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Cape Town to Plet for bikers ?

Cape Town to Plet for bikers ?

06/07/2015 - 01:38
Local cycling organisations have backed the plan, saying the large-scale project - which is set to stretch over 520km - would position Cape Town as the cycling capital of Africa. The development of the new route is being driven by the Western Cape government, Wesgro, local municipalities and private stakeholders in the region. And while it is still in an early stage, with audits to assess what would bring the vision to life, the aim is to spawn a new so-called "cycling economy" as the influx of tourists provides a boom for local businesses and creates a myriad new jobs, said Winde.
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DRAGONBOAT RACING AT THE V&A WATERFRONT

DRAGONBOAT RACING AT THE V&A WATERFRONT

20/05/2014 - 23:48
According the World Sport Encyclopaedia there are 8 000 indigenous sports. Amid all the fuss about football, let’s remember some of our lesser known games. You can’t call yourself a true sportsman until you’ve tried the polish czoromaj, the Basque aizkolaris or the African zuar, If you can’t find anyone to play these exotic games with 021 suggests three competitive activities that are somewhat off the beaten track and growing in popularity in Cape Town.

Polo. 021 visits Val de Vie in Paarl to explore the aristocratic appeal of polo.

An inscription on a stone tablet on the Silk Route between China and the West declares polo’s regal standing: “Let other people play at other things. The king of games is still the game of kings.”
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Is Cape Town a design capital?

Is Cape Town a design capital?

11/04/2014 - 00:00
Glenn Babb argues the benefit of having Table Mountain declared a New Wonder of the World as well as being the 2014 World Design Capital. (His article first appeared in the Cape Times on 1 April). Subsequently, Sabine Lehmann, managing director of Table Mountain Aerial Cableways, and Priscilla Urquhart of the Cape Town Design NPC responded. Follow the debate... read more
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - Screening of national funeral – Sunday 15 December 2013 The national funeral service in Qunu will be screened for Capetonians on the Grand Parade

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - Screening of national funeral – Sunday 15 December 2013 The national funeral service in Qunu will be screened for Capetonians on the Grand Parade

15/12/2013 - 08:23

The national funeral service in Qunu will be screened for Capetonians on the Grand Parade this Sunday read more
LAND project with GIPCA 21-24 Nov @ Castle of Good Hope, Grand Parade

LAND project with GIPCA 21-24 Nov @ Castle of Good Hope, Grand Parade

18/11/2013 - 15:55
LAND. A three day programme, hosted by the Gordon Institute of Performing Creative Arts (GIPCA). Visual arts, installations, performances, public lectures and panels in the city from November 21 to 24: "The way Professor Jay Pather conceived the Land project was different from yet another platform for social and political advocacy or another archival exhibition of black and white photographs or dry academic conferences. While Pather acknowledges the deep social and political elements that inform land, he was more interested in how the performing and creative arts engage with these weighty issues. That and immediacy. Immediacy is connected to an interpretation of memory in keeping with his understanding of the thinking of philosophers Michel Foucault and Jacques Lacan. Pather explains that rather than being relegated to the past, they viewed memory as “an engagement with present” and it this which Land attempts to convey." read more
BEST OF THE CAPE: your favourite childhood memory of summer

BEST OF THE CAPE: your favourite childhood memory of summer

07/10/2013 - 00:00
021 asked Capetonians for their best ever childhood memory of summer. Here are some answers: Daniel Lotz: Horse riding with
my cousin in the mountains on
our farm in Hartbeespoort.

Vivienne Howard: Going
for a twirly-whirly ice cream
with a Flake and nut sprinkles
on a Saturday afternoon with
my father.

Gino Fly: having a cold
glass of juice at the public
pool in our area where we
spent most of our summer. read more
TILL DEATH DO US PART – FUNERALS AT MAITLAND CEMETERY

TILL DEATH DO US PART – FUNERALS AT MAITLAND CEMETERY

04/10/2013 - 00:00
In Maitland Cemetery, where passion entwines with mortality, a team of committed workers ensure that the dead are given a dignified exit.

At the mandala-like centre of Cape Town’s 100 ha cemetery, two workers scrape their brooms calmly through the dust, making a cicada-like noise that sounds like a teacher telling a class to “shush”. But for the dead who lie in Maitland cemetery, it’s too late to learn any more lessons.

Here, the brief and brutal lives of Cape Town’s gangsters are etched onto the tombstones and the sound of gunshots accompanies them into eternity. James Thomas, who has worked for 26 years as a tombstone layer, says, “Gangsters are our main customers. They have a short life. If they die, the boss looks after them.” And, if they’re the boss? Then, having spent a life of skullduggery, they will be laid to rest in a splendid structure, replete with pillars. Lording over the space is the resting place of the notorious gang leader Coleen Stanfi eld. “His grave cost R74 000,” says James, “and a lot of trouble.” On the day a ganglord is buried, police line the perimeter of the cemetery, rifl es cocked towards the gravesite, ready to step in and stop the violence if rival gangs appear.
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TRIBES OF TOWN: SURFERS IN MUIZENBERG

TRIBES OF TOWN: SURFERS IN MUIZENBERG

01/10/2013 - 00:00
Some say that next to Waikiki, Muizenberg corner with its soft wave and long ride is the best place to learn to surf in the world. 021 throws on some slipslops and goes to check out this supremely mellow scene read more
i THEMBA LABS - CAPE TOWN' S SCIENTIFIC FRONTIER

i THEMBA LABS - CAPE TOWN' S SCIENTIFIC FRONTIER

07/09/2013 - 14:35
Inside, iThemba Labs, an experimental nuclear physics laboratory that excels in accelerator-based science, looks like Willy Wonka’s factory: vibrant yellow tubes connected to gleaming stainless-steel tubes, like a digestive system. But there’s no chocolate being produced here. You can’t touch, taste or see what’s inside.

My guides into the mind-bending world of nuclear science are Kobus Lawrie and Gillian Arendse. Kobus, originally drawn to the intellectual challenge of nuclear physics, is research director of iThemba. With his mercurial blue eyes and a beard that looks well stroked, Kobus looks like a real scientist. Kobus’s wife is also a nuclear physicist who works at iThemba LABS. (I wonder if they discuss topics such as hyperdeformation and chirality over dinner …) read more
DID YOU KNOW? FOOD OF CAPE TOWN - FACTSHEET

DID YOU KNOW? FOOD OF CAPE TOWN - FACTSHEET

10/07/2013 - 00:00
Philippi - Located in the Cape Flats, the Philippi Horticultural Area is Cape Town’s most important food producing area, with 2639hectares in use as agricultural land. Farm size ranges from 2ha to more than 300ha. The Philippi Horticultural Area accounts for a full time workforce of about 2350 people. Most of them are women.  read more
LOCAL DISCOVERY Looking for the best view in Cape Town? Try Look Out Hill in Khayelitsha

LOCAL DISCOVERY Looking for the best view in Cape Town? Try Look Out Hill in Khayelitsha

02/05/2013 - 14:35
At 9am sharp, a minibus pulls up in front of my house with my guide, Greda, and driver, JJ, leaving Cape Town via the N2 in the direction of Khayelitsha. It’s Friday and the streets are full of people talking, eating and laughing. Our tour starts at Look Out Hill, the tallest sand dune that gives a panoramic view of Khayelitsha. Our local guide, Mteto, welcomes us with a warm smile and a hug. As I stand on the platform built around the dune, I can make out Gordon’s Bay, where I once lived for a year, Strand, Somerset-West, Mitchell’s Plain, the Cape Flats and Table Mountain in the distance. From this viewpoint the affluent suburbs seem next door to some of the poorest areas of Cape Town.  read more
CONSTANTIA: More than Chardonnay and Yummy Mummies

CONSTANTIA: More than Chardonnay and Yummy Mummies

01/01/2013 - 00:00
Sheltered from the winds, enriched by its topsoil, favoured by the affluent: Constantia stands proud as the epitome of Cape Town suburbia. With winefarms scattered about for miles, it never developed a centre of gravity other than a mall with a huge parking lot. 021 decided it s time to scratch beneath the surfaces of first impressions. Here is our very own harvest of unusual things to do in Constantia

At the gate of Klein Constantia, a beautiful kramat draws worshippers to the grave of Sheik Abdurachman Matebe Shah of the sultanate of Malacca. The general reception area of the farm houses a small exhibit to the Vin de Constance, the most famous and acclaimed wine ever produced in the country.

In nearby Buitenverwachting read more
Best of the Cape: Where to go for a jog in the Mother City

Best of the Cape: Where to go for a jog in the Mother City

01/12/2012 - 16:06
More than any other time of year, spring is dominated by runners rushing up, down and around the mountain, but not everyone likes to tackle the extreme in the Three Peaks Challenge, Cape Town Marathon or Table Mountain Challenge. 021 asked where you enjoy your fun run most. Here are some answers: read more
The Winelands revisited

The Winelands revisited

09/11/2012 - 10:39
To say “The Winelands” evokes an image of a manor house with whitewashed walls, thatched roof and ornate gables, shaded by oak trees and surrounded by neatly arranged vineyards… and with it, almost inevitably, comes an expansive sense of luxury, historical depth and feelings of calm abundance. read more
The Best of the Cape: VINTAGE CAPE TOWN

The Best of the Cape: VINTAGE CAPE TOWN

11/10/2012 - 15:05
(Very affordable) pleasures that remind us of bygone eras read more
BIG WAVE SURFING ON THE ATLANTIC SEABOARD

BIG WAVE SURFING ON THE ATLANTIC SEABOARD

30/07/2012 - 00:00
Cape Town is fast establishing itself as an epicentre of big-wave surfing. Our reefs and shores,
lashed severely by deep At lantic storms, throw up some of the biggest waves that the planet has to offer. 021 meets some of the wave warriors brave and crazy enough to ride these gnarly beasts.

Cape Town is a city of superlatives. We’ve got the most gruelling long distance swim (The Cadiz Freedom Swim) and the world’s largest timed cycle race (The Argus). Here’s another: the best choice of the biggest waves within the shortest distance. Given the right conditions, on the 15 km stretch between Misty Cliffs, Kommetjie and Hout Bay, there are three world-class waves that entice wavehounds to brave their slippery slopes, dubbed by bigwave surf enthusiast Barry Futter the Prince, Queen and King respectively. read more
WHAT'S ON IN CAPE TOWN

WHAT'S ON IN CAPE TOWN

29/07/2012 - 06:01
021's EVENT CALENDAR all on one spread. We list events from various categories such as festivals, gigs, classical music, theatre, art, lectures, sport, and update daily. If you have an event you would like us to feature, email us at info@021magazine.co.za. Enjoy what's happening in 021 (the telephone area code of Cape Town and the Winelands) ...
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Secret Cape Town: The Shri Radha Krishna Mandir in Rylands

Secret Cape Town: The Shri Radha Krishna Mandir in Rylands

28/05/2012 - 12:00
Near Vanguard Mall, the suburb of Rylands is the traditional religious home of the
Cape’s Indian community. Apart from temples in Rondebosch, or in Cravenby near
Parow, the three temples situated in Rylands encompass important deities of Indian
faith – the one in Ruth Road is devoted to Shiva, the one opposite the new Virgin
Active and Shoprite near the Gatesville Plaza is dedicated to Vishnu, while in Jeram
Street, not far from the Galaxy nightclub, Shri Radha Krishna Mandir is the spiritual
home of those who worship Krishna. read more
The Mar Tzu temple in Paarden Island

The Mar Tzu temple in Paarden Island

16/03/2012 - 07:00
Did you know there’s a Chinese temple in the middle of Paarden Island? Privately funded by members of the Taiwanese community, Mar Tzu temple is predominantly for Taiwanese fishermen. As 200 boats pass Cape Town harbour per year (making it one of the most important ports of call for Taiwanese fishing fleets worldwide), it is at Mar Tzu that many crew members come to pray, express gratitude, and ask for counsel. The Cape Town temple is one of only a handful of very important Taiwanese temples outside of Taiwan.  read more
What floats your boat? Cape Town Carnival

What floats your boat? Cape Town Carnival

15/03/2012 - 12:54
If you see a giant aloe ambling down the Fan Mile, don’t worry – you haven’t eaten something funny. This is just one of the floats. Dawn Kennedy checks out the carnival preparations.

As I enter the workshop in Woodstock dedicated to building the carnival floats, a dreadlocked guy warns me, “This is a workshop; it’s dangerous; enter at your own risk.” Everywhere neon signs declare the omnipresence of “Danger!” My favourite reads: Don’t bleed on the floats. Sparks fly from screeching tools and the smell of oil fills the air. As I sit on a chair, a broadly smiling Rastafarian approaches and says, “You’re the first girl who’s come to visit; we miss that.” read more
021’s intrepid adrenalin junkie, Jacob Goldberg, 17, finds that paragliding is a gentle way to jump off a mountain.

021’s intrepid adrenalin junkie, Jacob Goldberg, 17, finds that paragliding is a gentle way to jump off a mountain.

15/03/2012 - 12:11
I picked a particularly hot day to leap off Lion’s Head. The sun challenges me from above, flicks the back of my nose and whips my neck. As my pilot, Jan, straps me into my harness, I find myself looking at where I soon will have to “run and run fast” off. It's just a drop – a place of land, then no land. I will effectively be jogging off a mountain. However, whilst I stand, perspiring, the idea of getting down seems appealing. To be candid, the heat does strange things to the way I think. read more
The locals of Robben Island

The locals of Robben Island

28/01/2012 - 09:15
Early seafarers referred to Robben Island as the Isle of Purgatory. However, for the 45 permanent inhabitants of the island, it’s called home. 021 goes off the beaten track to meet the locals.

This is an island ruled by feathers. Everywhere is permeated by the distinct smell of penguin poo, and the streets are decorated with Jackson Pollock-like white splashes. The roads are deserted, as though the people have been ousted by swathes of circling, squawking seagulls. We pass a grim, grey building with a low asbestos roof and only tiny high windows, with a sign declaring it a “former female insane asylum”. Seagulls have ambushed a deserted house... read more
021’s summer hunt is on

021’s summer hunt is on

28/01/2012 - 08:42
Company Gardens, the green, relaxed and romantic soul of Cape Town, is the perfect venue to enjoy your city in summer. Join 021 for a stroll in this shady abode, learn about your city. Here are the first clues:

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We start at the Anglican St George’s Cathedral on Wale Street. It hosts an exhibition on apartheid resistance in its crypt, and a labyrinth for contemplation in its cloister. To get there go inside the church and follow the signboards. How many different colours of stone make up the labyrinth?


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South Africa has three capital cities read more
The Constantia valley vineyards are replete with history

The Constantia valley vineyards are replete with history

28/01/2012 - 08:20
At the gate of Klein Constantia, a beautiful kramat draws worshippers to the grave of Sheik Abdurachman Matebe Shah of the sultanate of Malacca. The general reception area of the farm houses a small exhibit to the Vin de Constance, the most famous and acclaimed wine ever produced in the country. In nearby Buitenverwachting some of the sweet hanepoot vines have survived for centuries. And Groot Constantia offers not only an orientation centre with archaeological artefacts, but also the Cloete cellar with an exhibition spanning more than two millennia of wine history, an old bath, tombs, grachten and listed buildings. Even though much of the manor house burnt down in a fire read more
Bertram House

Bertram House

28/01/2012 - 08:15
The Louvre in Paris receives 8.9 million visitors per year, 5 million of which alone see the Mona Lisa. The Tretchikoff exhibition at the SA National Gallery this past winter drew 15 000 visitors. “And how many visitors does the Bertram get?” I ask the guardian. “Well,” he clears his throat, “I can say for certain that you are the first visitor in four days. Last month we had 42. And all of those were foreigners.”

Splendid isolation in a museum i read more
Skydive

Skydive

16/01/2012 - 08:48
The six-seater single engine hums along its circular ascent. Our tandem partners chatter on about earthly matters whilst I reprimand myself. I’m experiencing that post-idiotic-decision scolding, but my mother is a thousand feet below, so I do it alone. At this height everything is anorexic. The airstrip looks half as long as my shoelace, the hangar is about the size of a boulder on a diet and the bushes and sand have congealed into an unappetising vegetable stew. read more
HOPE ON A ROPE - ABSEILING

HOPE ON A ROPE - ABSEILING

21/10/2011 - 10:21
Walking backward off a 1km-tall mountain is kind of counterintuitive, to say the least.
But it’s what Gareth Gibson persuades people to do on a daily basis. Makes you wonder what he could achieve if he employed his demonic powers of persuasion for more practical purposes. I hadn’t thought much about abseiling, adopting the same kind of feet-first, brain-later approach that had characterised my life so far. I’d been so busy persuading my friend, Valma Pfaff, that everything would be fine that I’d forgotten to think about how it would be for me. read more
Old Master in a modern market

Old Master in a modern market

12/10/2011 - 10:01
Making Old Dutch Masters appealing to contemporary Africa: What might the stern sitters, gazing from their dark canvasses, make of the pounding of the djembe drums that stomps from the bustling Greenmarket Square into the Old Town House, home to Cape Town’s celebrated Michaelis collection of 17th century Dutch and Flemish masters? read more
MONA LISA OF THE CAPE

MONA LISA OF THE CAPE

01/06/2011 - 00:00
During the 1960s, Tretchikoff prints took pride of place on the dining room walls of innumerable homes. Mr Wentzel Hendricks recalls the three years he spent delivering them.

Mention Tretchikoff and countless Capetonians nod vigorously in recognition of the name, eager to discuss the emotional ties they had with his paintings. For many the Chinese Girl, with her bluish tinted skin, signature red lips and demure glance away from the viewer, is their La Gioconda. As Retreat-based Wentzel Hendricks recalls, “He was the only artist that we knew.” But while Vladimir Tretchikoff enjoyed unprecedented popularity, few were aware that he lived in Cape Town and enjoyed a lavish Bishopscourt lifestyle, complete with fast cars and sprawling mansions. Vladimir Tretchikoff famously said that the main difference between Vincent van Gogh and him was that Van Gogh starved, whereas he had become rich. read more
HEAT UP YOUR YOGA

HEAT UP YOUR YOGA

31/05/2011 - 00:00
For the first time in South Africa, Ana T. Forrest, a trail-blazing celebrity in the contemporary yoga scene, will be teaching students how to burn off their limitations using a dynamic combination of
heat, breath and vigorous yoga sequences.

Ana Forrest has been transforming and healing people’s lives throughout the world for more than 35 years with her unique blend of physical practice, Eastern wisdom, and profound Native American ceremony called Forrest Yoga. With her wild mane of hair and intense gaze, Ana is far from the wafer-thin, insipidly serene yoga model; the type that looks as though they only consume water and would crumple if as much as a nasty thought crossed their aura. read more
MOZART IN NYANGA

MOZART IN NYANGA

30/05/2011 - 00:00
The wind whips up dust circles on the streets of Nyanga, Cape Town’s oldest township and home to over 10 000 people. People mill and congregate on the streets: a man holds a woman’s hand; a mother walks behind her three children wearing brightly coloured woollen caps; street vendors cook skewers of cow’s intestines braaied over fires in tin drums. Goats saunter down the street. The surprising sound of a bow being scraped slowly across a violin string accompanies this scene like a musical score to a movie. Follow the sound of Mozart’s Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, played with a beginner’s halting uncertainty, and you arrive at Hlengisa Primary School. Peer inside the window and see a group of six kids, violins tucked neatly under their chins. read more
SANDS OF TIME

SANDS OF TIME

01/02/2011 - 23:33
Beaches have always been popular hang-outs. Our strandloper ancestors found them just as inviting as we do. With the sensual sand between your toes and the hot sun stroking your skin, it's easy to understand why. But coastlines are also places of drama and history. From archeological secrrets to recent conflict, Bernard Franz reveals the high jinks and skulduggery that have taken place along our shoreline. read more
TRIBES: TATTOO ARTISTS

TRIBES: TATTOO ARTISTS

06/12/2010 - 21:15
Dawn Kennedy penetrates the tattoo lover’s world, a place where pain, pleasure and permanence meet.

Close your eyes and you could be at the dentist. The ink pen, the tool of the tattoo artist’s trade, makes a surprisingly loud and intimidating drone as it is switched on for the first time. It is used to make a 1.5mm deep puncture in the skin, into which tiny amounts of indelible ink are deposited. Master tattoo artist Manuela is numb to its pneumatic noise. Having heard it for innumerable hours, she finds it a comforting, familiar sound. So much so that she says, “I get uneasy if I don’t hear it.” Sonja Myberg is having a geisha, the epitome of refined Japanese femininity, tattooed on her inner arm, stretching between the wrist and elbow. This, her eighth tattoo, is a Sailor Jerry design. read more
BETWEEN THE CRACKS

BETWEEN THE CRACKS

06/12/2010 - 00:00
God’s playground could look like this: boulders tossed like marbles onto vanilla sand greeted by the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Near Camps Bay, Maiden’s Cove is a priceless treasure tucked beneath three pampered bowling greens, and with views stretching from Lion’s Head across to the Twelve Apostles. It also is the home of 10 men who have been sheltering here for nearly two decades. Dawn Kennedy goes to meet them. read more
BEAUTY RESTORED - CASA LABIA

BEAUTY RESTORED - CASA LABIA

03/09/2010 - 00:00
The Venetian chandeliers once again are glittering on sparkling occasions at the newly refurbished Casa Labia. The low hum of laughter and the sound of “happy birthday to you” drifting
from the café are music to Antonia Labia Hardres-Williams ears. While undertaking the restoration of the Casa Labia, Antonia’s vision was to create not a dusty Eurocentric museum, but a vibrant cultural centre that would entice people of all ages and backgrounds through its door. Casa Labia is the palatial Venetianstyle home built by her grandfather, Count Natale Labia, in 1930 when he was appointed Italy’s diplomatic representative in South Africa. If its silk-lined wall panels could talk, they would tell a story of adventure on the high seas: the panels were shipped from Venice to Cape Town by interior decorator Angelo Zaniol who had been employed to decorate Casa Labia in the style redolent of their Venetian family home, Palazzo Labia. read more
DEREK VAN DAM: AND NOW FOR THE WEATHER

DEREK VAN DAM: AND NOW FOR THE WEATHER

12/07/2010 - 00:00
021 caught up with Derek van Dam at caramello’shis favourite haunt on kloof street. For many Capetonians, listening to e.tv’s daily weather report on the 7pm Prime Time News is a deeply entrenched evening ritual. After all, living in a city that can boast several seasons in one day, it helps to have some guidance as to what to wear. Perhaps this explains the disproportionate number of females glued to the weather broadcast? Or can the sudden enthusiasm in the last few years for e.tv’s weather report be attributed to weatherman Derek van Dam’s twinkling blue eyes, charming personality and mid-western American drawl that makes cloud formations sound deeply fascinating? read more
CAPE TOWN'S NO.1 FAN

CAPE TOWN'S NO.1 FAN

17/04/2010 - 00:00
Cape Town’s Stadium has a much-admired glass roof. Let’s hope that Mark Kulp doesn’t shatter it with his vuvuzela blowing. 021 put on some earplugs and went to meet the man determined to make the most noise during the World Cup. Clean cut, articulate and well mannered, Mark gives a mature, responsible first impression. But when he starts turning the handle of his WW2 siren, a naughty schoolboy gleam lights up his eyes. Ten revolutions later and a deafening wail emits from the contraption, causing the cleaning staff to flee the Ajax football
club building in alarm. read more
ARCHERY - KAREN HULTZER

ARCHERY - KAREN HULTZER

20/03/2010 - 23:50
Lifting the bow is the first challenge. It’s anchor shaped and almost as heavy. Coach Christopher Human instructs me to pull back the string until it touches my nose and fix the target through a pea-sized sight. All this is to be accomplished with Zen-like grace and focus. The resounding twang as I release the bow and the sound of the arrow hitting the target sends waves of gratification through me.

Archery is one of the main skills that allowed us to evolve from club-wielding unruliness. Standing in the middle of a barren field in Ottery, sun beating down, I reconnect with some ancient instinct. Clutching my lethal weapon, I’m a ‘don’t mess with me’ Artemis woman who never misses the mark. read more
THE POWERS OF RECREATION - DE WATERKANT VILLAGE

THE POWERS OF RECREATION - DE WATERKANT VILLAGE

17/03/2010 - 00:00
One way to identify tourists in De Waterkant is to see them jolt up from their coffees at the firing of the noon gun. Indeed, the bang is not for the fainthearted. Once used to measure time, the 18-pounder, smoothbore muzzle-loader was relocated from the castle to Signal Hill, because even locals complained about the noise. The thundering sound of a 200-year old cannon fired from “Leeuwen Bil”, or Lion’s Haunch (Signal Hill), is one way to take note of history. To stare
into a void is perhaps another. Gaping at the outskirts of De Waterkant just off the upper end of Strand Street is the quarry, which provided the material to construct the Cape Colony’s stately edifices, as well as some more humble dwellings. read more
IF YOU WAKE UP AT THREE AM, LOCK UP AND JUST GO

IF YOU WAKE UP AT THREE AM, LOCK UP AND JUST GO

01/03/2010 - 00:00
I would prefer to turn over, sleep, and in the morning go on with my business. But sleeplessness won’t let me. Already it has a persona of its own, like an animal chewing my leg. I can’t ignore it. I’m awake because I forgot something dear and can’t find it even in my dreams. Isn’t it obvious? When last was anything strong enough to pull me out of my car, away from the gym, the job, the restaurant dinners? Even the mountain seems surprisingly static these days. Has it given up calling me? Cape Town is starting to look the same. How could that happen?

I’ve got to get up. I’ve got to get close to something important. As long as I lie around in bed, turning, asking myself why I can’t sleep, the more aware I become of a truth I must link to, a power I must dance with.
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AND THE WINNER IS… THE LABIA AND LUDI KRAUS

AND THE WINNER IS… THE LABIA AND LUDI KRAUS

02/01/2010 - 00:00
Passing through the threshold of the Labia is like entering a pleasant time warp. There’s an air of gentility and of old-fashioned good manners. It’s a place of romance and reminiscence, of tears and laughter.

The Labia started out as a ballroom to entertain Italian fascists. After the war, cinema was added but only few came to watch movies. The screen was positioned at the back of the stage, making sub-titles illegible and the movie invisible if a tall person happened to sit in front of you.
As soon as current director, Ludi Kraus took over in 1989, he used a crane to bring the screen from the back to the front of the stage, to make the Labia a more comfortable movie theatre.
Ludi grew up steeped in cinema. His father owned one in Windhoek and Ludi tore his first movie ticket when he was eight years old. He went on to manage the cinema, challenging his father to extend the repertoire beyond kung-fu movies. read more
THE LIGHT SIDE Don't ask me, I'm Dr.D: What is it with the Vuvuzelas?

THE LIGHT SIDE Don't ask me, I'm Dr.D: What is it with the Vuvuzelas?

01/01/2010 - 00:00
DEAR DR. D, I AM NOT SURE IF
EVERYTHING IS RIGHT IN MY MIND
LATELY. WHEN I SLEEP, I HEAR
VUVUZELAS AND WHEN I WAKE UP,
I SEE THEM IN OTHER PEOPLE’S
FACES. WHAT IS IT WITH THESE
MACHINES? PLEASE EXPLAIN!
– MINNIE MARITZ, FROM MUIZENBERG read more
THE CYBER TRIBE THAT’S GOT THE VIBE

THE CYBER TRIBE THAT’S GOT THE VIBE

22/12/2009 - 00:02
They’re alive and clicking – Cape Town’s cyber-tribes – online communities bonded by shared interests and values. At the forefront of this trend is 2oceansvibe.com, one of Cape Town’s most popular websites. 021 slung on some high heels and went to explore a world where the Veuve Clicquot is always on ice and the vibe is all that matters. One simple word – vibe – defines the 2oceansvibe tribe. According to their ethos, everything – people, parties, brands – has a vibe, and the author of the website, self-styled, commitment phobic playboy Seth Rotherham, has made it his vocation to declare who, what, and where has the right vibe i.e. the vibe he likes. read more
TRIBES: THE GOTH SCENE IN OBSERVATORY

TRIBES: THE GOTH SCENE IN OBSERVATORY

18/12/2009 - 00:04
Is our city a refuge for the alternative and uninvited? Does its plethora of narrow streets resonate with forbidden passion and breathe crushed velvet? 021 enters a world of fairies, gargoyles and donkey-eared Anne Rice novels in an attempt to pin down Cape Town’s Goths and Emos.

The underground is a world composed of wandering vagabonds who destroy to create, challenge to learn, affecting aesthetic transformations from day to night. It’s about being experimental and explosive, tapping into a collective energy that has force, passion and an ability to revolutionise. The enigmatic and elusive ‘people of the night’ is a subculture that has outlived most others. What is Goth? Emo? Is it a lifestyle? An escape? A common ground? An identity? And are they, er, alive in Cape Town?  read more
EASY RIDERS – THE SURF SCENE IN MUIZENBERG

EASY RIDERS – THE SURF SCENE IN MUIZENBERG

17/12/2009 - 00:00
Next to Waikiki, Muizenberg corner with its soft wave and long ride is the best place to learn to surf in the world. 021 throws on some slipslops and goes to check out this supremely mellow scene.

On some days, the surf at Muizenberg rustles like the grass skirt of a Hawaiian dancer. Once the South-easter decides to relent, Surfer’s corner is as close to tropical as it gets in Cape Town. Even more so if you close your eyes and imagine a promenade of palm trees, and the faint whiff of coconut wafting in from the jade ocean. Muizenberg offers a welcoming 22° C water tempertaure, compared to the nipple-numbing 16° on the other side of the peninsula. Maybe that’s why Muizenberg beach attracts a different crowd than the arch tribes that congregate around Clifton, Llandudno or Camps Bay. At most, Cliftonites and their ilk brave a quick splash. In Muizenberg, people spend hours playing in the water, in as many different ways possible: swimming, boogie boarding, kite surfing – you name it, they’re at it. And the café scene opposite the beach is distinct too. You don’t see a lot of Jimmy Choos strolling around here. There’s little cocktail sipping and even less oyster eating. Lungis and slip-slops rule.
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KLAWERJAS - PLAYING BY THE RULES

KLAWERJAS - PLAYING BY THE RULES

14/12/2009 - 00:00
There is not much of a warm welcome outside the Retreat Hotel on a windy Tuesday evening at 8 pm. The streets are deserted, and the Congolese security guard eyes any visitor with suspicion.
Inside, I expect to find klawerjas players flinging back whiskey and throwing down cards amid ribald commentary, like Hollywood poker players. But the hall, where 30 people are playing, is a sanctuary of silence. There are no cigars and no swearing. Klawerjas is played with Quaker-like reverence and absorption. The only refreshment is water, served in polystyrene cups. For the 90 minute duration of a round, not a word is spoken. Cards are held like secrets; kept close to the chest or turned face down to be glanced at surreptitiously. The game of klawerjas is held in respect in the coloured community. It’s not just about the game. It’s about family bonding, cultural identity and maintaining dignity in the face of hardship.  read more
BEAUTY PAGEANT

BEAUTY PAGEANT

13/12/2009 - 00:00
021 discovers that beauty is beyond the eye of the beholder at the Lancashire Manufacturers Beauty Pageant. Friday night at the Grassy Park Hotel, where the annual Lancashire Manufacturers Beauty Pageant is being held. The Grassy Park Hotel is not an obviously glamorous setting. In the events hall, laminated wood walls are lined with dartboards concealed behind mirrors advertising Richelieu brandy. 1970s globe lampshades hang from the cherry-red ceiling. A faint scent of alcohol and cigarette smoke permeates the wooden fl oors, long scuffed
of varnish, lending an aura of disappointed dreams.  read more
HISTORY: CHRISTIAAN BARNARD AND THE FIRST HEART TRANSPLANT

HISTORY: CHRISTIAAN BARNARD AND THE FIRST HEART TRANSPLANT

10/12/2009 - 00:00
Looking into a living body without a heart in the chest cavity was a moment that altered history. Like stepping onto the moon, it crossed a frontier of what people considered possible. 021 recreates the drama of the first heart transplant that took place at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Observatory. Rushing towards town at Hospital Bend on the N2 is not the best time to appreciate the splendours of Groote Schuur Hospital. The imposing historic architecture is hardly visible behind the huge modern concrete wing blocking it from view. The other side of the freeway might be more serene, with springbok and mountain zebra roaming on the grassy slopes of Devil’s Peak, but the flurry of 2010 construction activity on the road itself lends a rather hazardous note to your car-window safari.
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