&utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Clever Kapembeza is a Ballito wire artist. Listen to his story. #Comrades17 #benoni #benonicitytimes #bct #bctnews #news #newspapers #media #journalist #localnews #localnewspapers #localmedia #knowyourbenoni #citytimes #journalism #localjournalism #print #powerofprint #benonipeople #peopleofbenoni #comrades2017 #comrades #running #Lg_KevEd #photography #photos
The graceful and playful mammals kick-started day 2 of our #Lg_KevEd journey, one that ended with us bumping into two fellow Benonians, one of whom (our good friend Kaylin) will be running her second Comrades Marathon, the daunting Back-to-Back, in the colours of Benoni Northerns Athletic Club.
In between all the sun and beautiful weather (Benoni is ridiculously freezing in winter, we’re gonna migrate to KZN in the winter from now on), we met the owner of Monkey Bay Backpackers where we are staying until we have to depart at “Sparrow’s fart” on Sunday morning to catch the Comrades runners taking off.
The owner, Mike, has been a traveller most of his life and has countless stories to share.
If you are ever in Ballitoville you have to make a date to stay at the unique location that is Monkey Bay.
One of his classic tales involves two “gentlemen” who arrived at the backpackers neatly dressed in suits from the 70s.
His instruction to his employee, Lucky, was to allow anyone who looked clean and presentable to enter the establishment, and so Lucky did.
When he arrived two or so hours later Mike felt uneasy about the presence of the two characters.
Upon further enquiry he discovered that these two fellas were, in fact, two ex-cons who had just been released from prison – wearing the same attire they entered the correctional facility about three decades before.
As he advised us: “The more you travel, the more you learn how to read people.”
Needless to say all’s well that ends well, and it is just another classic backpackers’ tale.
Following that enlightening discussion we headed out for breakfast and caught up with another interesting local Clever Kapembeza, a wire artist who has been living in the country for almost a decade.
Hear his story here:
View this post on Instagram