Unselfconsciousness

Kim is 35 and lives in Rosebank with a timeshare-cat* called Kohl. Kathrin is 38 years old, lives in Victorskloof, Hout Bay with her husband and three children.

What is your profession and what work do you do? I am PhD researcher in the field of International Climate Change policy. I’m based at the Energy Research Centre at the University of Cape town and a part-time researcher on the MAPS programme where I focus on India and Low Carbon Development Strategies.

Where were you trained? Rhodes university (Grahamstown), Open University (London), UCT (Cape Town).

Is there something you would like to learn? I’ve always wanted to learn to play the Cello, but never quite got that far!

What do you do in your free time? I bicycle, watch movies at the Labia, design websites and blog (www.odandbrown.co.uk) and like to drink wine with friends or watch cricket at Newlands.

Do you have a hero, a mentor or somebody you admire? I admire people who are productive in their chosen fields and those who emanate calm and ‚groundedness‘.

Are you currently saving money for something? A new laptop and my PhD field trip to India next year.

What do you think you will be doing in 10 years? Lecturing, researching, policy analysis.

Where will you be when you are old? I’d like to be teaching in a small rural school somewhere warmish.

What is your favourite food? Hmmmm, currently, blueberries and Greek yoghurt.

Do you have a favorite book? T.S. Eliot’s „The Four Quartets“.

Do you have a favourite movie? Gah! It is a toss up, but I admit it, The Bourne Identity… I also love the BBC’s version of Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice.

What music is your favorite? I listen to indie, rock & alternative music as well as classical, jazz, big-band and well, whatever else is on FMR (Fine Music Radio station).

And what TV-show? I like QI (British talk/current affairs/humour show), and The West Wing (US political drama).

What do you like about South Africa? Here occasionally you’ll hear a person in a shop singing to the piped music: this is a kind of unselfconscious enjoyment of the moment I never came across whilst living in London. I like (an understatement) that we’ve come as far as we have from Apartheid without major all-consuming civil war! Oh, and I like the sunshine and the good wine.

What don’t you like about South Africa? The mind-boggling disparities in the living conditions of people. The fact that politicians don’t/won’t make a difference in people’s lives, and people keep voting for them, drives me nuts! I also really miss London’s public transport options, its wealth of art, history, cultural activities, and walking along the Thames.

What are your hopes for South Africa? I’d hope we could find again the spirit of the „Rainbow Nation“; only this time tempered with the knowledge that hard work, honesty and responsibility are essential for everyone to demonstrate in order for us to make that vision real.

Is there anything you would like to say to our friends and families abroad? Howzit! Kom kuier, wamkelekile🙂
And bring cheese please.

Thanks, dankie, enkosi, Kim!

*technically lets my neighbour call herself ‚owner‘,  but comes to visit for head & back scratches, warm spots to sleep and milk.

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