The big added bonus for international volunteers working in Cape Town is the huge variety of activities to choose from over the weekends and in their spare time.
Last weekend got off to a great start when Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu arrived for breakfast in his Springbok Rugby shirt after the Friday morning mass at St George’s Cathedral. It was the opening day of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and the Springboks are defending their world title.
Friday night saw the first of the Musical City Hall Sessions which kicked off Cape Town Creative Week with a bang. The line-up included jazz group Kasivan & The Lights and piano and guitar duo Congolese Ray Lema and Brazilian Chico Cesar. The highlight of the evening was award winning singer Thandiswa Mazwai. Who did a great take of Nelson Mandela’s first speech which he gave from the balcony of the City when he was released from prison.
After a quick lunch at the Hope Street Market on Saturday it was off to the Out The Box puppetry and visual performance festival at the Hiddingh campus in town. Many of the shows were aimed at children and families but the ones we saw were decidedly grownup. Madame Touxflouwe was a bloody B-grade-shock-horror show and Punch and Judy in Afghanistan very topical.
All these events were within walking distance of the volunteer accommodation in town.
Sunday morning started off on a serious note commemorating both 9/11 and the death of Steve Biko at the Cathedral. We then watched the first Springbok rugby match of the world cup against Wales which was a bit too close a win for comfort. We enjoyed the sun walking on Clifton beach in the afternoon watching paragliders jumping off Lions head