As a coloured who grew up in Cape Town and admittedly always loved to seek out all the interesting places in and around town, I am ashamed to say that I only recently visited the District Six Museum. Of cause, while growing up, I have been told many tales of the now almost mythical district, and as I listened to these stories, or rather memoirs, I imagined myself walking through the narrow streets, hearing the laughter of children playing in the streets and eventually felt myself being swept away by the sweet sounds of jazz.
Almost 50 years after the removal of more than 16000 families from the only home they knew for many generations, I decided to, along with my best friend, pay homage to an era and culture once known as the heart and soul of Cape Town.
Nadia and I started our expedition with a hearty Mediterranean breakfast at Seelan on the V&A Waterfront, to celebrate the joie de vivre (joy of life) as they so nicely put it.
later the morning we excitedly boarded the City Siteseeing bus (our first time) where we were treated to some cool, some funny and some sad facts about our culture rich city. We got to chat to the friendly staff and fellow tourists and although the clouds of mist were fast rolling in as table mountain was being covered by the famous “table cloth,” we enjoyed the cool breeze as we savoured the breathtaking views we so often take for granted.
Because it’s a hop-on-hop-off bus, we decided to hop off at Charlies Bakery for a sweet treat and obviously to meet Charly’s Cake Angels from the 2011 docu-reality TV series.
The District six museum located in the heart of the Mother City, serves as a remembrance to the culture and history of the area before the removals.
On entering you are solemnly greeted by a large street map of District Six, with handwritten notes from former residents indicating where their homes had once been
Street signs from the old district tell a heartbreaking story of the lives of the District Six families
Oh how this takes me back to my early childhood! The games we use to play, the fun we use to have. The things our kids will sadly never know.
The remains of the slave tree – where slaves were sold and leased at public auctions.
Continuing our journey around the peninsula
Just another Summers day at Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens
Thank you Wiki for helping me piece together this post and bringing to life my photographs taken during my visit to the museum. I encourage every South African, and otherwise, to visit the district six museum on your visit to the Cape.