• Siyakhathala Cares

    Improving the Lives of Khayelitsha Youth

    Photo: Kristen Van Tine

  • The Energy Problem

    South Africa’s Debate on Electricity Policies

    Photo: Gavin Fordham/freeimages.com

  • Cape Town Nu World Festival

    67 Hours to Celebrate Mandela

    Photo: Angelica Pansa

  • West Side Story

    Fugard Theatre’s Classic Rendition

    Photo: Helena Fagan

  • Collect Memories, Not Things

    How a Couple Dropped Everything for a World Tour

    Photo: Chanel Cartel & Stevo Dirnberger

  • Designer Hats Steal the Show

    Celebrating this Elegant Fashion Statement

    Photo: Tina Meunier

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West Side Story

Fugard Theatre’s Classic Rendition

Words Mallory Haag

West Side Story, the classic Broadway musical based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, has come to Cape Town, specifically to the Artscape Theatre. The charming 1950s production is about star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria who are members of rival gangs, the American Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Both gangs battle to gain control of what used to be the Jets’ territory.

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Designer Hats Steal
the Show

CELEBRATING THIS ELEGANT FASHION STATEMENT

Words Tina Meunier

Annually, the city of Chantilly (the horse training Mecca of France) hosts the horseracing event Prix de Diane. Also known as the French Oaks, the race is held in July and forms part of a carnival that kicks off the French summer racing season. However, the event is not only for avid horse race fans. On the contrary, fashionistas can also have their moment as the event provides the perfect arena to show-off the most beautiful, and sometimes outrageous, hats.

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Collect Memories,
Not Things

How a Couple Dropped Everything for a World Tour

Words Angelica Pansa

On 2 March 2015, Chanel and Stevo decided to change their lives. For you and me, it was just an ordinary day: perhaps studying, working, shopping, smiling, crying, going to a birthday party. But for Chanel and Stevo, they were embarking on a radical new adventure, taking them far from home.

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A Great Start for the Boks!

Boks Full of Confidence for the Beginning of the 2015 Rugby Season

Words Maxime Mienné

For their first game of the season, the Springboks faced the World XV comprising the best players in the world at the DHL Newlands Stadium, Cape Town. From beginning to end, the South African rugby team, coached by Heyneke Meyer led the game, barely allowing their opponents to score. In front of 27,000 fans, the Boks won the game by 46–10 and almost a year ago, the Boks won 47–13 against the same world class team in the same arena, bringing back bad memories to some, and good memories to others.

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Blogs

Cape Town Nu World Festival

67 Hours to Celebrate Mandela

Words Angelica Pansa

During Mandela Day weekend (18–19 July), the historical City Hall hosted the third annual event the Cape Town Nu World Festival. The concept for this year was to ‘Bring a Taste of Africa’ to the city in order to ‘inspire, unite and educate by representing South Africa (and beyond) in a journey of musical discovery.’ The event celebrated cultural diversity, showcasing how this mix creates an open and vibrant environment.

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Mandela Day 2015

Changing the World for the Better

Words Catherine Garza

All of us should ask ourselves the question: Have I done everything in my power to bring about lasting peace and prosperity to my city and country? Nelson Mandela devoted 67 years of his life fighting for social justice and human rights, so it is only fair that the world shows their gratitude by devoting 67 minutes of their time on 18 July, his birthday, doing the same. ‘It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all, it is in your hands to make a difference,’ said Nelson Mandela in 2008 at his 90th birthday celebration in Hyde Park, London, passing on a lifetime of public service to the next generation. It was after that year that the UN General Assembly established Nelson Mandela International Day.

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Uplifting the Community

Helping the Needy Through Surfing

Words Chrisjan Bredenkamp

The surf project in Muizenberg has seen huge improvements over the past few months. The project has grown to such an extent that staff (visible by their Projects Abroad yellow rash vests) are catering for groups of up to 15 individuals, all having full access to surfboards, body boards and wetsuits.

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A Day of Sports & Fun

Because smiles are contagious

Words Melike Sevim

Volunteer, Melike Sevim organised a sports day for 50 kids from the township of Capricorn. The event was held in Zandvlei, Muizenberg, a lovely green area perfect for energetic kids and volunteers.The purpose of the sports day was to introduce the kids to different sporting codes and sporting activities, thus encouraging extramural play outside of the drug and criminal environment they are accustomed to in the townships.

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Siyakhathala Cares

Walking through Khayelitsha, the familiar tongue click characteristic of the Xhosa language can be heard. Resident's makeshift shacks form twisted pathways dusted with sand. Constructed with scrap metal, wood, corrugated iron and other materials, homes are haphazardly scattered throughout the township.

West Side Story

West Side Story, the classic Broadway musical based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, has come to Cape Town, specifically to the Artscape Theatre. The charming 1950s production is about star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria who are members of rival gangs, the American Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Both gangs battle to gain control of what used to be the Jets' territory.

Cape Town Nu World Festival

During Mandela Day weekend (18 - 19 July), the historical City Hall hosted the third annual event the Cape Town Nu World Festival. The concept for this year was to 'Bring a Taste of Africa' to the city in order to 'inspire, unite and educate by representing South Africa (and beyond) in a journey of musical discovery.' The event celebrated cultural diversity, showcasing how this mix creates an open and vibrant environment.

Designer Hats Steal the Show

Annually, the city of Chantilly (the horse training Mecca of France) hosts the horseracing event Prix de Diane. Also known as the French Oaks, the race is held in July and forms part of a carnival that kicks off the French summer racing season. However, the event is not only for avid horse race fans. On the contrary, fashionistas can also have their moment as the event provides the perfect arena to show-off the most beautiful, and sometimes outrageous, hats.

Collect Memories, Not Things

On 2 March 2015, Chanel and Stevo decided to change their lives. For you and me, it was just an ordinary day: perhaps studying, working, shopping, smiling, crying, going to a birthday party. But for Chanel and Stevo, they were embarking on a radical new adventure, taking them far from home.

A Great Start for the Boks!

For their first game of the season, the Springboks faced the World XV comprising the best players in the world at the DHL Newlands Stadium, Cape Town. From beginning to end, the South African rugby team, coached by Heyneke Meyer led the game, barely allowing their opponents to score. In front of 27,000 fans, the Boks won the game by 46-10 and almost a year ago, the Boks won 47-13 against the same world class team in the same arena, bringing back bad memories to some, and good memories to others.

Aquila Private Game Reserve Safari

I had never been on a safari before, and after a month in Cape Town, planning and organising various tours and excursions, I finally found the time to experience a safari adventure! Located in the historic town of Touws Rivier, in a valley between the Langeberg and the Outeniqua Mountains in the Karoo, my roommate, Melodie and I hopped into a taxi that took us to the Aquila Private Game Reserve.

High School Dropouts

President Jacob Zuma recently said that education is the government's number one priority, and it should be, because along with the celebration of the good matric results of 2013 came the shocking revelation that out of the 1,261,827 pupils who started Grade 1 in 2002, 699,715 of them dropped out of school before their final exams in Grade 12 last year.

Building & Community Project

When visitors arrive in Cape Town, one of the first things they are told is to be careful of going into the townships. Unfortunately, South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world, with more than 36% of the population unemployed. The poorest 10% of the population are only able to contribute 1.2% to national revenue whereas the richest 10% contribute 51.7% of this revenue, according to statistiques-mondiales.com. Add to this the fact that the urban population is relatively high (62% in 2012; which is more than the international average of 52%, according to the same source), it is no surprise to see hundreds of makeshift houses on the drive from the airport to town. These shacks, composed of sheet metal and other materials, form what look like small cities, and such a densely packed population often brings about violence and crime.

Housing the poor

We all dream of owning our dream home. We plan, save and look forward to the day we can call a house our own. However, for most people who live in the Mitchell's Plain area in Cape Town, four walls and a roof can remain a distant dream.

A City of Sports

It is the oldest city in South Africa, nestled between the mountains and the ocean, but not only is Cape Town a tourist haven; it is a mecca for sports. In fact, the province of the Western Cape is home to several of the continent's most historic and legendary stadiums - from the largest and most famous Cape Town Stadium, to the smaller, and less famous, Philippi Stadium.

Roller Derby

Roller derby might look like a bunch of girls racing on roller skates and violently bashing into each other, but going to an actual 'bout' (the correct term for a game) makes you realise that it is slightly more complicated than that.