- Emilie Gambade
What day is it again? While it feels like a spiralling eternity, it's only the fifth day of the Pistorius murder trial. And technically, we should be a third of the way through the trial. That's time-wise, but almost certainly not content-wise. REBECCA DAVIS has taken up her seat on a hard court bench for the day's action.
The Pistorius trial is putting enormous strain on journalists to churn out an incredible amount of content on a trial which pretty much anyone has full access to in other media. We feel it too, and we’re far from perfect ourselves – in fact, we were accused of straining for outlandish new angles on the case just this week. But it must be said that some of the news stories to come out of the trial so far are plumbing new depths of absurdity and desperation. We ain’t judging, we’re just observing. Okay, we’re judging. Here we award our first week’s Oscars for absurd reporting on the Pistorius trial. By REBECCA DAVIS.
For most petrolheads, the quintessential hot hatchback is Volkswagen’s Golf GTI – a car that not only pioneered the genre, but also continued to set the standard. Now in its seventh generation, the current GTI is one of the best yet – but as it turns out, one of its most daunting rivals is also a close relation. DEON SCHOEMAN meets the VW Golf R.
This past week Cape Town saw a flood of design buffs pouring in and marvelling at the Mother City’s abundance. And this in the wake of what insiders deemed a rather haphazard start to a year of design celebrations (albeit commencing with a flashy street party outside the City Hall on New Year’s Eve). By KATHY BERMAN.
The Opening Day of Design Indaba 2014 ended with a spectacular flourish when acclaimed British designer, Thomas Heatherwick, publicly unveiled his first ambitious project to grace South African shores: The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. Funded by Puma ex-CEO and Chairman Jochen Zeitz, the Zeitz MOCAA will be housed in the century-old abandoned iconic grain silos, which form a striking landmark in the heart of the V&A Waterfront development. Work has already begun on the R500 million project. And Heatherwick - whose Olympic Flame, made of over 200 copper petals, left the world gaping in 2012 - delighted the Design Indaba audience with his “space-age” images of the massive 33-metre high concrete silos which are already being “cut into” to expose a nine-floor central core which will lead to seven public floors, and will house Zeitz’s considerable Contemporary African Art collection. By KATHY BERMAN.
We all know that Korean cars used to be cheap and (some would say) nasty. We also know that that accusation no longer holds true. Most of today’s top Korean models cut a fine figure, feel reassuringly well engineered, and also deliver on the dynamic, comfort and safety fronts. The latest addition to Kia’s Cerato family is a good case in point. By DEON SCHOEMAN.
The accidental sinking of the troopship SS Mendi on a foggy morning in 1917 is long forgotten, but it’s a moving tale of heartbreak, bravery and loss that deserves remembering. Playwright Lara Foot has taken the few facts that are known about this old maritime disaster and woven a story around it, drawing from poetry, oral legend and historical records to deliver a tragedy made personal. By LESLEY STONES.
For around four hundred years, scientists and students have relished the impact that early scientists like Galileo had on learning, knowledge and our growing understanding of the real world – as well as their bravery in confronting both obscurantism and just plain ignorance. Except, that is, perhaps, among one out of every four Americans who still believe the Sun is revolving around the Earth. J. BROOKS SPECTOR takes an astonished look at this phenomenon.
As the clock ticks down to the Oscar Pistorius eclipse, another trial has started in a court across town. The Betty Ketani 'cold' murder case is a fountain of intrigue which splashes higher and higher with each passing court day. It also shows how quickly the legal advantage can swing from one side to the other and all the way back. ALEX ELISEEV suggests that those planning to follow the Oscar show should brace themselves for the ride.
Audi has arguably been one of the most aggressive players in the premium automotive What used to be an upstart marque has long since become Munich and Stuttgart’s equal in technology, quality and even sales terms. The arrival of the S3 Sportback continues an expansion of Audi’s performance cars that the brand hopes will add further lustre and dynamic appeal to the Four Rings. By DEON SCHOEMAN.
New York Fashion Week defied the slush and the cold winds and dragged members of the fashion crowd from one catwalk to the other. To many, the gridlocked calendar is a well-oiled machine; but behind the flashes and the pretty aesthetics, chaos, hard work and frustration reign. EMILIE GAMBADE asks South African milliner Albertus Swanepoel about his fashion week.
This year State of the Nation Address was anything but surprising: the President’s speech had its usual “good stories” and the red carpet was crowded with dangling hats, shimmering sequins and shocking pink ball gowns: in the world of fashion politics, the revolution will have to wait. By EMILIE GAMBADE. Photos by GREG NICOLSON.
The image of Nelson Mandela is arguably one of the most reproduced, painted, muralled and t-shirted in the world. As numerous commentators have said recently in the wake of his illness and death, in an increasingly secular local society, Mandela has undergone a kind of apotheosis, passing into contemporary sainthood, with all that that station implies. Yet, despite Mandela’s history as a challenger of hegemonies, and despite South Africa’s own rich history of resistance and protest art, the art world has participated in a process of dismantling critical debate around his history, career and legacy. Despite their talk, it would seem the local art scene and the people in it have a very different walk. By MICHAEL SMITH.
Toyota’s Corolla has been South Africa’s quintessential, middle-of-the-road compact sedan for decades – the car you buy not because it’s sexy, or fast, or exciting, but because it’s a safe and reliable purchase that commands decent resale values. More than four decades later, the 11th generation Corolla is finally shedding its everyday image for something a little sharper. By DEON SCHOEMAN.
Turns out it actually takes ten to tango. Tango Fire is a visual feast of ten professional Argentinian dancers in a series of displays that sometimes feature one stunning couple or another and sometimes the entire troupe, kicking, swirling, spinning and strutting in dances that range from sorrowful to seductive. By LESLEY STONES.
This week, Johannesburg hosted mayors from the 40 largest cities (C40) in the world, discussing how to reduce the ecological footprint of cities. The one obvious answer is, of course, to move to greener modes of transport. But exactly how viable is it to make Jo’burg a bicycle-friendly city? By NJOGU MORGAN & OLIVIER LEVEQUE.
The term minibus means different things to different people. For some, it could be a taxi, for others family transport. And in the literal sense, a minibus is a just that: small bus, designed to carry people. Ford has become the latest player in the South African minibus segment, but there’s nothing mini about its new contender: the long-wheelbase Tourneo Custom 2.2 TDCi Trend. By DEON SCHOEMAN.