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Ah, the sweet memories of the weekly beach walks with the dogs:

 

 

Finally, we ventured back to the beach!

The dogs needed a good wash and enjoyed so much a fast run and funny play in the soft sands and the refreshing spray.

At long last they were back in their element, like then, like now:

 

 

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In my daily Coronavirus lockdown walks with the dogs I can’t help but notice the wildlife benefitting from the peace and quiet.

 

It is obviously the best thing that could happen to nature: us humans being locked away.

 

In particular I find guineafowl are having a great time.

They seem to be roaming the empty streets with no worries in the world.

The more upset they appear if someone is exploring the hidden green spaces and invading their little piece of paradise.

 

 

The dogs and I just enjoy their morning concert.

 

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Table Mountain in walking distance and still we can’t go under lockdown stage 4 regulations.

 

Having 4 dogs – a social distancing measure by default – and only the neighbouring streets to go for walks means getting creative and exploring the hidden green spaces:

 

 

Where is this?

 

Yes, District Six, a sad reminder that this area still remains barren.

Bulldozed to the ground during Apartheid, it now offers vast open spaces.

 

The streets are in prime condition and hardly ever in use – perfect for skating.

On a slight slope up the mountain, the views over Cape Town’s CBD are fantastic:

 

 

During lockdown a welcomed escape from the narrow streets of Woodstock.

 

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What a glorious morning Cape Town gifts us for the first day of Lockdown Stage 4!

 

Being allowed to go for a walk outside between 6am and 9am, we took it as a great opportunity to see the sunrise.

 

It was as if Cape Town rewarded its residents for the 5 weeks under lockdown with this spectacular sunrise:

 

Heavy drops of dew were raining from our roof, but just a short walk up the road and the view cleared. It felt like we were above the clouds.

 

With a blanket of mist covering Cape Town, the sun looked like it was rising above the ocean:

 

Sunrise or Sunset? With a sea of clouds reaching far to the mountains at the horizon, this photo could be mistaken for one of Cape Town’s famous sunset shots:

 

The mist is also enveloping Cape Town’s industrial harbour, which looks like sea monsters are emerging from the ocean and marching towards the CBD:

 

Nature is in full bloom and the clear skies give a fantastic light to capture the brilliance of nature’s vibrant colours:

 

It is always amazing to see how generous nature is: Wild figs in the plentiful.

 

After seeing only the own four walls for 5 weeks of coronavirus lockdown, this view over Cape Town was breathtaking:

 

I had not realised how much I had missed being outdoors. The fresh air, far and wide views, space to run and stretch, were invigorating and energising.

It felt like recharging with oxygen and green energy.

 

It is precious that we’re allowed to leave our home for a walk around our neighbourhood.

Let’s appreciate this new freedom by adhering to the social distancing rules, so we can keep the curve flat and still slow down the spread.

 

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South Africans are known for their resilience and it was only 2 years ago that Cape Town came together to beat the water crisis.

Now facing the coronavirus pandemic, Cape Town yet again comes together, in form of Community Action Networks (CAN).

The Cape Town Together Community Action Network is a community-based response to COVID-19 to take action at neighbourhood level to educate and support each other and then share ideas and resources with other CANs across the city.

Join or start a Cape Town Together CAN: www.facebook.com/groups/CapeTownTogether/

It is inspiring how South Africans take matters into their own hands and come up with ingenious ways to help in times of hardship. There is always a willingness to spring into action.

It feels good to do something and be part of a network that helps finding suitable ways to contribute.

This is a novel situation.

By communicating with each other and participating in constructive discussions we can find best practices to deal with it.

By connecting with each other, we can share verified knowledge and assist those in need in an effective yet safe manner.

If you haven’t yet done so, join the Cape Town Together Community Action Network now:

Sign up for a Cape Town Together CAN:  http://cptcan.co.za/join

Join a CAN WhatsApp Group: http://cptcan.co.za/groups

Join the CAN Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/CapeTownTogether/

Map with Cape Town Together CAN groups: http://cptcan.co.za/map

CAN Starter Pack: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VXoftlVUlfmVXW9zcr2jhqBbk5nrswhu

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Arriving at the beach is like finally getting a chance to breathe:

 

The vast landscape allows the eyes to relax with far and free views:

 

Walking by the waves, inhaling the fresh crisp breeze, simply invigorating:

 

Simply sitting on the sand in the sun, being:

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It’s tourist season and summer holidays, but I have the beach all to myself.

 

It takes me only a 15 minute drive from town to Sunset Beach up the West coast, and when I get there I feel like the only person on this planet:

 

I cannot believe that so close to the buzzing city I can look down the beach either side and see no-one for miles.

 

 

How can this piece of paradise still feel untouched, as if everyone else yet needs to discover it.

 

Well, the dogs love it just as much as I do, as we can walk and run and go about however we like without bothering anyone.

 

Total freedom.

 

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There is a new festive season market you can add to your list of gems for Christmas shopping:

The CTICC launched The Gift Fair from Friday, 29 November to Saturday, 30 November 2019.

150 capetonian entrepreneurs exhibited their products ranging from decorations, consumables, arts and crafts, clothing, accessories, jewellery, health and beauty, to gadgets and children’s educational tools and toys.

 

 

There was plenty choice of unique personal and even personalised gifts with some special treasures:

 

 

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The foyer of the CTICC was turned into a festive indoor market that was easy to browse:

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Lovely live music invited to pause and sit down to watch the performance:

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All in all, an easy going shopping experience with some fantastic bargains to discover.

 

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The fourth industrial revolution is coming and Africa needs to get ready.

 

The Africa Future Summit helps accelerating development, as it caters for organisations at grassroots level.

 

Often tech events happen where tech is readily available: in the City Center. However, the CBD is not easily accessible for disadvantaged people.

The Africa Future Summit solved this all too often ocurring non-inclusivity by partnering with the YMCA.

 

In South Africa the YMCA in Athlone was chosen, an area that has been plagued with increase of violent crime over the past years.

But the YMCA is on the outskirts right next to the Athlone Stadium, a good landmark not to get lost. So even a few of the ususally included city people made it out to Athlone.

 

The event itself was packed, people pouring out of the main hall for a break, exhausted from all the information that was presented. And that was just the morning session. The afternoon session was where all the bootcamps came in.

It was a young crowd, full of aspiration and ideas. At the Africa Future Summit they got ignited to actively making the future of Africa happen.

 

The tour teaches fundamentals of frontier tech investments, startup development and ecosystem building via exclusive sessions with award winning local and international experts.

Each country features its own combination of on site workshop training, networking round tables, live Q/A sessions with speakers and sponsors, attendee spotlight features, exhibitor showcase demos and VIP networking.

To accelerate developments within Africa’s tech ecosystem, the agenda curriculum includes training sessions on future technologies (Ai, Blockchain, Virtual Reality, Space, Nanotechnology, Internet of Things etc.) and career development sessions on personal branding, digital entrepreneurship and the future of work.

 

Attending the Africa Future Summit makes you future-ready, from the grassroots level up.

 

To join the free Africa Future Tour you can RSVP here:

For interests related to speaking, sponsorships, and partnerships, please direct inquiries to info@africafuturesummit.com.

 

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Joey Fourie, the host of The Daily Music Show, welcomes everyone at the closing event for Reclaim Agency 2.0.

 

If you’re in Cape Town only for a short while and still want to experience the rich and cultural heritage of the Cape, go see The Daily Music Show.

 

But beware: The Daily Music Show is not just easy-listening entertainment.

The music lyrics, spoken poetry and art exhibitions challenge every visitor on a profound level of understanding, tourists and locals alike.

The Daily Music Show speaks to everyone, newcomers to Cape Town as well as South African icons, as it reaches out on different levels of context: Everyone can connect on broad references to South Africa, and a few also get the finer nuances with the sideline remarks that can go so very deep.

 

Every show is different.

The variety of the acts is like a roller coaster ride of emotions, from a mellow infusion of jazz to touching storytelling back to party vibes and dancing.

All the acts are of high quality and caliber, delivering their message straight to your heart.

 

The Daily Music Show is not just an experience of Cape culture, but also an insight into the struggle it took to keep these cultures alive during apartheid.

These are real stories of activists challenging the status quo through art.

 

But see for yourself how impactful the performances are:

 

Don’t miss your chance to experience Cape Town’s eclectic culture live at The Daily Music Show.

 

Book your tickets for The Daily Music Show now on Quicket.

Call 0848807012 or email bookings@thedailymusicshow.com.

 

Or simply pop by for the night!

Find The Daily Music Show at Glaston House, Corner of Church & Loop:
110 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa.

 

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#GoBokkies! How amazing that the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup!

And they’re having such a blast ever since!

It started with Faf meeting Prince Harry in his underpants, well, his lucky speedo.

Hilarious jokes were played with Faf’s hair.

The Springboks’ bus parade was lined with men dressed in the “faf speedo”.

And now Faf is turning all this publicity into a good cause:

Faf is challenging men to be ballsy and take the #FafDeKlerkChallenge to create awareness around testicular cancer.

Faf himself is leading by example as he does not miss one opportunity to show off his lucky speedo:

#FafDeKlerkChallenge #FafChallenge #BallSkills #StrongerTogether #CancerAwareness

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It’s easy to forget that there are still people out there who don’t have access to the internet.

About half the global population actually.

 

And some of these people live only 10 minutes from the CBD, in the heart of Africa’s leading tech capital: In trendy up and coming hipster Woodstock.

 

At least, that’s what the internet says. And now that there is finally internet in Woodstock, it must be right. 😉

 

 

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I’m not a rugby fan. But I’m a World Cup fan.

Of course I’m supporting South Africa, but I didn’t want to go to a public viewing, as I’m busy painting the Ranzani Salt & Pepper Grinders.

 

We don’t have a TV, so I decided to give the good old radio a go.

 

I don’t even understand half of the rules of rugby, I normally only watch it because my South African friends are watching it.

 

So listening to it with no picture was really hard at first:

Sometimes the commentators would only shout out the names of the players who passed on the ball, and I don’t know which team they play on, let alone what position.

 

So I listened harder, with concentration, and that allowed me to follow the game:

Every now and then the sports reporters were summarising the manoeuvres, as the action happened too quickly to describe every move.

Not only did they outline the mistake of a player leading to a penalty, they also reasoned why this mistake had happened and the potential outcome had it not happened.

 

This insight mixed with the true passion of the commentators made for an emotional listening experience, continuing still after the Springboks had won with broadcasting the victory ceremony.

The Springboks celebrate their Rugby World Cup win.

Based on this I recommend to rather listen to the radio coverage of a game, even while watching it on TV.

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Loadshedding is back on!

 

I know, because I downloaded “The Best Load Shedding App”: ‘EskomSePush

 

The loadshedding app 'EskomSePush' is useful in checking for upcoming blackouts.

The loadshedding app ‘EskomSePush’ is useful in checking for scheduled blackouts.

 

Today the dreaded notification of Loadshedding Stage 2 popped up, otherwise I would’ve been caught out.

Not that I mind terribly much, a power outage can be fun, but it’s good to be prepared.

 

Loadshedding is expected to last at least a week, so ensure you have EskomSePush downloaded on your phone to stay ahead of the loadshedding schedule.

 

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If you are visiting the Cape or are hosting visitors, a great travel resource are the Gateway Guides.

 

Gateway Guides are free to pick up at most tourist spots.

Gateway Guides are free to pick up at most tourist spots.

 

Those flyers and brochures you find at major tourist attractions give you a good idea what to do in the area.

 

Watch out for the Gateway Guides: They are packed with insider knowledge, handy maps for hiking and a great overview for more sightseeing opportunities near by.

Especially the guide to ‘80 Places to visit and see in Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula’ is a great list to have at hand when trying to decide what to see out of all the awesome things in the Cape.

And if that’s not enough, guess what, just pick up ‘80 More Places to visit and see in Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula’.

 

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It can be a fine day in Cape Town, but get to the beach and the sea is foaming.

Already getting out of the car I was surprised how windy it was and glad I took my hoodie along.

Coming over the dunes I was hit by the full force of the gusts and zipped up to the top.

 

It wasn’t particularly bad weather. I had been at the beach when it was windier and colder.

But it somehow felt like the sea was angry and I suddenly remembered a part of a fairy tale from my childhood:

“With that he arrived at the sea.
The water was all black and dense and boiling up from within. A strong wind blew over him that curdled the water.”
– The Fisherman and His Wife, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.

 

The story is about the fisherman’s wife who wants more and more, living over her means in a preposterous way until she ends up right back at the beginning, with nothing.

Every time her wishes become more outrageous, the ocean starts to boil and turns foul.

That’s how the sea presented itself to me.

I wonder when it will turn on us, with our outrageous wasteful consumerism…

 

Luckily our dogs love the beach, no matter what weather:

 

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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.

 

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The sun in South Africa creates a wonderful light.

Especially in Cape Town, surrounded by oceans, the sky is so blue you want to fall into it.

 

At the beach the sea reflects the sun and the wet sand also sparkles up every time the waves retract.

It’s a glistening spectacle bigger than Christmas.

Twinkles dancing in the surf, running across the gleaming coat of our dogs, disappearing in the Fata Morgana around Robben Island.

 

There is a misty haze moving in and it blurs the horizon, somehow putting us in a bubble, like we’re sitting inside a snow globe where the sun always shines.

 

As I stare into the distance trying to decipher Robben Island from haze, mirage and glare, the dogs join me and Starsky sits by my side.

 

Our puppies also enjoy the beach and take a moment to appreciate the viewappreciate the view.

 

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Cape Town’s rivers are overflowing with plastic.

Find out more about water pollution in South Africa’s rivers and join the Plastic Pollution Initiative.

But most importantly: Ask the City of Cape Town to Protect Cape Town’s Rivers from Pollution.

#Reduce  #Reuse  #Recycle  #ChooseToRefuse  #NoPlastic

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Going to the beach is always such a wonderful experience, our dogs get excited when we get ready for the car.

 

Getting to the beach, they jump out of the boot in pure joy.

 

For Hutch this continues all the way until he hits the waves.

 

 

 

Hutch loves water and turns out to be a real good swimmer.

 

I don’t let him swim in the ocean, but he loves jumping about in the surf.

 

I love that he gets a good wash out of it which is desperately needed after a dusty and tick infested hike on Table Mountain.

 

I also enjoy wading into the fresh and energising sea, together with the dogs it’s like being a child, playing around in the cool surf.

 

A walk at the beach is like a holiday.

 

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Getting official documents for visa application ready can be a nightmare.

 

More so if you need them, like, yesterday.

 

Having had to submit a completely new visa application, as I was not allowed to transfer my visa to my new passport, I was faced with getting a radiology report within 2 days.

 

 


The radiology report form that needs to be filled in as part of the visa application.

The radiology report form that needs to be filled in as part of the visa application.

 

Where to ask?

Again, taking to the streets of Cape Town brought me the answer:

It was at our local supermarket where I always have a chat with the staff, that someone from Kenya had experienced the same ordeal and was happy to share this useful information:

 

The UCT Faculty of Health Sciences offers same day radiology reports.

Simply go to their Radiology Department and ask them for the report for Home Affairs. They have the form there and know the drill.

Of course, this service comes with a fee: R500 for what should normally be done for free – but for that, you’d have to wait.

 

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Sometimes mother nature takes back what is hers.

And it always looks impressive.

 

Like this gangplank, which is swollowed up by the dunes.

You don’t even notice that the wood disappeares beneath your feet, it feels so natural to walk on the sand.

 

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A biometric passport photo has strict specifications.

A biometric passport photo has strict specifications.

 

When you need to apply for a South African ID or passport, your biometrics are taken at Home Affairs or a Home Affairs equipped Bank Branch.

 

But when it comes to visas or foreign passport renewals, you mostly need to supply a biometric passport photo.

 

Where to take a biometric picture in Cape Town:

 

Cameraland Cape Town: 68 Long Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001 – R50 for a set of standard passport photos.

 

Audiolens V&A Waterfront: S7105 Victoria Wharf Shopping Center, Breakwater Boulevard, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002 –
R70 per set per person.

 

Orms Cape Town: Shop 5, Roeland Square, 95 Upper Canterbury Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001 – R80 per set of passport photos.

 

Wizardz Print Gardens: Shop LB6, Gardens Shopping Centre, Mill Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001 – R80 for 8 photos.

 

 

Winter time in Cape Town is no excuse not to go to the beach.

There’s always a beautiful day popping up in between the cold fronts, when the sun is shining and the winds calm down.

 

And as it is with cold water: It only takes a few moments to get over it and then it’s refreshing.

As we had been on the other side of the dunes, the equally beautiful but more tranquil fynbos landscape, I wanted the dogs to get a good wash and in we went, into the icy surf of mellow waves.

 

That’s where I took this picture:

It is so cold, even Table Mountain remains under a blanket of clouds.

 

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I use South Africa’s public health care system, because it’s free and offers excellent service. Of course, waiting times are annoying, but medical advice is helpful.

 

Recently I discovered a women’s clinic around the corner, which I decided to give a try.

 

 

I got an appointment within a couple of days, but was told to come in early on that day and wait until called to be seen.

 

That’s usually the part where the queueing comes in.

 

Not so here: I was sent around for a couple of tests, with relative short waiting times in between.

 

One of the tests was an HIV test.

 

 

It is my philosophy to be sure about my HIV status, so I was glad to accept this free service.

 

Without further ado we chatted while I had a tiny blood drop taken from my finger and we continued chatting.

 

After a couple of minutes the nurse picked up a little white test stick and tells me I’m HIV negative.

 

In South Africa getting tested for HIV is quick and completely free at government clinics.

In South Africa getting tested for HIV is quick and completely free at government clinics.

 

I was baffled: THAT had been the HIV test? With the result in minutes?

 

We’ve come a long way!

 

I remember how back in highschool when we talked about why we chose biology as a major in our A-levels, one of the replies was: To find a cure for AIDS.

 

And now we’ve done it!

 

Being HIV positive is no longer a death sentence, and with testing this quick and easy nothing should stop anyone from knowing their status.

 

#HIV  #GetTested  #KnowYourStatus  #HIVprevention

 

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After the Cape’s drought crisis, rain is always a welcome sight.

 

Even when we get too much of it!

 

It can rain like out of buckets, with thick heavy raindrops pelting down like the clouds ripped open. The pouring rain blurs your vision like a waterfall curtain and everything is instantly soaked wet.

All the water from the roof and the terrace flows into the garden.

 

 

Our backyard is all clay ground and apparently we did a really good job with our raised flowerbed wall.

So the water drains very slowly, too slow for the water masses building up in minutes. And our garden gets flooded.

 

Luckily the rain stopped just in time for the woodchippings not to float over the poll and into the dogs’ running track.

Because I had just laboured away a day at getting that sorted and neat.

 

All in preparation for the bad weather to come.

As that’s just one of the wonderful effects of heavy rain: Everything gets washed clean.

 

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The light in Cape Town is wonderful.

It definitely helps seeing things in a positive way.

 

Normally the sight of plastic bags caught in barbed wire is a shameful reminder how dirty and segregated Cape Town is.

Hopefully the upcoming plastic bag ban will help keep Cape Town clean.

 

In the meantime, seeing beauty in the ugly helps to stay positive:

Driving into the setting sun, a low hanging fire ball that paints everything golden, the sun rays make even the plastic bags caught in the barbed wire look pretty:

The beams of light shining through the ridge between Lion’s Head and Signal Hill reflect in the plastic bags, making them glisten as they gently move in the breeze.

As if the city was decorated with lit pom poms, like Chinese lanterns lining both sides of the road.

 

Sometimes just a shift in perspective can let things look differently.

 

#LoveCapeTown   #StayPositive

 

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When you walk just 1km north from Milnerton Lighthouse you can spot something in the ocean.

No, it’s not a rock and neither a stranded whale.

It’s the shipwreck of the Hermes, a Houston liner of 3500 tons, built in 1899 by J. Blumer & Co, Sunderland, which stranded on Milnerton Beach in 1901.

On a gentle day during low tide you can make out the boilers in the surf.

 

What’s that in the ocean?

During our dog walk from Lagoon Beach to Sunset Beach we pass a landmark in the ocean: It's a shipwreck.

During our dog walk from Lagoon Beach to Sunset Beach we pass a landmark in the ocean: It’s a shipwreck.

 

Looking closely you can see it’s a man-made construction:

The remains of the Hermes shipwreck in the surf of Milnerton Beach.

The remains of the Hermes shipwreck in the surf of Milnerton Beach.

 

It’s a nice landmark to watch out for.

It gives you a good idea of distance: 1km from Milnerton Lighthouse.

You can get a feel for the tides: the lower the tide the more you get to see of the shipwreck.

 

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A bit of a hidden gem in Cape Town is hiking up Devil’s Peak from Woodstock side.

It might be because you have to cross the M3 De Waal Drive that this hike is less frequented than others.

 

But the adrenaline rush is worth it, as beyond the M3 await tranquil hikes and adventurous shortcuts.

The dogs love exploring the wilderness Table Mountain offers right on our doorstep.

Views are spectacular from the ocean and industrial harbour to the northern suburbs and Hottentot mountains.

But it’s also the landscape itself that is ever changing and always inviting to be seen with new eyes.

 

After recent veld fires the Cape flora kingdom has its own way of resetting: The circle of life begins with grasses reclaiming the burnt landscape.

At Devil’s Peak the golden fynbos grass stand in stark contrast to the charcoal protea bushes:

 

A humbling sight, seeing how nature restores itself without any help from or rather despite humanity.

 

 

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Enjoying pizza on the lawn at Blue Peter after a nice walk at Blouberg Beach is just a perfect way to spend Sunday afternoon in Cape Town.

Popping by with the dogs to meet up with friends surprisingly turned out to be a great idea when our table neighbour sitting next to us presented this skilled sketch of Lola:

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Bay Harbour Market offers an eclectic mix of art, craft, fashion, decor and souverniers complemented by food and drink stalls.

 

Situated in an old fish factory it is spacious and sheltered with a corner for live music: The stage is surrounded by benches and tables with just enough space in front for a small dance floor.

 

When folk band 4am started their live gig, their playful and humorous manner invited old and young to tap along. Especially the kids took to the dance floor, having a blast while the parents could watch conveniently from their table.

 

4am were great in interacting with the children, extending their excitement to the grown-ups, who all clapped along by the end.

 

A nice upbeat evening out.

 

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First Thursdays is always worth a visit.

Every time there’s something new for inspiration, some nice and uplifting interaction here and there, great vibes and meaningful art.

 

This time we went with children, that alone offered a new perspective on things.

 

Adults might look at art with a focus on interpretation, but children just see what’s in there. The exchange between the two can be very insightful.

The contrast and vibrancy of African art and its storytelling forms and shapes appeal to kids and parents alike. With a variety of styles and topics, everyone can pick an art piece they like.

 

Some art that caught our eyes on our stroll through Cape Town on First Thursdays:

 

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I’ve often been to the Concerts in the Park and always had a great time.

I’ve seen Hot Water, Karen Zoid, Lonesome Dave and Arno Carstens a couple of times, Freshly Ground, Dukes of Note and Crimson House.

 

This time we were again in for a treat with The World of Birds and The Rudimentals.

 

The World of Birds were uplifting with their local indie tunes:

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It was pure joy to watch them dance on the grandstand:

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The Rudimentals were up and close:

The Rudimentals with their nine-piece strong ska/reggae band are always a great live music act.

The Rudimentals with their nine-piece strong ska/reggae band are always a great live music act.

 

Getting even into the midst of the crowd, having a little dance with the audience:

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Concerts in the Park are a great afternoon out. De Waal Park is well equipped with playgrounds and water facilities, a haven for children and puppies alike.

There’s always a great vibe, people are super relaxed, friendly and inviting. A fantastic chilled-out experience.

 

#LoveCapeTown

 

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Your rubbish bin being heavy there?

 

Yes, I must admit, we’re throwing away some pretty bulky stuff. You won’t believe what we’re digging out from our garden. It’s like there’s a whole house buried in our backyard.

 

But of course! For there used to stand The Broken Palace.

 

The what?

 

We used to call it The Broken Palace.

Ha, we used to pass it plenty of times when we were on the run.

That alleyway over there, it was covered with a fishing net. Only we knew how to get through. Very handy when running from the police. Approaching The Broken Palace always meant being safe.

 

Running from the police?

 

Yes yes, fond memories. Good times back then.

 

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The City Nature Challenge 2019 is coming to Cape Town! Join a bioblitz near you!

The City Nature Challenge 2019 is coming to Cape Town! Join a bioblitz near you!

 

The City Nature Challenge is coming to Cape Town!

 

For the first time ever, Cape Town is participating in the City Nature Challenge: an international competition between 150 cities to showcase their fauna and flora by recording observations of all living things.

 

The challenge is a bioblitz that engages residents and visitors to find and document plants, animals, and other organisms living in urban areas.

The goals are to engage the public in the collection of biodiversity data, with three awards each year for

–  the city that makes the most observations,

–  the city that finds the most species, and

–  the city that engages the most people.

 

Cape Town boasts of being one of the most biodiverse cities on Earth. Let us prove it and put Cape Town on both the Biodiversity and Citizen Science maps.

 

Cape Town City Nature Challenge 2019

 

When: April 26th to 29th

Results will be announced Monday, May 6, so be sure to upload your observations by then!

 

How:

Join the City Nature Challenge 2019: Cape Town.

Download the iNaturalist app.

Watch How to Make an Observation on iNaturalist using our Mobile App.

 

How to make observations:

With your phone’s GPS turned on and camera app at the ready, simply roam around the area and snap photos of any plant, animal, fungus, insect, spoor, scat, etc. that you find. Upload your pic on the iNaturalist app and identify it as best as you can – but if you can’t it doesn’t matter, the community will assist. If you don’t have data on your phone, or would prefer to use a DSLR camera, that’s not an issue – you can upload your photos on the iNaturalist desktop website from your home computer.

 

A few City Nature Challenge rules:

–  No humans or domestic animals (dogs, cats, pet fish, cows, sheep) please. If in doubt, take a photo anyway. Feral animals (i.e. rats, stray cats, pigeons) are fine.

–  Please zoom in as much as possible. If the subject of your photo can’t be seen clearly, it doesn’t count.

–  Only take photos of one species at a time. Don’t take a photo of a whole group of different plants and animals if possible, rather photograph each species individually.

–  If you are at one venue, e.g. the Aquarium’s seal platform, and see many examples of a species there, please include them all as only one observation. If you see the same species again in a different place, it can be a new observation.

–  Only observations within the Cape Town city limits will count, and only from midnight 26 April to midnight 29 April.

 

Find an event near you:

Join the Cape Town City Nature Challenge 2019 Facebook event.

Connect with me on iNaturalist – TrulyJuly.

Participate in the V&A Waterfront bioblitz on Saturday 27 April from 9am to 12 noon.

Join one of these bioblitzes around Cape Town.

 

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I last visited the Zeitz MOCAA for its grand opening, being impressed and amused by its contemporary art.

 

When I attended the Imbali Art Books: Adventuring Into Art launch I arrived early and took the opportunity to get a quick glance at the latest exhibits.

Some I already knew, but there was a whole lot of new art to discover.

 

Here my selection of art pieces that spoke to me in a meaningful and thought-provoking grasp of catching my eye:

 

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TSIATSIA by El Anatsui at Zeitz Mocca

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Osborne Macharia at the #ZeitzMocca

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The Amazing Black Man by Kumasi Barnett at the #ZeitzMocca

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Fabric of the Universe by Kathy Robins at the #ZeitzMocca

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Atang Tshikare at the #ZeitzMocca

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Gerald Machona at the #ZeitzMocca

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Kadara Enyeasi at the #ZeitzMocca

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Liona Nyariri at the #ZeitzMocca

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Aristotle Roufanis at the #ZeitzMocca

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Loyiso Mkhize at the #ZeitzMocca

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Greg Shaw at the #ZeitzMocca

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Richard Mudariki at the #ZeitzMocca

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Cosmos Shiridzinomwa at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Kufa Makwavarara at the #ZeitzMocaa

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John Kotze at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Kresiah Mukwazhi at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Gillian Rosselli at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Anthony Bumhira at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Chris Ofili at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Kehinde Wiley at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Cheri Samba at the #ZeitzMocaa

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Jeremiah Quarshie at the #ZeitzMocaa

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And of course always one of my favourite things to do at the Zeitz MOCAA: Going up in the elevator!

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Steve Fataar is rekindling The Flames‘ hottest hits at The Daily Music Show.

 

If you want to go down memory lane or get a feel of what the soulful sixties were like, The Daily Music Show is a great venue to experience Steve Fataar and Friends live.

 

How often do you get to see a music legend this up and close?

Like good old friends: Joey Fourie interviews Steve Fataar at The Daily Music Show

Like good old friends: Joey Fourie interviews Steve Fataar at The Daily Music Show

 

Steve Fataar has toured the world, but when he picks up his guitar it doesn’t seem to matter where he is, as it’s all about making great music.

 

This evening in particular was all about guitars with skilled guitarist Brad Saunders accompanying Steve Fataar.

 

It’s amazing how music invites people from all walks of life to join together and play.

At The Daily Music Show you too can be part of the jam.

And with Steve Fataar you’ll Stay fired up!

 

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Wise words by music legend Steve Fataar at #TheDailyMusicShow.

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Some of the classics by Steve Fataar at #TheDailyMusicShow.

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So make sure you catch Steve Fataar and Friends at The Daily Music Show.

 

Book your tickets for The Daily Music Show now on Quicket.

Call 0848807012 or email bookings@thedailymusicshow.com.

 

Or simply pop by for the night!

Find The Daily Music Show at Glaston House, Corner of Church & Loop:
110 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa.

 

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One of South Africa’s living treasures is coming to The Daily Music Show!

 

A legend in the music scene:

Steve Fataar formed iconic sixties soul-rock band The Flames in 1963, touring England and the US in the late 60s.

After an impressive discography The Flames recorded the only non-Beach Boys album on the Brother records label under the name “The Flame” in 1970.

Shortly after Steve Fataar left the band to return to South Africa.

 

Take a trip down memory lane with Steve Fataar’s Golden Jukebox.

Tap along to the fan favourites or take a good listen to the lesser known jewels, either way you’ll be in for a treat of the golden oldies.

 

Steve Fataar & Friends are playing at The Daily Music Show.

Steve Fataar & Friends are coming to The Daily Music Show!

Steve Fataar & Friends are coming to The Daily Music Show!

 

Book your tickets for The Daily Music Show now on Quicket.

Call 0848807012 or email bookings@thedailymusicshow.com.

 

Or simply pop by for the night!

Find The Daily Music Show at Glaston House, Corner of Church & Loop:
110 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, 8000 Cape Town, South Africa.

 

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In an effort to be accessible to all, Indoni Dance Academy are bringing their show to the public.

 

Taking place at 3 different parks around Cape Town, their performance ‘Dancing with Nature’ works with what the location has to offer.

A great way to discover your local park: through music, rhythm and dance!

 

Their first show took place at Nantes Park, Athlone.

We moved from amphitheatre to playground to open field.

Every time we were treated to an energetic extravaganza with powerful and playful acrobatic moves.

The audience, astounded and ecstatic, erupted in loud cheers and applause at the end of each dance act.

 

Check out some of Indoni Dance Academy‘s wonderful innovative and inspiring moves:

 

 

Grace and style dazzles the audience as the choreography focuses on only two dancers pairing up.

Grace and style dazzles the audience as the choreography focuses on only two dancers pairing up.