Our wonderful new friend Juma took David and I out to Khayelitsha for the day to paint a couple of pieces on the walls of a children’s centre. Khayelitsha is a township that was established in 1985. It’s about a 20 minute drive from the city centre. Cape Town is such a strange mix of first world and third world existing in such close proximity. The townships are overwhelmingly huge, way bigger than i imagined. Wood shacks and small houses for miles. Beautiful people living very hard lives. Puts things into perspective.
I was working on the side of a creche and the woman whose yard I was standing in took issue with me standing there. Community politics, nothing we could do about it. Unfortunately this was as far as I got before I had to pack up and go.
Some pictures I took while I was painting. All the kids wanted their picture taken…
David painted a lovely piece while we were there….here are some pics on his blog.