Cape Chronicles Reloaded: in search of a whale and place names

Every job has its great and not-so-great sides, the perks vs. the drudgery, the good days vs. the not-so-good days. This two-sides-to-every-story phenomenon is most pronounced for me as a tourism academic. On one hand, I get to travel to some amazing destinations but on the other hand, I barely get the chance to see … Continue reading Cape Chronicles Reloaded: in search of a whale and place names

Cape Chronicles V: Salani kakuhle! Till we meet again

Just three nights ago, I had the experience of being called out as a Ghanaian. As I made my way out of Rondebosch Mall to catch a taxi home in the evening, I briefly exchange “the nod” with two guys. Now, “the nod” is a greeting phenomenon that is often played out between ‘black’ people … Continue reading Cape Chronicles V: Salani kakuhle! Till we meet again

Cape Chronicles IV: “Amandla!…Ngawethu!”(Joburg in pictures)

How could I have explained to anyone that I have been in South Africa for 5 weeks and didn't make it to Johannesburg/Joburg/Jozi! I just could not restrict myself to only the fairest cape. So for week three, I packed up and headed to 'a world class African city'. It might take a whole PhD thesis … Continue reading Cape Chronicles IV: “Amandla!…Ngawethu!”(Joburg in pictures)

Cape Chronicles III: What will you tell your kids in the year 2066?

In 5o years’ time - i.e. the year 2066 - what do you say to your kids and grandchildren when they ask you: “Dad what were you doing in 2016 when the world seemed to have gone into free fall?", "What did you do when there were so many reports of poverty, violence and injustice … Continue reading Cape Chronicles III: What will you tell your kids in the year 2066?

Cape Chronicles II: Johnny Just Come

It has already been a week since I arrived in the Mother City but I still feel like 'Johnny Just Come' (JJC)! But this is not the usual JJC syndrome of being in awe and not knowing how things work. My JJC is more psychological and I realise that it goes back to the cold … Continue reading Cape Chronicles II: Johnny Just Come

Cape Chronicles I – Sarafina! and predeparture briefing

For the next 5 weeks I have the privilege of calling Cape Town my home. I am embarking on a research visit to the University of Cape Town and will be hosted by the African Centre for Cities. The aim of my research visit is to explore the planning issues associated with the use of tourism for … Continue reading Cape Chronicles I – Sarafina! and predeparture briefing