Bilqees Baker, Bo-Kaap resident and activist, will lead her popular Culture Connect Bo-Kaap walking tour, including going inside South Africa’s oldest mosque and the kramats/cemetery. We’ll stop by community projects, the coloured houses and spice shop. Commentary will include slave history, property challenges and Muslims traditions here. With, of course, time for your questions.
Afterwards, there is the option of a Cape Malay lunch by Fayruza Abrahams in her home, 5 Lion St which has been in her family for generations and which she shares with her brother and daughter. Our menu will include wheat-free chilli bites, veg curry, roti’s, sambal, chutney, rice and koesisters, with spiced tea and freshly favoured water. Her cooking is world famous thanks to the popularity of her Airb&b experiences. Fayruza will tell us about the spices she uses, tips about cooking Cape Malay style and her own foodie journey which spans the time when she was an air hostess to recipes from her grandmother.
Given the precautions against the spread of the Covid 19, the date is yet to be confirmed.
Time: 10am -12pm or 1:30pm if staying on for lunch
Cost: R250 early birds, then R350; add R250 for Cape Malay lunch afterwards
Meeting point: Tana Baru (old cemetery and shrines/kramats) outside the main entrance, Dawes St, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, 8001
If you would like your own bespoke Bo-Kaap tour contact firstname.lastname@example.org | 072 377 8014 (whatsapp/phone) or be hosted for a Cape Malay lunch, high tea or supper, perhaps including a cooking demonstration/lesson (making samosa’s is fun!).
For a focus on urban design and the built environment (past and present), architect and UCT lecturer Sadiq Toffa leads a Culture Connect Bo-Kaap. Sadiq was brought up in the Bo-Kaap. He is the South African co-ordinator for the World Monuments Fund for threatened cultural heritage sites of global significance. He also is a trustee of the Tana Baru Trust, with responsibility for heritage. While the Bo-Kaap now has heritage overlay protection, huge issues remain about high rise developments. Please ask if you would like this tour.