My name is Samantha, I was given the name when I was young and don’t even remember who gave the name to me, and this name became popular more than my African name even though I don’t look like Samantha or feel like her but well this is my name.
My African name is Zoliswa means… Humble
My origin is from the Xhosa tribe from the Eastern Cape Province about 1.078km east of Cape Town.
I was born there and did my schooling until I move to Cape Town in 1999 to further my studies and lived with a relative in Langa Township.
Since then we moved a lot in various Townships around Cape Town since we did not own a House. The city life became more interesting compared to the village where I came from.
I went to college to study Tourism Management, however because of financial constraints, I was forced to leave the college to look for employment so that I could finance my studies.
Since then I have changed jobs and studied part time so that I could complete my studies in Tourism.
In the year 2003 I got a contract to work on Robben Island as an Information Officer and there I had an opportunity to work close to the Ex-Political prisoners who are now Prison Guides on the Island.
I have learned a lot from them and I think that is where I have developed more interest in our culture and history. I also learned more about the Tourism Industry since the Island is being visited by Locals and International tourists from all corners of the world.
In the year 2005 I moved on to become a free lance guide working for a number of Tour Companies based in Cape Town.
I was doing various tours for them but my heart was more on to the cultural part of Cape Town’s Townships.
As that is where I lived, I feel more comfortable to share stories about our lives, hopes, dreams, fears, challenges, triumphs and things that we have achieved since our democracy
This provides the opportunity to share our stories about living on the other side of Cape Town, our life style, things we did and the places we went to within our community.
In 2006 I met Khonaye who has been a Guide for some time. We both had the same vision of starting a Company that will not only show you the beautiful side of Cape Town but also to take you to the less visited areas of Cape Town like the Townships. These are the places that Tourists see as they arrived in Cape Town International Airport driving towards N2 freeway to our beautiful City of Cape Town.
However, since there is a stigma attached to these areas because of problems of the unemployment rate that results in poverty and crime, we thought if we are to approach people in these communities and we can make Tourism to be everybody’s business, in this way we could have everybody’s involvement by making sure that people visiting our communities are safe and that they benefit from the tour visits. Since then we have developed a very good working environment with these communities.
I am happy that since I have started this tour company it has helped a few young people in these communities to make a living and people are starting to see the benefit of Township Tourism in their communities as we are supporting a number of community based projects.
It is now evident that more people in these communities are running businesses related to tourism and they are benefiting.
I am happy that I had started my own Tour Company and that through it I am able to make a living and take care of my parents back in the village.
I look forward to meeting with you and to show you around my community.
Here are a few words that you need to learn before you visit the Township as we speak our native language
Isixhosa: Hallow – Molo/ Molweni
How are you – Kunjani
Thank you – Enkosi
Welcome – Wamkelekile