- Rebecca Davis
You’re spoilt for choice this month with things to do in Cape Town, but don’t let a crammed calendar put you off checking out the Cape Town Month of Photography. You can take in some 120 exhibitions or dust off your camera and learn something about the art form yourself, writes MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
Most modern cars are created to commute. But a select few are born to perform. It doesn’t take rocket science to work out which group the Subaru WRX STi belongs in. In fact, just the STi badge confirms the muscle sedan’s performance credentials. DEON SCHOEMAN drives the new generation version of a performance car legend.
International arrivals at South African airports are greeted with an image of happy tourists on the back of an elephant experiencing, according to the wording, “Wild and Free Africa”. Few make the connection that the elephant is both tamed and decidedly un-free. And it’s going to get worse, much worse, for elephants if proposals by the Department of Environmental Affairs become law. By KAREN TRENDLER for Working Wild.
Most theatre festivals in the world start small and grow from there. Not the inaugural Cape Town Fringe, which kicks off on 25 September for eleven days with a dizzying array of over 100 productions to be staged in venues across the city. But will Capetonians come out in their droves? By MARIANNE THAMM.
The focus of the Catholic world will be on Rome from 5-19 October when the first session of the Synod on the Family, called by Pope Francis, gets underway. Will this Synod see a significant shift in the practice of the Catholic Church, and why might this be a watershed moment for the Papacy of Francis? By RUSSELL POLLITT.
Bar some extremely unexpected circumstance, Oscar Pistorius should today definitively learn his fate from Judge Thokozile Masipa in the North Gauteng High Court. We know that he will not be found guilty of murder; we also know that he will almost certainly be found guilty of culpable homicide. Let's see if the court of popular opinion is any happier when today's court proceedings are done. REBECCA DAVIS will bring you updates from the courtroom.
The court benches were packed. All the characters we’ve come to associate with this case were in attendance. Journalists stalked the corridors of the North Gauteng High Court in search of individuals with an opinion on Pistorius’s fate. Pistorius cried. All things considered, it was a day like many others in the Pistorius court case. Except, of course, far more important – and controversial. By REBECCA DAVIS and GREG NICOLSON.
In a car-obsessed country like South Africa, brand recognition is often more important than the actual cars produced under that brand’s banner. Which means that models from unknown marques struggle to attract attention, regardless of how good they are. Infiniti is still establishing its premium brand credentials locally, but the new Q50 compact premium sedan suggests that it has the potential to make the grade – with some provisos. By DEON SCHOEMAN.
This is it, folks. In the North Gauteng High Court today, Judge Thokozile Masipa will begin to read her judgment in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius. It is expected that it may take her the best part of two days to get through the reading, as she'll have to summarise the evidence presented by 37 witnesses. REBECCA DAVIS is back in the North Gauteng High Court.
The first artists to make their mark near the Karoo settlement of Prince Albert were the Khoi-San, who interpreted this beguiling arid, ancient stretch of territory on the walls of caves and rock faces. In the 21st Century a host of significant contemporary artists will be exhibiting work during the town’s second arts festival from September 18 to 24. By MARIANNE THAMM
Thursday – and likely Friday too – is Judgment Day in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. It’s been almost 18 months in which the tale of the Olympic athlete who shot a young woman has reverberated around the globe. Like it or not, in terms of the pitch and scale of media attention devoted to it, there has never been a South African court case like it. There may never be again: a thought which many will take comfort from. REBECCA DAVIS takes a look back at how it all began.
Today the world stage is crowded with Super Issues, each making loud speeches, thinking their monologues are unique. ISIS beheads, Ebola kills, Gaza bleeds, Israel justifies, Ukraine steels itself while Russia steals, NATO growls, Boko Haram plunders, Oscar waits, Zuma dances, news breaks and nobody laughs. And then Joan Rivers dies! By PIETER-DIRK UYS
In the early 1980s, a small graphic of a caravan parked on a vinyl record was the logo of the pioneering, independent record label, Shifty. It came to represent the musical hopes and dreams of a generation of South Africans. Thirty years later the Shifty September Festival, culminating in a concert on September 24, will pay homage to a remarkable generation of musical activists and those who recorded them. By MARIANNE THAMM.
South Africa, like the rest of the world, is facing an age bulge. We’ve got more and more old people, and they need all the same things the rest of us do: care, companionship, and to make ends meet. So what better way to make all this happen than to get seniors taking care of each other, while earning in the process? By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
Each day, Cape Town collectively produces 6,000 tons of waste. Cape Town’s solid-waste management system is designed to both clean the city and encourage action amongst the general public to minimise waste. But they are best known to the suburbs as those sulphurous trucks that collect our rubbish once a week. By BRAD HARRIS.
In the new Story of the World, the mechanisms that are driven by the growth imperative will no longer exist. Instead, it would follow the principles expressed in any ecosystem found in the natural world: i.e., that it is organically counterproductive for any species to bring about the demise of its host system. Welcome to the Gift Economy. By GUY LIEBERMAN.
It’s almost here, the technology that will enable babies, once and for all, to be grown in artificial wombs. It’s already promising to be a legal and ethical minefield, with scientists, religious leaders and philosophers alike jumping on the bandwagon to throw in their two cents on the implications. But, asks MARELISE VAN DER MERWE, what about the most important stakeholders of all – our kids themselves?
The Leaper – Jaguar’s iconic mascot – has never been as apt a symbol of the marque’s progress as now. And no car epitomises the brand’s fast-forward momentum as succinctly as the F-Type sports car. Launched in convertible form last year, the F-Type has now been joined by the tin-top F-Type Coupé – arguably an even more arresting machine. DEON SCHOEMAN drives the Jaguar F-Type Coupé V6 S.
From Vorster to Botha, from Mbeki to Zuma, past and present South African leaders have all had to deal with the blowtorch criticism of Nobel Peace Prize winner and global icon Desmond Tutu. Tutu has been at the frontline of truth, peace and justice in this country for almost four decades. The South African premiere of the first-ever documentary on his life and contribution to democracy will be screened on Sunday, 7 September at Artscape in Cape Town. By MARIANNE THAMM.
The naming of Cape Town as the World Design Capital may have been met with cynicism in some circles, but if you took a peek at this month’s Open Design Festival, you’d be forgiven for being swept away by it all. It’s crammed full of exciting inventions and is, to borrow a phrase from the writer’s children, ‘kak cool’. And you don’t have much time left to experience it, so you’d better get cracking. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
Capetonians love to casually claim their culture capital status, but hate to have to actually own it. With more art, theatre and music than you could shake a fist at, the empty seats on any given night bear testament to that other side of Capetonian character…the infamously flakey ‘RSVPossibly bru’. The fact is, if we want to be able to boast of the African avant-garde, we probably need to actually go to some of it every now and again. By CARLA LEVER.