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Monday, 16 September 2013 12:52

Sonsopkoms Uit My Kombuisvenster

Ek woon in Somerset Ridge en ek sien die mooiste tonele uit my kombuisvenster.  Ek moet nou wel op 'n stoel klim as ek 'n foto neem om die omheiningsmuur en sekuriteistsdrade te probeer mis, maar ek voel geseend met die uitsig wat gedurig sasm met die weer en tyd van dag verander! - Avril Labuschagne

Friday, 13 September 2013 10:18

The Quirky Triggerfish Craft Brewery

According to Food 24's Lucy Corne, one of the quirkiest craft beer breweries in South Africa. is right here in the Helderberg - Somerset West to be exact:

"Triggerfish Brewing (Somerset West, Western Cape)

Two things instantly set Triggerfish apart – its funky location in a former dynamite plant and the vast array of unusual beers on offer. 

Beers are brewed in a one-time anthracite store and served in the brick-walled taproom. 

Here you can sample around 15 of Triggerfish’s impressive 24-strong range of brews. 

Alongside familiar pale ales and stouts, you’ll find a pink-hued beer-wine hybrid, a blonde ale infused with buchu and a big, bold barley wine at 10% ABV."

Thursday, 05 September 2013 18:39

Loop jy weg van 'n kameelperd?

"While riding in the Groenkloof Nature Reserve in Pretoria, we encountered a giraffe. He was very "tame" and we took several photos of the animal. Then he became quite aggressive. He trampled Louis Rex's R30k bicycle and chased him around a group of trees. He later also 'attacked' me and chased me around the same trees."

Is jy bang vir 'n kameelperd?

Wel, 'n R30 000 fiets is in sy moer.



Wednesday, 04 September 2013 11:48

Is Oprah South African?

A Canadian 11th grade English class had just finished reading a novel that takes place in South Africa in the 1960′s and were divided into groups to create a presentation on different aspects of South Africa. One topic was ‘The Status of Black Women in South Africa.’ Partner #1 took on a leadership role and Partner #2 was very quiet through most of the discussion.

Partner #1: “Alright, so I’m tackling the general topic of prejudice against women. [My name], you’ve got the presentation design, visual components and digging up any photographs you can find from the 1960′s. [Partner #2], what part do you wanna take on for the presentation?”

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 08:55

Interview: Amanda Watson

Are you really a woman? In my reality, yes.

Prove it. Why? Is it a threat to you if I say I am, and I’m not? Is it a threat if I am and I say I’m not? What about the binary of male / female is so critical and so threatening to the survival of homo sapiens that people can’t simply be who they are? But no, the binary, societal conditioning, call it what you will, demands we be a what before a who. A shared consensus is a happy consensus, an oblivious consensus. No questioning if it is good for me, it’s safer in the crowd. Everybody must fit into a socially defined mould that no-one knows who defined? It’s ridiculous and after 45 years on this planet, I refuse to pander to all societal norms. Prove it? Please. I’m so over proving anything to anyone except myself, so no.

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 08:06

The Guess-Wheres of Green Cathedral

Friend of our Facebook page will already be very familiar with Herman's mystery photos of the Overberg, as well as the teasing that goes with it, while people try to work out their locations. His work will be presented to over 150 galleries in Paris in November - nice one, Herman! There's a gorgeous photo essay of the Caledon Botanical Gardens in our current edition and something deliciously different in the upcoming one. Stay tuned.



Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:05

Meet Karen Jeynes

Karen Jeynes is a writer of things: plays, films, TV shows, novels, radio dramas, articles and book reviews. Her plays include the multi award-winning “Everybody Else (is Fucking Perfect)”, “Wake up and smell the coffee”, “Kiss Kiss”, “I’ll Have What She’s Having”, and “Laying Blame”, as well as “Vaslav”, “Ellipses” and “Whyte” all premiering in 2014. She serves on the boards of Women Playwrights International and the International Centre for Women Playwrights, for whom she edits the “Seasons” anthology.

She is passionate about nurturing new writers, and runs courses and workshops around the world, lectures, and teaches scriptwriting through the SA, NZ and UK Writers Colleges. TV credits include “Vaya Mzansi”, “Moferefere Lenyalong” and “Thabang Thabong”. As well as “sky too big”, an hour long radio drama, she co-authored a 36 part radio series, “Office Hours” with Nkuli Sibeko. She has unnatural obsessions with reality television, Good Omens, chaos theory and Nutella. She’s currently completing her MA in Adapting Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” for the stage through UWC.

She edits, a home for wordnerds.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 09:57

200 Young South Africans 2013

2013 marks the eighth year that the Mail & Guardian has published its Young South Africans edition, which highlights 200 young people who are doing amazing work to make an impact in their communities.

"Each year we find 200 young people, aged 35 and under, who were born here or have made South Africa their home, and who are full of talent, dreams and drive. What we know without a doubt is that next year we will find 200 more that are doing even more spectacular things. Turns out South Africa is full of overachievers. This is one of the most inspiring reads of the year. These young people are a firm indication of where we are headed. And the future looks bright and beautiful." - Tanya Pampalone, Executive Editor, 200 Young South Africans.

One of those young people is Stellenbosch University's Nonjabulo Gule, "a 28-year-old scientist, is guided by curiosity to uncover answers to pressing developmental problems. Gule’s PhD research in Polymer Chemistry tackled the human rights issue of how to provide clean, cheap drinking water to those most in need. Her research, which has been patented, is of consequence to the one-billion-plus people who die every year from water-related ailments. Gule produced a point-of-use filtration system using nano-sized fibres that not only destroy bacteria but also prevent bugs from attaching themselves to the surface of the fibres. In 2010 the ingenuity of her invention was recognised by Scientific American magazine, which selected it as one of “Ten Worldchanging Ideas”. Originally from Swaziland, Gule is based in Stellenbosch, where her days are consumed by her postdoctoral research and raising her four-month-old baby boy." — Taryn Macka

Watch videos of Young South Africans, on dance, art, longboarding, initiation and much more.