Bilqees Baker, Bo-Kaap resident and activist, will lead her popular Culture Connect Bo-Kaap experience, including going inside South Africa’s oldest mosque and the kramats/cemetery. We’ll stop at community projects, talk about the coloured houses, slave history, current challenges and issues you wish to cover.
Afterwards 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. On the menu will be 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.
Date: Sat 9 May 2020
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!).
Later in the year, architect and UCT lecturer Sadiq Toffa will be leading Culture Connect’s Bo-Kaap public/open tour focusing on buildings and development. Sadiq is the South African co-ordinator for the World Monuments Fund for threatened cultural heritage sites of global significance. While the Bo-Kaap now has heritage overlay protection, huge issues remain about high rise developments.