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Voices of the City: Fred Hayman




Voices of the City is a new, weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in the city. By asking the same five questions to all our interviewees, we discover not only how our experiences of differ, but also what we share. It is a daunting task to try and capture the diverse experiences of our city’s inhabitants, but we feel that it is a worthy, and necessary, endeavor, in order to better understand the present and future of our city. This week, we heard from Fred Hayman, film enthusiast and teacher of Karate, Jujutsu & Bujinkan. 
Fred Hayman

Fred Hayman

Question: What about Cape Town inspires you the most?

Answer: The tenacity of Cape Town’s history inspires me, from its early start, to the melting pot of urban flavour which it has today. It’s not just a city of international destination, but a home to masses of diverse individuals, which unite us as Capetonians. 

Q: Do you have a secret space or place that you enjoy in the city?

A: My favorite place isn’t a big secret. Its the Labia Cinema. For me, its a magical place were old meets new, where one can board on a journey of discovery through film. 

Q: What was the last exciting event you attended in the city?

A: I would say it was The Power of Film: African Innovation in Film workshop with Future Cape Town. Simply because it was so exciting to be in a room with so many inspirational people. I walked out an inspired man. 

Q: What frustrates you about the city?

A: Let’s not talk about the traffic! I would say the litter in the city defaces its beautiful profile, and it’s in everyone’s power to solve it.  

Q: You can have dinner with one person living or dead. Who is it and why?

A: A difficult question for me…I would choose Inga Beckmann, because she always took my breath away as a goddess on stage. With a dinner partner like that, stimulating conversation will be a given. 

Check out our website next week for the next Voices of the City interview. 

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Anna Brown

Writer from New York with a passion for all things urban.