On Friday 14 August, Professor Steven Friedman came to Rhodes University’s politics department to talk about path dependence. More specifically, about the contents his recent paper, The Janus Face of the Past: Preserving and Resisting South African Path Dependence.
Friedman spoke about the advantages and disadvantages of path dependence and ways in which we can move forward as a country. He referred to the sharing of wealth in South Africa, as well as the economic monopolization in both the private and public sector. Continue reading →
Islam is a religion which revolves around ideas of absolute virtue. It promotes piety and establishes the world as a medium through which to attain the virtues of the hereafter. It promotes tolerance of others; its aims are stated unequivocally in the Holy Qur’an. It is a religion not open to innovation, in which this principle is known as Bida’t. Continue reading →
Tiago de Oliveira Pinto is a stocky man, he has brown wavy hair and an aged smile. He is well dressed in a blazer, powder pink shirt and shiny shoes. His strong posture and style emanate his presence. His accent is thick; he isn’t from around here. Continue reading →
At the Lebone Centre, the children’s faces were lit up, compelled by Treiahn Chiwanza’s performance of Old McDonald. After he finished playing the song on his guitar, it was the kids’ turn. Haphazardly and happily, they tried strumming for themselves. Continue reading →
Ne-Yo, the superstar known for his rich tenor, impressive falsetto, and sex appeal, is excited to be back in South Africa. “I can’t wait for you to see what I have in store, Durban! I hope you’re ready, because I am!” Continue reading →
The visage of colossal mountains under the peaking Sun, which overlooked the century-old churches approaching Karusa Wine Estate, is one that filled our imminent arrival with an esteemed view, an expectancy of greatness and of adventure. However, driving in to the estate, we discovered the setting to be unexpected, small yet even more novelistic than the town we left behind us. Just out of Oudtshoorn is a vineyard and tasting environment so unique, homely and aesthetically pleasing that upon entering, we already felt settled in. Continue reading →
Day 1. A sunset entering Port Elizabeth. Travelling in the back of a bakkie has its perks.
A deep anticipation set in as we approached Swartberg Country Manor under the Swartberg Mountains. The horizon sets a mysterious tone. The Swartberg Mountains are in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The range is composed of two main mountain chains running roughly east-west along the northern edge of the semi-arid Little Karoo.
The Sun slowly waking up the following morning. A beautiful sight beside the old shed, which has sat below this sunrise for over 100 years.
Bees are drawn to the lavender in the garden. In the cold morning air, this bee is already at work. The Klein Karoo is home to some of the best lavender farms on the continent
These houses served as our home for the weekend. The buildings look as natural in this environment as the Aloe Ferox. The resort was once owned by an Afrikaans farmer. The houses were used by farm workers and then revamped by the Swartberg resort.
Moritz Otto, my German travel companion. Hungry for the day ahead, we have an early meal at Patat, the restaurant in the resort. Breakfast is his favourite meal.
A young man admires the Cango Caves moments before the more challenging part of the tour, known as the Adventure Tour. The Cango Caves are located in Precambrian limestone at the foothills of the Swartberg range.
The light shines through the Chimney in the Cango Caves. People wait at the base as only one person can crawl through the narrow passage at a time.
Take a right on your way back to Oudsthoorn and the small town opens out into a postcard setting. The road takes you past the church and then you’re en route to Karusa Wine Estate.
After an intense morning on the Adventure Tour, we gathered our thoughts at the Karusa Wine Estate outside Outdsthoorn. The estate is home to some of the finest wines in the world and has an up–and-coming craft beer brewery. The wines were arranged from a light to heavy taste (left to right).
Serenity witnessed with fresh eyes. What makes South Africa so unique is its constantly changing landscapes. This photo series takes you from Grahamstown, through Knysna, George, Oudsthoorn, Swartberg and the Cango Caves. Continue reading →