After working together on a number of township experiences over a period of three years, we (Siviwe and Garth) have joined forces to offer something refreshingly different in the townships of Cape Town.
Siviwe Mbinda (Siviwe Tours and Happy Feet Youth Project):
“I was born in 1983 in Umtata, not too far from Nelson Mandela’s birthplace, Qunu. I had a happy childhood in the region called Transkei as the youngest of four children. I was born into a Xhosa-speaking community, a community with strong values, traditions and customs. I went to primary school in Umtata and in 2001 I moved with my family to Langa, the oldest of Cape Town’s townships.
My father worked for a large state-owned corporation called Transnet and my family lived in the Transnet hostels in Langa. I completed by schooling here and then enrolled for a Business Management course at the Cape College in downtown Cape Town. After completing my studies, I ventured into the building sector until I realised my interests lay with people, rather than bricks and mortar.
After completing a tourist guiding course, I started guiding and eventually met up with Garth in 2007. Together, we started Vamos in 2010. Vamos means “Let’s Go!” in Spanish.
In 2007 I started the Happy Feet Youth Project. Today it is registered as a Non Profit Organisation (NPO 082080). Our goal is to remove young township kids from the influence of gangsterism and drugs and to give them meaning and comradeship in their lives whilst instilling strong values.”
Garth Angus (Footsteps to Freedom):
“For the past eight years I have been active in developing traveller-experiences in and around Cape Town which dig a little deeper into our history and culture. Firstly through the Footsteps to Freedom City Walking tour of the historic heart of Cape Town and latterly through creative and eco-friendly, community-based township experiences.
After meeting Siviwe, it was only a matter of time before we joined forces to create Vamos. Or credo is simple; disturb the environment as little as possible, make a difference as much as possible.”