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Luxe Lamps by Arhinarmah

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We absolutely Love these Luxe Lamps by Arhinarmah. Inspired by Ghana. www.arhinarmah.co.uk...

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Timeless Heritage

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The archeological excavations of Mapungubwe. The history of Africa is very rich and predates colonialism, there have been earlier civilisations across this continent and indigenous Africans created items that capture their rich history. As an example, people of Mapungubwe in Southern Africa created ornaments of gold, which indicates that there was an organised society with a culture and a way of being. This column aims to bring to light Ancient Africa. A space for information sharing. We would love to feature scholars and writers with knowledge of the continent. If you would like to contribute to the column, please contact...

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Modern Architecture for Books: The South African National Library

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Discovering a new library is always a thrilling experience. Every library has its own character and ambiance, defined by everything from the physical space to the people and most importantly the books that make their home there. In the case of the South African Library you can add the fascinating history behind the library to that list. The first  South African Library as recorded begun in 1818  commissioned by the Cape Colony’s first civil Governor Charles Somerset. He imposed a tax on wine brought into Cape Town for sale and used the net proceeds to build a system by which the youth of the Cape Colony could have schooling and a decent education. The Library in Cape Town was the result. It is thought that the model for the Library was the London Institution, which was built in the style...

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“Luxury is a Good glass of wine” so says owner of Paardenkloof wines, Daphne Neethling

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Paardenkloof have been patiently maturing their limited quantity wines to achieve premium quality releases. This intense work resulted in the estate being ready to release its 2012 Sauvignon Blanc in September 2012 and its 2008 Shiraz in 2013. The estate has scheduled its held-back vintages for release after a period of maturation. The reds are released after a five-year maturation period. Later this year Cab 2009, Shiraz 2009 and Sauv Blanc 2013 will become available. They also have Cab Sauv 2010, 2011 and 2012, Shiraz 2010, 2011 and 2012  as well as Pinot Noir 2013 in maturation. Paardenkloof is a Black owned and managed Farm, their first vineyard was planted in 2004 and nurtured over the years by a dedicated team who are totally in awe of the landscape and terrior of this beautiful farm. Daphne and I met for Breakfast in Camps Bay,...

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A moment with Artist Mohau Modisakeng

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Time seems to stand still when engaged in conversation with one of the most exciting Artists, Mohau Modisakeng. We caught up with him on the day he gave a guided tour of his current Solo Exhibition, “Ditaola” to The Friends of the National Gallery. The exhibition includes Photography, Sculptural work and Video installation. There is a juxtaposition of energies; male and female, violent (the gun) and peaceful (the white dove), movement and stillness. Ditaola is an intoxicating body of work and we had a unique opportunity to sit down with Mohau and be captivated by his charm and an assured sense of self. Nich: Why Ditaola? Mohau: Because this was a spiritual process. Creating this work felt like I was being led, and it came from a deeply spiritual place. Nich: As an African how much do you engage with and draw inspiration from the indigenous...

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