in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa has been photographed by camera traps for several weeks running, riding around on the backs of cape buffalo and rhinoceros
. Researchers agree: this is weird! (via.) [more inside]
Blues, April Fools, white noise
, Noah's ark
, the Pope
, even pizza
isn't sacred on South Africa's first satirical puppet news show, Puppet Nation
. Brought to you by the ZA News Network
The point being, an angry song about a political prisoner in South Africa, held captive for 21 years (at the time of writing), and written and performed by a bunch of chippy former pop stars who appeared hellbent on throwing their success back in the faces of their fans, has no business being this happy, this celebratory, and this powerful.
The African King With A Multi-Billion Dollar Empire RBH functions as a communitybased investment company whose primary investment aim is to generate the income required for the funding of sustainable projects. Income generated from RBH’s commercial interests is invested in infrastructural development, as well as in the members of the Nation itself. Over the past decade, more than R4 billion ($475 million) has been spent on roads, utilities, schools, clinics and other public amenities. This has benefited not only the Bafokeng, but other people living in the North West Province of South Africa, the area which the RBN calls home.
The Pan African Space Station continues to arrive...
I previously posted
Pan African Space Station. Back then they were doing special events, but they opened up a world to innovative and experimental African musical artists. Now the Station has gone live
and is broadcasting all night/all day! (Yes, that is
a popup radio player...) [more inside]
Noted anti-apartheid activist and poet Dennis Brutus has died
. [more inside]
In 2010, Obama will have a miserable year
, NATO may lose in Afghanistan
, the UK gets a regime change
, China needs to chill
, India's factories will overtake its farms
, Europe risks becoming an irrelevant museum
, the stimulus will need an exit strategy
, the G20 will see a challenge from the "G2"
, African football
will unite Korea
, conflict over natural resources will grow
, Sarkozy will be unloved and unrivalled
, the kids will come together to solve the world's problems (because their elders are unable)
, technology will grow ever more ubiquitous
, we'll all charge our phones via USB
, MBAs will be uncool
, the Space Shuttle will be put to rest
, and Somalia will be the worst country in the world
. And so the Tens
The Economist: The World in 2010
. [more inside]
Welcome to District 9.
Director Neill Blomkamp turns his sci-fi short "Alive in Joburg"
into a full-length feature film
- examining xenophobia
in an allegory of Apartheid
, set in a slum recalling District 6
of Cape Town
in South Africa.
Out of Africa.
As award-winning Globe and Mail Africa correspondent Stephanie Nolen
bids farewell to a place she's come to love, she reflects on how it has changed, and how it changed her. [more inside]
Given the history of the country and the fact that a huge number of South Africa's black citizens still live in conditions of desperate hardship, a film seeking to draw attention to white
poverty in that nation might understandably raise some eyebrows or some suspicions. But Poor Whites - South Africa
is worth a view. Perhaps things aren't always quite
as, er, black and white
as this South African TV spot
would indicate. Meanwhile, ANC president Jacob Zuma, visiting poor whites at a shantytown
yesterday expressed surprise
at the level of poverty among white people. "You have shown me that it exists"
, he said to Solidarity officials who had invited him. [more inside]
Then and Now
presents works from 8 South African documentary photographers - each contributes 10 photos taken during apartheid and 10 made since the democratic elections of 1994. (On display at Duke University
through July 27.) [more inside]
In the past, various possible treatments
have been suspected of helping combat AIDS, which have later been proven correct
, less reputable
treatments have also been claimed to work, the likes of which descend towards malpractice, pseudoscience and criminal negligence. But in a turnabout, the olive oil element of South Africa's controversial treatment, deemed to be "Africa's Solution"
, actually helps as well
Ready or Not.
"South Africa is a great place to have a party, and people are incredibly generous of spirit. What we should be doing is trying to make the World Cup experience uniquely African: where the bus comes 10 minutes late but nobody gives a toss because they are having such a good time. Instead, the organisers seem to want to try to run the World Cup as efficiently as the Germans did. What a load of bull. The Germans could invade Poland in three days. We could not invade Swaziland in three months." Article in today's Observer about preparations in South Africa for the soccer World Cup in 2010.
Mind Over Matter
: South African Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy site. Bound by the code of conduct of the South African Association of Hypnotherapists ("1.17 Practitioners must not practice dentistry unless they hold an appropriate qualification. 1.18 Patients suffering from AIDS may be treated at the discretion of the practitioner")
. Possibly associated with these folks
; I'm certainly inspired to put my subconscious in the glittery hands of this guy
. P.S.: The female orgasm is 100% Purely Mental.
DeBeers is selling 26%
of its mining operations to a South African "black empowerment
" holding company. The new company's shareholders include DeBeers mines' local employees and pensioners and trusts benefiting disadvantaged groups. Its chairman
has been a prominent figure in the ANC
and the National Union of Mineworkers
. Seems pretty cool, even if DeBeers is only doing it because South Africa's Mining Charter
says they have to.
South African township art
, urban art
, and recycled craft
, some of it inspired by the anti-apartheid
struggle or day-to-day survival
in the post-apartheid era (and a common 'language' in multi-lingual
The Ethnographic Lens: Images from the Realm of a Rain Queen.
Between 1936 and 1938 social anthropologists Eileen and Jack Krige undertook intensive fieldwork in the north-eastern regions of South Africa among the Lobedu people whose chief Modjadji was widely acclaimed as a rainmaker.'
'In 1943 their book 'The Realm of a Rain Queen' was published and has remained in print ever since. Some of the photographs taken by the Kriges were used as illustrations in the book but many remained unpublished and little known ...' Via
of archaeological and anthropological resources from the
South African Museum.
Princess Makobo Modjadji of the Bolobedu
has just been crowned as the new
Rain Queen, Modjadji VI.
greeted the inauguration, which may be
a good sign.
The Rain Queen was the inspiration for H. Rider Haggard's 'She Who Must Be Obeyed'.
More on the world of the Rain Queen - including biographical details on the last Rain Queen, and her relationships with politicians such as Nelson Mandela in a changine South Africa -
The South African president Thabo Mbeki
is failing to deal with his nation's unbelievable AIDS epidemic. Here
are the opinions of his chief advisor on the disease. For balance, here
is the opinion of the UK government.
Do you agree with me that Mbeki is a dangerous man, and is a terrible choice to follow his predecessor
Rapist speechless after victim bites tongue
the victim "then ran off, tongue in mouth, to the nearest police station a kilometre away. Police were shocked when she produced the bitten-off tongue. Moments later, the suspect also arrived in agony, with blood pouring from his mouth, hoping to get medical help. He was immediately arrested. He received medical attention but it was not possible to have his tongue sewn back on. Police said the tongue would be kept and used as evidence."