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Haunt | The Local Grill

It has seen many seasons, fed thousands of mouths and continues to consistently deliver on quality food and top notch wine. The Local Grill, in Parktown North, Johannesburg is a favourite for carnivores around the city and beyond, Mr Siphiwe Mpye paid his umpteenth visit to the steakhouse and had no regrets. If you are…

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Ed’s Journal: Caster vs White Supremacy

The concerted campaign against Caster Semenya is nothing more than white supremacy exercising it’s unbridled powers, spurred on by white girl tears, writes Mr Siphiwe Mpye. It is day two at the court of arbitration in sport, in Lausanne, Switzerland, where reigning Women’s 800m Olympic champion Ms. Caster Semenya is fighting the International Association for…

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On Style: Menzi Mcunu

He is the Creative Director of Afrocentric Gentlemvn, the media and tailoring platform; an inductee onto Best Dressed lists and a magnet to many a camera. A scholar of the cloth, an old soul and a finely turned out Gentleman, Mr Menzi Mcunu not short of descriptors. He is African Dandyism personified, and his devotion to its…

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Ungovernable: Taryn Gill

She is self-affirmed, walking to nobody’s tune but her own. She rejects conformity and seeks only her own truth. She is ungovernable, and just the kind of woman we love. In the latest in our series profiling women whose paths and minds we admire, we speak to Ms. Taryn Gill, Founder of the Perfect Hair Company,…

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Ungovernable: Makgati Molebatsi

Ms. Makgati Molebatsi spent the better part of her career in Marketing, expertly riding a wave towards and executive position. After attaining this and sticking it out for a decade, she decided to turn her private passion for art into a business, and has become one of the most important voices in the South African…

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Ageing: managing the inevitable

From ‘anti-ageing’ to ‘age management’, the grooming industry has changed its tune – and started telling the truth – about the inevitable: we all grow old and our skins will show it. Products like the Nivea Q 10 anti-wrinkle day cream will not stop ageing, but will go a long way to smoothing over the process,…

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No place for ‘indiscriminate mockery’

Comedy, in its ability to elicit laughter, unleashing all manner of positive physiological reactions, is a an invaluable human arsenal in the fight against boredom,  austerity and depression. These benefits dissipate to nil however, if the laughter is at the expense of those that society should be protecting. As MR SIPHIWE MPYE writes, the time for offence for…

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The necessary evolution of Petite Noir

It has been a year since Mr Yannick Ilunga – the Congolese Angolan musician fanatically known as Petite Noir – moved back to his childhood Cape Town after a whirlwind stint of dream gigs and stardom in London, gliding through plaudits from an impressive list of mainstream and independent media. His sound – a fluid mix of 80s synch…

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Of life and the road well-travelled

The comedian Mr Ntobeko Madlingozi (NM) and our editor Mr Siphiwe Mpye (SM) have been friends for over 25 years. They met for lunch in Johannesburg recently – following Madlingozi’s one-man show, SoberSex, in Cape Town – after not seeing each other for a few months. This is the first excerpt from their conversation, about…

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Ungovernable: Sisonke Msimang

Ms. Sisonke Msimang is a writer, activist, speaker and author. Begotten to South African parents and brought up by the world, she lived and was educated in multiple countries, bringing to her writing a wide, considered and evolving view of the world. The Ruth First, Yale and Aspen New Voices Fellow launched her memoirs “Always another…

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