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#Trumpexit: let’s start a revolution

Brexit, Trump and the beginning of the end … Imagine if we really have reached that tipping point, the archduke has been assassinated … what will you do on this momentous day? Maybe slow down a little, spread a little kindness, give a stranger a leg-up (no #GrinderFriends I did not say a leg-over), forgive a mistake –… Continue reading


From ship to shop: V&A spends another R37m on passenger terminal

The V&A Waterfront on Thursday marked the launch of 2016/17 cruise season by announcing that another R37 million would be invested in the terminal that receives passengers. As passengers disembarked from the German luxury liner, the Europa, the first arrival of the season, David Green, chief executive officer of the V&A Waterfront, announced the next… Continue reading


SA-Iran trade desk holds key to ‘dream market’ for SA business

In addition to helping with numerous necessary evils, such as advice on tax, regulation and visas, the newly launched South Africa-Iran Trade Desk (SAIRTD), promises to introduce South African companies to a “dream market” of young, educated, urban Iranians newly freed from the restrictions of global sanctions. As Hameed Amouhadi, the SAIRTD’s chairman, told the audience… Continue reading


Her name is Vega

Have just been reminded of this sensational night three years ago. I remember how I felt … in the finest detail . Come back #SuzanneVega (November 2 2013) Held up to the standards of the Madonnas and the Gagas she might as well have been naked. Hers is a show without gimmicks: just heart, hands… Continue reading


Two guys and an awful lot of demons

In life, as in art, there is much to watch in Cape Town right now: the party implodes, the edifice crumbles. Taking a break from real life drama, I saw Keith Huff’s award-winning Broadway hit A Steady Rain during its run at the Fugard after a sold out run at Alexander Bar. The relentless drama made me feel a… Continue reading


Making money in the wildest of ways

Throwing the old economy-versus-environment argument into question, Wilderness Holdings on Friday reported good progress on both sides of the equation in the six months to the end of August, including a reforestation project in Rwanda and a 22 percent increase in after-tax profit. Profit at the company, which combines ownership of safari camps with support… Continue reading


The future is here (almost) and it is fast and loose

Residents in at least one leafy suburban street (mine) in Cape Town are facing down noisy chaos this morning with the unannounced arrival of workmen to dig up the street and lay fibre. Alerted by a lot of unusual noise in the street this Devils Peak resident went out to discover a large team of workmen… Continue reading


State transformed SABMiller deal for South Africans

Some bad news is emerging around the AB Inbev-SABMiller merger with the pound’s so-called flash-crash having knocked quite a bit of value off the deal for South African shareholders. The transaction will complete at a significantly lower exchange rate than when it was agreed (something like R18 to the pound instead of R22). There is some sadness for brand-conscious… Continue reading


On the road and in bed with dance at Baxter

The opening night of the Baxter Dance Festival on Thursday took us on a trip and then gave us a whole lot of loving. First John Linden’s Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking held us riveted, reminding us of how it felt to be On the Road with Jack Kerouac, or even John Steinbeck. Then the… Continue reading


FNB combines new tech and old-fashioned values

As First National Bank launched its new super hi-tech mobile banking app on Wednesday the bank’s chief executive, Jacques Celliers, made the point that the bank’s pursuit of ever-sexier hi-tech solutions was driven by old-fashioned values such as helpfulness and customer service. The latest version of the FNB mobile banking app, 5.0, includes a range… Continue reading


Low calorie, low alcohol wine – not to be confused with tea

Rooibos and Honeybush, long-time luvvies of the local tea-drinking scene, have been elevated to a different class altogether by news that they have achieved fame in the global world of Intellectual Property (IP) as well as a new super power. It is well-known that the tasty and healthy teas have a dedicated following in South… Continue reading


Taking people watching to new heights at the V&A

The V & A Waterfront will be teeming with all sorts of showmen and showgirls, tricksters and tramps next weekend when it hosts the first ever Cape Town Buskers’ Festival from October 6-9. The Waterfront, as the most visited destination in Africa, has always been a place to people watch and for buskers to interact… Continue reading


Cape Town overtakes Bali as best value for long haul

Cape Town Tourism’s chief executive, Enver Duminy, this week talked about “affordable luxury” as he welcomed the news that the Mother City had been named best-value best value long haul destination in the world. The UK Post Office Travel Money Report 2016, released earlier this month, measures countries based on the price of a basket… Continue reading


#FeesMustFall: good call, badly executed

I have been struggling to decide how I feel about the student protests. I have feel a deep sympathy for the students and support their demand to be heard. I have also felt rather ashamed at what a mess we, the adults, have made of things. But then I have also been appalled by the behaviour of… Continue reading


‘Wickedly funny?’ I am in!

Gate69, Cape Town’s newest theatre venue, opens with a bang this Spring with a production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the iconic rock musical. Anything billed as wickedly funny has got our attention! But that is not enough for reviewers of the musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask … “Groundbreaking,” they cry, “undoubtedly… Continue reading


No Corona. No poncho. Surely not Mexican?

Mexico’s most famous chef, Jorge Vallejo, says South Africans seem to have similar problems to his countrymen when it comes to international image. Vallejo, who is in South Africa to take part in a collaboration with local gastronomical star Luke Dale-Roberts, said the problem was with how foreigners saw us. He shared this view with… Continue reading


A little something my friends put on

All About That Jazz: Small act. Big hit! I defy you, dear reader, to find one person (well one who has amounted to anything) who thinks there is anything better than watching a bunch of your friends raising the roof putting on a jazz show at a theatre in your neighbourhood. Go on, I dare… Continue reading


So much more than tacos and tequila

A group of lucky Capetonians saw in Mexico’s national day on Friday morning with the country’s ambassador to South Africa, Mauricio Escanero, and most famous chef, Jorge Vallejo, at a late night event hosted by sommelier Xavier Didier at the Collections wine bar in Camps Bay. The nibbles, served at around midnight to a diverse… Continue reading


Same old difference in Nairobi

There is nothing like a little trip into Africa to shatter some old stereotypes and confirm a few others. Back in Nairobi last week after an absence of four years I found that things are exactly the same and completely different. I was previously a regular visitor to the Kenyan capital, which can seem like a… Continue reading


One of Africa’s best and brightest coming home

Stopping short of slamming the door on a career in politics, Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze, the Nigerian national who is president of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development, on Thursday made it clear that he would continue to dedicate himself to the service of Africa’s young people when he leaves the Rome-based IFAD in… Continue reading


Fantasy helps us imagine reality

Grahamstown: Karoo Moose keeps the audience enthralled as it tracks back and forth across the line between fantasy and reality, dipping into each and pulling out characters that mostly fall somewhere in between. Somehow in this imagined landscape we begin to get our heads around reality. Set in an impoverished Karoo village, not unlike many… Continue reading