- Lesley Stones
Picture going on a tour of venues where people go specifically to have sex. Usually with strangers. In all kinds of unusual ways. But, it seems, whatever they’re doing, they’re awfully hygienic about it. Seem like an unusual way to spend a morning? REBECCA HODES actually did it. The tour, that is. Strictly business.
The behaviour of Steve Hofmeyer and the fans that sang Die Stem along with him a few weeks ago has cast Afrikaners as an angry breed, out of touch with the new South Africa. Yet in ‘I, Afrikaner’ a beautiful new film about an Afrikaner family, a more complex picture is drawn. Perhaps as a black woman, I found myself captivated by this story, because I happened to marry into an Afrikaner family. It's no wonder that the film won the best director award at the Durban Film Festival this week. By KIM ROBINSON.
The Honda brand enjoys an elevated status among the motoring public, thanks mainly to a formula of fine engineering and enduring quality, garnished with innovation, individuality, and value. But in South Africa, the Honda Accord has never been a big seller. Can this latest, larger version do any better? DEON SCHOEMAN gets behind the wheel to find out.
Next month one of South Africa’s most notable cultural exports, Die Antwoord, will embark on a major tour of Europe and North America. In June, the same month that Dior co-opted a Die Antwoord anthem to launch a new perfume, 'Addict', the Zef duo released their third studio album, 'Donker Mag'. Profane, disruptive and controversial, perhaps the charm of Die Antwoord is that it has embarked on a very conventional rebellion in soothing middle class anxieties in an increasingly violent and turbulent modern world. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Independent cinemas are a dying breed in South Africa, casualties of the popularity of DVDs, illegally-downloaded movies and the huge expense of moving to a digital operation. One of the most iconic, Cape Town’s Labia cinema, is launching an attempt to save itself via a crowdfunding campaign. By REBECCA DAVIS.
In a function- and value-driven motoring world, aesthetic design is often overshadowed by function. By the time space utilisation, aerodynamics and cost efficiencies have been taken into account, there’s precious little room for aesthetic manoeuvring. But the new Citroën C4 Picasso is proof that utility can be stylish, too. By DEON SCHOEMAN.
Whether it is in the simple details - a spider sliding down a silken thread, a butterfly fluttering through pipe smoke, sunbirds enjoying nectar – or through grander themes such as dispossession, love, death and dying, South Africa’s most prolific and greatest living playwright, Athol Fugard, continues to prove that no one yet has been able to match his singularly unique talents as a chronicler of our time. By MARIANNE THAMM.
American filmmaker, Nicolas Rossier, spent three years working on “The Other Man – FW de Klerk and the End of Apartheid in South Africa”. The film will have its world premiere at the Durban International Film Festival on 19 July. But will South Africans learn anything new or feel any differently about Apartheid South Africa’s last white president? By MARIANNE THAMM.
It was playwright Athol Fugard who, during the Apartheid years, was able to distill a sort of literary, existential and geographical transcendence from the smallest stories. Two homeless people in “Boesman and Lena”, two fractured siblings in “Hello and Goodbye”. Working in the post-Apartheid landscape, playwright and director Lara Foot echoes many of Fugard’s themes of hope and redemption. Her latest play, “Fishers of Hope Tawaret”, continues this tradition, but this time takes the narrative beyond our borders. By MARIANNE THAMM.
The sexual abuse crisis that rocked the Catholic Church worldwide has been one of the most disillusioning things I have had to face as a Catholic Priest. It is a source of shame, anger and frustration for me and many other faithful Catholics. Abuse can and has happened in many contexts but is amplified when it occurs in the Church, an institution that many trust and seek help and protection from. Even more deplorable is the fact that accountability has not been what it should have. So how, then, do we move forward? By RUSSELL POLLITT.
Purist petrolheads have been up in arms ever since it emerged that BMW’s latest-generation M3 and M4 would swap the traditional high-revving, normally aspirated power plant for a smaller turbocharged alternative. But as it turns out, there was never any reason for concern: the new M4 delivers a performance car master class. By DEON SCHOEMAN.
It’s the 39th day of the Pistorius murder trial, and this may be the final day of the defence’s case. The defence witness thought to be the last on the stand – Sports Medicine Professor Wayne Derman – concluded his testimony yesterday. Pistorius’s defence team took an early adjournment in order to consider their options, after being blocked by the court from consulting with state psychiatrist Carla Kotze. By REBECCA DAVIS
It’s the 38th day of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, and it may be an interesting one. On Sunday, Australian broadcaster The Seven Network aired footage of Pistorius re-enacting his movements on the night of Reeva Steenkamp’s shooting, aided by sister Aimee. Pistorius’s legal team has described the broadcast as a “staggering breach of trust”, while the TV network denies that the footage was obtained illegally. Which legal team will be out of the starting blocks first on this matter – or will Judge Masipa pre-empt any mention of it at all? By REBECCA DAVIS.
Call them cabriolets, convertibles, ragtops or drop-tops – cars that can go topless in a matter of seconds have always enjoyed a special appeal. For some, it’s the extrovert glamour of piloting a pretty car for all to see. Others simply love the notion of wind-in-the-hair motoring. DEON SCHOEMAN braves the Highveld winter in Audi’s latest cabriolet.
When proceedings resume at the North Gauteng High Court this morning, the defence’s fifteenth witness – Sports Medicine Professor Wayne Derman – will take up his position on the stand again. The word is that Derman is indeed the defence’s last witness, testifying as to Pistorius’s disability and the possibility that his heightened sense of anxiety may even have influenced his brain’s response to threat. By REBECCA DAVIS
It’s Day 36 of the Pistorius Industrial Complex. It seemed that the current witness on the stand – Pistorius’s agent Peet van Zyl – might be the defence’s last witness, but we are hearing now that the team may have a few more up their sleeve. Either way, we are certainly down to the final stretch of the defence’s attempt to keep Oscar Pistorius out of prison. By REBECCA DAVIS
On Monday the North Gauteng High Court heard that Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental disorder which compromised his ability to distinguish right from wrong when he shot Reeva Steenkamp in February last year. That was the finding of a panel of experts who assessed the athlete for 30 days. With that matter put on ice for now, we’re working through the defence team’s final few witnesses. By REBECCA DAVIS
“Every finger in the room is pointing at me,” were the first lines of Tori Amos’ first album, Little Earthquakes, in 1992; and by June 2014, in a packed hall in Cape Town, the same was true. But this time, eyes were fixed on the 50-year-old singer in unambiguous reverence. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
And…we’re baaaaack! After a six-week break in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, events at the North Gauteng High Court resume on what will be the 34th day of trial proceedings. Pistorius has completed his court-ordered psychiatric evaluation at Pretoria’s Weskoppies Hospital. News of a heart attack suffered by a member of his evaluation team last week threatened to delay the trial’s re-start, but all indications are that matters will go ahead today. REBECCA DAVIS is braced for the resumption.
It’s taken the Lexus brand a long time to emerge from the shadow of its Toyota parent, and to establish itself as an admired, if relatively small (read exclusive) player in the premium vehicle segment. Rather than taking the German Big Three head on, Lexus is creating cars that reflect the individuality of the brand. The recently spruced up Lexus RX350 is a perfect case in point. By DEON SCHOEMAN.