Suidoosterfees 2013 – BoKaap Meander 2nd and 3rd February 2013 at 10h00, 13h00 and 16h00
In celebrating 10yrs of the Suidoosterfees this year, the BoKaap Meander is the new kid on the block. Itheko Events Managing is managing the BoKaap Meander on behalf of the Suidoosterfees 2013.
The Tours on offer are:
Mosque Route: Guide Zarina Meyer - Brewer
- This route focuses on the rituals and traditions of the Cape Malay. Islam is not only the Religion of Muslims, it is the way of life of the Muslims with Prayers and Qur’anic recitals, a daily tradition. Art, Calligraphy and Tradition forms part of the Muslim’s way of life. We start off at the home of a painter Ismail Achmat, a man who has made a meaningful contribution to the peaceful transformation of South Africa, through his art. He has painted past Presidents PW Botha, Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. Here the guests receive boeber [milk, sago and vermicelli drink] and ‘geskroeide’ vermicelli [caramelized vermicelli]. From there guests move to Iziko BoKaap Museum where we provide a quick overview of the history of the BoKaap area. Upon arrival the guests receive karamonk tea and a koeksister, a traditional delicacy. From there the guests move to the Dorp Street Mosque or the Awwal Mosque, meaning the First Mosque. The history of the Dorp Street Mosque will be expounded upon. The importance of Solaah [Daily Prayers], Madressah [Muslim School], Thikrs [Remembrance of Allah Prayers] and Jum’ahs [Friday Congregational Prayers]. There will be between 4-6 women performing a tradition called ‘rampies sny’. The cutting of orange leaves which is mixed together with Rose Water and Oils,packaged and handed out as gifts at the Mosque as it is the time of Moulood, birthday of the Holy Prophet Mohammed [PBUH]. Achmat Soni, a calligrapher will be doing calligraphy in the Mosque and he will explain the importance of calligraphy. The guests receive a biscuit ‘barakat’.
Cooking Route: Guide Fatima Allie
- This route focuses on the Cooking Traditions of the Cape Malay. The kitchen is considered the ‘heart of the home’ in a Muslim household. Around the dinner table, stories would be shared and families would bond and it is said that cooking for your family is a form of worship. We start off at Atlas Trading Company. A spice shop par excellence with all its aromatic spices, curries and rice from the East. In order to appreciate Cape Malay cooking you have to smell, see and touch the textures of the spices to be able to savour the flavour. From there we move to the home of cook, Zainie Misbach. She has been in the cooking business for the past 35 years. She has her own BoKaap Cooking Tour and she has been a guest judge on Masterchef SA. She will cook a chicken curry for the guests to taste and the guests will receive a bobotie ‘barakat’. The last stop is Iziko BoKaap Museum where we provide a quick overview of the history of the BoKaap area. Upon arrival the guests receive karamonk tea and a koeksister, a traditional delicacy.
Trade Route: Malikah Effendi - Meyer
- This route focuses on the different kinds of trade and craftsmanship of the Cape Malay. We start off at Iziko BoKaap Museum where we give a quick overview of the history of the BoKaap area. Upon arrival the guests receive karamonk tea and a koeksister, a traditional delicacy. From there we move to the back of the Iziko BoKaap Museum that has become the Community Centre. It is here where the Effendi Family lived and it is considered to be the oldest house in the BoKaap. There is a small exhibition that focuses on the Mapping of the BoKaap Area. From there we move to the artisans. Aunty Ghowa Arend is the baker who will making the boebr and vermicelli. She is renowned for her date loaf. The tailor Mogamad Zane Mohamed, fondly known as Darra, has passed away at age 78. His wife said that he was so looking forward to this event and she has kindly allowed us to utilize all his working tools. Aunty Rugayah, the dressmaker will stand in for the late Darra and will explain how a tailor measures, cuts and fits a tail coat. She will also explain the clothing from the cradle to the grave. Aunty Rugayah has been sewing since she was 14yrs old and has made hundreds of wedding dresses. Here the guests receive boeber [milk, sago and vermicelli drink] and ‘geskroeide’ vermicelli [caramelized vermicelli]. The guests receive a biscuit ‘barakat’.