Friday, June 25, 2010

Experience a slice of paradise

Oemie’s Tours

Oemie’s Tours is an inbound tour operator, offering cultural tours in Cape Town and the greater Western Cape area.

A family business registered by Hajira Ganie, a historically disadvantaged individual who saw an opportunity to register a tour operating business, in 2007.

Knowing little about the tourism industry, she empowered herself by completing a tourist guide course in 2006 and a business management course in tourism at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in 2007. She is currently on a mentorship program initiated by the department of Economic Development and Tourism.

Hajira was nominated as one of the finalists in “Celebrating Woman in Tourism” hosted by the City of Cape Town in 2008. In 2009, she did an upgrade in her tourism NQF level 4 Theta accredited national tourist guide and was nominated as one of the finalists in “National Tourist Guide Celebration” hosted by the department of Economic Development and Tourism.

Why Oemie’s Tours

Oemie’s Tours emphasize on the Cape Malay culture and the Cape Flats area. Join us with some well known Cape Malay mouth watering treats like boeber, faloeda milk and gadat milk (special milk enjoyed on religious celebrations).

The famous “koon carnival” groups and “nag troepe” groups practice from February each year for the celebrations on the 1st January. These celebrations continue into February and end with competitions among the groups. Competitions are now recognized by the City of Cape Town and the premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille, attended this event for the past few years.

Take the opportunity to interact with locals and learn about how Cape Flats residents were forcefully removed from the cosmopolitan city. Witness how these disadvantaged communities strive to survive. 14 Years into democracy they still use the skills, such as building, cabinet making, plastering , candle making and cane weaving, brought with them during the times of slavery (1759) as a means of survival.

Among these slaves were 23 men of great spiritual intellect, like Imam Abdullah ibn Kadi Abdus Salaam (Tuan Guru), known as the first teacher of Islam in Cape Town. These pioneers of the Muslim community were laid to rest in “Mazaars” (more commonly known as “Kramats” or tombs) around the Cape Peninsula.

Join us on one of our preset tours, or request a personalized tour, tailored to suit your needs.

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