BOOK DASH ON CREATING AND SPREADING AFRICAN STORYBOOKS

BOOK DASH ON CREATING AND SPREADING AFRICAN STORYBOOKS

Book Dash is a non-profit organisation creating African storybooks for African children.

“We choose every word carefully,” says co-founder and Board Chairman Arthur Attwell. “We believe in this deeply. Many children are invisible to the book industry. Borrowing from libraries is necessary, but not sufficient. A hundred books is a nice round number and it’s achievable.

“By the age of five, a child’s early development is over. The degree to which society neglects those early years is catastrophic and an abundance of books can have a big impact.”

At the first Book Dash day in May 2014, two teams made two books…
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PHOTO BOMB IN PARIS

PHOTO BOMB IN PARIS

The Eiffel Tower was first on my sightseeing list during my four-day Parisian summer holiday. Named after engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the monument as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair, it recently celebrated reaching the 300 million visitor mark since it opened more than a century ago.

In some ways it felt like all these people were there the morning I visited, forcing me to stand in a long line, hold my breath in a crowded elevator to the top of the tallest structure in Paris (324m if you’re interested), and dodge an army of…
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Opening the door to something new

Open Door Head Chef - Annemarie Steenkamp hard at work. Image courtesy Open Door.

Open Door Head Chef – Annemarie Steenkamp hard at work. Image courtesy Open Door.

If you’re looking for a contemporary, but relaxed restaurant in the heart of Constantia, look no further than Open Door.

The farm’s history goes back to 1685 when it was granted to Simon van der Stel. After several generations of family ownership, the land was divided up and Tokai Primary School opened its doors on the property in 1902.

In 1917, the…
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Riel Renaissance

Nuwe GrasKoue Trappers by Zona Morton.

Nuwe GrasKoue Trappers in action. Image by Zona Morton and courtesy of Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat.

One of the oldest dance forms in South Africa is making a comeback. And one of the people driving the renaissance is troupe manager and dance coach Floris Smith.

‘Our Riel project started with 24 dancers but is now 70 dancers strong,’ says Smith, who works as executive chef and deputy general manager at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat in the Cederberg. ‘It…
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