Africa

Exploring the many faces of Lagos

Yes, we are coastal and really should be investing more in water transportation instead of choking our roads with more cars than they can carry, giving juice to our infamy as a traffic-jam capital. Yes, there are 17 million of us and sometimes this means there aren’t enough houses to go around (or not enough competent officials in the Works and Housing Ministry, or maybe explain the problem is never this simple).

But these aren’t the only songs on the album of our lives. There are many more stories about us in this megalopolis that admittedly should no longer be…
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Exploring the many faces of Lagos

AFRICA YOUR TIME IS NOW: the rebirth of the Afri-can

Founder of clothing label Butter Pudding Papama Mtwisha has launched a campaign to challenge widely held preconceived notions of the continent, leading with the bold slogan “Africa your time is now!”

The campaign is about celebrating the African spirit, with influential individuals from various industries donning black-and-white T-shirts with the distinct slogan. These influencers include businesswoman and radio presenter Azania Mosaka, musician Khuli Chana, actress S’thandiwe Kgoroge, fashion designer Marianne Fassler, radio and TV presenter Anele Mdoda and activist Josina Machel.

The statement T-shirt makes the wearer a “breathing billboard sending a positive vibration. You convey a powerful message of…
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AFRICA YOUR TIME IS NOW: the rebirth of the Afri-can

5 Things to do in the beautiful Karoo

For decades, the semi-desert, Karoo region of South Africa was for many cross-country travellers a massive patch of nothingness you had to drive through to get from Johannesburg to Cape Town and back again. But times have changed. Visitors are beginning to explore the Karoo with new eyes and are discovering what we locals have known for a long time: South Africa’s heartland is where the fun begins.

There are dozens of ways to enjoy the Karoo, but these are our top 5.

Snow and romance

When snow falls in the Karoo it’s like Christmas…
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5 Things to do in the beautiful Karoo

The bustling city of Kinshasa and all it has to offer

It’s my first visit to Kinshasa and the drive into the heart of the city is an exhilarating experience. The smell of fresh produce from the teeming markets and chicken grilling on charcoal fires is sporadically overpowered by the sweet, rotten stench of mountainous piles of garbage and acrid exhaust fumes. The constantly heavy traffic further announces itself in an unending cacophony of tooting horns. The sky is bruised and the air is heavy and humid and there is a dense sea of bodies and battered vehicles all around us. Many of the buildings are either unfinished or on…
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The bustling city of Kinshasa and all it has to offer

Katchie Nzama to travel to 22 African countries in seven months

South African-born Mukhatshelwa “Katchie” Nzama, an avid traveller who is closing in on realising her dream of visiting each country on the continent before the age of 30, is currently on a mission to break borders and the misconceptions they create, as well as promote intra-African travel through Breaking Borders. The dynamic Nzama, who in 2016 was one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans, shared her vision with us and why the initiative – funded by Simeka Capital Holdings – which will see her travel to 22 countries on the continent over a period…
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Katchie Nzama to travel to 22 African countries in seven months

Dar Es Salaam: The sound And the city

The sun sinks into the warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean as the growing flow of traffic slowly creeps through bustling downtown Dar es Salaam. Bedraggled side streets start to clear of mama-lishes, roughly translated as “the mothers who feed”, who sell chapattis, maize cobs and mandazi (sweet, fired doughnuts sold in small plastic sachets).

The jam-packed dala dalas (colourful minibuses) create extra lanes beside the sidewalks, hooting and honking to announce their presence as they vie for passengers.

Nestled in a natural harbour, what was once a tiny town scattered with casuarina trees has grown into a jumble of…
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Dar Es Salaam: The sound And the city