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Calamari Potatoes in a blanket of peas

It started with a belated appreciation post for a good-looking dish posted on instagram by Mr Dini Nondumo – the senior executive in the insurance sector and former actor and producer. The Calamari potatoes with a blanket of peas was a huge hit and when I reposted it a few days later, I was overrun…

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Ungovernable: Nandi Dlepu

A former television producer, Ms Nandi Dlepu is the Founder of Mamakashaka – the agency responsible for some of Jo’burg (and South Africa’s) hippest gatherings centered around music, film, fashion, design and women. Her event properties – Pantone Sundays, Feel Good Series, Film Noire, Umi and Bloom – each breathe life into the different cavities of…

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Safety razors, back to basics

Safety razors (or double-edged razors) have made a big comeback in recent years, as many of us drop out of the multiple razor cartridge Olympics, with good cause, writes Mr Siphiwe Mpye. If you have course, curly or coily hair, this option is for you. Unlike the 3 – 7 razor cartridge options – that…

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On movement, human rights and Covid-19

(This essay was written before South Africa was locked down, but is as poignant now as it was then – Editor) Meditating on human rights and the coronavirus in South Africa, Ms Pumla Dineo Gqola posits that the landscape of freedom after apartheid has cemented an old regime of movement.   On the 60th anniversary…

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Ungovernable: Lindokuhle Nkosi

Ms Lindokuhle Nkosi is a writer, curator and cultural commentator. She walks to a tune all her own, challenging our casually held notions of empathy and love, deep love. She spoke to us about girlhood, Caster Semenya, writing, faux allies and the disrespect of black artistry.  NM: In a sentence, who is Lindokuhle Nkosi? LN:…

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Ed’s Journal: On Vulnerability

Vulnerability is all the rage, a trend* punted by society, podcasts, vlogs, Op Eds and after dinner drink talk for all men to embrace. Yet, our Editor Mr Siphiwe Mpye writes, those who preach it, are seldom ready for it. Vulnerability is complex. At once encouraging when you realise how much of your daily existence requires…

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Mo Laudi | through the eye of a Globalisto

He left Polokwane, South Africa, in the early 2000s for London, in search of a global outlet for his broad artistic proclivities. Mr Ntshebe “Mo Laudi” Bopape went on to become a global DJ, producer, sound artist, collaborator, entrepreneur and more recently, clothing designer. In this extensive Q&A he discusses collaboration, Art, Paris, Amapiano, Kimonos and the…

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Pronto | A local Deli favourite

Pronto Italian Deli has a big, primarily Italian menu, with  generous portions and sensational flavours, writes Mr Siphiwe Mpye. They serve a breakfast, lunch and dinner, so the menu is appropriately large. Italian staples include a gnocchi starter (served with a cheesy sauce and sprinkled with pieces of crispy panchetta), assorted pizzas and lasagne. Read…

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Haunt | Douglas + Hale

Our Founder and Editor Mr Siphiwe Mpye moonlights as a food critic for EatOut, only the most respected and trusted platform for all things gastronomic. Here is a review he did recently, after visiting Douglas + Hale. Douglas + Hale sits on a stretch of 4th Avenue in Parktown North where chef James Diack thrives.…

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Karl Lagerfeld (1933 – 2019): You can put lipstick on a pig…    

The death this week of Karl Lagerfeld has been widely mourned, but this outpouring of love, writes Mr Siphiwe Mpye, neglects the fact that there was no phobia too deplorable for him, and he was allowed to flourish by an enabling fashion industry. Mr Karl Lagerfeld, the creative mastermind behind his eponymous label and the…

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