What Does It Mean When They Say Slowdown It’s Cape Town #SDiCT? #LoveCapeTown

November 12, 2012 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Knowing Cape Town

The Slow Down It’s Cape Town Counterculture (#SDiCT)

I saw this photo by raeesasolwa and I thought that I like it. But what does Slowdown It’s Cape Town mean to Cape Townians and people who love Cape Town? And can we say that Cape Town represents a counterculture? My daughter Nandi, is is part of The Mechanicals acting troupe in Cape Town. Sometimes acting takes her to Johannesburg. And there she easily dress-up in high heels. But back in Cape Town she dresses differently. I am sure you know what I mean. You can wear high heels in Cape Town. But you can also slow-down-it’s-Cape-Town.

There’s something of a take it or leave it culture in Cape Town.

From day one as we arrived in Cape Town, we realised that cars are not, in general, a status symbol. And I am not taking about those on the other side of the Boerewors Curtain and serious Camps Bay dudes.

There are people who drive the best cars. Let’s have a look at this photo taken at the lovely Camps Bay strip.

But then there’s a sub culture; very familiar with the idea of “Slow Down This is Cape Town”.

This Citroen, below, is on the extreme edge. And that’s why I chose it. It’s the kind of stuff you kinda car.

In a way this car symbolises the idea that we use cars to travel but in Cape Town many of us question the ego stuff. (This photo was taken on a party night in Kalk Bay).

Let’s look at the idea called counterculture;

A counterculture (also written counter-culture) is a subculture whose values and norms of behavior deviate from those of mainstream society, often in opposition to mainstream cultural mores.


In the larger South African and even world stage, Cape Town represents (to me) a counterculture dominated by nature, the ocean and the Southern Tip of Africa (South Western for the purists).

All of these influence the people who live here, the people who moved here and the people who come here for holiday. And the longer they stay the more pronounce the effect becomes. A counterculture is instilled in most.

And the result is a counterculture that we can call, “Slow Down It’s Cape Town”. Or #SDiCT 😉

I am in no way suggesting I am an expert. Please tell me how you feel about it. Why do you agree or disagree?

Have fun

Johan Horak

P.S. I love Cape Town, blog about it and recommend Cape Town holiday accommodation.


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