outside in the garden, he is eager to return and does some amazing climbing manoevres to end up on the middle piece of the outdoor table where he sits like on a throne.

Promptly, he gets a fan, as puppy Gigi can’t keep her eyes off of him.

Not too impressed, Fadley decides to take the other way back.

Back upstairs, I let Fadley run across the bed balustrade when alas, Gigi is back to snuffle him out properly.

Besides her “tackles”, he manages expertly and with a bit of encouragement finishes his exercise for the day.


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