As South Africa’s first commercial mine, when the Blue Mine in Springbok started its operations in 1852, it paved the way for development as more mines – along with workers who settled nearby – opened. In recent years, the region’s inhabitants have been facing a much less illustrious future with the very last remnants of their copper deposits being mined.
A City Refracted, both the title of this series and an apt description of Johannesburg. The young country of South Africa has a famously turbulent history, one that still influences much today.
By Jonathan Tager in New Photography on Tuesday 12 August 2014
Twenty years on from Nelson Mandela’s election as the first President of the new democracy of South Africa, and for those born within the curly braces of democracy, The Born-Frees, things were expected to be radically different. A more integrated society, mitigated socio-economic disparity and abounding opportunity.
The Izikhothane is a subculture in South Africa where gang members buy expensive designer clothes they can’t afford and then ‘engage in elaborate dance-offs with rival gangs to demonstrate who is the most extravagant’. It usually involves destroying clothing and setting money on fire, because, you know, that’s how you show ‘em who’s boss. ‘Izikhothane are […]
Italian photographer and filmmaker Marco Casino went to Katlehong, one of the largest townships in South Africa, to document a rather dangerous subculture and sport: train surfing. It involves ‘jumping aboard moving trains and surfing on carriage roofs, dodging 3,000 volt electric cables. Some say it’s a means of finding release or even a way to express themselves’.
Most commercials on TV are annoying, really annoying. But every now and then you’ll come across a great ad campaign that will make you laugh so much, you’ll want to buy their product. 1st for Women is one of the companies I’d want to buy from if I was living in South Africa. This insurance […]
The Eagle Awards is South Africa’s premium print advertising awards. Their goal is to promote and develop brilliant print advertising in the country and have become the benchmark for print advertising. This year, King James Cape Town have launched a campaign that calls on Creatives to enter their work and make the most of their […]
The term ‘slumming it’ is a reality for tourists who stay at Emoya Luxury Hotel and Spa in Bloemfontein, South Africa. This company has taken the luxury out of their guests’ holidays to build a fake shanty town so guests can experience what it’s really like to be in a shanty town. Except this fake […]
Marna Hattingh is a Cape Town-based artist, active in the art world since 1999. She is also a well known children’s book illustrator. As a contemporary South African artist, Hattingh works forms part of the new school of expression. There may be elements of an African-ness in her work, particularly the use of colour, but she […]
Marmite ran a pretty rocking campaign in South Africa not too long ago revolving around the big idea that ‘If Mother didn’t tell you about Marmite, what else didn’t she tell you?’. These 365 other things were repackaged in Marmite’s distinctive product packaging with their labels changed, then despatched to influential bloggers. Exquisite execution on […]
Roger Ballen is an American geologist, living in South Africa, who is very much on top of the photography world. He directed the stunning video for Die Antwood’s I Fink U Freaky, amongst other notable achievements. Yes, he’s a true master.
I came across the work of South African illustrator, Caroline Vos, in 2011 through her Twitter profile, @Caroline_Vos, and I absolutely cannot get enough of it. Typically featuring caricatured celebrities, her ability to distort her subject yet still maintain its integrity is truly astounding.
For about 60 years, dental modification has been a fad amongst mixed-race Capetonians. You can frequently see these mixed-race South Africans missing four upper front teeth. A study was conducted by at the University of Cape Town, which found that fashion and peer pressure were the main reason for teeth-removal. Dentures inlaid with gold or […]
Andrew James and the Steady Tiger is a two-piece band from Cape Town who recently released their debut album, Red In Tooth And Claw. Combining folky tunes, created with lap slide guitar and drums, with great vocals and lyrics, Swansong is the dynamic first single by this duo.
An air of culinary creativity is permeating the food scene in Cape Town, South Africa as inspired chefs reconceptualize the city’s dining culture. Chef Luke Dale-Roberts is perhaps the poster child for this movement. The mastermind behind the two-year old Test Kitchen, Dale-Roberts designed this space as a ‘creative hub’ for art, culture, and collaboration among his team of hot young rising chefs.