Rida22.jpg I have blogged about Mzoli's Meat before. We went there yesterday for a birthday celebration for Lerato, and this time I made an effort to photo the ubiquitous Gugulethu taxis. In the township proper, it seems that every other car is an aging Toyota Cressida - recognisable by the square rear lights and the grille badge in front.

Rida11.jpg Invariably the Cressida is being used as a taxi - its grille badge is synonymous with the yellow taxi top light of conventional taxis. Some are in a poor state of repair, probably because of years of continual use in the townships, but most are well looked after as the owners breadwinner.

Rida18.jpg There is no taxi licensing that I can see. Taxis in Cape Town proper have recently gone through a 'recapitalisation' scheme - an exercise to take the (registered) toyota minibus taxis off the road, and replace them with larger, safer taxis.

Redi21.jpg Mzolis was busy as usual on a weekend - we had a party of ten or so. Beer you can buy at the bottle store down the road - meat is bought, braaied, and delivered in a big tin tray for all to eat.

Winston Mankunku

Winston1.jpg Last week I was also in Gugs, with Trevor Wells, at a tribute concert for Winston Ngozi Mankunku, a well-known struggle-era Jazz musician.