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Zeitz MOCAA Gallery

Africa’s Largest Contemporary Art Gallery

Words Amaury de Sart

While walking around the V&A Waterfront, one of the most touristic places in Cape Town, you might notice the construction noise coming from the old Grain Silo building. The construction signals a promising future for not only Capetonian artists, but artists from around the continent as the historical building undergoes its transformation into Africa’s largest contemporary art gallery, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art African (Zeitz MOCAA).

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Takumi

Creative Japanese Sushi

Words Kazusa Ban

The friendly smile of Papa San will welcome you when you enter Takumi, the sushi restaurant. The exposed brick walls and the lights hanging from the ceiling create a serene atmosphere. Items of oriental culture like the small model of a Japanese traditional Sumo wrestler, the figurine of a gold cat, and the authentic Japanese lanterns are scattered across the restaurant integrating a bit of Asian culture in this South African setting. Takumi provides a unique Japanese sushi experience for palates of all types.

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Rethinking Plastic

WHY RECYCLING IS ESSENTIAL

Words Shaktijit Suryavanshi

Plastic is all around us. It is so versatile it can be used for a variety of different products from TV and car parts, to soft drink bottles and plastic carrier bags. In modern times it has become both essential and convenient. Even without realising it we use and interact with it every day. But are we using plastic optimally or is the environmental cost of using plastic higher than its convenience?

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Self-Organised Learning...

Changing the Face of Teaching

Words Benjamin Vermont

The teacher enters the classroom and tells the pupils to turn to page 41 in their exercise books, then he begins giving a boring lecture about an obscure subject which doesn’t seem useful at all. Most of the pupils stop trying to focus after only 15 minutes. The teacher dully continues to deliver his tedious (but however necessary) lesson – yet nobody is listening.

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Blogs

Noordhoek Beach Ride

With the Lazy & Crazy Horses

Words Annika Ostkamp

Your hair is blowing in the warm wind, you can smell the salty sea air, you see children playing in the white sand and dogs are barking as they run around the beach. You are resplendent on your horse. Confidently trotting along the beach sand, assured and safe on this gentle creature’s back.

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The Man with Pigeons

A Beautiful Story from District Six

Words Roxane Gray

At the beginning of the day, myself and two other volunteer journalists had gone into town to take part in what I assumed would be a run-of-the-mill interview. I had no idea my journey would end up in a museum in the centre of Cape Town, reading a moving story about pigeons. Let me tell you about my afternoon, filled with surprises.

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V&A Waterfront

A Beautiful Tourist Hotspot

Words Kate Barron

With 23 million people visiting every year, which officially makes it the most visited area in the whole of Africa, it is hard to argue against the unique significance and appeal of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

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Nelson Mandela Day 2014

Helping & Learning From Each Other

Words Kazusa Ban & Roxane Gray

‘It is in your hands now.’ These are the words uttered by Nelson Mandela in a speech for his 90th birthday tribute in London which inspired International Nelson Mandela Day. On 18 July, the birthday of Madiba, every person in the world is invited to dedicate at least 67 minutes of his or her time in the service of the others.

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Noordhoek Beach Ride

Your hair is blowing in the warm wind, you can smell the salty sea air, you see children playing in the white sand and dogs are barking as they run around the beach. You are resplendent on your horse. Confidently trotting along the beach sand, assured and safe on this gentle creature's back.

Zeitz MOCAA Gallery

While walking around the V&A Waterfront, one of the most touristic places in Cape Town, you might notice the construction noise coming from the old Grain Silo building. The construction signals a promising future for not only Capetonian artists, but artists from around the continent as the historical building undergoes its transformation into Africa's largest contemporary art gallery, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art African (Zeitz MOCAA).

The Man with Pigeons

At the beginning of the day, myself and two other volunteer journalists had gone into town to take part in what I assumed would be a run-of-the-mill interview. I had no idea my journey would end up in a museum in the centre of Cape Town, reading a moving story about pigeons. Let me tell you about my afternoon, filled with surprises.

Takumi

The friendly smile of Papa San will welcome you when you enter Takumi, the sushi restaurant. The exposed brick walls and the lights hanging from the ceiling create a serene atmosphere. Items of oriental culture like the small model of a Japanese traditional Sumo wrestler, the figurine of a gold cat, and the authentic Japanese lanterns are scattered across the restaurant integrating a bit of Asian culture in this South African setting. Takumi provides a unique Japanese sushi experience for palates of all types.

V&A Waterfront

With 23 million people visiting every year, which officially makes it the most visited area in the whole of Africa, it is hard to argue against the unique significance and appeal of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

Nelson Mandela Day 2014

‘It is in your hands now.’ These are the words uttered by Nelson Mandela in a speech for his 90th birthday tribute in London which inspired International Nelson Mandela Day. On 18 July, the birthday of Madiba, every person in the world is invited to dedicate at least 67 minutes of his or her time in the service of the others.

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.

At The Biscuit Mill

Hopping off at Salt River Station, a 10 minute stroll takes one to a world of wonder; sights and smells that leave the mouth salivating and the wallet unavoidably lighter. The Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill is where all who enjoy the quirky, the quaint and the unquestionably delicious should spend their Saturday mornings.

Nelson Mandela Day 2014

‘It is in your hands now.’ These are the words uttered by Nelson Mandela in a speech for his 90th birthday tribute in London which inspired International Nelson Mandela Day. On 18 July, the birthday of Madiba, every person in the world is invited to dedicate at least 67 minutes of his or her time in the service of the others.

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.

Rethinking Plastic

Plastic is all around us. It is so versatile it can be used for a variety of different products from TV and car parts, to soft drink bottles and plastic carrier bags. In modern times it has become both essential and convenient. Even without realising it we use and interact with it every day. But are we using plastic optimally or is the environmental cost of using plastic higher than its convenience

The Insanity Jump

I have never understood those who claim to be 'adrenaline junkies' or 'thrill seekers'. In fact, the mere thought of jumping off a 10m high diving pool used to fill me with dread... that was until I found myself balancing on the edge of Bloukrans Bridge on the Garden Route, a 216m plummet beneath me, my feet tied together preparing to jump...