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Cape Town City Tour
Slavery and Democracy
From Berlin to Cathedrals
Joline Young is a historian, researcher, and author who holds a Master's degree in Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town, with Distinction. Joline has spent the past decade researching the history of Simon's Town and is an authority on the subject. Joline's walking history tours of Simon's Town focus particularly, but not only, on the history of slavery in the town. Joline also offers social history and slavery tours throughout the Western Cape. Her short story 'July', set in Simon's Town, was shortlisted for the Pen-Studlinski Award and went on to receive an honorable mention from the Nobel Prizewinner, J.M. Coetzee.
Michelle Saffer is a former journalist who spent most of her working life in Cape Town, particularly the south peninsula, ferreting out the complex and fascinating stories of her home town. Initially, she wrote for anti-establishment publications in the years prior to the lifting of apartheid, working in areas she was not permitted to be in owing to racist laws, and post-apartheid worked for the mainstream media, primarily as a community journalist. Here she learnt the personal stories which fed in to her interest in the history and environment of Cape Town’s south peninsula. She has a BA in Economic History and a diploma in Agriculture, but the need to earn a living interfered with her desire to continue along the academic path. Besides a love of learning for the sake of learning, she is a lover of history as well as plants, as her studies indicate, and she is a volunteer at the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, place she loves not only for its collection, but because of its proximity to fine dining and the winelands.
Lesley Cox, graduated (2016), Hons Degree in History, with emphasis on colonialism in Africa and the more recent apartheid political history. She loves engaging with visitors about the history and architecture of Cape Town as she specializes with tours on foot through the city centre. Lesley believes in continued learning and regularly attends public lectures/educational outings offered by the museums and other professional historical societies on just about any non-fiction subject you can think of. In a volunteer capacity, Lesley is on the committee for the Cape Town Heritage Foundation, a non-profit which preserves heritage and architecture in Cape Town
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