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The Bo-Kaap, which lies on the fringes of Cape Town’s city centre, is full of character and colourful houses (pink, yellow,orange, lime green, turquoise etc.), many of which are national monuments and date back to the 1750s, with cobbled streets that rise up to meet the lower slopes of Signal Hill on which the suburb lies.

A lively suburb, the Bo-Kaap’s inhabitants are a blend of cultures that descend from slaves imported by the Dutch in the 1700s. They came from Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the Indonesian Archipelago. Not only were these people incorrectly branded as ‘Cape Malays’ but the Bo-Kaap became known, and remains so today, as the Malay Quarter.

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  • Copyright: May Jayne (mayjayne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 215 W: 22 N: 551] (3441)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-02-05
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-10-23 4:00
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