Tell us about your perfect weekend in the city.
For my husband and I, weekends in Cape Town are all about culture. But I’d start by making my way to the beautiful coffee spot of Giovanni’s Deli in Green Point. I love to sit there with my coffee, go through the papers, and enjoy great conversations with people I don’t know.
Then, I’ll hop in the car with hubby and make our way to an art gallery, perhaps the Norval Foundation in Constantia, to enjoy some beautiful art. In the evening it’s the theatre. We are spoilt for choice with theatre in South Africa, in Cape Town in particular, so perhaps off to the Artscape to catch a performance.
Interesting, your excitement at chatting with strangers, as Cape Town has a reputation for being unwelcoming to people of colour. What’s been your experience?
Cape Town is what you allow it to be. Yes, it has a reputation for being “cliquey”, but I’m the kind of person that decides how a place is going to treat me. Cape Town is a beautiful place if you want it to be, so a lot of places I go to are very cosmopolitan. When it comes to race, I believe that we bring ourselves into those spaces, and those spaces remain untransformed because we refuse to engage with them. If you remain silent and decide to cower they will continue to keep you out. We have to learn to fight to be where we want to be.
Which are the most glamorous soirées of the year in the city?
We have so many wonderful events in Cape Town that lend themselves to high glamour. For horseracing I love the glitz of The Met and the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (both in February 2021). But the Cape Town Art Fair (19-21 February 2021) has also become an appointment fair for art lovers throughout the world. It’s a wonderful gathering of like-minded art collectors, and whether you elect to buy or not, just being in that environment is fantastic. There’s a cosmopolitan element to the fair, but also a real business side to it.