Author: Tokelo Motsepe

My Heritage Day Rant

In the birth of our democracy, this day was changed from Shaka Day, to be South Africans Heritage Day, to encourage us as a nation to celebrate our cultural heritage and the diversity of our beliefs and traditions. I believe the sooner we all acknowledge, accept and respect our differences, the sooner we will be able to get along better, love one another and live happily together. It may sound airy-fairy or foolishly idealistic, but there is no way there can be peace in living & working together, without respect for who the next person is and what they believe in. Today is not braai day, coming together around the fire of a braai may be how we celebrate and enjoy the day being commemorated, but it does not replace what is being honored. The American celebrated Thanksgiving doesn’t become Turkey Day because they come together to eat turkey on the day. Today is a Heritage Day, when we take the day to dig deep to discover what lies in our heritage that we might …

Blackheath Lodge | #comehome

Blackheath Lodge is conveniently situated on Cape Town’s world-famous Atlantic Seaboard just off High Level Road in Sea Point and right under well-known Signal Hill. They recently renovated a couple of their rooms and invited me to a night in their Superior room to really get a feel for the new space. So I packed my overnight bag for a midweek break and cause it coincided with existing plans, I decided to mash them up and my midweek break turned out to be a girls catch up sleepover. I would recommend this place for any of my friends and readers visiting Cape Town for a short or long stay – purely because ending my day in this lovely little place felt like coming home. Not that I have friendly staff waiting on me at home lol, boy do I wish… but the decor details  and vibe were comfy and homey. I got there late afternoon, found a cute, cushioned corner for me to respond to some emails with some tea while I waited for an engagement – to …

Field of Sunshine | #traveltuesday

Spring in Cape Town usually has me down, with all my friends and family up North (I’m originally from Gauteng) enjoying the wonderful spring weather and me still being stuck in temperamental transitional period that seems to last forever down here. Come the weekend, my social media timelines are often flooded with ‘fun in the sun’ posts sharing people living their best lives, while I’m still drowning in knitwear and rain – though I’m grateful for that last one with the water shortages we’ve been experiencing lately. This passed Sunday was pretty warm out, so some friends and I decided to take a drive out to the Canola fields for some of our own fun in the sun, enjoying a taste of whats to come… whenever those warmer days decide to be more consistent lol. Cape Town’s spectacular flower season sends blankets of blooms across the nature reserves of the Western Cape from August to late September, not just sunshine yellow Canola fields in Botrivier, but all sorts of floral species all across the Western Cape. …

National Book Week 2017

National Book Week (NBW) 2017 is set to take place countrywide from the 4-10 September. The #BUYABOOK campaign will run at Exclusive Books, Bargain Books and Takealot.com once more and requires everyones support, so get to your local store and #BUYABOOK and donate it at the till. If you are more of an online shopper, you can also #BUYABOOK on takealot.com and share the love of reading. Funda Bala will get all the books you donate into the hands of children, youth and adults who do not have books. A reading nation is a leading nation! History of National Book Week National Book Week was set up in response to a 2007 study, commissioned by the South African Book Development Council, into the book reading habits of adult South Africans. The statistics revealed through this study and subsequent research, clearly indicated that South Africans do not have a strong reading culture. The results further highlighted how our reading culture is a barrier to the country’s development plans because reading and literacy are at the heart of …

Life & Leisure

Life & Leisure accommodation is where design meets comfort and service is the quintessential mixer. Their reputation is built on their hospitality and service and their commitment to making every guests stay special. The guesthouse rooms and apartments are designed and decorated by director and business-owner Margie Potgieter. These are a glamorous meld of contemporary designer chic; with the sophisticated use of furnishings, colours and playful patterns creating a unique collection of rooms for guests to take comfort in. “Our commitment to your comfort, our central location and our beautifully appointed guesthouse has drawn visitors from all over the world and our guest lists include professionals, holiday-makers international athletes, film crews and visiting academics.” All their guest rooms come furnished with either a Queen- or King-size bed, the en-suite bathrooms all have a shower, toilet & basin and the honesty bar and custom-built kitchenette unit, neatly hidden behind cupboard doors. I enjoy little places like this when travelling than at hotels, cause besides being often more affordable, they tend to have that ‘home away from …