Last night an international team of Anglo-American University students met with Michael Stone, an activist and member of the Afrikaner NGO, Afriforum, in Cape Town.
As the midday sun peaked, we were all excited to leave our hostel to start another planned activity – the Gangster Museum.
We are in Imizamo Yethu. Huddled between parcels of prime real estate and the mountain, Cape Town’s smallest township is home to approximately 60, 000 people, although official statistics state half that number.
“Don’t forget to read the pamphlet!”
That was until Matej suddenly lost control of the bike. He swerved left then right and I grabbed his shoulders so tight I must’ve left bruises. My heart was gripped with panic, and I shut my eyes until I felt Matej stop on the side of the road right where it ended in a steep drop to the beach…
There I was, standing atop the 669m tall hunk of spiky rock known as Lion’s Head.
Now that we have arrived at the third destination of our trip, a neighbourhood called Observatory, or ‘Obz’ by the locals, I felt like it was time to reflect on our very distinct morning routines during our week in Muizenberg. The town’s colourful seaside look allowed for a multitude of activities and was inviting us to forget about our work for just a second when we…
Robben Island itself has changed its name as much as it has changed its purpose over the years. Today, the comparably small piece of land within the jurisdiction of Cape Town houses merely 200 living and over 1000 dead people that were exiled and left to die first from leprosy and later from the side effects of incarceration as political prisoners.
“I dream of a South Africa where the first entirely new city built in the democratic era rises, with skyscrapers, schools, universities, hospitals, and factories” – Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Afirca, 20 June 2019 President Ramaphosa shared plans for future South Africa in his State of the Nation Address after being elected…
On Wednesday, June 26th, our project had its most dramatic day yet. We began early with a tour of District Six, a historic area of Cape Town scarred by one of the worst events in the city’s history.