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.
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.
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