Last week I went out with some friends for lunch to one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets; a delightful Kosher café in the heart of Cape Town called Coffee Time. Every Wednesday they offer a delicious buffet lunch with a large variety of dairy and non dairy dishes along with their famous in-house bread which is always still fresh and warm from the oven.
But Coffee Time is a coffee shop with a difference because besides being well appointed and set in a beautiful garden environment with Table Mountain as its back drop, it offers training and employment opportunities for people with special needs.
It is connected and on the same campus as the Astra Centre which is a Jewish Sheltered Employment Centre. Whether in the open labor market, at Coffee Time or at their own specialized workshops, Astra assists and supports people with special needs, finding them meaningful and fulfilling work. The Astra workshops themselves manufacture a whole variety of products from personalized baby blankets and towels to wooden toys and gifts which are sold at their gift shop 'Giftime' situated adjacent to the cafe. It is amazing to see the workshops in action and how they build the self confidence and self esteem – and social and economic independence, of the workers.
Whenever I walk through the workshops it brings tears to my eyes as I see the beautiful smile’s on everyone’s faces and the sense of pride and empowerment that they get from their work.
Another reason why I am so proud of our Cape Town Community!
If you haven’t yet been there, I really suggest you call in advance and organise a tour. It is definitely worth seeing – and you can get some great food as well!
For all the holidaymakers who are coming down to Cape Town it is worth adding Coffee Time to your to do list.
You can find out more about Astra on their website