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2016 - UBUNTU FESTIVAL on Human Rights day

Updated on February 18, 2016
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Nadine is from Cape Town and is both a visionary fiction author, an art therapist and a graphic designer. Loves gardening, reading & writing

UBUNTU FESTIVAL

This year 2016 the Ubuntu Festival is back to support the Amy Biehl Foundation. This is a non-profit organization that develops programs to empower youth in vulnerable communities, and features none other than South African superstars Mi Casa and local heartthrob Chad Saaiman.

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2016 Human Rights day

Human Rights Day (21 March) was officially declared a public holiday in 1994 and today; the South African constitution protects individual rights, like the right to move freely without a pass book, which was the case when I arrived in South Africa during the early seventies.

Under the leadership of Robert Sobukwe – an appeal was addressed to all African men to take a stand against such a humiliating law, leave their pass books at home and to go to their nearest police station and demand to be incarcerated for not carrying the demeaning document. The police then, upon seeing the masses of people marching, opened fire on the crowd in a state of fear.

I've done some story writing about those times through the eyes of a foreigner who arrived in South Africa during the seventies. The Self Employed Housewife ebook 1

Every year this day is a celebration about the past and where we are today.

The Cape Town itinerary for this day

On the 21 March On Human Rights Day, the Labia Theater will host a screening of the hard-hitting documentary Running Dry and will run this documentary until 24 March in our Mother City. Tackling a number of water-related issues, like our right to clean water.

The following video is narrated by Jane Seymour and interrogates the worsening humanitarian water crisis around the globe, including in South Africa.

RUNNING DRY is a comprehensive public information/education project, established to raise awareness regarding the worsening global humanitarian water crisis

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY SWIM

This year 2016 there is going to be a HUMAN RIGHTS DAY SWIM.

This is to raise awareness for swimming and money for good causes. Swimmers will depart from Camps Bay Beach in freezing water temperatures along an 800-m, 1.6-km or a 5-km route. Swimmers have the option to brave the icy Atlantic with or without a wet-suit.

Additional donations will go to SEAL, an open water swimming trust that identifies disadvantaged swimmers and promote new talent and to help bring swimming to disadvantaged communities.

Human Rights Day is there to remember the events when 69 people died and 186 injured after police opened fire on demonstrators protesting against pass laws in Sharpeville. Many gathered to remember that tragedy, but we often just stay home to celebrate the beauty of South Africa, especially the Western Cape where we live.

WHAT WE OFTEN DO ON THIS PUBLIC HOLIDAY - depending on the weather.

Not everybody has a day off on this day. A few years ago from our deck we looked in amazement at the Telkom guy who clearly has no fear of heights. He was connecting a new phone cable to our neighbor to the top of the Telkom pole across the street.
Not everybody has a day off on this day. A few years ago from our deck we looked in amazement at the Telkom guy who clearly has no fear of heights. He was connecting a new phone cable to our neighbor to the top of the Telkom pole across the street. | Source
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It was a perfect day for hiking in 2014

Two years ago Robin and I decided to take a hike instead of working on this holiday. Walking on the fire break path along the mountain behind our property in Clovelly, towards Kalk Bay is always an adventure.. It had been a few years since we have done any kind of hike. We used to do climbing hikes regularly, but after my nasty fall while coming down from Table Mountain in 2004, and then in 2009 when I broke both my feet, we stopped going on any hikes that meant climbing over rocks and boulders. The injury to my feet had made me scared to take any more risks.
I realized two years ago that I needed to overcome this fear of being accident-prone since it had become a state of mind.

After we had a fruit smoothie for breakfast, I packed my small rather old Canon camera in my moon-bag and off we went. To get to the fire break from the back of our properly is easy. The road behind our plot has a climbing path leading right up the mountain towards the narrow path, which many hikers use daily.

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The Afrikaans word for False Bay is Valsbaai . Our Bay is exposed to south-easterly winds in summer and its waters are approximately 6°C warmer than those of Table Bay, owing to the influence of the warm Agulhas Current of the Indian Ocean. It is a branch of the South Equatorial Current also known as the Mozambique Current. The Agulhas is one of the world's strongest ocean currents, with a speed of up to 1.4 miles per hour (2.3 km/h).

Stunning views over False Bay towards Fish Hoek and Simons Town in the distance

We are both always very grateful to live in what we feel is one of the best spots of the Western Cape.
Fish Hoek is a coastal town at the eastern end of the Fish Hoek Valley on the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula in Cape Town

The Fish Hoek valley between Noordhoek and Fish Hoek used to be a sea passage that separated the Cape Peninsula into northern and southern islands. The valley is generally sandy and the bedrock is Cape granite. In places this is deeply weathered and in the past the rotted granite was mined for pockets of the mineral Kaolinite, which is used to make ceramic goods such as hand basins and bath tubs. The valley is famous for 12,000 year old Paleolithic skeletons discovered in a cave (now called Peers' Cave) by Bertie Peers and his father in 1927.

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The most significant find, which launched the Peers Cave to world fame in 1929, was the excavation of a skull, blackened by age. The difference in bone structure was obvious, and found by Sir Arthur Keith to belong to an inhabitant of South Africa, who roamed the False Bay Coast 15 000 years ago.

Our weather patterns

The moment we overlooked the valley below towards Fish Hoek, we felt like youngsters again. To feel no strong wind coming from False Bay while being so exposed high against the mountain does not happen all that often. March is known for its wind free periods and often the best temperatures of the whole year. No heat waves but instead warm weather during the day cooling off towards the evening.
Sometimes the temperatures can range from around 15°C climbing up to around 25°C towards lunch time, ten degrees warmer. This will then cool off after four to five, but today it stayed warm until sunset.
We are now in autumn heading for our winter. After Easter the rains will come. We have a dry summer in the Cape, not like the Transvaal where it rains during summer.

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The wolf from Clovelly

The neighbors behind us have a Siberian wolf as a pet. It used to howl every evening promptly at six when the owner took her Great Dane for a walk, but apparently she has lost her vocal cords due to old age. It was a rescue animal. 15 years ago the poor wolf was found in bad condition due to neglect. It had come off a Russian ship to be sold for lots of money. The previous owners could not take care of this wild animal and placed an advert in the local paper. Our neighbors took pity and adopted it since they had an empty plot next to their home on the slopes of the mountain.

We used to take our grandchildren to see the wolf by walking past the wire fence above our property where the wolf would pace up and down as wolves do. It had a German shepherd as a companion until it died of old age and now it’s befriended a young Great Dane.

Today as I'm editing this post the wolf has gone to better pastures.

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No fear of heights

Often you see photos of rock climbers that seem to sit on the edge of a big rock overlooking the landscape far below. That is what we wanted to do.

From down below in Clovelly Road this huge boulder looks as if it could roll down the mountain at any moment. (Read Martie's article here on Hub pages when she visited us in 2015.)

The rocks and boulders with their formations that are scattered all over the all mountain tell a story of how this landscape must have formed due to great land shifting movements ages ago.

The labyrinth at the entrance to Clovelly

A friend of ours: Joanna Castle has built the labyrinth you can see far below in this photo with the help of people from the night shelter in Kalk Bay.
She was inspired to do something meaningful for the people in her neighborhood.

“Seamount Labyrinth is a beautiful 20X20 labyrinth on my property in Kalk Bay that is open to the public free of charge at Clovelly Beach in Kalk Bay.”

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The view over our  beach  starting from the Clovelly end to Fish hoek  is about 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) long and quite flat, and the bay is protected from the currents and stronger surf in the rest of False Bay.
The view over our beach starting from the Clovelly end to Fish hoek is about 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) long and quite flat, and the bay is protected from the currents and stronger surf in the rest of False Bay. | Source
There are few cities in the world that can boast the splendor of traveling along a rugged coastline where you can spot whales from your train carriage windows.
There are few cities in the world that can boast the splendor of traveling along a rugged coastline where you can spot whales from your train carriage windows. | Source

We have used the train several times into town. The rail trip from the central business district of Cape Town all the way through to Simon’s Town takes about an hour and a quarter, and takes you through a fascinating, ever-changing landscape.

Between the scattered rocks there is always some veldt flowers in bloom . The Cape Floral Kingdom is the richest of the world's six floral kingdoms.
Between the scattered rocks there is always some veldt flowers in bloom . The Cape Floral Kingdom is the richest of the world's six floral kingdoms. | Source
We spotted a small rondavel that you cannot see from the road down below. I especially took this photo for the dormer window in the roof. We would love to add that kind of feature to our loft room in due course.
We spotted a small rondavel that you cannot see from the road down below. I especially took this photo for the dormer window in the roof. We would love to add that kind of feature to our loft room in due course. | Source
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I’m pointing at Simon's Town at the distance, often referred to as Simonstown. Originally it was named Simon’s Vlek after Simon van der Stel, the Dutch governor of the Cape Colony between 1677 and 1699, who surveyed the bay east of Cape Town in 1687 and earmarked it as a safe winter harbour during the months of May to September for which it was finally proclaimed in 1741.

KalkBay harbor in the distance
KalkBay harbor in the distance | Source
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We are almost at the spot where there must be a path leading down into Kalk Bay itself. We can see from the traffic that lots of people have come to spend the human rights day holiday day among the shops, restaurants, rock pools and beaches.

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We found our way down towards the street. It has taken us just under one hour to do this walk. I’m truly glad that we did this because now I know that we can easily do more hikes and visit the Ascension and Peers Cave that are nearby where we live.

Walking towards main street on the beautiful Public holiday. Our hike over the mountain was over
Walking towards main street on the beautiful Public holiday. Our hike over the mountain was over | Source
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By this time we were ready for that promised coffee milk shake from Tribakery, one of our favorite places to drink cappuccino, but we were far too hot after that hour hike.

After strolling past the quaint shops on the main road that offer0 a variety arts and crafts, pottery, clothing, curios and bric-a-brac shops set in old -world charm. We stopped for a late lunch at kalkbay express coffee train.

Main street in Kalk Bay
Main street in Kalk Bay | Source
  • We Passed the beach were people from the Kalk Bay night shelter enjoy family time.
  • Many people who live in a nearby old age home were having a picnic.
  • On the way home we stopped at the fishing harbor where fishermen were selling yellow tail and other fish.

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Have you ever bought fresh fish straight from a fisherman?

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Kalk Bay is one of the oldest a fishing villages on the False Bay Coast. The reverence for the sea and its awesome power unite the Kalk Bay fishermen even today, when many lost their fishing permits

due to the big corporations. The Kalk Bay rock-fishermen were regarded as the finest in the Cape Colony.

On the way home we stopped at the fishing harbor where fishermen were selling yellow tail and other fish.
On the way home we stopped at the fishing harbor where fishermen were selling yellow tail and other fish. | Source
All down the road hawkers try to sell their craft works to the many tourist that visit in the summer months
All down the road hawkers try to sell their craft works to the many tourist that visit in the summer months | Source

We often visit Kalk Bay by walking from our home along the road leading to Kalk Bay, so from this point on the return journey only took us another fifteen minutes. My feet were starting to complain, but We will never forget during the following years what we did on Human rights day in 2014.

Next month during 2016 we will again celebrate this day, but how we shall see.

Thanks for reading my ramblings.

Nadine

If you look at the large boulder on the mountain, that is the same spot where we were at the beginning of our hike.   The weather was still absolutely great when we arrived at our home in Clovelly.  What a great Humans rights day
If you look at the large boulder on the mountain, that is the same spot where we were at the beginning of our hike. The weather was still absolutely great when we arrived at our home in Clovelly. What a great Humans rights day | Source

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a wonderful adventure, and bless your heart for taking us along with you. Thank you Nadine. I totally enjoyed the hike.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the beautiful pictures which help us enjoy the hike with you. Thank you for sharing.

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Hoe verlang ek nou na die Kaap!

      Excellent hub, Nadine :)

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your comment Billy. Glad to have taken you with us.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Oh jy is Afrikaans? I totally understand the "verlang!"

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I truly enjoyed getting a glimpse of your life, from the photos to your story of the wolf to the Afrikaans words.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Wow! Nadine! I see what you mean about your Clovelly! and the surrounding areas too! How absolutely gorgeous! I am glad you didn't take another tumble and break any more limbs! lol! how amazing and what a coincidence that I happened to share my clovelly and coast post! I am so glad to see your wonderful part of the world, so jealous now! lol! the one thing I always find funny if you like is the fact that I can never get used to the 'back to front' summer winter thing, you have winter in our summer and the thought of june and july being winter is very strange to me! mind you, its probably warmer there in your winter than here in our summer! lol! great hub, and voted up and shared! nell

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thank you for sharing, so beautiful. I love where I live so much I don't take much interest anywhere else but you have really been blessed and I do envy all your surroundings...but am very happy for you too! Up+ share

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I like your adventure! Spectacular views, fascinating experience! I always like to see places. Thank you for sharing. I had a good read.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks Flourish for liking our hike trip story.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your great reply to our hiking trip. Yes we are now heading for winter, and no Its not getting as cold as in the UK, but cold enough for me. Our homes are not all that well insulated, and no central heating, so we dress warm with several layers even inside in our office. We do have an open fireplace in the lounge that we use on special evenings, but that does not heat up the whole house. Thanks for the share.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Jackie I did reply already but for some reasons my box disappeared on me. Yes we are very fortunate where we live but I'm glad you love where you are. Many thanks for sharing.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Cris I'm so glad you enjoyed the read. We were very lucky with the weather that day because today is a lot colder and misty. We are now in autumn heading for winter.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Oh my! When I clicked into this hub I had such a feeling of home was unbelievable. I listen to the local radio station online and heard o the long weekend 21st being a holiday and so on. I did buy fresh fish from a fisherman and enjoyed that very much. The photos are beautiful and from such a great place. An interesting insight of the 21st but also lots to do to keep entertained. Voted up, useful, beautiful, and interesting.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi DDE Oh I hope the feelings from home did not make you sad? Even plan to visit SA soon?

      Thanks for your votes.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Nadine, you have the best of both worlds right outside your front door. I enjoyed the hike and the fabulous pictures you took along the way. What a beautiful way to spend a day off! Thank you for sharing with us.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Enjoyed reading the hub, great photos. Hope to visit there someday!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much Nadine for letting me join you on your beautiful journey. Loved it and voting up.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Harry 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I've always wanted to visit South Africa ..not just Cape Town... such a beautiful part of the world... great hub n voted up!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for an interesting and enjoyable hub, Nadine. I loved looking at the photos and participating in the virtual tour.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Nadine I plan to visit SA in 2016 have a lovely day

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for reading my hub on my one day hike Shauna. It was fun to write.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I'm glad I have inspired you to visit South Africa one day Nithya. Thanks for the comment

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks Eddy for reading my hub and therefore joining our one day hike. Thanks for the vote

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hello Harry, a banker from Sydney. Although I'm not in the tourist business at all, I'm glad to have shared our part of the western cape through this forum. Thanks for the vote.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I'm so glad you enjoyed my virtual tour. Thanks for visiting my hub.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Oh great plan. If ever you are in Cape Town let me know.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      South Africa sounds like a very beautiful and interesting place to visit, more so as evidenced by your photos. This hub has completely changed my impressions of the country. Your description of your journey is so lucid and it captures very enticing components of Cape Town.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for your great comment. I'm so glad to have enticed you about SA, especially Cape Town.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      What an incredible beautiful country! great hub, a pleasure to read, thank you for sharing. I must return to look at the images again. Up and sharing.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      So glad you liked my photos on the Western Cape. It was a fun hub to write. Thanks for sharing

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      What a great way to highlight this holiday. I love fish and wanted to reach out and pull one in for dinner. Thanks for the wonderful tour and education.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi these glad you liked my one day tour in our neighborhood.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      South Africa looks so beautiful. I've always wanted to go there, and I hope to some day. Voted up and shared and pinned.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Daniel many thanks for visiting my post on Human rights day in South Africa. thanks for the vote

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      You have so many gorgeous photos! Really enjoyed this article. How does one break their feet? It must have been torture coming back down with broken feet . . .

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Aufait thanks for reading this post. How does one break both feet? you ask. Me by NOT being in my body! I was in a great hurry to get to the hairdresser because the next day we held a garden wedding in our garden. At the time while running down the last three steps into our garage. ( we live against a mountain slope) I missed one! I was wearing canvas shoes so I might as well have been bare feet. I never though at the time that my feet were broken, let alone both. The pain was horrible but my vanity about my hair won, so Robin drove me to the hairdresser. Boy when I think back to my own stupidity to walk on my feet, who by this time were almost twize the size, no wonder I ended up in a wheelchair for 8 weeks. The wedding was still a success after all that. Other family members took over by arriving at the crack of dawn to take over my job. I needed to be carried up the mountain to be there for the ceremony, but there was no way I could drink anything, since I was not allowed to rest on both feet for at least 6 weeks, so I needed help in all the personal stuff! I was writing my 4th novel at the time and due to the experience being in a wheelchair ( thank goodness temporary) I explained through my main character what that was like. It perfectly fitted into my story of Vanishing Worlds.

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      Elena 2 years ago from London, UK

      Wow... an amazing and interesting read. Should be a Hub of the Day. There is so much to learn and thanks for taking the time to post all those photo's. I wish we had Human Rights Day here in UK.

      Thanks again.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you very much for reading this hub Lady E. Glad you liked it.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 2 years ago from Lagos

      Wow! Wonderful, wonderful pictures of South Africa. Your taste for awesome photos is remarkable. Amazing pictures you have here. Impressive!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent hub with amazing pictures!

      Thoroughly enjoyed the tour and I hope to visit this beautiful place someday. SA is such a wonderful place!

      Many thanks for sharing this! Voted up!

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for your comments Alexander. Greetings from Cape Town

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Chitrangada Sharan thank you for stopping by my page about our beautiful Western Cape

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Nadine, I found this hub of yours about Clovelly. I am going to add it to my hub about the Cape Peninsula - From Muizenberg to Cape Point. Sadly, I thought it was part of Kalk Bay. But is this not typical of us Transvalers - to miss half of the Cape's beauty during one holiday, just to discover more of it during a next holiday?

      Excellent hub about Clovelly, Cape Peninsula, South Africa!

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you so much for your compliment. I'm not like you an travel journalist so that was nice. Glad you will add it to your tour around the Cape Peninsula.

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