Aunty Nita’s Tours is my open invitation to anyone wanting to experience the road less travelled - to not only see the Cape Flats from Table Mountain, or to whizz passed on the highway, but to be immersed into it; to be a part of the sights, sounds and experiences of the Mother City, from the perspective of someone who has grown up there.
“Aunty ” is a term of respect and endearment for ladies in our communities. It is used not only for your mommy or daddy’s sister, but also for any older woman with whom you come into contact. You will often hear mommy’s asking their children, “Did you greet Aunty So-&-So?” As a result, any woman who is not your mother, or your teacher, becomes your “Aunty” - your neighbor, your mommy’s friend, your friend’s mommy, etc., etc.
Given the tight-knit nature of communities in many townships on the Cape Flats, Aunty’s belong to all the neighbourhood children, and all the children belong to them. As a result, they have the right to discipline you like your mother would if she were around! So many an Aunty has dished out many a hiding to a child in many a Cape Flats neighbourhoods over the years.
When mommy is not around, Aunty is the next best thing. Aunty’s are much loved, pillars of the community who take pride in their roles as surrogate nurturers, care-givers; news reporter, security guards, and so much more.
My name is Anita and I am an older women, living in what was formerly known as a “Coloured Township” on the Cape Flats, and my neighbourhood kids call me “Aunty Nita” (short for Anita)…so, what better name for a company striving to showcase what the mixed race community of Cape Town has to offer to South Africa, and to the world as a whole.
Why Aunty Nita and not Aunty Nita? It’s all about the pronunciation! It’s about the way you say it…while you’re on the tour, listen to the lingo of those around you and you will hear the difference!
Aunty Nita’s is a Tour Operator showcasing an otherwise un-tapped aspect of Cape Culture. It is owned and operated by none other than Aunty Nita herself.
Anita Hermanus was born and grew up on the Cape Flats. She spent her formative years in the very streets she now shares so passionately with anyone who wants to listen. Anita is married and has 2 children.
Like most people on the Cape Flats Aunty Nita loves sharing this stunning city of Cape Town and the beauty of her community with travellers, who will have become family by time the tour ends.
“I was born in the beautiful city of Cape Town, at the foot of the magnificnet Table Mountain, at the foot of Africa. I love Cape Town and it’s people and have a deep desire to share the depth of talent, potential, skill, diversity and perseverance which is such a big part of who we are as a “Coloured” (our classification during Apartheid, simply meaning mixed race), people-group; as we strive to take our place in what is the “Rainbow Nation” of South Africa.
Sharing Cape Town and more specifically, life on the Cape Flats, with anyone who will visit, is therefore a way for me to merge my love of the city, and my desire to showcase it.”
Through Aunty Nita’s I aim to tastefully and respectfully share the diversity which makes the Cape Flats such a colourful place to visit.
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