South Africa

Children in Poverty Posing as Their Future Selves

South Africa – Actress

In her evocative series Translations, Belgian travel photographer Sofie Knijff asks children who live in poverty “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. Her work has taken her to places like South Africa, Mali, Brazil and India.

India – Policeman

Mali – Journalist

Mali – Doctor

South Africa – Singer

Greenland – Hunter

South Africa – Goalkeeper

India – Business Man

And my personal favourite…

India – Harry Potter

Found on: So Bad So Good


Famous Historical Photos Transformed into Selfies for The Cape Times

Winston Churchill, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and other historical figures are shown snapping a photo of themselves, “selfie”-style, in this clever ad campaign for South African newspaper Cape Times. Each digitally doctored photo is accompanied by the tagline: “You can’t get any closer to the news.” The ad campaign is by South African ad agency Lowe Cape Town.

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Found on: Laughing Squid

Steampunk Coffee House in Cape Town

Located in Cape Town, South Africa, is this amazing steampunk space for artisan coffee roasters,TRUTH. Coffee. Designed by Haldane Martin, steampunk was chosen as an appropriate conceptual reference, as both coffee roasters and espresso machines display elements of romantic, steam-powered technology.

Owner David Donde and his business partner Mike Morritt-Smith were both heavily involved in the concept and design, even physically helping to build parts of the interior.

The 600m² (6458 sq. ft) ground floor serves as Truth’s headquarters (the top two floors were converted into office rental space) and includes: a 120 seat restaurant, café, bar and kitchen, a 3-ton Probat roaster, a barista trainee school, public event space, coffee bean warehouse, espresso machine workshop, management office, and restrooms.

You can read much more about the detail and design of this space at Haldane Martin’s official site. For more information on TRUTH. Coffee, check out their official site and find them on Facebook.

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Found on: Twisted Sifter

Yawn and Get Free Coffee

This is a coffee vending machine at the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. It was created for a marketing campaign by Dutch coffee company Douwe Egberts and South African ad agency Direct. The machine contains a camera and facial recognition software that allows it to detect when a person is yawning and reward them with a hot cup of coffee.

Found on: Geekologie

The 10 Best Hotels In The World

#10: Singita Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park Area, South Africa

#9: Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park Area, South Africa

#8: The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India

#5 (Tie): The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, North Island, New Zealand

#5 (Tie): Ritz-Carlton, Berlin

#5 (Tie): Four Seasons Resort, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

#3 (Tie): Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, La Fortuna-Arenal, Costa Rica
#3 (Tie): Singita Kruger National Park, South Africa
#2: Castello di Casole—A Timbers Resort, Casole d’Elsa, Italy
#1: Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana


via: Business Insider

Beaches You Should Visit In Your Lifetime

Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is known for its sexy bodies tanning on the sands, its great restaurants, and its awesome views.

The picturesque Matira Beach in Bora Bora, French Polynesia, has gorgeous blue water and fine sand. Its location on the west side of the island makes it ideal for watching sunsets.  

Located on the edge of an underwater national park, Turquoise Bay in Exmouth, Australia, is aptly named for its turquoise waters. Snorkeling gear is a must.


Wild ponies still roam the sands of Assateague Beach, Virginia—enough said.  

Mayan ships used to dock at Mexico’s Tulum beach while on trade routes around the Yucatán peninsula. Now, beachgoers can swim and relax beneath the ancient Mayan ruins that overlook the Caribbean Sea.

Limestone cliffs shelter the beaches on Koh Phi Phi Leh, in southern Thailand. Maya Beach was made famous by the movie “The Beach” and gets overcrowded during the day, so check out the beautiful Ao Ton Sai or Laem Tong for more a more peaceful atmosphere.

Watch the colonies of African penguins in their natural habitat at Boulders Beach in Cape Town, South Africa. There’s also an excellent place for swimming nearby.


The 110-mile long Bahamian island of Eleuthera is known for its miles of beaches and laid-back atmosphere. For waves, visitors can head to Surfer’s Beach on the Atlantic Ocean, and for calmer waters there’s the tranquil Caribbean Sea.

Read more…


via: Business Insider

Impala Leaps to Freedom… Into a Car

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Durban – Scrambling through the low grass with two cheetahs on its tail, an impala makes a leap to safety… through an open window into the front seat of a Toyota Prado full of tourists.

Samantha Pittendrigh and three of her friends from the University of Pretoria were on a day trip to the Kruger National Park this week when they stopped near the Nkuhlu picnic site about 20km from Skukuza.

Pittendrigh said the driver of a car they passed told them to keep a lookout as there were cheetah in the area. Moments later, an impala herd started “going crazy” as two cheetahs shot out of the bush and accelerated towards them.

“The cheetahs chased the impala across the road and they disappeared into the bush, but they came back around again,” said Pittendrigh.

The cheetahs had their sights on one impala and were seconds away from taking it down when the animal leapt into the open driver’s window of the SUV.

“We heard a loud bang and then the people in the car started screaming “open the door, open the door”, said Pittendrigh.

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One of the cheetahs broke to the left and dodged the car while the other slid underneath to avoid colliding with it.

After the impala landed inside the car the occupants opened the door and the animal was let out.

“I have… never seen anything like this,” said Pittendrigh.

“After that we were scared one of the cheetahs would jump into our car, you should have heard the language,” she said, with the four quickly winding up windows.

Once the impala had run off, Pittendrigh said the cheetahs hung around before slinking off.

Kruger Park spokesman William Mabasa said the incident had not been reported to him.


via: IOL

A South African Cannabis House

Cannabis is a controversial subject as we all know. Nothing could be quite as controversial as a house made from Dagga though. It’s far removed from peoples perceptions of scaley drugged up dagga smokers irritating society.
We tell people about ‘Cannabricks’ in our presentations countrywide and their faces are a picture. If the word got out that South African co-operatives could grow harvest and build communities from Dagga we’d have a revolution on our hands.
The ‘Hemp House’ in Nordhoek, Cape Town is a marvel to look at. The whole place is constructed from cannabis sativa and it gives you a funny feeling to visit it. How can this be? How can the world ignore our favourite plant as an incredible, versatile, viable building product. The saddest part of  this story is ALL the plants that were used in the construction of the Hemp House came from China.
Any questions?

You can download a pdf file here of an interview in the ‘Hemp House’ with owner Tony Budden:
Home magazine-Hemp-House. Oct 2011

via: The Dagga Couple