Tales about riddles that first have to be solved before someone's heart's desire can be fulfilled are found the world over. In this Malay-Indian story, recorded in the Malay quarter of Cape Town and retold by Dr. I. D. Du Plessis, the chief protagonist must also solve three riddles before he gets his reward.
This is another version of the well-known tale concerning Table Mountain's blanket of clouds, known as the white tablecloth. This story originates from the early years when the Cape of Storms was still circumnavigated by sailing ships and the settlement at the Cape was a Dutch colony. It is retold here by Annari Van Der Mere.