When we think about Cape Town tourism, we often go to the winelands first, up Table Mountain, or down the pristine beaches at Clifton. But in truth the heart of Cape Town lies in the community. That is why I love the new video series by Cape Town tourism that takes you into the heart of neighbourhoods, showing you a few of the highlights visitors can look forward to.
The latest video visits Khayelitsha township and gives you a glimpse of the local attractions and positive change that is happening within the township. It starts with Siyanda Sopangisa, co-founder of the Khayelitsha Canoe Club. From here it takes a stop at the Department of Coffee that has helped to establish coffee culture in the community and which Wongama Balani hopes to build into a thriving, large-scale venture.
At the 18 Gangster Museum, Wandile Nqeketho talks about how they have established a space where people can learn about the harmful impact of gangsterism and why you should avoid it. Then it takes us to Nomalungelo Sotyingwe, owner of Lungi’s B&B, who gives tourists the opportunity to experience Khayelitsha’s culture and hospitality.
And finally they touch on the work of artists like Golden Nongauza and Juma Mkwela (Juma Art Tours), and the way that art and crafts can transform the area.
While this video might paint a romantic picture, it nonetheless helps to break down cultural divides and fear, giving people a glimpse at the heart and humanity that thrives here.
Browse around on the YouTube channel to take a look at more videos in The Love Cape Town Neighbourhood Series.