The price one artist is paying for highlighting white supremacy

CAPE TOWN – A visual artist in Cape Town has come under fire for trying to get white South Africans to reflect. But despite a violent backlash to their work, the artist is determined to continue promoting anti-racism. Watch here.

**Really enjoyed my chat with Dean, so many parts of our conversation I didn’t get to use, but that’s the business.

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Photo: Between 10 and 5 

 

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#Budget2017

Got to cover “the lighter” side of this year’s budget speech, via the annual Budget Speech Competition. Twenty finalists battled it out to win over R400 000 in cash prizes for their essays, outlining what economic fixes there are for some of South Africa’s most pressing issues.

Day one was a simulation game that involved allocating and re-allocating the national budget, watch here.

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Simulated budget allocation. Photo: Me

The group also had individual interviews that day with a panel of judges, to motivate why their innovative ideas(s) deserve the win.

They were given a keynote address by Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan the following night, at a fancy pants dinner – winners announced on the night as well. Watch that report, here.

“Sweets with the change”

“CAPE TOWN – Jewellery that brings Cape Town’s Cape Flats to life –  designed from childhood memory. Stacy Beukes’s concept range, Sweets with Change, is selling like hot cakes.

Inspired by life on the Cape Flats, this jewellery speaks to distinct childhood memories. Aptly-named concept range, Sweets with Change, draws on trips to corner shops in Grassy Park.”

Watch full report from 16min26sec here.

Source: eNCA 

Clifton waiter apologises for ‘2 Blacks’ bill

“CAPE TOWN – The waiter responsible for describing patrons as “2 Blacks” at The Bungalow at Clifton Beach in Cape Town has said he never intended the offence taken.

Screengrab of slip.
Screengrab of slip.

The waiter, Mike Dzange, says he regrets the controversial incident.

“I’d like to apologise deep from my heart for the trouble I have caused; it happened without intention of hurting anybody. I’d sincerely like to apologise to Mr Scott and partner,” Dzange, a Zimbabwean national said.

He has been suspended from The Bungalow, where he has worked for eight years.

Scott Maqetuka tweeted a picture of this slip describing him as one of two blacks, accusing the Bungalow restaurant in Clifton of racism.

Dzange admits he was wrong to use racial descriptions for patrons. He has been suspended in the interim.”

eNCA caught up with Dzange.

Scopa clamps down on government

“Around R46-billlion has been lost to irregular and fruitless expenditure in the last year alone. Now a concerted effort is being made to put a stop to this trend in government departments.”

Watch full report here.

Source: eNCA

Swimma Caps, swimming caps for dreadlocks and braids

“CAPE TOWN – Daily struggles with an ill-fitting swimming cap has led a Cape Town mother to think out of the box.

The saying ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ proved true, as her unique creation – borne out of frustration – shows.

Swimma Caps cater for big hair, like creator Numvuyo Treffers’ long dreadlocks.

She previously opted not to swim because of her hair.

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The caps come in two sizes: afro regular and afro large, using waterproof silicone material.

Different sizes and colours are being developed, and Treffers says sales are going swimmingly.

Watch full story here.

 

Source: eNCA

Dressed up as revolution

Dabbling the dark arts of fiction, read the full but short story here.

“Their conversation is punctuated with the topping up of wine glasses and champagne flutes. The men and women dressed in black and white lingering on the side-lines catching bits of conversation, looking annoyed as more food is ordered by the increasingly loud bunch — their agitation making those seated at the table slightly aware of their privilege.”

Be gentle.