Hood 2 has strong links to education, religion and sport. Motale is the chosen name for this Hood and, explains Mbeka, was inspired by “a bus owner transporting people from Cape Town to EC, Gauteng etc. He was a well respected man when I was growing up and people around the area still talk about, and remember him.”
Within the borders of this proud neighbourhod one will find St. Michaels Church, where the respected Revrend Qabazi was a parishioner for many a year. The church famously features in the movie ‘White Wedding’.
Isaac Mkhize was one of the first black teachers from the townships, and Id Mkhize High School, now stands here in his honour. Though he never taught here, he very influential in advocating for High Schools to be built in Gugulethu. The schools is one of the success stories of Gugulethu, with influential Principal, Zola Pahlana leading by example. He turned the school around from a 40% pass rate in the early 90’s to now an expected 90%-100 pass rate. An amazing accomplishment.
Cricket, soccer and rugby matches are held in the proud NY 49 Stadium which is an institution in this hood, as is the Gugulethu Day Hospital which celebrated its 20 year anniversary in 2010. On the soceer front, the renowned Romans and Strikers football teams hail from this . Vem Bikwani worked tirelessly in the administration of the Strikers Football Club and Thobela Bikwani went on to play internationally and also in Premier Soccer League .
If you’re ever hungry while cruising this hood, a visit to KwaThole, at NY 3A is must amagwinya! An unforgettable treat. And what of music? Just off NY 78 and NY 80 is the area that produced uMankunku Ngozi, the famous jazz saxophonist.
The southern part of this area is populated mostly by residents who were removed from District 6,Woodstock while people from Kensington are largely located around NYs 50, 49, 48 and 21.
St Josephs Childrens Home used to be located on NY75, though is now situated at Montana.The building was then utilised as a high School (Fezeka) from the late 60′s until 1974. It later became the administration centre for Ikapa Town Council and more recently the City of Cape Town.