This week in Cape Town….
Saturday, went to Look Out Hill in Khayelitsha with some of the OTHERWISE Khayelitsha Dream Girls*.
Fabulous sunny winters day, despite distant, low hanging broad band of brown pollution, with 360 view from the top of the winding wooden staircase – circled by mountains, punctuated by False Bay and filled with the Flats. We went with Phindle, founder of KEEP (Khayelitsha Environmental Education Project) who looked out across the infinite township below and said, ‘It’s an environmental challenge’, and Ayanda, founder of Ayaphi Youth Development who said ‘It’s filled with creative people.’
We met up with some guys from a visiting church group, exchanged numbers, sang songs and took lots of pics. OTHERWISE producer Hazel said ‘What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday’. It was.
Friday night went to the Baxter’s Flipside theatre (love this space – borrowed from the back of the main stage, like a secret privelege for chosen few, bit nippy but they offer blankets) to see Ariel Dorfman’s Purgatorio. Phew! It’s set in a grey purgatorial asylum and based on the story of Jason of Argonaut fame and Medea (cobwebs off your Greek mythology). It’s intense psychological choreography emotionally delivered and fiercly produced by Claire Stopford. I should think Terry Norton (Medea, symbolically female) and Dawid Minaar (Jason, symbolically male) may need debriefing after this run. www.thebaxterblog.wordpress.com
Taking centre stage on OTHERWISE our woman’s radio show Friday, were Burns. We’d an email from a listener whose 2 yr old had suffered 3rd degree burns, been in hospital a month and she was concerned about his skin contractions and damaged self esteem. To answer hers and other listeners questions, Marina Petropulos, baby care author (with a heart and friends in all the right places), managed to secure us no less a specialist than Prof Heinz Rode, head of the Burns Unit at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital where the care is amongst the best in the world. I had a job keeping it together when one of his patients, Mbali, maybe 10 yrs old, called in to thank him. A former nurse Bonnie also called to tell this story: Once when she and the Prof were working on a child so badly burned she said to him, ‘why dont you rather just let her die’. He replied ‘If God had meant for her to die he would have.’ To thank him for the wisdom and time he’d shared on air, we gave him a little embroidered Madlolo* cell phone bag – it was all we had at the time, but he accepted it with a big smile and put his phone in it straight away.
Apparently there is a bronze cast of Prof Rose’s healing hands in reception at the Children’s Hospital – may he live long to use them.
*see more about them in the Community Pages on this site
Dream Girl Phumela’s baby girl Live suffered a light hot water burn recently – but it hasn’t spoilt her cute face.
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