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Table Bay Hotel & V&A Waterfront

-Yesterday, we transferred from 12 Apostles. Leaving was pretty hard, considering the exceptional service we received. If you're wondering how we spent our last night... A group of us used the private cinema (yah, u heard me), ordered some popcorn and milkshakes, and watched Invictus...good times!

-Our newest hotel, Table Bay, is another gem. We arrived here in the AM, and after a bit of a wait, we were checked into our hotel room.
-Not as big and bright as 12 Apostles, but it is definitely very nice! To top it off, they had a bottle of champaign, truffles, and fudge waiting for us.
-After settling in, it was time for our tour of Ernie Elis winery. The pics provided do not do it any justice. The winery is vast, and beautifully maintained. Their staff, even the part-timers (students), seem to be experts on all matters pertaining to wine.
-Our evening was spent exploring a bit of the waterfront, eating at an excellent african restaurant, Karibu (my meal consisted of an african bbq, called Braai, which included an ostrich fillet and an african beef sausage, called boerewors), and admiring the nighttime view from our balcony.

(Note: if you haven't already noticed, I'm a fan of ostrich meat now!!)

-In-between the winery and the waterfront, we had another opportunity to see some townships, as we drove along the highway.
-Seeing these vast plots of land, filled with shanties, fills me with confusion... On one hand, I'm grateful for all I have, and I'll try to remember not to take it for granted. But, I can't help but ask why these settlements (or more accurately, slums) still exist?! Apartheid is over, the people of this land are 'technically' equal. So, why are some of them living in shanty towns? 20yrs after the end of apartheid, aren't other opportunities for a better life possible?
-With all the changes that have happened between the end of apartheid and now, should shanties even exist? As far as I understand, the government is now providing homes for people to live in (probably no bigger than an average bedroom). These homes are equipped with electricity and running water, basic necessities. And yet, some individuals/families choose a ramshackle over something more permanent...

There's a lot that I need, and want, to understand.
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Posted by Dwayne Ashley 15:01

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