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Hol­ly­wood su­per­star Sean Penn cel­e­brated his 54th birth­day by eat­ing cray­fish and snoek at a rus­tic South African restau­rant with his girl­friend, Char­l­ize Theron, last Sun­day. What’s more, the Tin­sel­town A-lis­ter shared his choco­late birth­day cake with fel­low pa­trons af­ter lunch at the Strand­loper Restau­rant, which over­looks the Lange­baan la­goon on the west coast, about 125km from Cape Town.

Penn, Theron, her mother, Gerda, and baby Jack­son had their toes in the sand at the ca­sual open-air restau­rant.

The party of 12 sat on benches around a con­crete ta­ble, feast­ing on a 10-course meal pre­pared over braai fires in huge black cast iron pots. The seafood buf­fet costs R250 a head.

The restau­rant’s owner, Justin Maltby, told City Press that Penn brought his own birth­day cake from Cape Town. “It was a beau­ti­ful cake and de­li­cious. We all tasted it,” he said.

“The party was very re­laxed. They were very nice and nat­u­ral. They asked in ad­vance that we do not take pic­tures or ask for au­to­graphs.”

Dur­ing the day, Jack­son played with a Chi­huahua named Peanut, whose owner, Lynette Krige, was seated at a nearby ta­ble.

Krige, a travel agent from Dur­banville, told Die Burger: “Char­l­ize asked me if I minded her son play­ing with Peanut. She didn’t want him to bother us.”

Two-year-old Jack­son is used to four-legged friends – he and his mother have two res­cue dogs at their home in Los An­ge­les.

Since the fam­ily’s tem­po­rary re­lo­ca­tion to Cape Town a month ago, Jack­son has been en­rolled at a school on the foothills of Ta­ble Moun­tain.

City Press will not di­vulge the name of the his­toric school to pro­tect his pri­vacy. How­ever, we can re­veal that the tod­dler’s class is re­hears­ing for a ju­nior pri­mary con­cert – so he may just fol­low in his mummy’s Os­car-win­ning foot­steps.

Granny Gerda is lend­ing a hand look­ing af­ter Jack­son while Theron works on film­ing Penn’s lat­est di­rec­to­rial ef­fort, The Last Face, around the Mother City with costar Javier Bar­dem.

The fam­ily is stay­ing at the posh Mount Nel­son Ho­tel, where Gerda has been soak­ing up luxury treat­ments at the Lib­risa Spa, which sprawls across the ho­tel’s west wing.

“The Nelly” is fa­mous for high tea spreads that see ta­bles groan un­der flow­ers, frosted cakes and sil­ver­ware dur­ing the af­ter­noons. Theron seems to have given the deca­dent teas a wide berth, be­cause pho­to­graphs by US tabloids show her look­ing trim on sets around Cape Town.

Mean­while, the star­let and her beau have been seen out and about in the Mother City.

On Wed­nes­day Penn was spot­ted at the swish newly re­fur­bished Cape Town Club in Queen Vic­to­ria Street, where he ap­par­ently en­joyed a chin­wag into the early morn­ing hours.

Theron has be­come a reg­u­lar sight­ing at The Duchess of Wis­beach, a ro­man­tic Sea Point restau­rant lined with dark wood and mir­rors. Staff at the restau­rant con­firmed her pa­tron­age, but would not share de­tails.


FAM­ILY TIME Char­l­ize Theron cud­dles her son, Jack­son (2), while chat­ting to her mother Gerda on the set of The Last Face in Cape Town

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