Woman’s Day in Cape Town
Woman’s Day is very much celebrated in Cape Town. With a few friends we had a braaivleis (barbecue) overlooking Blue and Bright Falsebay. The full word is ‘braaivleis’ but I purposely excluded the last part of the word for the sake of being vegan. The latter part of the word, ‘vleis’ is Afrikaans for meat.
Vegan Braaivleis, Cape Town
‘Veganism’ (sounds like an ancient religious order) is growing in Cape Town and many restaurants offer vegan options. Most South Africans sneer at the thought of a barbecue without meat…but we did throw a skinny chicken on the side for our non vegan friends (chicken not included in picture for conscience sake).
Beach Artist in Cape Town
The weather on Woman’s Day in Cape Town was fantastic, attracting a solid flow of beach-goers. In Fish Hoek, Cape Town one artist built a sand castle in honour of women which was well received with loud and quiet gestures of appreciation. A rusted can invited onlookers and admirers to contribute. The light breeze threatened to dislodge the notes but the artist had one eye on his art, the other on the can.
Pam Golding Quote special on Woman’s Day
Down in the Fish Hoek, Cape Town village, successful property magnate, Pam Golding struck a cord with her quote, ” I always believed women can do anything they set their hearts on” She lived what she believed.
National Woman’s Day
National Woman’s Day is a South African public Holiday celebrated on the 9th day of August consistently since 1995. It originated in 1956 when people of colour was required to carry a ‘pass’ during the Apartheid era. Women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the legislation.
Since 1995 the celebration of the day started to include much more than a historical commemoration. This has become an opportunity for the country, especially men to appreciate women in every part of society from the home to the work place to politics and sport. It is also an ideal opportunity to highlight the rights and privileges of women and to address domestic and national ambiguities.