Contrary to popular belief, there’s more to the month of June than football and vuvuzelas… though one look at Twitter would soon put that theory to the test.  The vibe in town is quite something, I must say, judging from my brief foray into the soccer zone.  And, I was surprised to find it pretty easy to get in and out of town, dispelling the myth (at least for one day) of a heavily congested city centre.

Anyway, aside from soccer, there are one or two things on the Mother City Living radar, and here they are:

Kalk Bay Fresh Etc Market

Sunday 20 June 2010.  9.30am-2.30pm. (3rd Sunday of every month) Kalk Bay Community Centre, Main Road, Kalk Bay.

If the weather is good, this is a fabulous way to spend a wintry Sunday, finding treats at the market, then wandering along Kalk Bay Main Road.  So what’s at this small monthly indoor market right next to the sea?  Food, fresh goods and preserves, natural and organic goods, ‘green’ and eco-friendly items plus handcrafted and ‘reincarnated’ (!) products, books, plants and more… (Be sure to get yourself some of Gerald’s splendiferous honey, if he’s there).  Enquiries: 021 788 8088 or 083 3329785 or, or to find out more go to

Kirstenbosch Winter Concerts – JAMES STEWART

Sunday 20 June 2010.  The Silver Tree Restaurant, Kirstenbosch NBG

Winter has certainly arrived with a vengeance, and one way to soothe away the cares of an icy week is perhaps to cosy up to a roaring fire, listening to good local music and savouring a glass of red wine.  Every Sunday evening, the Silver Tree Restaurant at Kirstenbosch hosts some of our country’s talented artists, and this week’s performer is singer-songwriter James Stewart.

Ticket price R100 per person. Prices include a Welcome drink and a starter. For bookings please call 021 762 9585, or email:

Earth Fair Market

South Palms, Main Road Tokai (same location as Builder’s Warehouse).  Various dates and times.

Okay, alright – so this is what I would consider somewhere between the soccer (which I don’t normally watch) and a market (which I go to very often indeed).  Somehow, the two have mixed in quite nicely – for the special occasion that is the World Cup.

Earth Fair Market will be hosting a Mini World Cup Soccer Fan Club. The market is a fantastic place to watch the soccer as there will be a big screen (3 metres), a choice of delicious meals (sushi, prego rolls, pies, shawarmas, speciality borewors rolls, biltong, nuts etc), and a spacious, smoke free environment. The bar will be serving its usual range of fabulous local on tap beers and organic wine.

We are expecting a great turnout and if you would like to support and watch the soccer in a festive, safe and smoke free environment where there is enough space to see the big screen, please do join us. Please note that we will not be taking bookings for the matches so get there early to get your spot. The doors to the market will be open one hour before the game times below.

I’ve seen the screen – and it’s really very large indeed, so no pushing and shoving for position here.  Plus, with a glass of Avondale bubbly in hand, and delicious eats at hand, soccer gets all the more entertaining, even for someone like me.  And, if you’re not a vuvu fan (let’s not get into that debate), you’ll be happy to know that this is a kid-friendly, vuvuzela-free zone.

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