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MOKENA MAKEKA on designing Cape Town

MOKENA MAKEKA on designing Cape Town

03/10/2013 - 18:21
Bernard Franz asks award-winning Mokena Makeka, the founder of Makeka Design Lab, for his take on Cape Town’s architecture.
Firstly, how do you feel about our country’s architecture in general?
In terms of helping to shape society, I don’t think it’s in a good state. If I look at the nature
of our civic institutions (whether it’s police stations, train stations, libraries or clinics) there
is little appreciation of what architecture could be doing. There hasn’t been a real vision about
the public life of this country. It is mostly in residential architecture that South Africa excels,
which is ironic. read more
KURT SCHOONRAAD on cars and comedy

KURT SCHOONRAAD on cars and comedy

01/09/2013 - 00:00
Despite appearances to the contrary, cars and collectibles are not actually Kurt Schoonrad’s biggest passion... Kurt, a man of a million faces and as many sunglasses, always arrives in style. His arrival in a recently acquired 1940 Chevrolet transforms the road leading into the River Club into a dusty lane on a mid-American farm. For a few moments, there’s apple pie in the oven and Elvis on the phonograph.  read more
DAVID VAN REYBROUCK Congo

DAVID VAN REYBROUCK Congo

26/07/2013 - 10:07
Ever since the tales of Joseph Conrad and Henry Morton Stanley, the Congo has been more than just a mighty river in an ill-defined country. It has become a concept – dark, secretive, and very inaccessible. Serving a discerning community of armchair travellers, some of the best travel writers, especially Anglophone, have successfully exploited its otherworldly geography to bring back tales of corrupt border officials, sticky situations, dangerous diseases, and bizarre fetish cults.

No matter if it is O’Hanlon, Gill or Adams, few had the guts to let go of their amusing yet vain tales of abnormality. Reading them is like listening to a well-versed raconteur at a bar in some dodgy hotel in colonial times. Most of it is highly entertaining – who would ever risk diverting from a winning formula that has worked so well for writers, publishers and readers?a preview of a ground-breaking book on the DRC and in fact Africa, already out in Dutch, German and French, and to be published in English in the next few months.
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ROGER SMITH - Cape Town Confidential

ROGER SMITH - Cape Town Confidential

14/04/2013 - 18:47
Dawn Kennedy interviews author Roger Smith, who has shaken up crime writing with his visceral portrayals of Cape Town’s brutal underbelly.

You grew up in Johannesburg but set your stories in Cape Town. Why?

Well, Dust Devils is set mainly in KwaZulu-Natal, with a bit of Jo’burg and Cape Town, but, yes, Mixed Blood, Wake Up Dead, Capture and my latest, Sacrifices, are set in Cape Town, which is South Africa’s most schizophrenic city and remains fascinating to me.

In the late ’90s (like a lot of Jo’burgers) I moved down to Cape Town. For a couple of years I lived quite happily inside a bubble of sun and sea, then I fell in love with (and later married) a woman who grew up on the Cape Flats and my vision of Cape Town had to expand dramatically.
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MARK SOLMS

MARK SOLMS

05/03/2013 - 20:07
The last few months have seen violent strikes in the Winelands. Three people have been killed, vineyards burnt down, and access to wine farms and major roads was blocked. 021’s editor Bernard Franz talks with Mark Solms, a renowned psychoanalyst and Franschhoek wine farmer, about the sense of land, chicken for charity, and what it meant to him when a farm worker with a 7000-year-old stone tool declared, “My people were here before yours.”  read more
BRENT MEERSMAN

BRENT MEERSMAN

07/02/2013 - 12:02
Brent, you are a political analyst and also write theatre reviews. If you had to describe SA’s current state of affairs in terms of a theatrical play, what genre would you attribute it to?
Nice question, because listening to our national leadership, they really do seem to live in a world of make-believe. The old adage that when history repeats itself it takes tragedy and turns it into farce seems to hold sway. On the level of local government it’s a combination of Grand Guignol and slapstick comedy.  read more
PIETER DIRK UYS on being funny about things that aren't funny

PIETER DIRK UYS on being funny about things that aren't funny

01/01/2013 - 00:00
PLAYING THE UYS
Armed only with a suitcase full of costumes, a sense of outrage and pages of witty words against society’s ills, Peter Dirk Uys has left South Africa with a legacy of laughter that has lightened even the darkest times.
Sounds like he died
“Being funny about things that aren’t funny, being successful huge paying audience with stories no one wants to hear: that’s my show business”, declares Peter Dirk Uys.  read more
"MS MINX" on 50 shades of adult dating

"MS MINX" on 50 shades of adult dating

12/12/2012 - 01:16
In the light of bestseller 50 Shades of Grey, 021 wants to know what’s stirring the adult scene in Cape Town, and asked its own agent provocateur Ms Minx to search the deep end. Here is her report back to the editor.



Ms Minx, you went through considerable efforts to research the impact of 50 Shades of Grey. Do you think the book is changing sex in this country?
Even if South Africa’s adult population, or a part thereof, is still conservative from the outside, those 50 Shades are flying off the shelves, and now rumour has it that she will write the books all over again from his perspective, and this is already getting the women hot to know what he was really thinking. When you walk into a bookshop and see the sexuality bookshelf next to the gift books by the sales counter … this tells me that people’s attitudes towards sex and erotica really has changed. If it gets people talking, that can only be a good thing. read more
ANDREW LAMBRECHT ON ART

ANDREW LAMBRECHT ON ART

11/12/2012 - 16:21
021 cornered curator Andrew Lamprecht for a quick Q&A about Art in 2012
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HEIDI VAN DER WATT and sustainable tourism in the Cape

HEIDI VAN DER WATT and sustainable tourism in the Cape

07/12/2012 - 14:14
Heidi, you’ve just come back from Washington D.C., where you attended your first board meeting as a director of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Tell us a bit more about it.
There are 13 representatives of big companies and smaller organisations on the board, including major companies, some academic institutions, and several trade associations. Jennifer Seif of Fair Trade in Tourism Southern Africa and I are representatives from Africa. We meet at least every three months via digital conferencing, and once a year in person. It’s a three-year term of office.  read more
MICHAEL MAAS

MICHAEL MAAS

07/12/2012 - 11:30
Bernard Franz speaks with Artscape CEO Michael Maas about the fusion of Western and African art forms, new arts corridors, and the dream of an iconic new opera house.

"There’s a lot of redevelopment at Artscape, and not all of it is visible from the outside. What are the main changes?
To be more commercially viable for big shows, we needed to increase the seating capacity of the opera house from 1187 to about 1500. With that came the need to look at infrastructure to accommodate those extra people.
It was also necessary to address the past. When this centre was incorporated in 1971, the general administration was not in this building but elsewhere in town. As the funding became less, administration had to move to Artscape. We now take the administration out of areas that should be reserved for the arts, such as rehearsal areas, and wardrobes even, and move it to new offices." read more
MARK FORSYTH

MARK FORSYTH

09/09/2012 - 00:00
021 meets Mark Forsyth, the author of the witty, ribald Sunday Times number one bestseller The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

How and when did your interest in the connections between words begin?
I was given a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary as a christening present and I’ve never really recovered.  read more
FARZANAH BADSHA

FARZANAH BADSHA

08/09/2012 - 00:00
Farzanah Badsha is the new manager of Creative Cape Town, a partnership programme that works to communicate, facilitate and support the development of the creative economy in Cape Town. Prior to her new role, Farzanah worked as a curator and project manager for Spier’s Contemporary 2010 project of the Africa Centre, and managed the Spier Art collection. read more
PRUE LEITH

PRUE LEITH

22/07/2012 - 00:00
021’s Dawn Kennedy had lunch at Woodstock’s Test Kitchen with Prue Leith, one of the world’s pre-eminent food critics. read more
GREG STOPFORTH:  Cape Town as a movie location

GREG STOPFORTH: Cape Town as a movie location

16/03/2012 - 07:10
What makes Cape Town one of the top commercial movie destinations in the world?
Bernard Franz asks location scout Gregg Stopforth.


Why is Cape Town so popular?

Apart from the predictable weather, and the complimentary season to the Northern Hemisphere, you can get distinct looks in small confined places. The city offers a helluvalot of diversity. You get old Europe around Greenmarket Square or Queen Victoria Street, the generic American downtown in Thibault Square, or the American-type suburbia in Voortrekker Road or the Northern Suburbs. The unfinished freeway in town is also a gift from the gods.  read more
NICO DEKKER of Cape Town Film Studios (CTFS) tells  why he is willing to move heaven and earth to make movies

NICO DEKKER of Cape Town Film Studios (CTFS) tells why he is willing to move heaven and earth to make movies

17/01/2012 - 07:17
Take the N2 to Somerset West, then take the Baden Powell turnoff, go left, and CTFS Boulevard, freshly painted in white on the curb, invites you to drive down a sweeping avenue. After you have signed in with the security guards, you enter a 17 000m² complex of four soundstages, like airport hangars, built from square concrete blocks. The spacious emptiness feels like a gust of fresh air. Everything is gleaming new, as though the paint has only recently dried. Welcome to Africa’s first state-of-the-art, ultra high-tech film studio – a surreal world of movie-making where, next to shack-lands, millions of rands are spent meticulously creating transient realities that are discarded after only a few weeks.  read more
KUMI NAIDOO the first South African director of Greenpeace on fracking, nuclear power and the implications of poverty

KUMI NAIDOO the first South African director of Greenpeace on fracking, nuclear power and the implications of poverty

05/06/2011 - 00:00
Q: You have a distinguished career as an activist: You were expelled from high school because of anti-apartheid activities yet later earned a doctorate in political sociology from the University of Oxford. You vehemently opposed violence against women and children, and trained the electoral staff in the first free democratic elections in South Africa. How does your background in the South African protest movement help you in your position as head of Greenpeace?  read more
MARGIE ORFORD on poetic Justice and prison writing

MARGIE ORFORD on poetic Justice and prison writing

01/06/2011 - 00:00
Margie Orford, whose Clare Hart series is published by Jonathan Ball, writes about her experiences giving poetry classes in a maximum-secutiry-prison.  read more
TONY PARK

TONY PARK

31/05/2011 - 00:00
In each issue, 021 asks a bestselling author to wax lyrical (or vent spleen) about the Mother City. With his next novel African dawn due out in October, Australian Tony Park puts some insights to paper.

I get annoyed When people who don’t know any better say Cape Town’s not Africa. I toss such sweeping generalisations into that special dustbin reserved for similar rotten chestnuts like “the real Africa”, and “wild Africa”. If Cape Town was, as the naysayers would have you believe, a little blog of Europe on the southern tip of the African continent, then I wouldn’t want to go there.
As a writer of novels set in Africa, I look for inspiration every time I visit the continent. read more
LOUIS HEYNEMAN on Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

LOUIS HEYNEMAN on Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

08/05/2011 - 23:38
Louis Heyneman, CEO of Cape Town’s Philharmonic Orchestra, in conversation with 021’s editor Bernard Franz.

Louis, I see that you have all the latest electronic gadgets on your desk. How do you
see the future of classical music in this digital age?

We do have phenomenal access to the electronic media and they are all competing for our attention. With faster Internet speeds, we will see many more changes in South Africa in the very near future. With better cameras, surround systems, and high definition TVs, the sound and images will be better than in the opera house itself. read more
DAVID WEST and fashion

DAVID WEST and fashion

27/02/2011 - 04:48
David West has learned to survive and thrive in South Africa’s notoriously fickle fashion industry. Designing for a commercial powerhouse by day and for his own eponymous label by night, he is firing at full cylinders with a double-barrelled career and a single-focused vision that’s right on the mark.

“Have you seen the movie Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky? Well it’s not about that,” says David West by way of describing his winter 2011 collection. “But the start of the movie shows Nijinsky’s Rite of Spring set to music by Stravinsky for Diaghilev’s Ballet Ruses. In his time the work was so wild, so shocking and so radically new that it exploded all preconceptions of dance, incited a nearriot on opening night and precipitated the birth of modernism. That’s what it’s about,” he says. The idea that something so anachronistic could have been so revolutionary; the idea of a past filtered through the technological lens of the present – these are on-going themes in David’s work. read more
HELEN ZILLE: THIS IS OUR COUNTRY AFTER ALL

HELEN ZILLE: THIS IS OUR COUNTRY AFTER ALL

17/03/2010 - 00:00
Bernard Franz and Dawn Kennedy catch up with Helen Zille at 7am, a few days before the start of the 2010 Football World Cup.

BF: Madam Premier, are you always in the office at this time of day? I heard rumours that you sometimes schedule very early council meetings?
HZ: Ja, well, I’ve had meetings as early as 5am. I haven’t got any regular hours – it’s just dictated by the work I’ve got. If I have to get up early, I get up early.
DK: Let’s get started then. About the World Cup. Are you a football enthusiast?
HZ: I’m becoming more of a football enthusiast. My interest for sports used to end with the matches that my children played in. I’d go along to watch and be tense, excited and apprehensive beforehand, and live with the buildup and the aftermath. I’m quite impatient when it takes too long to get a game done. I like the action immediately. But what I’ve realised is that... read more
SHAKTI MALAN on Tantra

SHAKTI MALAN on Tantra

01/01/2010 - 00:00
Tantra teacher Shakti Malan offers
her perspective on passion from an
outside bathtub in Observatory... read more
JESSICA RUSHMERE on how to look your best

JESSICA RUSHMERE on how to look your best

01/01/2010 - 00:00
Styling consultant Jessica Rushmere on how to look your best read more
SHAUGHN ADAMS and celebrity styling

SHAUGHN ADAMS and celebrity styling

11/11/2009 - 00:00
Whether he’s applying make-up for celebrities, or cutting hair in his Observatory salon, stylist Shaughn Adams knows how to free the inner diva. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty, is often depicted emerging from the ocean, seaweed draped nonchalantly in her hair. But modern goddesses, taking their cue from the media ideal, need more grooming, and less algae, before they appear in public. read more
 
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