Kenyan in and around Cape Town

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Gloom and doom

Cape Town is located in a winter rainfall area and receives its rain from April to October. Sometimes there will be a couple of days of rain and then several days of sunshine, however it does sometimes rain for a couple of weeks in succession. Owing to the mountainous terrain, different parts of Cape Town may experience VASTLY different weather at the same time. Often yu experience 4 seasons in a day!! If this is anything to go by … we are in for a coold cold winter 😦

Devils peak, Table Mt
Cape Town

*Straight out of camera shot

Winter Sunsets [Sable Square]

Winter is upon us. Sun rays, let alone sunsets are rare. The sun is distant and as the winter months approach ,it will become scarce. Clouds are heavy, everyone is gloomy and heavily dressed and generally the happiness is gone. I tend to think Capetonians are solar powered. I will therefore stop at nothing (even traffic) to shoot a glorious sunset when it does show. Maybe it will brighten someones day.

Wednesday May 11, 5.45pm
Sable Square, Cape Town

Maybe we will get some of this back 🙂
Someday, Last summer in Bloubergstrand

The land dispossession of black South Africans

The Land Act of 1913 formalised the land dispossession of black South Africans. It limited African land ownership to ‘native reserves’, with communal land tenure administered by traditional leaders. Other laws prevented Africans from owning land in white farming areas and prevented white farmers from leasing land to black tenants and share croppers* … almost 100yrs later … has anything really changed on the ground for the black South African?!

Beautiful farm,
Durbanville, South Africa

I hope one day this will read “The Land Act of 2013 formalised the land dispossession of white ‘South Africans’ … Other laws prevented Europeans from owning land in farming areas and prevented African farmers from leasing land to European tenants and share croppers
Nb: Africans by colonization doesn’t count
*Government programmes and policies/Land Reform

Sea wall to save village from waves

According to the Daily Nation, Ngomeni villagers have joined hands in building a sea wall to protect themselves from strong waves.The work they were contracted to do involves digging trenches and filling them with stones. Over the years, the coastal village, 160 kilometres north of Mombasa town and 20 kilometres from Malindi town, has been battling with the effects of rising sea levels.

The (proudly South African) solution: dolosse
A dolos (plural dolosse) is a concrete block in a complex geometric shape weighing up to 20 tons, used in great numbers to protect harbour walls from the erosive force of ocean waves. They were developed in East London, a port city in South Africa, in 1963 and are found in millions around the world. Is it too hard for the Kenyan government to do this for Ngomeni villagers?!

Robben Island, Cape Town

Mountain Splendour

This week I have shared Route 62 with you and it has been a real pleasure seeing all your comments and appreciation for ‘my Kenya in South Africa’.
I end the route 62 posts with one of the beautifully scenic mountain reserves that are in abundance in the Western cape. The mountains are supreme recreational areas, and most are accessible by extensive but discreet footpaths. They are a paradise for rock-climbers, adventure lovers and backpackers.

Mountain Splendour,
Route 62 Winelands

And there was evening, and morning
The 6th day

Capetonians doing what capetonians do ... watch sunsets!

Live here. Work there!

Driving down the 600km stretch of the wine route, it was impossible not to notice a pattern/trend; SMALL TOWN (coffee shops & cellars) followed by a LOOONG STRETCH OF WINE FARMS, then a run down WORKERS VILLAGE on a lonely stretch 😦 These workers put food on the nation’s tables, but the nation turns a blind eye to their living and working conditions. They lack decent housing, proper sanitation, access to clean water, electricity and often suffer inhumane evictions from farms … ya!

Workers village,
Route 62

Wine farms,
Montagu Springs

Someday when am 90

My wife and I have had so many great moments this past few months looking for places to photograph, enjoying sunsets and sometimes just enjoying God’s wonderful creation. I had one such moment on sabbath in Sedgefield watching this lake, and it occurred to me that I’m an old-fashioned guy… someday when am 90, I want to be sitting on a porch, rocking chair, big cup of tea in hand, my wife knitting sweaters beside me looking at some lake … … somewhat like the old man in Legends of the Fall … thinking to myself “honey we made it! we grew old together”

Swartvlei, Sedgefield,
Garden route

Then again sometimes you dont want to grow old. You want to be the boy in the lake.
Swartvlei, Sedgefield- Garden route