Language Excursion: Introduction to Cape Town

This week we gave our students an Introduction to Cape Town. First we had a look at art in Cape Town. We visited the artist Roscoe Reid Masters, who is currently lecturing at CPUT as well as a practising artist based at Studio 41 in Cape Town. Our students participated in a simple art workshop aimed at people who are not artists.

Camissa, ‘the place of sweet waters’ is the ancient Khoi name for Cape Town. Our students went for a walk through this wonderful nature environment. We were hosted by Caron and followed the Camissa on a short journey down the mountain. Caron is the founder of the Reclaim Camissa project, which was started to re-establish the Camissa within the city, and reconnect citizens and spaces to the water.

For our last excursion we went to Gugulethu to learn more about drum and marimba and how to play them. Our host also manufactures the instruments, so he has a big knowledge about it. They gave us a demonstration and we played in their backyard. This excursion was about feeling the rhythm and having fun. They ROCKED the place!

Guestbook entry from Heidi

I’m here for the second time

Needless to say anything else!



Guestbook entry from Carmen

Recipe for luck:

Enjoy a lot, Laugh a lot, Love a lot, Go to Cape Town, learn English with Kurus



Language Excursion: World Design Capital 2014

The theme of this week was World Design Capital 2014. Our first trip was to Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF), it is the first central city project to restore productive farming land. This excursion took us on a journey through the vision and reality of the OZCF, into urban farming, eco-systems and community development.

After this  our students went to Woodstock. We took a walk through Woodstock and had the opportunity to enjoy the amazing street art. We learned more about Woodstock and its diversity. Afterwards, we visited the Woodstock Exchange and had a look at some incredible creative businesses.

SEED is a not-for-profit ecological programme that teaches ecological literacy in schools. Its showroom is located in Mitchells Plain and we took a look there today. It is a magnificent resource, including a fully off-the-grid low-cost home, a seed bank, a food forest, a gourmet mushroom project and an outdoor classroom. Parents of the school children are involved in the project, not just the children, so the initiative takes on community building angles.

Guestbook entry from Philipp

Dear Kurus,

I was only one week here in Kurus Language School, but it was a fantastic week.  I will come back, thanks for everything!

Philipp from Aachen


Language Excursion: Building Cities

This week we found out more about Building Cities in Cape Town. Our students went for a city walk in the Central Business District (CBD) of Cape Town. It is bounded by Woodstock, District Six, Gardens, the Bo-Kaap, Green Point, the V&A Waterfront and the Port. It includes the historical ‘Old Town’, the East City and the Foreshore.

The second trip was to Langa. The CBD of the future will be Langa, Khayelitsha, Athlone and Manenberg. All of these are currently called townships and were originally on the periphery, that is, the edge of the city. We  learned more about a project in Langa, called: The Langa Quarter. The Langa Quarter imagines Langa as the centre of Cape Town.

At last, we went to Khayelitsha. This is a partially informal township in South Africa, on the outskirts of Cape Town in the Cape Flats. The name is Xhosa for Our New Home and was established in 1985. Today Khayelitsha is home to between 500,000 and 2 million people (although the official City of Cape Town estimate is at 400,000), this is why Khayelitsha is called a ‘city in a city’. Our students visited the Department of Coffee, a coffeeshop located in Khayelitsha.

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