Google Maps tells me it takes 17 minutes to drive from my home in Claremont to Philippi on the Cape Flats, which sounds about right when I think back to taking our Scottish terriers to the kennels there, where they’d be cared for while the family went on holiday.

It was always a faintly grim exercise of semi-abandonment (though Bonnie and Fergus never seemed anything but keen on arrival) and I’d make a point of distracting myself with a more than usually deliberate effort of observation on the journey, taking in the sights, such as they were; the lay of the land. ..

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