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Take one freshly pressed new year, add some magic …

As New Year’s resolutions go, “adding magic” is pretty impressive. And, for magic fans living in the Mother City, there isn’t even much conjuring required with the Cape Town Magic Club opening for Monday Night Magic Season 3 on January 16. After two successful seasons of Monday Night Magic at Cape Town Club in Gardens,… Continue reading

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Painting a new picture of Africa

There will be many elements of a self portrait – idealist, realist and all the ‘ists’ in between – as the inaugural Art Africa Fair, which opens in February, helps paint a new picture of the continent. Issuing a call for submissions on Wednesday the art fair’s organisers asked artists and gallerists “to propose work… Continue reading

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Brits get a taste of desert gold in their G&T

The Gods must indeed be crazy! Britons looking for something exotic to mix with their tonic at end-of-year cocktail events will be able to spice things up a little this year with some flavours of the Kalahari in KWV’s boutique-style handcrafted gin, Cruxland. Angie Jacobs, brand manager for KWV’s premium spirits in South Africa, said… Continue reading

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Things heat up for polar expedition from Cape

Things were heating up at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town this weekend as 50 scientists from around the globe prepared for the groundbreaking three-month polar expedition – the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) – due to set off from the Mother City on Tuesday. Young and old gathered to listen to 49 singing scientists and… Continue reading

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Spier shares cash from carbon credits with workers

Workers at the Spier estate in Stellenbosch in South Africa’s winelands will have a little extra to spend this Christmas after the farm decided to divide a portion of cash earned via carbon credits. Spier announced on Tuesday that it would give 27 workers a share of half of the R204,000 earned for practising regenerative… Continue reading

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Local choirs, bands add to festive fun at Artscape

Starting on Friday, theatregoers attending shows at Artscape in Cape Town will get an extra little something festive thrown in when local choirs and bands stage free performances on the theatre’s piazza. The programme kick offs on Friday evening with a performance by the Khayelitsha-based United Choral Artists. Artscape said the non-governmental organisation, which uses… Continue reading

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Cape Town gets preview of polar expedition

An exhibition about the soon-to-depart Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) was taking shape at the V&A Waterfront on Wednesday in preparation for its opening on Thursday morning. Visitors to the House of Switzerland exhibition, celebrating the three-month expedition, will get a preview of how this Swiss-funded expedition will expand knowledge about the largely unknown region that… Continue reading

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Local is lekker: Hyperli steps into space left by Groupon

Bargain hunters will be pleased to hear that Hyperli, a hyperlocal hypermarket of a deal website, on Wednesday promised to fill the space left when the international discounting business Groupon exited South Africa last month. Groupon groupees were left feeling short-changed by what seemed to be a sudden exit in early November. At the time,… Continue reading

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Grab a child (your inner child will do)

Review: Annie the musical at Artscape Theatre, Cape Town, until January 8 As I thought my grown-up thoughts the little girl in the row behind me singing along joyfully and tunelessly to every song and confidently repeating bits of the narrative reminded me that everything would be alright tomorrow. It might well be the Hard… Continue reading

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Power + grace = survival

Review: Sacred Spaces by Cape Dance Company, Artscape Theatre in Cape Town until December 10   At a time when the arts – like journalism and even life as we know it – seems to be under threat of extinction, Sacred Spaces gives us a peek at a wide scope of what survival might look… Continue reading

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Sun City: not so naughty, twice as nice

Government ministers, business people and representatives from the media joined a host of entertainers including fire throwers, stilt walkers, dancers and a scattering of Miss South Africas, past and probably future, at Sun City this week to celebrate the resort’s relaunch after a R1 billion makeover. The jewel in Sun International’s crown, which opened (as… Continue reading

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Shopping sites in Black Friday meltdown

Shoppers and techies across South Africa were red-faced on Friday morning as popular shopping websites melted under the pressure of their own popularity on Black Friday. Bargain-hunters logging on as late as 7am couldn’t load up the pages at all. Instead they received error pages saying: temporary glitch, come back later, Oops and Awkward. More… Continue reading

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Music (directly) to the ears

In what must be music to the ears of music-loving gym-bunnies, Samsung Electronics South Africa launched its Gear IconX earbuds, “a genuinely unrestricted way to enjoy music while exercising”. “Most people love to listen to their favourite songs when working out, but it is all too easy to get wrapped up in wires, rather than the… Continue reading

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Your call is important to us …

 I am unlikely to be alone in hoping that my bank – which seems to have outsourced its helpdesk operations to some distant, possibly hellishly hot place – will soon heed Clickatell’s call for a transformation in customer support. The unsatisfied, frequently unserviced South African customer can but dream of a day when a combination… Continue reading

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Crowd-funding: almost as old as the hills in Africa

The idea behind crowd-funding, raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people via the internet to finance a project, might not be quite as old as the hills, but in Africa it certainly has very old and deep roots. As Patrick Schofield, pictured left, the founder of Thundafund, Africa’s most successful… Continue reading

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Part-circus, part-riot, 100% fun

Review: Cirque Éloize ID at Artscape Everyone in Cirque Éloize — whose show, ID, is on at Artscape in Cape Town until Sunday November 27 — is eloquent in “body”, a language we can all understand yet only a tiny minority will ever master. It is a trip and a treat to watch these acrobats,… Continue reading

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The future: watching you from dashboard

Watching demos by MTN and Huawei at the Africa.com conference in Cape Town this week was a wake-up call for at least one person in deep denial about the arrival of the future being some way off. These demos suggested that the future is here and most of us are already actively in it. (Readers terrified… Continue reading

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Building a house Africa-style: one step at a time

  Innovation is required in the financial services sector in Africa to provide funding products for households who build their own homes bit by bit. Either way, it will continue to happen, says the head of the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. Kecia Rust told a panel at the African Real Estate and Infrastructure… Continue reading

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Behind every strong woman …

Back by popular demand: Another chance to see this lovely show. For South Africans of a certain vintage it feels like Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout has always been there. A total maverick and kind of mumsy, she always makes us laugh and helps to recalibrate our moral compass. In The Echo of a Noise, playing at… Continue reading

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When the journey is the destination

Sometimes one goes there and back just to see how far it is, this was a day like that. A steam train trip from Cape Town to Ceres and back on a hot, still Saturday in November made us feel that we had all the time in the world to do nothing but chill, chat,… Continue reading

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Vergelegen wins global wine tourism award

Western Cape vineyard Vergelegen was among wineries celebrated on Thursday night at the 2017 international “Best Of Wine Tourism” awards ceremony at the Sao Bento da Vitoria Monastery in Porto, Portugal. The awards are sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, a network of global cities in the northern and southern hemispheres that include… Continue reading