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Side projects are the new CVs

The working world is ever changing, more so now than ever before. When it comes to what you do, people are often more interested in what your portfolio is than what your position is. A vast number of jobs today didn’t even exist ten years ago, and with the job market changing so rapidly it’s challenging to keep up with all the new skills and job descriptions that have the highest demand.

Embarking on a side project, says Dave Duarte, may be the answer.

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Rob Stokes: From bedroom to buyout – an entrepreneur’s story

In May 2014 I attended the annual Net Prophet conference in Cape Town. Rob Stokes from Quirk was one of the best speakers. Here’s an overview of his talk entitled “From bedroom to buyout – an entrepreneur’s story”.

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Anotherlightup: street art and crowdfunding initiative

The Harvest mural seen from De Waal Drive. Photo © @makhulu_.

Since late 2013 I’ve been working on a pretty innovative project called #ANOTHERLIGHTUP, as project manager on behalf of Design Indaba and in collaboration with artist Faith47 and designer consultancy Thingking. #ANOTHERLIGHTUP is an exploration into how street art can leverage the power of crowd-funding to activate the public into helping create measurable change in their community. Basically we’re using street art and Twitter as a medium to raise funds for streetlights in a low-income community in Khayelitsha.

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I am because we are: Madiba mural by Ricky Lee Gordon


Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu. This is the ethos of the ubuntu philosophy, which translates as ‘a person is a person through other people’. It is this mantra that both guided the life of Nelson Mandela and inspired the tribute painting to this giant of a man by Ricky Lee Gordon.

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Free Mandela


Prolific Cape Town street artist and activist Faith47 is contesting the City of Cape Town’s by-laws against graffiti and street art, on the grounds that much of the work in and around Cape Town is tantamount to public heritage. The “Free Mandela!” slogan is a pertinent example – once found on a wall in Anzio Road in Observatory (you can still see it here in Google maps), but recently painted over by the City. Painted during Apartheid, the words are a simple yet powerful reminder of our country’s history and the atrocities committed at the time.

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Notes on Net Prophet

Making business sense of the internet”, Net Prophet 2013 left conference goers in Cape Town this week with some stellar advice on how to do just that and more.

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Seven ordinary things that can lead to one extraordinary result


Triggerfish Animation Studions CEO Stuart Forrest shares seven business tips they taught you in kindergarten.

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20-something questions to myself

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Where It’s At: A publication by Design Indaba & disturbance

Where It’s At is the first ‘LTD Edition’ publication to follow on from Design Indaba magazine, which I recently copy edited over one sleepless weekend. Curated by Richard Hart - Durban designer, artist and co-founder of Disturbance design studio - and commissioned by Design Indaba, it is a snapshot of contemporary South African design, and how it plays out in a global context.

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AMARULA RETRO & RENEW COCKTAIL CHALLENGE

AMARULA RETRO & RENEW 2011For the Amarula Retro & Renew Cocktail Challenge, Amarula challenged bloggers to come up with original cocktail recipes, adding a contemporary twist to existing classic cocktails by including Amarula. After more bending of rubber arms than you would believe, I decided to come to the party.

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Spicy Villa Guesthouse: Cape Town’s secret getaway

For a relaxing getaway, a business trip or a dirty weekend away in Cape Town, Spicy Villa Guest House comes highly recommended. Think chic Afro/Mediterranean-inspired décor, a crystal clear pool set among palms, cycads and leafy trees, pristine over-sized bathrooms, and comfortably luxurious bedrooms and open-plan living space.

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Syd Kitchen: Rest in peace, but never silent

Syd Kitchen died three weeks ago. One of South Africa’s great musicians, Syd was a folk artist whose musical history is inextricably embedded in that of our country. At Splashy Fen, South Africa’s longest running music festival, he was the one artist who had played every single year since the beginning. 1990 to 2010. Sadly, he’ll be missing 2011’s festival, happening later this month over the Easter weekend. He will undoubtedly be missed.

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RAMFEST 2011

one small seed made it to RAMFest 2011 in Cape Town, but barely made it out alive! Check out the footage to see what went down at South Africa’s only REAL Alternative Music festival.

RAMfest - The Cape’s Ultimate Rock Festival - spanned 3 venues this year for the first time, bringing Real Alternative Music (spells RAM, get it?) to South Africa’s metropoles. The main 3-day fest was held once again in the Cape, at the idyllic Nekkies Resort in Worcester, also home to  hippie-fests like Earth Dance. Following that, two more day-long festivals were held at the Wavehouse in Umhlanga in KZN and at Riversands Farm in Fourways in Jozi (who knew there were farms in Johannesburg!).

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THE ZIMBABWEAN’S VOICELESS CAMPAIGN

The Voiceless Campaign for The Zimbabwean
Just under a year ago I featured the wonderful ad campaign for The Zimbabwean by TBWA Hunt Lascaris Johannesburg, a campaign that highlighted the worth of the Zimbabwean dollar bill by using it to create actual billboards, posters and other outdoor advertising, as a meme representative of Zimbabwe’s plummeting socio-economic circumstances. This year, the same agency has been asked to create another campaign for the newspaper, and once again, they have done themselves, The Zimbabwean and the country’s people proud.

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PAN AFRICAN SPACE STATION



I recently heard about the Pan African Space Station from the guy working in Cape Town’s raddest little record store, Mabu Vinyl. He was playing some wacky ‘70s electric jazz by the American jazz legend Chick Corea (look him up), which got me stuck in the store and chatting to this guy as he was mixing. The ‘guy’ in question turned out to be one of Pan African Space Station’s DJs, and none other than the notorious DJ Mighty (above and below). Already sold on his music taste, I had to follow it up and find out more, and this is what it’s all about.

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PUBLIC PERCEPTION: JOHANNESBURG POSTER ART


Public Perception is a poster-art exhibition currently showing at Resolution Gallery in Parktown, Johannesburg by South African artist Andrew Robertson.

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CAPE TOWN EXHIBITION: KILMANY-JO LIVERSAGE



I recently spotted these massive portraits at the The Observatory Festival & Village of Arts Launch and was instantly struck by their street-meets-high art appeal - one which can become a little forced and tired, but in this case, for me, makes a really winning combination.

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ANOTHER DOPE AD FROM NANDO’S


So Paris Hilton managed to make even SA’s headlines with her dubious behaviour… getting caught red-handed smoking a joint in PE of all places. And Nando’s (being Nando’s) are once again quick on the draw, coming out with this awesome new ad…

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CASAMENTO: DESIGNER FURNITURE STORE @ THE BISCUIT MILL


Casamento, makers of beautiful hand-crafted retro furniture, have closed their shop in Bree Street and reopened in the famous Cape Town Old Biscuit Mill. Yesterday 1 July 2010 at 18h30 saw the opening launch of the showroom…

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HALF PRICE: 90% POLITICALLY INCOMPETENT, 10% POLITICALLY INCORRECT

With white supremacist Eugene Terre Blanche’s recent murder and Malema’s boer-killing anthem being the talk of the town, Cape Town punk rockers Half Price live up to their name of not keeping quiet about anything. “I believe Eugene Terre Blanche and Julius Malema are one of a kind, they are both stupid, fascist, racist assholes,” they said. Cheers to that. Here’s the rest of what Half Price have to add to current local politics.

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VERB TO LAUNCH ARTIST-SERIES RANGE AT CITY SLICKERS, CAPE TOWN



On Friday 16th April, the new artist-collaboration clothing and skateboard brand, Verb, will be launching its first range of artist-series skateboards and clothing to the public at the City Slickers Poster Art Show in Cape Town.

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RESTAURANT REVIEW: ASOKA - TUESDAY JAZZ SESSIONS

It’s hard not to love the perks of the job, and last Tuesday night’s dinner and jazz extravaganza at Asoka was no exception. one small seed was invited to come along to the suave nightlife hotspot nestled in upper Kloof Street, the capital of Cape Town cool, to try the food and watch the band. So, having only popped into Asoka once before for a pre-drinks G&T or two, I went along—admittedly expecting far less of a place whose renown comes from its chic clientele and extensive cocktail menu rather than its food or live music.

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THANKS TO MUGABE: THE WORLD’S 1ST TRILLION DOLLAR AD CAMPAIGN

This is a really smart advertising campaign by TBWA/Hunt Lascaris for a small Zimbabwean newspaper (The Zimbabwean). Quipped ‘The World’s first Trillion Dollar advertising campaign’, it draws on that oft-repeated gibe that it’s cheaper to use Zim dollars as toilet paper these days. I saw the ad recently on a billboard at JHB airport and it really is an ad printed on money that has been carefully woven together like tapestry.

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SPLASHY FEN MUSIC FESTIVAL - THE BIG TWO ZERO



This year is South Africa’s longest running music festival’s 20th anniversary. Celebrating the big two zero, Splashy Fen promises to be massive as usual – if not more so than ever – living up to its name as the country’s most renowned annual music festival.



Held over Easter weekend on Splashy Fen farm in the Southern Drakensberg, among mountains and rivers, dams and grasslands, replete with tie-dye and hippies, campfires and drum circles, painted ponies and even a camel or two… Splashy Fen has been South Africa’s best alternative to an Easter egg hunt in the bottom of the garden for my whole recallable life. If you’ve ever been before, chances are, like me, you’ve never stopped going. In fact, you’ve probably spent half the year counting down the sleeps left ‘til Splashy and the other half reminiscing about it – it’s that much fun.

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EXHIBITION REVIEW: AVANT CAR GUARD: VOLUME III AT WHATIFTHEWORLD

Thursday evening saw the opening of Volume III at Whatiftheworld in Woodstock, presenting the new body of work by Avant Car Guard. The Avant Car Guard collective are three Joburg creatives - Zander Blom, Jan-Henri Booyens and Michael MacGarry - all established artists in their own right, who work as a single entity to produce artworks that satirise the local contemporary art world and the South African political milieu in a way that is wry, dry, and goddamn funny.

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EXHIBITION REVIEW: KIND POCKETS BY RICHARD HART

For those of you that haven’t been down to Whatiftheworld gallery lately, do yourselves a favour and fit a trip into your agenda sometime in the next two weeks. Last week Wednesday I went exhibition-opening hopping, and what started off rather horribly (taking a detour through Woodstock up the dodgiest alleyway we could find, to witness a pigeon being steamrolled by the truck tyre of the usual toothless bergie who seemed to get much satisfaction from making a white girl scream (sorry, I’m not from cape town - is it not very pc to refer to the locals as bergies? I haven’t worked it out yet) while five metres away a baby bergie played with the remains of another dead fowl… Just great to see how the other half live…) and continued less than well (sorry to the guys at Bell-Roberts, their current exhibition is a little more than disappointing), but, happily, ended on a super duper note as we arrived at whatiftheworld to find the best painting exhibition I’ve seen in a long time - so good in fact that I didn’t even care that the wine had run out.


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DURBAN SEXPO 2008


Saying that the Sexpo had something for everyone would be a lie. Arriving on Saturday 9 Feb two hours after the show’s third day open at Durban’s ICC and just in time for the Oral Sex Workshop, there were already streams of people hurriedly exiting the building. Clearly those curious enough to come for a peek, but not comfortable enough to spend the day browsing amongst phallic objects in all shapes, colours, and sizes, or amidst semi-naked members of the country’s clearly thriving sex industry, and risk bumping into their bosses or neighbours or kinky grandparents.

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