EnglishShow more Cape + English doctor; see quotation 1890.
The Cape Doctor:A nickname given in the Western Cape to the prevailing south-east wind which blows strongly especially during the summer months; the Doctor, see doctor sense 2.Cf. black south-easter.
1861Lady Duff-GordonLett. from Cape (1925) 31It portends a ‘south-easter’, i.e. a hurricane, and Cape Town disappears in impenetrable clouds of dust. But this wind..is the Cape doctor, and keeps away cholera, fever of every sort, and all malignant or infectious diseases.
1882C. Du ValWith Show through Sn Afr.I. 50The ‘Cape Doctor’..does for Cape Town what its Town Council and Urban Authorities appear unable or unwilling to do — viz., drives out the contagion, low fever, etc., generated by the insufficient drainage and want of care..in..its sanitary requirements.
1890A. MartinHome Life 15That rough but benevolent south-east wind, which, owing to its kindly property of sweeping away the germs of disease, is called ‘the Cape doctor’.
1913H. TuckerOur Beautiful Peninsula 2Even the worst enemy of our comfort, the impetuous south-east wind, bears ‘healing on its wings,’ as its popular title, ‘the Cape Doctor,’ signifies.
1948H.V. MortonIn Search of S. Afr. 46The ‘Cape Doctor’ is the name of Cape Town’s private and personal monsoon, the South-Easter..because it always blows seaward and is said to carry away all the germs with it.
1966Listener (U.K.) 18 Aug. 237The Cape south-easter was blowing — the wind they call the Cape doctor because it blows the rubbish from the streets.
1973Cape Times 27 Jan. (Weekend Mag.) 10It is a little like the air pollution question in Cape Town...Just when the..media make the public aware of the extent of the problem..the old Cape Doctor comes along and the problem seems to have solved itself.
1976W. Héfer inOptimaVol.26No.2, 46It used to be said that this wind, known as the Cape doctor, helped the fruit farmer by blowing away various diseases.
1983Sunday Times 14 Aug. 16The ‘miracle Cape Doctor’ — the south-easterly wind — has saved the rich, beautiful West Coast from oil pollution.
1987Kirkby & Houwing inWeekend Argus 26 Sept. 1The eight sailing ships of the Australian Bicentennial First Fleet were pinned down in Table Bay Harbour by a raging south-easterly gale...The Cape Doctor, gusting to more than 50 knots, prevented the fleet from leaving Table Bay.
1993A. Jardine inWeekend Argus 9 Jan. 18The Cape Doctor took centre stage..as the [golf] tournament entered..the ‘championship round’. An uncharitable south-easter played havoc with the pack yesterday and swept hats, golf balls and aspirations away.