The Crate Fan stands 18 metres high and can be found at the Victoria and Alfred waterfront where it was built to celebrate the 2010 World Cup.
Now it is used to promote recycling which Capetonians and very keen on. Understandable if you live by the sea and the next stop south is Antarctica..
It is a wild place and the explorer Bartolomeu Dias originally named it Cabo das Tormentas (Cape of Tempests), but it was renamed Cabo da Boa Esperança, (Cape of Good Hope), by John II of Portugal in an early example of salesman’s spin.
They are unusual in having developed a taste for seafood and are pretty clever as they have learned to chew or suck kaolin clay when they have an upset stomach.
But they are in danger of extinction because of people feeding them. As the plaque explains:
“To feed a baboon is to sign its death warrant, as sooner or later it will become a problem and have to be destroyed. This disturbs the social structure and behaviour of the troop.”
And that would be a sad end for a most engaging creature.
Finally, our base for the duration of our stay was the excellent Carmichael Guest House in Rosebank. Built in 1901, it is a fine example Victorian design with its stained glass, wooden floors and the tiled hall pictured right.
It transpired that the tiles were manufactured by Craven & Dunnill in Shropshire, England, and exported to SA. The company is sadly no more, but their work can be seen in many English churches, including Chester and Shrewsbury Cathedrals.