The idea for the website came about when I was visiting my German girlfriend
on holiday. We met in Cape Town a few years earlier while
she was a student doing an English language course. During
my visit to Germany I chatted with some of her fellow student
friends about the large number of foreign students that study
or do internships in Cape Town. We also discussed the City’s
beautiful scenary and many things there are to do which got
them all very excited.
It quickly became clear that there was a lot of interest
amongst these guys to find out more about the city for studying
or internship purposes. However no comprehensive website with
relevant information targeting students was available that
I could refer them to. As Cape Town is a popular international
student destination it was clear that the city needs such
a website. It was with this in mind that babalaas.net was
The word ‘babalaas’ is a uniquely South African
word. It is a slang Afrikaans word for hang-over. All students
can relate to hang-over as this is an international phenomenon.
The name therefore combines South Africa, students and good
times in one. So it came quite naturally: the name that all
students will remember when they have been to South Africa
should be linked to the website.
The purpose of the site is to give foreign students tips
on how to prepare for student life in Cape Town. Whether doing
an internship, foreign study semester or language course the
site will inform them how to prepare to get to Cape Town,
and then of course assist with traveling and leisure time
Cape Town has been designed for the tourist. Beautiful scenary,
crazy funloving people, lots of pubs and that big mountain
slap bang in the middle makes this a great city to visit.
Guaranteed you will enjoy your time here and you will always
hope to come back – that is the magnetic power of that
great quartzite stone called Table Mountain.
I hope that you enjoy your time visiting this website, but
make sure not to miss the real thing.
This website was made by:
Contact: chris @ studentenmail.de
Chris Hewett,12 Ascot Grove, Grand National Blvd. Royal Ascot,
Cape Town, SA
Christiane Mauder, Brunnengasse 6, 97464 Niederwerrn , Germany
Ricarda Meier, Freibadstr. 14, 81543 München, Germany