City of Colours

The Danish flag consists of two colours – red and white. Mix red with white and you get very close to the skin colour of the danish people when summer starts.

If you combine the colours of the South African flag, you are able to create all the colours and nuances the human being is capable of naming. Cape Town truly is a diverse and coloured city – but also a city of contradictions.

It is a city hosting the third biggest bike event in the world while on a daily basis only having one bike lane. 
The first capetonian I had a conversation with, told me that it is hard to make friends in Cape Town. The day after, this same capetonian asked me to join on a market trip.

Cape Town colours your mind in a way I have not experienced before. On a weekend stroll around with two friends, we once again noticed the tall walls and the fierce barbed wire, and we talked about why we thought the capetonians seemed so afraid. While walking and talking we passed the third unlocked bike, which really made us wonder. How come there is a need for electric fence and three locks to your front door is necessary, when a simple lock on your bike isn’t?

We looked at each other, and decided to figure out by simulating stealing the bike. It took a few seconds before a panicking guy jumped towards us to rescue his transportation, and then we asked him. He answered ”… well, no one steals bikes…”

We tried to puzzle together the fragments we had collected through our short time in Cape Town. Biking culture is a fairly new thing to south africans, – that must mean that it would melt together with the present culture, while locking up your doors was something we thought had roots to apartheid, and was still present due to old culture. So once again we found this beautiful city peculiar, but once again we turned out to be wrong.

No one steals bikes, because no one rides them, which means if you steal it, the person you possibly could sell it to, is likely to be the person you stole it from….

Locking up your doors and being afraid did not exist during apartheid. People became afraid, when they became free.

Dear Cape Town, dear South Africa – every day we realize how big a puzzle you are, and every day we realize, that all the impressions we get of you, is only a glimpse of your many colours.

The most memorable stranger of the day

Hope is a part of life. When we share our hope with others, we are sharing our personal perspective towards life and the world as we see it. The conversation about hope creates emotional connection between people and encourages them to reflect and see the future from different angles.

“Table of hope” is one of our theme projects that all the Kaospilot students in Cape Town are involved in. It is a project to create a Town Table, which serves as a monument of the collective dreams, and it becomes a physical meeting point for the community to talk, and share.

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A small step forward is a huge step

When Rashida Jardien entered the classroom of Lourier Primary School, something in the room changed. She brought a bright, encouraging, and warm energy into the room. She immediately found us, 4 Kaospilot students, in the room. We were visiting the primary school in Retreat, a township in Cape Town, for a day. She looked straight into my eyes and said “Hi”.

Wondering who she is, I smiled and said “Hi”, while we were shaking hands. “I am the principal of this school”, she said. “No wonder”, I thought. She was the kind of person who left a strong impression in a second, which you often see in authentic leaders.

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A shift in Delft

The people, who are in this room now, are not the ones who entered’,Janine said, as we started debriefing.

The people Janine was referring to is the group of Kaospilot students that are working with Janines project. The project is called SHIFT and it is a project that empowers youth and rural communities through transferring practical skills for social, environmental and economic wellbeing.

We set out to visit the project at the Masibambisane School in Delft – both to introduce ourselves to the kids, but also to get further insights in the project and the reality that these children and youths are living in.

When we got to Delft one of the first questions Janine asked us was: Are you ok?

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Back to Society

We had enjoyed the afternoon out of the city. A friend of ours well-known to Cape Town and its surroundings had taken us to what seemed to be a hidden mountain lake. To get there we drove on small roads in between the rocky, bare mountains and just when it felt like we were in the middle of nowhere and everything we parked the car and continued on our feet up a sandy path for a good half an hour.

The lake was magical! Placed on top of the mountain in complete silence its dark red coloured water downed our tired bodies.

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Network event #1

Network #1 is over. Around 150 people showed up at our humble office. Drinks were had, contact info was exchanged and a lot of conversation happened during the event. We took some pictures and talked to some of the people, who you can check out here.


What are you working with?

The project is called KHUSELA which means ’protect’ in Xhosa. The idea is to create early warning systems, which allow people to respond to the presence of a fire as soon as it starts within a shack or inside a township.

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