Stuart and Roz Rakoff

Washington DC - USA

19 June 2006

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I met Stuart and Roz at the Cellars Hotel and after becoming acquainted we set off on a Cape Peninsula tour.

We travelled past Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and  Kalk Bay before arriving in Simonstown.

Roz and Stuart at the Just Nuisance statue in Jubilee Square


Stuart emulating a childhood event by sitting on the great dane in Simonstown


At the penguin colony on Boulders Beach


Leaving the penguin colony


At Cape Point


Having lunch at the two Oceans restaurant at Cape Point


Enjoying Malva pudding


Enjoying sunset on Table Mountain


With Ziphokaze who served us at the Africa Cafe

Day 2

Cape Winelands and Kayamandi


We stopped in at Plattekloof (Flat hill)  so as to enjoy the wonderful view of Cape Town.


At the Afrikaans Language monument


Stuart cuts a small figure relative to the wonderful views form Ernie Els's winefarm JJ


At the entrance to the Ernie Els winefarm,


After our visiting and enjoying a cheese lunch  at the Ernie Els winefarm we did  short tour of the town of Stellenbosch and then moved on to the township of Kayamandi

Having fun with the dancers of the Masakhane dance group in the Ikamva Lethu centre


The Rakoffs with all the dancers of Maskhane (Lets build together)


Having fun with the kids in Zone J



Roz watches Nonthando balancing a bucket of water on her head in her shack home in Zone J while her brother looks on very impishly. JJ


Having fun in Zone J


We joined Lily and her family in her home.


Joining Bana Bagotso for a night of singing and fun as well as a rousing sendoff from Kaya Mandi




Click here to see the rousing Cape Town sendoff that Bana Bagotso gave to Stuart and Roz
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After our visit to Kayamandi we stopped in at The Fishmonger restaurant in Stellenbosch for dinner whereafter we returned to Cape Town and the Cellars Hotel.

Roz and Stuart were a wonderful couple to take around Cape Town and its surrounds. We had a fabulous time together enjoying all that the Western Cape offers. We were also very lucky to have had such wonderful weather wherever we went but then as Stuart said, "the Rakoff's bring their luck with them wherever they visit". I shared much with the Rakoff's as is they shared equivalently with me and having so much in common our journey together was a truly splendid event. Great tour.



Received on 23 June 2006 


Roz and I are safely home, but, graciously, forever moved and changed by our visit with you in Cape Town and Kayamandi. When our grandkids asked what was the highlight of the trip, Roz and I looked at each other and both responded it was the time with the children and families in Kayamandi. We are looking forward to being able to support one of the children to school as part of our small contribution to helping South Africa continue its amazing but perilous journey. 

I will send you some additional pictures once I have sorted through the 1200 or so from out whole adventure.

YOU are truly the wizard.

Truly with love

Stu and Roz