In South Africa, we commemorate Women’s Month in August and honour the 20,000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 to protest the extension of the Pass Laws to women, and the injustice of the apartheid system. Together, women of all ethnicities united in defiance, their rallying call the now famous ‘You strike a woman, you strike a rock’. 9 August has since been declared a public holiday in South Africa, and is a time where we celebrate the strength of women, both past and present.
While 1956 marked a turning point for women in South Africa, elsewhere in the world, another significant woman would make her mark in history. In April of the same year, American actress, Grace Kelly, married Prince Rainier III, becoming Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco.
Her elegance, poise, and classic approach to fashion made her an icon we still look to for inspiration today. Fresh faced, natural and effortlessly pulled together, she embodied a timeless, signature style that set her apart from other stars of the time.
Much like Grace Kelly set herself apart from others, not by being bigger or bolder, but by a consistent faithfulness to understated elegance, we at Cape Grace set ourselves apart in the same manner. And so, in honouring all things timeless and beautiful, we invite you to our special August Afternoon Tea – an honoured tradition and the perfect opportunity to celebrate yourself alongside the strong and vivacious women you surround yourself with.
We will serve you and your favourite ladies a welcome drink of Kir Royale on arrival, and then invite you to indulge in a delicious spread of sweets and savouries. Begin with delicate finger sandwiches, crumbling savoury cheese and mustard scones, as well as traditional scones with lashings of lemon curd, jam and cream. Then bite into delicacies like fruity macaroons, hazelnut eclairs, chocolate confections in many shapes and forms, and other mouth-watering cakes and desserts. Our Women’s Month Tea is served from 12h30 – 16h00 on 9 August, as well as the three following Saturdays (11th, 18th, and 25th August) and is R325 per person. Bookings are essential and can be made online here.
As we celebrate with the graceful, and uniquely wonderful women in our lives today, we invite you to join in appreciating and reflecting on our special South African history of bravery and determination.
‘I think that women can do anything they decide to do’. – Grace Kelly
Blog post by: Tarah Darge