Cape Town is a beautiful city and given that I am still a fairly new resident, I am still in an exploratory mode (this is something I hope to keep doing). While walking through the streets andbeing inspired by the buildings I took the picture that has become “Up St Georges Mall”. We were in Cape Town at around 4pm then this was taken. I will definitely have more striated skies depicting different parts of Cape Town as there is so much to offer in this beautiful city. The city has its origins from 1652, with the arrival of the Dutch VOC, when Cape was set up as a refresher station for ships going to the east. For a history of Cape Town you can visit here or here.
St Georges Mall is a walking street that runs from Wale street over Strand street (Strand means beach in dutch and this is approximately where the beach used to be) up to Riebeek street. The Photograph for “Up St Georges Mall” was taken from Wale street in front of the steps of St Georges Cathedral.
TheMother City, as Cape Town is affectionately known, is a must visit for anyone from anywhere. I suggest that you come around February as this is when the weather is actually the best and most holiday makers are gone thus it will be more authentic.
One of the many tourist attractions Cape Town has to offer is the Canal cruise that takes you on a 30 minute ride along the canal from the Waterfront to the ICC and back. On that cruise you get to see the Cape Town Waterfront from a new perspective. I have not been on the cruise and this picture was taken by my wife showing the beauty of man made structures. The picture shows cranes in the harbour with a stop sign in the middle of the picture, this reminds us that beauty is all around us and we need to stop just cruising and look at the beauty that surrounds us.
If you browse through social media or take a look at the news stories about South Africa for 2014 you are most likely going to become somewhat depressed. From Nkandla to Load Shedding, Oscar to Dewani or corruption, chaos and credit rating downgrades. One may find it difficult to be positive and not point fingers at all the people who are doing things wrong. The cliché of – if you pointing a finger at someone else you have three pointing back at you – comes to play here. Yes we have problems in South Africa and it would not be okay to sweep this under the carpet but we all need to ask “what can I do to make South Africa better”.
Recently while attending a business seminar, I came across a person called Nido Qubein, a multi millionaire; motivational speaker and President of High Point University. Qubein move to America with $50 in his pocket and couldn’t speak English. After seeing a short clip at the seminar I went home and watched more inspiring videos of Nido, in a few videos he spoke about the fact that at the end of the word American is the phrase I CAN. America is known the world over for “the American Dream” and the reason many people go to America is because great success happens in America. Nido reminds the Americans he speaks to that anything is possible for people in America if they have an I CAN attitude. So I asked myself the question, “how is South Africa different”, at the end of South African is the phrase I CAN. South Africa is a country that has a ‘rich’ history and a number of influential and intelligent people. We need to start rising up to say I CAN. In order for South Africa to be the great nation that it is, many of us need to ask what can I do.
I want to see South Africa prosper to a place where we can minimize the injustices that plague our society. I want to see ordinary South AfrICANS standing up and using their talents and abilities to start global business, make internationally successful music and films, write world class laws and implement world leading practices. South Africa is a country of about 52 Million people on the tip of Africa with an economy that is somewhere around the 30th largest in the world yet four nations in the top 10 want to partner with us. BRIC countries see the great potential in the S of BRICS. South Africa is part of the G20 even though we are not in the top 20 economies. South Africans have invented a number of items used the world over and keep doing it. All of this is proof that it is possible for any South African, all you need to do is believe in yourself, and remember I CAN!
Now is not the time to blame this government, old governments or the situation you are in; it is the time to look inside and say what CAN I do. I want more people thinking about this and feel that this is the perfect opportunity for truly successful South Africans to share their I CAN stories. Can I do this alone? The obvious answer is no. Every successful person the world over will tell you how everyone needs to have partners, mentors, coaches and support in order to be a success. It starts with you and then getting a great team is vitally important. I urge you to share this story with others and spread an I CAN revolution.
Instalment two of Striated Skies, which should have been published on the 11th (….from now on I will strongly attempt to be better at publishing the pictures as planned), is titled Sun Drenched Sun Beam and is a Photograph taken at the Sonstraal Dam in the Northern Suburb of Cape Town. The picture was taken at around sunset while myself, my wife Lauren and her parents were out at the dam feeding the geese and ducks. The setting was beautiful and we had the ‘pleasure’ of being scolded by a local man who asked us not to feed the fowl as the number of geese on the dam had increased tremendously since people had started feeding them. He said that the fowl were responsible for the fact that there was very little grass around the dam. He explained, apologetically, how the geese ate the grass thus killing it. The man walked around the dam with his dog chasing the geese back into the dam to keep them from foraging on the land. We did stop feeding the fowl and went to look for the sign that told us not to and low and behold there was a sign that explained….. see a picture of the sign below. The sign mainly talks about Mallard ducks and how they are a threat to the the water fowl in Cape Town. So if you are in Cape Town, Northern Suburbs, then take a relaxing stroll around the dam and please do not feed the ducks
My first Striated Sky piece, which is a little late (should have published on the 4th of January 2015), is titled Att: Dr William Robertson. The Photograph was taken on a trip back to Cape Town from Swellendam. Normally one would not drive past this church when driving through Robertson but in an attempt to get in front of a number of slow moving trucks I decided to drive through the town centre on a lazy Saturday afternoon rather than stick behind the trucks (check out the map below).
The notion of getting in front of the trucks was flaunted when the the church caught my eye. We had to stop and take a picture. The trucks did remain in front of us on that day but it was worth it. The title of the piece came about after doing some research on Robertson which revealed that the town was named after Dr William Robertson the Dutch Reformed Minister from Swellendam that performed church services in the home of Johannes W van Zijl, every three months. Mr van Zijl’s farm was purchased to establish the town of Robertson *. I therefore found it fitting that the title of the piece bear his name. During the research I found out that I would have found a number of other photo opportunities in Robertson if I had explored more, so it you are in the area check it out.