Although it does not always feel like it, we in the Cape are linked to South Africa and Africa beyond by a cultural and historical umbilicus that is to be seen all around once your rose-tinted vision clears.
Africa is going through tumultuous times and people from as far afield as Nigeria and Somalia, Congo, Malawi and Mozambique, Zimbabwe … everywhere, are arriving on our doorstep in a human tide.
As much as we would like to we cannot help them all. We have chosen to support the talented street artists who create wonderfully quirky and creative pieces from wire, tin and beads mainly, and sell them for a pittance at traffic lights (we call them robots, but that is another story to tell you).
If you see something would like to take back home as a reminder of your wonderful time in Africa, just ask and we will stop, shoot the breeze and negotiate a good and fair price on whatever catches your eye.
We also have out our man. Dube from Zimbabwe, who makes for us the bead-and-wire flowers that we offer each guest party as a parting gift of the flowerful Cape.