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10 Nice Things You Deserve to Do This Long Weekend

Because you deserve nice things

The latest Twitter drama on our feed involved UCT Radio asking whether black people ‘really deserve nice things’.

For context, it was apparently an attempt to get people talking about the violence that happened at Moses Mabhida Stadium last week, but let’s be honest, the context really doesn’t make this statement any better.

The people of Twitter, including Thembisa Mdoda, wasted no time dragging the radio for their thoughtless tweeting. To combat the negativity we’re focusing on the nice things we all deserve to do, and there’s nothing quite like a long weekend to take the time to do the nice things –which you totally deserve, duh. Here are our top picks of things to do this weekend to make you feel good:

1 Listen to some of the best jazz in the country

The Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band is playing at the BAT Centre this weekend, for free nogal. Perfect if you’re in the Durban area and want to hear some of the best up-and-coming musicians in the country. It’s also a good excuse to wear your black polo neck, sip wine and nod knowingly to music you don’t quite get but you wish you did.

2 Go to the theatre

If the last time you went to the theatre was to watch the school play in matrix, it’s time to head back. Going to the theatre is a great excuse to get way too dressed up and feel cultured AF. If you’re in Jo’burg this weekend, the People’s Theatre is showing Alice In Wonderland which your inner child is going to love re-watching. And if you’re in Cape Town, you get to pretend you’re in the West End because The Fugard is screening Cat On A Hot Tin Roof starring Sienna Miller on Sunday night.

 

3 Take your cooking skills up a level

Sometimes nice things come in the form of learning a new skill. Veld and Sea’s kitchen classroom in the beautiful Cape Point is hosting a ‘wild flavour’ cooking class, where you’ll learn how to season your meals with indigenous plants, herbs, flowers and fruits. Spend the day cooking delicious dishes, sipping botanical cocktails (those drinks that are full of flowers and plants that are going to kill it on your Instagram) and, best of all, eating. If you can’t make this one but are still into the idea of getting more in touch with nature, try one of their upcoming mushroom foraging or fermentation workshops.

4 Pay someone to make you laugh

The Cape Town Comedy Club has scheduled hilarity for every evening this weekend. It’s not just guaranteed laughs you’re getting but food, drinks and music afterwards (if you’re still standing by then). US comedienne Mona Aburmishan is in town, but we’re most excited for the guest act, Robbie Collins, who is equal parts funny and cute (and he’s really funny, BTW).

5 Get opulent

Take your Sunday roast up a level and make it opulent by heading down to Katlehong, east of Johannesburg, for tasty food fit for a queen (like a pretty down-to-earth kind). The vibe is chilled and the music is the perfect soundtrack for getting day-drunk to. Expect people dressed to the nines sitting at picnic benches, sipping fancy AF cocktails in between drags of a hookah pipe.

6 Get stuck into some nature

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You’re always complaining how you never have enough time to enjoy the great outdoors, and now that you’ve got a whole long weekend you’ve got no excuse. South Africans are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking where they want to get their #natureloversofinstagram on. Check out one of these (free) local spots you need to tick off your bucket list, the cutest nature spots to take your bae to or the most Instagram-worthy areas in SA.

7 Get a taste of Broadway

Just because you live in Port Elizabeth doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to experience a touch of showbiz every now and then. Broadway And Beyond is on at the Savoy Theatre to celebrate 85 years of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Featuring numbers from classics like Cats, Annie, Billy Elliot, and Hamilton. It’s like a highlights reel of every musical you’ve ever wanted to see.

 

8 Learn the art of lettering

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You might have come across Fathima Kathrada on Instagram before, where she’s known for her cute watercolour drawings and calligraphy skills. This weekend she’s giving away all of her secrets in a Watercolour Brush Lettering Workshop. Ideal for anyone creative or even wannabe-creatives who want to learn how to make their Christmas cards and love letters way more Pinterest-worthy.

9 Shop for a good cause

Retail therapy feels good for a moment, but it’s often short-lived and followed by feelings of guilt and regret. Here to make you feel way better about spending all your money on clothes is Nazareth House’s Garden Market. All the proceeds from the second-hand clothing and curio sale go to their nappy fund for the children and elderly. Giving money to charity in exchange for vintage one-of-a-kind goods? It’s a win-win.

10 Just eat some cheese, TBH

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Not that you needed an excuse to eat more cheese but the South African Cheese Festival is in town. The massive outdoor event takes place in Stellenbosch this weekend from 10am until 6pm – that’s eight hours of cheesy bliss. Not only will you be treated to some of the best cheese in the country, but also cheese’s BFFEs: wine and crackers.

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