- Lesley Stones
The A3 Sedan is Audi’s first foray into the premium small sedan segment, and considering it’s based on the same, excellent platform as the A3 hatchback, it should be competent, composed and classy. But is it really different enough to warrant its presence in an already comprehensive Audi line-up? DEON SCHOEMAN finds out.
How many elephants are there in Africa? We don't know for sure. But, in the way that murder is always a more reliable statistic because there's a body to count, we can arrive at the number poached every year. It's shocking: about 40,000. That's one every 15 minutes. Elephants are now being killed faster than they can breed. By DON PINNOCK.
The British TV series Up, which selected a group of children and filmed an update on their lives every seven years, is hailed as one of the greatest documentary projects of all time. South Africa is one of the countries which has its own spin-off, documenting the growth to adulthood of 18 children from vastly diverse backgrounds ever since they were seven years old in 1992. This year they are 28, and the fourth documentary installment of their lives – 28Up – will be screened in January. REBECCA DAVIS got a sneak preview of a fascinating project that deserves to be vastly better known.
The latest Chevrolet Cruze is exactly what you’d expect of the American marque in the 21st Century motoring context: strong on features and perceived value; attractive in an inoffensive, middle-of-the road kind of way; and spacious for a C-segment compact sedan. With the arrival of a new engine, Chev hopes to add dynamic appeal to the list of attributes. By DEON SCHOEMAN.
A new holiday is about to be born in America, and even before it has occurred, it has been attracting considerable publicity. No, it’s not Frank Costanza’s famous (anti-Christmas alternative) “Festivus” of “Seinfeld” fame, nor Maulana Karenga’s “Kwanza”- designed to help African Americans find a solemnity in the Christmas season beyond all the rampant, crass commercialism. Those two have already become old hat - having actually found a place on the calendar in the minds of a growing number of people. No, this time around, it will be the celebration of “Thanksgivukkah”. Actually, this holiday did happen a few times before, way back in 1888, and after this year, it will come round yet again - but only after more than 78,000 years from now. J. BROOKS SPECTOR explains.
We don’t often have good things to say about the City of Jo’burg, so this is a special occasion. The municipality’s decision to sponsor the Jo’burg Ballet has breathed new life into the company. Like Sleeping Beauty being kissed by a handsome prince, ballet in this town is waking up and beautiful things are happening. ALEX ELISEEV finds his escape…
If only. If only it had been raining cats and dogs in Dallas fifty years ago and a certain presidential limousine had had its removable top in place; or if Lee Harvey Oswald had had a sneezing fit in the dusty Texas Book Depository building at the same moment the motorcade had made its slow turn at Dealey Plaza. Had that happened, newspapers worldwide would have announced the sad news that two giants of contemporary literature - CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley had passed away instead of John F Kennedy. Instead, their deaths were overwhelmed by the martyrdom of an American president. J. BROOKS SPECTOR looks back at their legacy.
As part of a new Daily Maverick series profiling young, African leaders, we sat down with Aya Chebbi, a Tunisian blogger and activist. She is the kind of young person that inspires hope in humanity, a 'doer', an active participant in the society she has grown up in. And still she is warm, insightful, humble. Just don’t use the phrase “Arab Spring” around her. By KHADIJA PATEL.
On paper, the specifications of Audi’s just-launched S3 might come as a disappointment to premium performance hatchback fans. At 206 kW, the S3’s maximum muscle trails both the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG (by a huge margin) and the BMW M135i. But there’s more to the S3 than statistics, as DEON SCHOEMAN finds out.
Sitting in the garden, the sunlight is making it one of those perfect Johannesburg spring days – just right for a wide-ranging conversation about art, music, life, death and everything. Neo Muyanga, the man commissioned to compose the newest opera that will explore Madiba magic, is explaining where his musical inspirations and his musical ideas come from. It is a complicated business, it seems. J. BROOKS SPECTOR talks with the composer about his work, his life, his dreams, and even his fears.
In a remote corner of Patagonia, a community exists to whom Sarie Marais is a familiar ditty and melktert is sold in the local café. They are the descendants of Afrikaners who travelled across the ocean to Argentina around 1903, lured by the prospect of land and a new life away from the hated British. In 1965, a Sunday Times journalist wrote that in this area, “more Afrikaans than Spanish is heard in the shops”. Today only a handful of the Patagonian Boers remain who can understand Afrikaans. A Cape Town filmmaker is determined to document their world in an upcoming film titled “The Boers at the end of the world”. By REBECCA DAVIS
What do footballer Lucas Radebe, activist Rhoda Kadalie, ‘Paleo diet’-advocate Tim Noakes and Business Day editor Peter Bruce – to name a few – have to teach the South African public about ethics? This was the intriguing premise of a new ethics conference held in Cape Town on Tuesday: EthicsXchange. REBECCA DAVIS couldn’t resist being there.
Let go of the hype and the circus atmosphere, and fashion week is, in fact, a trade show: designers not only create collections for the love of fashion but also with the hope of attracting potential buyers. Ranges that are commercial enough will find their way into the alleys of local retailers while others will fall into sartorial memorabilia. EMILIE GAMBADE explores life after fashion week.
It’s hard to believe that there was a time when sport utility vehicles were more utilitarian than sporty, when 4x4s were true go-anywhere workhorses rather than show-off kerb-crawlers, and lifestyle motoring was a bonnet stripe and a set of shiny wheels. It’s even harder to believe that it took a Toyota to change all that … By DEON SCHOEMAN.
Lou Reed, the pioneering musician who fronted influential rock band The Velvet Underground and won mainstream acclaim with solo songs "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Perfect Day", died on Sunday aged 71. Reed, whose band fused music and art in collaboration with its early benefactor, pop artist Andy Warhol, died at the Long Island home he shared with his wife, Laurie Anderson, following complications from a liver transplant earlier this year, his literary agent Andrew Wylie said. By Jonathan Allen and Daniel Trotta.
The South African motor industry continues to defy local economic trends by selling tens of thousands of new cars, bakkies and trucks every month. For the same reason, the country’s biennial motor show is not only the largest in Africa, but in the southern hemisphere. DEON SCHOEMAN traipsed through the halls of the Johannesburg Expo Centre to select the highlights of the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show.
Any conversation about hot hatches either starts or ends with the nameplate that established the genre in the first place: the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Now in its seventh iteration, the GTI is neither the lightest, the most powerful nor the most advanced of its ilk. So what is it that makes the GTI such an iconic car? And, more importantly, why is this Mk7 version arguably the best yet? DEON SCHOEMAN gets behind the wheel to find out.