Above what later became the offices of the Cape Times in St George’s Street Cape Town, two women ran a “superior tearoom” or in plain Afrikaaps a “hoerhuis” where “dainty suppers” could be obtained. It is believed that they became so successful that they returned to England, as well off ladies. Most Khoekhoe and slave women were not so lucky, the colour of their skin counted against them. However, it could be argued that they at least had autonomy, dubious as it was, over how they earned a living for their families while fulfilling their cultural responsibility of kinship.

“I echo with their names

their bodies a commerce exotic

my mouth violent with untold stories

we are a million strange tributaries

they are a land unknown

in a place we call home.”

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