Located in the Khayelitsha township, Kopanong Bed & Breakfast is run by Thope Lekau and her daughter Mpho. Established in 1999, Kopanong, which means meeting place in the seSotho language, has three comfortable double guest bedrooms, two with a private bathroom. Guests can also relax in the sitting room, read about South Africa, and watch TV or videos.
The nutritious breakfast that is offered consists of fruits, yogurts, milk, cold cereals, hot porridge, cooked vegetables or beans, toast and preserves, juice, tea, and coffee. A traditional-style dinner is also available for guests, when arranged in advance. We have a large covered terrace area and also welcome tour groups here for lunch, tea, or cold drinks and snacks. Here we have an opportunity to talk about South Africas recent history and future hopes in an authentic setting.
Khayelitsha (which means New Home in Xhosa) is a rapidly growing township located outside of Capetown, near the Capetown International Airport. The population now numbers almost 2 million. Khayelitsha, which was created during the apartheid area as a dormitory for black laborers working in Capetown, is now a vibrant community with schools, churches, markets, training centers, craft displays and community gardens. Housing ranges from informal shacks to permanent homes with water, sanitation and electricity supply.
While many residents struggle to make a living, people have begun to take control of their lives and the entrepreneurial spirit of the people is evident to visitors.