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Kicking Back During the World Cup: Coovadia, Mbonami, Tutu and More

Joburg

A three-part piece by Alex Perry in Time magazine provides information on “how to kick back in the world cup cities”. Perry has sourced information from local celebrities including Phakama Mbonami (representing Joburg), Imraan Coovadia (Durban) and Desmond Tutu (Cape Town). They provide us with a wide range of places to choose from – from Nando’s to Everard Read – for those days between your matches:

Johannesburg

PHAKAMA MBONAMBI
36, publisher and editor of Wordsetc, South Africa’s leading literary magazine

I’d start off with breakfast in the lush garden of the Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, tel: (27-11) 322 5000. Somehow the hotel has managed to retain its old charm amid the corporate skyscrapers. To soak up culture, I’d head for Rosebank and the Circa Gallery, tel: (27-11) 788 4805, an architecturally striking venue and part of the Everard Read Gallery, which showcases contemporary South African art. The next stop would be Museum Africa, tel: (27-11) 833 5624, at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown. For reading matter, I’d cross the square to Xarra Books, tel: (27-11) 832 3069, the only bookstore in the city that specializes in African books. For lunch, there’s Canteen at Arts on Main, tel: (27) 83 3999 940, a newly established cultural oasis.

Cape Town

DESMOND TUTU
78, Archbishop Emeritus

My perfect day begins waking up at home with the person I love most in the world, my wife. The Eucharist is at St. George’s Cathedral, where I once worked and from where we marched in the apartheid era in our tens of thousands to demand justice. Morning coffee is taken with friends, though these days I tend to drink the Cape’s own rooibos tea.

I then might head for the Philani Nutrition Centre in Khayelitsha, the township to the east of the city. It feeds malnourished children while teaching their mothers to sew and weave and print. The fruits of their labor, including stunning woven carpets with Cape Town themes, are sold to tourists at the center’s shop.

Durban

IMRAAN COOVADIA
40, novelist

Durban is a sunshine city, even during the winter, and like Hawaii it’s a surfer’s paradise. So a perfect day should begin on Umhlanga Rocks Beach, near the candy-cane lighthouse, with a trip along the boardwalk. Umhlanga’s crabs are friendly. The stinging bluebottles not so much. The sharks are less of a menace, kept out at 400 m by an extensive system of nets.

This perfect day should take in the three side-by-side cultures that make Durban unique. First, colonial England, which can be visited at the Rob Roy Hotel, tel: (27-31) 777 1305. Or go for tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, tel: (27-31) 561 2211, where Gaddafi stayed on his most recent visit. Second, Zululand, which provides most of the city’s population, its rickshaws, royal family and the herbalist shops near the old market that are worth going on an expedition to (but leave your valuables behind). Third, India, which might best be sampled at Seabelle, tel: (27-32) 941 5551, a north coast restaurant famous for prawn curry.

Book details

  • Wordsetc Number 7

Wordsetc Number 7: South Africa Literary Magazine

Image courtesy Allan Baxter

 

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