‘You can hear sometimes in my music that I’m broken’

“My name is Shiraz. I’m a Muslim. My friends call me P. Just the letter. We went on this camp. I peed into a bottle. Later, two of the guys were very thirsty. They were looking for leftover cooldrink. They drank from it. I didn’t tell them. I laughed at them. Now they call me P, some of the time.

It’s mostly change I get, this bronze money. And two rands. But ja, God is good. Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes I get a note like this. Then I just put it in my pocket. When I have proper money, they – the guys from the train station – run past and grab it. But I know, I understand. Ja, I don’t get angry. We have the same struggles.

I have a four-year-son. I stay with an auntie and I have to pay R20 a night. My little brother stays there too – he’s still young, man. I’ve got to look out for him as well.

Ten months ago my mom was shot in the head. Those gangs in Mannenberg – you know, when innocent people get in the crossfire. It’s in the paper, The Voice. Ja, you can read it there. Sharina Arhendse. The three boys, the sons they write about? That’s us. Then you can know I’m not lying.

You can hear sometimes in my music that I’m broken. You know, the sad songs.

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10 fun facts about Cape Town’s top horserace: the J&B Met

1. The oldest horse race in the country, the Metropolitan Mile, was originally run on the Green Point Common. The jockeys were English soldiers attached to the Cape Garrison.

2. Only one horse has won the J&B Met three years in a row. Pocket Power, trained by Mike Bass, won the J&B Met in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Prior to that, the record was held by Politician, a horse trained by Syd Laird that won the J&B Met in 1978 and 1979.

3. Kenilworth Racecourse, where the J&B Met is run, is unique in that it has three racetracks that all finish in front of the grandstands with one pull-up area. The racecourse is also situated on a 52-hectare nature reserve that is home to the most preserved section of Cape Flats Sand Fynbos in the world and hundreds of fauna species, including 20 on the endangered list.

4. The event has been postponed twice — once in 1986 due to equine flu, and once in 2004 as a result of African Horse Sickness.

5. J&B has been sponsoring the J&B Met since 1977. At first glance, 39 years may not seem like all that much, but this is actually the longest running sports sponsorship in the world!

6. The J&B Met packs quite an economic punch. Wesgro, the official destination marketing, investment and trade promotion agency for the Western Cape, estimated that the economic impact of the 2013 J&B Met for the City of Cape Town and the region was a whopping R68 million.

7. Over 300 different stores in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban get involved in promotional displays for the J&B Met. The event gives the South African fashion industry a big boost in what is traditionally one of its quietest months. Many South African designers dedicate entire ranges to the J&B Met.

8. Every Met Day each of the grooms at the Kenilworth Racecourse is given a special J&B Met overall, which is worn with pride for the rest of the year.

9. The numbers are superlative: the J&B Met attracts up to 50 000 guests, who arrive in approximately 20 000 vehicles. The J&B Met Hospitality Village provides over 2 500 guests with lunch and dinner.

10. In 2002, the gates were closed halfway through the afternoon and ‘house full’ signs were put up because no more people could safely be admitted to the venue.

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10 easy steps to use Uber

1. Visit www.uber.com and sign up for an account or download the Uber app on your smartphone.

2. Fill out Uber’s member form with your name, mobile number, email address and billing information (credit card or VCPay).

3 .Read the terms and conditions (wink wink) and know what you’re getting yourself into. No really, read it.

4. Once you click the “Sign Up” button, you’ll be sent an email to confirm your information and activate the account.

Whew. You’ve done the hardest part — it’s all smooth sailing from here. To request a ride, first select the type of ride you’d like:

– UberX: an everyday car (the cheapest option) for up to four people

– UberBLACK: Uber’s original service delivers a high-end sedan for up to four

– UberXL vehicles for larger groups up to 6 people.

5 .Next, enter your pickup address (or use a pin to mark the spot) and hit the “Set Pickup Location” button. Confirm your payment details are correct and watch your designated driver approach via GPS. A fare estimator tells you how much you can expect to pay.

6 .Be ready and waiting for your driver as he or she arrives — there’ll be a number you can call if you need to give them any special instructions. Moving to another spot creates confusion. If there are no Uber drivers available, try again in a couple of minutes.

7. If you need to cancel your reservation, do it quickly — your card will be charged if you wait more than five minutes.

8. Hop in and head to your destination.

9. While the Uber sign-up process is fairly seamless, we recommend doing it before you head out for a night on the town so you’re not trying to input billing info when it’s 02h00 and you’re balancing your phone and a drink in your hands.

10. Be sure to rate your driver with five stars if you’re happy with the service. Remember: a four-star rating or less will damage your driver’s reputation and he or she may not be allowed to drive for Uber again in future.

Find out more about how Uber works here

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10 perfect pizzas in Cape Town!

If you don’t mind the anonymity of a chain restaurant, Col’Cacchio is easily the best choice. Famed for their super thin bases and generous toppings you’ll find the brand across the city, but the branch in Camps Bay dishes up lovely seaside views for free.

In Granger Bay near the V&A Waterfront, The Grand also boasts sea views, and the salmon and rocket pizzas are excellent, if expensive.

Up the road at Posticino in Sea Point the focus is on great value balanced by quality pizzas. This place buzzes with locals almost every night of the week, so get there early to bag a table.

The same goes for Bocca in the city centre. They don’t take reservations, but their Neapolitan-style pizzas are so delicious even impatient locals will wait in line for a table.

If you don’t fancy waiting, try Bardelli’s in trendy Kloof Street where the tables in the small courtyard are prime property.

In Hout Bay, Massimo’s has developed a cult following for its authentic Italian pizzas. With a small playground out front it’s a great option for families who want both a relaxed environment and great food.

The same goes for Borruso’s in the leafy suburb of Kenilworth: this unassuming pizza restaurant attracts hordes of locals with its good value thin base pizzas that come flying out of the wood-fired oven each evening. It’s wildly popular; if you’re not there by 7pm you’ll be waiting in the courtyard for a table.

On the False Bay coastline, Satori does wonderful wood-fired pizzas in a trattoria-style restaurant.

You won’t be denied your slice out in the winelands beyond Cape Town either.

The delightful tasting room and restaurant at Mulderbosch is popular with locals for its thin base pizzas, where parents can tuck in while the kids run riot at the nearby playground. In Somerset West, stop in at The Millhouse Kitchen on Lourensford Estate where you’ll also find the trinity of great pizza, good wine and plenty of space for the family to spread out.

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