It all began with a trickling in of feet with eager faces. Soon enough the room was filled with chatter and excitement. Drinks and light snacks served, a sizable crowd of people began to form around the many couches and bar stools as the sun began to set on the streets of Jozi. We attended the MAKING WAY: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China opening and explored the meaning behind the joining of two strikingly different nations in one fascinating exhibition.
Introducing MAKING WAY… Read more »
So, you’ve just come out of high school. All the thrills and emotions that accompany the euphoria of being accepted into university are starting to die down as you settle in your first few weeks as a student.
Welcome! Now, remember all that stuff you were told in high school about mainly focusing on getting high marks in class and you’ll be fine? That doesn’t work around here. In simple terms, if you are to make the most out of your university experience, you must get involved. Read more »
On 19 January, football teams and their fans from 16 African countries gathered at the southern tip of Africa to compete in the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, South Africa 2013. Standard Bank Group was proud to be one of the sponsors of this event.
Although Nigeria took the trophy at the final played this past weekend, it is the millions of fans across Africa who are the winners, as they supported the teams throughout the competition . Read more »
Freelance blogger, Kagiso Mnisi recently attended a performance by Mali musician, Vieux Farka Toure after a visit to the country last month.
Mali's musical heritage has produced world renowned firebrands such as Toumani Diabate, Djeli Moussa Sissoko, Sidiki Diabate and Salif Keita to mention a few. The country's brand of desert blues now enjoys contemporary global appeal through new generation artists like Vieux Farka Toure, the son of singer and multi-instrumentalist, Ali Farka Toure. Read more »
2013 is the Year of the Snake and begins on 10 February.
The Spring Festival, Lunar New Year or commonly referred to as Chinese New Year, is the longest and most important annual traditional Chinese holidays. It’s based on the lunar Chinese calendar and starts with the new moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon, 15 days later. It’s the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar and is centuries old.
We wish all of those celebrating a Happy New Year.
Infrastructure projects in Africa are poised for a huge overhaul. Lessons taken from how projects have been approached in the past, will drive better implementation and more cooperation between invested parties. Over the next decade, Africa should see major changes to infrastructure as a result of increased investments from outside the continent, especially China.
Key to this is natural resources. Read more »
While mining activities in Africa increase, more than US$50-billion will need to be spent over the next 10 years on railways to realise the potential that resources like iron ore, manganese and coal hold for the continent.
Inadequate rail networks are limiting the economic potential of some of Africa’s commodity hotspots.
There is a lot of enthusiasm about new coal, iron ore and manganese discoveries in West Africa and Mozambique. Despite this enthusiasm, the ability to fully exploit these recourses is limited by infrastructure constraints. Read more »
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"All art is material culture, but not all material culture is art," says regular blogger Talita Myburgh. Or is it? In this piece we take a look at the Tsonga door and explore the differences between African crafts as an art form versus Western perceptions of what constitutes art. Read more »