Officially opened this year, the Zeitz MOCAA is an impressive space housing contemporary African art and art from the diaspora. It’s in the silo district of the V&A Waterfront – a space that did not have nearly as much to offer some years ago. Now art galleries, restaurants and direct access to the V&A Waterfront, have…
I don’t know if its distance from the city is what makes it feel like a real treat each time we go. The restaurant is located at a fairly industrial-looking site on the way to Lanseria Airport, corner of the R511 and the road leading to the airport . Drive by fast enough and you may just miss it.
I had not been to the Silver Orange Bistro since almost seven years ago, so it was a pleasant surprise to find that the service is still friendly – if a bit slow – and the quality of the food has remained as I remember it. Family lunch on Boxing Day was a slow meal…
I finally made it to the Dîner en Blanc, after being on the waiting list in Paris for almost two years. The ease with which I was able to get on the Johannesburg waiting list and proceed to the next stage was a far cry from the lengthy communications of ‘sorry not this year’ I…
Today marks the 20th Anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic election of April 27, 1994. South Africans will go to the polls once again on May 7 to cast their ballots in the fifth democratic election of the country. By all standards, the country is still a young democracy. In just two decades it has changed from being a country with a legally mandated national policy of racial oppression to one that is transitioning to being inclusive and representative of its diverse people.
A month ago, breezing through a Ralph Lauren store, a whimsical dress in a mud cloth-inspired fabric caught my eye. Could it be? I thought. Had another African inspiration, other than Vlisco, the Dutch-made wax fabric, ubiquitous in much of West Africa and beyond made it to the design studios of Western designers?
I literally stopped in my tracks and went over to touch the fabric. It had a supple silk feel but the design on the fabric was definitely African.
I then remembered a designer that had introduced me to this Malian cloth; Anna Getaneh. At the time, almost five years ago, she was working out of her home-based studio. I had made a few trips to her to have my boubou, a very fashionable and simple design, enhanced with this fabric across the midriff- making it both easy-to-wear and timeless – it still hangs in my wardrobe. Now here was Ralph Lauren, years later.
Another week gone by, and the countdown to leaving sunny but cold, oh so cold SA, about to get underway. In the meantime, we took in the Elephant Sanctuary at Hartbeespoort Dam. One takes for granted how truly magnificent these creatures are, but as majestic as they are, there’s something rather pitiful when we see them in enclosures.
Allow me a moment to whinge…I am freezing and absolutely hating the weather right now! There. Now that’s out of the way…for now. Thought I’d keep doing what I do in keeping the pounds at bay, but somehow managed to make it to the gym only twice, just twice in two weeks. Oh Ghana how I miss thee…
Nothing more disheartening than the cool crisp of a winter morning, with just the right amount of bite to remind that you that you ain’t in the tropics no more.
It snowed in the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal and yes, we have not seen any snow in Gauteng, but I am sure there’s a cold front that’s crept in…IT IS FREEZING.
The Green Mamba at close range, yes with reinforced double glass in between me and the snake but still at close range, is a terrifying creature. Just the knowledge of the slow and painful death its bite can induce is chilling enough on its own. Behind the glass they appeared harmless though. Croc City in Fourways, a stone’s throw away from the Lion Park was all reptiles and birds.
We have just over three weeks in SA, and have a carefully drawn up schedule for things to do with the kids; some we have done before, when they were much younger, some are definitely deserving of second visits now that they are older, a bit more engaging and can ask interesting questions.