Late for 8

Regular readers (lol at the plural) may have noticed that this blog has been very regular of late. Maybe it’s the added Fibre?

Each morning at 8am CAT, a new blog offering arrives and is hastily devoured by the clamouring hoards. All of it.

Except today.

That’s because I generally write the posts the day before, and then – through the magic of WordPress – get them to appear the following day. It’s not like I have time or the energy to be that creatively brilliant that early in the morning. Or sometimes, ever.

Yesterday however, rather than writing a blog post, I walked on beaches and enjoyed the (gale force) wind and sea spray in my hair.

It was an amazing day in Cape Agulhas, and we were shocked to return home later in the evening to filthy weather in the Mother City.

I’m not sorry that I made the decision to walk rather than write.

But I hope you weren’t waiting at 8 this morning for a post that never came.

Come back tomorrow, when all will be back to normal.

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts 2015/16

“IT’S SUMMER TIME!” he screamed, prematurely.

And so yes, these ARE the droids dates you are looking for:

large_Logo Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts


22 Nov: Freshlyground
29 Nov: Zonke Dikana
6 Dec: Arno Carstens Music
13 Dec: Mango Groove
17, 18, 19, 20 Dec: Carols at Kirstenbosch
27 Dec: Jimmy Nevis
31 Dec: New Year’s Eve concert: Jeremy Loops / Grassy Spark


3 Jan: The Parlotones
10 Jan: Prime Circle
17 Jan: Karen Zoid and Francois van Coke
24 Jan: Mi Casa
31 Jan: The Soil
7 Feb: Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival
14 Feb: Matthew Mole / Rubber Duc Music
28 Feb: The CapeTown Philharmonic Orchestra
6 March: Shortstraw / The Plastics
13 March: Al Bairre / Bye Beneco
20 March: Zebra & Giraffe/ Monark
27 March: Beatenberg / John Wizards
3 Apr: The December Streets / The Vanilla



Ticket prices vary, but are mostly are mostly R80 or R110 for kids (6-21 years old, with ID) and R110 or R150 for adults.
Exceptions are the New Years Eve special (R330pp) and The Parlotones, who have to charge a bit more than everyone else because they have their massive egos to service (R140-R175).

As ever, book soon or miss out.

Cape Town Loadshedding Schedules


(For other cities/Eskom supplied areas – click here)

Loadshedding is back and once people realise this, the official City page will be inundated, will crash again and you, the information-hungry public, will be left in the dark, both literally and metaphorically.
Never fear: we’re here to help. Simply find your area’s number on this handy map – and then check out the images below to see when you can expect to be powerless.

To find out what stage loadshedding we’re on: check the red box on this page.



Hopefully, if we all do our bit, we can avoid the obvious nastiness of Stage 3, in which there’s almost as much darkness as light, although of course, it needs to be noted that if we didn’t have a mountain named after Lucifer overlooking our city, none of this would ever have happened.

EDIT: If you’re not on that map (like Table View), you’re supplied directly by Eskom, not the City and you need to go here to find your schedules.