Who influenced the colours of Bo-Kaap? New podcast investigates

The Bo-Kaap's colourfulness was not a project for Nelson Mandela when he was released from prison.

This is one of the myths the new podcast series from Eyewitness News, written and produced by Haji Mohamed Dawjee and Rebecca Davis dispells.

The three-part series unravels a number of myths and tries to determine the future of this close-knit community and famous, old family businesses in the area.

Speaking to Eusebius McKasier, Dawjee says an apartheid administrator, ID du Plessis, wanted the community architecture to look like those in Bali.

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Bo-Kaap didnt always look like that, it was established 200 years ago. The only thing authentic to Bo-Kaap in this day that would have been authentic in Bo-Kaap then is the cobbled streets which were laid by the slaves who came with the Dutch.

Haji Mohamed Dawjee, Author

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There is also a myth that we started to paint the houses colourfully at the birth of democracy as a project to Nelson Mandela, which is also untrue.

Haji Mohamed Dawjee, Author

Apartheid administrator ID du Plessis wanted to replicate the kind of architecture you find in Bali or Indonesia and that's why it looks the way it looks today.

Haji Mohamed Dawjee, Author

A new podcast series from Eyewitness News investigates the history of the iconic area lined with brightly painted houses on cobbled streets, unravel a number of myths and tries to determine the future of this close-knit community and famous, old family businesses in the area. The Story of Bo-Kaap is a three-part podcast series written and produced by Haji Mohamed Dawjee and Rebecca Davis. Subscribe so that you don't miss out on the series, here.

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