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Who decides what makes a World Class African City?

There has been recent controversy around Joburg using the line ‘ A World Class African City’ in its advertising and marketing.  I came across Michael Clark’s article – brief but interesting – around what it might mean to be a “world class city” and who defines the criteria.  See  http://futurecapetown.com/2013/08/thoughts-on-a-world-class-african-city/#.UhYAf3-0wTA I particularly like 2 of [...]

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Interesting stats on Africa’s mobile phone market

Did you know that there are more mobile phones in Uganda than there are light bulbs, and the average sub-Saharan woman touches her hair 37 times a day but checks her phone 82 times a day?  [Who on earth conducted the research on 'hair-touching' in  Africa?] On a more serious note – according  to Damian [...]

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More on South Africa’s ’12th official language’

A couple of years back I wrote a blog about using minibus taxis to get around Joburg and the kind of local knowledge that is required to do so.  See www.lizatlancaster.co.za/blog/finger-in-the-air-where-do-you-want-to-go .  I included an image of the cover of Susan Woolf’s book of taxi signs published in 2007.   For nine years Woolf has been [...]

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Rosebank – Joburg’s art destination

Clustered around the lower Rosebank/Parkwood border on Jan Smuts Ave is a number of galleries which offer an exciting range of exhibitions  http://www.rosebank.co.za/view/index/rosebank_joburgs_art_destination/62/1/153   Tessa Cuncliffe includes 3 of them in her top 5 galleries ‘for the not so arty’   http://www.jhblive.com/kultcha/features/the_top_5_jozi_galleries_for_the_not_so_arty/136012 Showing at Everard Read from 11th April to 4th May are Pappetti’s large scale canvases [...]

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Trendy Rosebank hosts SA Fashion Week

South African Fashion Week  launches the Spring/Summer 2013 Collections at the Crowne Plaza, The Rosebank, Johannesburg from 11 – 13 April 2013. Designers include Black Coffee, Rubicon, Colleen Eitzen, Ephymol, Naked Ape, Lunar, Vesselina Pentcheva and Clive Rundle.  The SAFW Buyers Lounge will be open for a closer viewing of the collections featured on the [...]

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