In some areas begging is prolific.
There is high unemployment and a genuine need most of the time. But this is impossible to distinguish, and for me, my safety is important.
They are everywhere you go, especially at traffic lights. Most people drive with their window up, especially at night, as some of the people begging get quite cloooooose...
Just be straight with them, say 'I cannot help you, sorry', try not to enter into conversation with them, as they are the most amazing story tellers!
If you really feel sorry for him/her buy him a loaf of bread and give it to him/her.
Plse dont get me wrong, there are legitimate beggars out there, with a genuine need. But most beggars are begging out of choice, they want no responsibility, are alcoholics and often drug addicts too.
There are shelters and churches and charities throughout South Africa that take them in, so they need not beg.
In the last few years, the occurances of sharks coming close to the shore has quadrupled.
When we last stayed in Fish Hoek we heard the shark sirens go off four times in ONE day!
They are coming in close to the shore where the bathers are, something they usually do not do.
There are no shark nets and swimmers are reliant on the shark spotters sitting atop the hills on either side of Fish Hoek Beach, who let the lifeguards on the beach know (via walkie-talkies) when they see a shark swimming too close.
Seal Island is in False Bay, and it is for this reason that the sharks have always stayed to that side of the Bay, but for reasons unknown, they are changing direction and swimming closer to the beaches nowadays.
Some blame the shark dive companies, some blame the fishermen, some blame global warming.. whatever the cause, just be careful and do not swim out too far!
These shark photos were taken by our friend Graham, in False Bay in 2005.
I got married in Cape Town end October many moons ago... and even then, the weather was mild and fine, with blue skies, not summery! But sometimes there can be quite a bit of wind, which is a chance we took. Thankfully there wasn't any!
I completely understand a desire to get married in Cape Town, there are beautiful chapels, beaches, wine estates etc. where stunning weddings are held. I have been to many.
My only question would be the time of year - is there not another time you can get married perhaps? July is mid-winter... and it isn't at all pleasant in Cape Town... wet and cold! Miserable. Even if your ceremony and reception is indoors, this wouldn't be nice for photographs. Skies might be grey, not blue...
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