SPACES

The suburb of Rugby, located between the N1 and the notorious Koeberg Road, where low life is on duty 24/7, is trendy Cape Town’s bleak terrain - its zef side as Jack Parow would call it - the unfashionable area that’s not earmarked for gentrification. Thank God. It makes good sense that the late Aida Uys and her partner Braam Theron chose Rugby to create their home, for they never followed trends. They set them. To me they were the most stylish couple the Cape has ever seen. Period. Style is really undefinable and yet tangible for it touches your senses. I feel I can sense, almost instinctively, when I meet someone with style. It’s not a big deal, it’s simply being aware as a photographer. It’s my job. When I met Aida, some time in the 80’s, she was wearing an embroided silk blouse under an old leather jacket, a man’s khaki trousers with turn ups, Wupperthal boots, delicate gold jewellery, vintage leather gloves and her hair in a bun, as she got off her black Triumph motorbike. Mounted on the back of the bike was a basket that Braam had made for her to carry Ysbeer, their cross-wire-haired terrier, her travel companion wherever she rode. Braam and Aida collected stuff - lots of it - tons of it. Their house was filled with objects, some chosen for their usefulness, some for fun and some for sheer folly. There were anglepoises, model planes, coins, compasses, masks, telescopes, bangles, tools, ropes, and helmets. And there were gems like a glove finger stretcher (honestly), a peach peeler, a boot button hook ….. Braam rents out props to the film industry with a quirky inverted financial policy, which he explains: “The more you rent, the more you pay”.”If you want to rent one coffee flask you pay, say, R30, but if you want 40 flasks - which I have in stock – you pay R60 each, for the chance of you finding 40 of the same is very small, so you pay more!” A WOMAN CALLED A I DA A t r i bu t e t o a r ema r k ab l e Woman Visi magazine

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