MaXhosa’s Laduma Ngxokolo commissioned by MoMA, New York

Laduma Ngxokolo, renowned fashion designer and founder of sought-after knitwear brand MaXhosa, continues to transcend boundaries, both locally and beyond our shores. He’s been commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York to provide a piece for its exhibition Is Fashion Modern?

Ngxokolo took to Instagram to announce the news. Other international brands that will feature include Levi’s 501 jeans, Converse All Stars and Nike.

“Got commissioned by @themuseumofmodernart to create a modern example of what I think the future holds for the prominent Aran knit that originated in the late 1800s in Ireland, among 100 fashion pieces,” Ngxokolo wrote.

The exhibition will be…
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MaXhosa’s Laduma Ngxokolo commissioned by MoMA, New York

Proposal to rename SA Azania gains momentum

On 19 September, African People’s Convention (APC) MP Themba Godi took to Twitter following a meeting in Limpopo, tweeting: “There was enthusiastic endorsement of APC policies to abolish provinces and the name Azania for our country.”

This follows calls by civil organisations and Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa in June this year to rename the country to something other than its geographic location.

The name proposed by the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) is Azania, an Arabic word meaning “Land of the Blacks”.

Speaking to Stephen Grootes of 702, PAC General-Secretary Narius Moloto explained the reasoning behind the suggested name, stating: “Azania is the…
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Proposal to rename SA Azania gains momentum

The story behind SA’s city nicknames

When exploring this vast and diverse country, you’re bound to come to understand the nuances that make South Africa such a captivating place. One such quirk that makes Mzansi unique is the nicknames we’ve given some regions. From the Mother City to the Friendly City, here are the stories behind the names.

Bloemfontein, the City of Roses

Not only is Bloemfontein South Africa’s judicial capital, it’s also home to the country’s spectacular Rose Festival. And when directly translated from Afrikaans, “Bloemfontein” means “fountain of flowers”.

Johannesburg, the City of Gold

While the origins of the name “Johannesburg” are still a topic of debate, the…
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The story behind SA’s city nicknames

SA is the 24th-most charitable country in the world – report

Despite a tough economic climate, South Africans bucked a global trend of giving less to become more charitable in 2016, according to a report by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).

The CAF World Giving Index 2017 was published last week and sets out how much time, money and help the citizens of 139 countries gave to charity in 2016.

According to its authors, the aim of the report is to provide “insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world” to help strengthen global civic society.

CAF rated South Africa the 24th-most charitable country in the world and the 7th-most charitable…
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SA is the 24th-most charitable country in the world – report

SA makes list of top 5 most beautiful countries in the world

Rough Guides has released the top 20 most beautiful countries in the world as voted by the travel publisher’s readers. Its travel guides cover 120 destinations worldwide and it boasts over 60 000 subscribers.

At the top of the list is Scotland, thanks to its “wild beaches, deep lochs and craggy castles”, which are a few of the highlights that make up the beauty of the UK’s northernmost country.

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In second place is Canada, followed by New Zealand, with Italy coming in at fourth place. South Africa made it onto…
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SA makes list of top 5 most beautiful countries in the world

Top 10 SA residential estates

More and more South Africans are moving to estates and gated communities, according to a 2015  report by Business Tech and the primary reasons include safety and affordability. Challenging economic times are another reason that more people are deciding against living in stand-alone homes and choosing sectional ones instead.

One of the most important things that many people think about when they decide to relocate is the location of the home and its proximity to schools and amenities.

AfrAsia Bank’s Top 10 Residential Estates in South Africa report profiles the best estates across the country, looking at a number of factors, such as…
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Top 10 SA residential estates