- Lesley Stones
Wild, angry protests in London as the Barbican Centre opened South African artist Brett Bailey’s installation, Exhibit B, draw attention to the conflicted way people have reacted to Bailey’s controversial work that helps shine a spotlight on British reactions to Africa and Africans. Does this protest and the angry debate that has followed these protests mean Bailey has really gotten under the skin of people? Veteran arts journalist and editor ROBERT GREIG reports from London on the resulting cultural donnybrook.
The was a time when the bigger a car’s engine, the more powerful it was – and the more power, the better. Those big Chevs and Fords, with their acres of chrome and thirsty V8s, were on every petrolhead’s wish list. These days, compact is cool, and engines are getting smaller. The Renault Mégane GT-Line is a case in point. By DEON SCHOEMAN.
From a young American dressing up as slain Trayvon Martin to local students dressing as the Williams sisters at a 21st birthday party, the worldwide furore over various incidents of white people wearing blackface in recent months has been fairly black and white. Responses either boil down to “get a life, it’s funny” or “stop doing it, it’s offensive”. But what nobody seems to be doing is interrogating why people are laughing. And what’s behind this 'blackface' thing? By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
Few can claim to have personally met and befriended quite as many ANC leaders in exile the 1970s as Conny Braam, one of the founders of the Dutch Anti-Apartheid Movement. Oliver Tambo, Dr Yusuf Dadoo, Nelson Mandela, Joe Slovo, Mac Maharaj, a young Thabo Mbeki and many others all crossed paths with Braam, who played a key role in the ANC’s 1986 underground Operation Vula. Braam has just visited South Africa to research her next book. By MARIANNE THAMM.
The Prophet T.B. Joshua, of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations, recently released an official press statement explaining the collapse of the guesthouse that killed 84 South Africans. In the Prophets world, where visions abound, this was no mere construction failure, but an attack by nameless aircraft. RICHARD POPLAK looks heavenward for signs.
For the ordinary South African, AAD is either an utterly unknown event or, if you happen to live near Centurion, that thing that happens every two years that creates a hell of a noise. Nonetheless, this Saturday and Sunday saw AAD's gates at Waterkloof Airforce Base opened to the public to view some genuinely amazing aerobatics. This year is no exception. By JOHN STUPART.
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.