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Zapiro's back. His target? 2017, aka the year of Juju's reboot, Zille's tweets, and a certain shebeen in Saxonwold...

No little thorn in the flesh or irritating fly in the ointment, Zapiro just cannot be ignored.

It’s been one helluva year. We’ve held our breath thinking Zuma may resign. We’ve seen Juju re-booted and Zille tweeted out. Racial tensions rise, tempers and fires flare. Still the rich get richer and the poor get Khayelitsha.

We’ve seen Trump’s megalomania, Bell Pottinger’s spin and Pravin’s fightback, cadres captured and Cabinet’s relocation to Saxonwold Shebeen.

GuptaLeaks threaten to drown us and as the flood rises the rodents scatter.

And who better to make sense of this than Zapiro, political analyst, cartoonist and agent provocateur.

He has the ability to knock the air out of us, to rock us back in our seats, to force us bolt upright with a 1000-watt jolt of electrifying shock. He makes us angry, he makes us laugh and he makes us think. He shines a light on the elephant in the room, presents the emperor in all his naked glory. Impossible to brush off, he is determined to provoke a response.

When all around is crumbling, when fake news and zipped lips conceal the truth, Zapiro comes to the rescue. With the dissecting eye of a surgeon, the rapier-like point of his pen exposes flimflam, and reveals with a line what lies behind the action.

Zapiro is Jonathan Shapiro. Born in 1958, he went through architecture at UCT, conscription, activism, detention and a Fulbright scholarship to New York before establishing himself as South Africa’s best-known cartoonist. He has been the editorial cartoonist for the Sunday Times since 1998 and Daily Maverick starting 2017. Previously he was editorial cartoonist for Mail & Guardian and for The Times. He was also editorial cartoonist for Sowetan and Independent Newspapers. He has published 21 best-selling annuals as well as The Mandela Files, VuvuzelaNation (a collection of his sporting cartoons) and DemoCrazy (his cartoon collection on SA’s 20-year trip.)

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Truly unique, Nataniël's Closet offers a visual celebration as exceptional as its author

Closet
Truly unique, Closet offers a visual celebration as exceptional as its author.

As Nataniël looks back on his 30-year career in show business, he takes us into his closet, showing his first self-made costumes, introducing his three designers and sharing close-up details of the most astounding costumes from his shows. He shares magazine covers and photo sessions, sometimes i in exotic locations, and discusses his favourite colours.

Also with catalogues, and magazine and CD covers, Closet is a visual feast, a collector’s item and an ode to an exceptional South African artist.

Nataniël was born in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. He studied music at Stellenbosch University and first became popular as a cabaret and stage artist, but since the 1990s has also built a reputation as a writer, columnist and celebrity chef. His most recent book, 150 Stories, dominated the bestseller charts for weeks on end.
 
 
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Strijdom van der Merwe's Sculpting the Land reminds us of the capacity of an individual to alter the universe by embracing the changing of nature

As a land artist Strijdom van der Merwe uses the materials provided by the chosen site. His sculptural forms take shape in relation to the landscape.

It is a process of working with the natural world using sand, water, wood, rocks, etc. He shapes these elements into geometrical forms that participate with their environment, continually changing until their final probable destruction. He observes the fragility of beauty while not lamenting its passing. What remains is a photographic image, a fragment of the imagination.

While a visual record is materially all that is left, he also leaves us a reminder of the capacity, however feeble, of an individual to alter the universe by embracing the ceaseless changing of nature, actively contributing to it and in so doing, modulating and beautifying the outcome.
 

Strijdom van der Merwe (b. 1961) is a full-time land artist who lives in Stellenbosch. He studied art at the Universities of Stellenbosch (South Africa), Hooge School Voor de Kunste (Utrecht, Holland), the Academy of Art and Architecture (Prague, the Czech Republic) and the Kent Institute of Art and Design (Canterbury, England).

Among the many decorations he received are the Jackson Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, a medal of honour from the South African Academy of Arts and Science, the Prince Claus grant in Amsterdam and the Kanna award at the Oudtshoorn Arts Festival for best visual art projection in a musical collaboration. In 2008 he was also nominated for the DaimlerChrysler award for sculpture in public spaces.

He has held numerous exhibitions and commissions on invitation in South Korea, Turkey, Belgium, France, Sweden, Lithuania, Japan, Australia, Germany, England the Netherlands and Italy and his work has been bought by various private and public collectors locally and abroad.

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WIN! Five double tickets for Vaya: Untold Stories of Johannesburg or a copy of the book

“This project represents hope and pride. I have endured and persevered to get here. My story matters.”
David Majoka – storyteller and writer

 

Vaya the film is based on the lives of four young men from the Homeless Writer’s Project: David Majoka, Anthony Mafela, Madoda Ntuli and Tshabalira Lebakeng, and rooted in their experiences of coming to Johannesburg. Vaya the book brings you the people and stories that inspired the award-winning film.

Through personal stories that are intimate and hard hitting, Vaya will both surprise and shock you. It offers a rare lens into life in Johannesburg and amplifies the voices of people who live on the city’s margins. The book will ignite conversations and debate about what the city means to millions of ordinary people who navigate its streets with courage and humanity.

Developed by the Homeless Writer’s Project, and containing accessible history, debates and interactive activities, here are the stories and people that inspired the award-winning film.

The Homeless Writer’s Project was started in 2010 by filmmaker Robbie Thorpe and joined soon after by Harriet Perlman. It gives a voice to the voiceless by creating opportunities for stories to be developed into films and published media. The group meets once a week to share stories and ideas and create a safe place for discussion. The film script for Vaya began in story workshops, where participants shared and told stories over a period of six years. These lived experiences were written down and crafted into a film script.

Stand a chance to win five double tickets to see the film, or one of five copies of the book. Simply visit our Facebook page and answer the question ‘What is your untold Joburg story?’

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New books for green looks

Published in the Sunday Times

From food and architecture to décor and city living, you’ll find all the inspiration you need right here, writes Roberta Thatcher.

Jane's Delicious A-Z of VegetablesJane’s Delicious A-Z of Vegetables
By Jane Griffiths, Jonathan Ball, R280

Whether you have an established veggie garden or are thinking of testing out your green thumb, this book is an invaluable resource. Jane Griffiths has been growing herbs and vegetables in her Joburg garden for over two decades, and has written several books on the subject, all of which are relevant to our local climate. Her latest is a guide to the vegetables most commonly grown in SA gardens and to the many unusual heirloom varieties that are available. It provides a wealth of information on how to sow, plant, feed, water, protect, harvest and eat the plants, as well as advice on how to save seed for future generations. Written in her quirky, practical style and illustrated with full-colour photos for easy reference, this is a one-stop guide to growing organic vegetables.

HabitatHabitat: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet
Edited by Sandra Piesik, Thames & Hudson, R2700

Climate change is the biggest challenge facing our planet, and when it comes to architecture, we need to start understanding how to produce buildings that do not rely on stripping the environment or transporting materials across the globe. This beautiful large-format book is the perfect guide to doing so. The result of years of research, the book brought together an international team of more than 100 experts who reveal how people and cultures have adapted to their environment to make the best use of indigenous materials and construction techniques. Notably, it also stresses the importance of preserving craftsmanship and local knowledge.

The Green HomeThe Green Home
By Susanna Vento, Cozy Publishers, R400

With a tagline “inspiring book of plants”, this beautiful tome is just what it sets out to be – and more. Written and styled by Helsinki-based interior stylist Susanna Vento, it features more than 30 Finnish homes, which are not only beautiful in their signature Scandi simplicity, but are filled with stylish indoor plants. While the book is a drool-worthy guide on interiors and home décor solutions, it also focuses on plants and how to care for them. It’s only available online from the publishers, so if you can’t get your hands on a physical copy, you can get inspiration from their Instagram page @greenhomebook.

Garden CityGarden City: Supergreen Buildings, Urban Skyscapes and the New Planted Space
By Anna Yudina, Thames & Hudson, R1250

Urban gardens are transforming our cities, and this spectacular book captures the growing global movement. Showcasing more than 100 projects, the book shows how plants can be used to improve both city landscapes and our quality of life. It’s packed with ideas that can be applied to new buildings and old alike. Think office buildings that incorporate urban farms and exchange the CO² produced by humans for food and oxygen produced by plants, lightweight systems for growing vertical gardens or “tree houses“ the size of city blocks. This book proves that the future of our urban architecture can be self-sustaining and alive.

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Tie-in book to the film Vaya: Untold Stories of Johannesburg released

“This project represents hope and pride. I have endured and persevered to get here. My story matters.”
David Majoka – storyteller and writer

 

Vaya the film is based on the lives of four young men from the Homeless Writer’s Project: David Majoka, Anthony Mafela, Madoda Ntuli and Tshabalira Lebakeng, and rooted in their experiences of coming to Johannesburg. Vaya the book brings you the people and stories that inspired the award-winning film.

Through personal stories that are intimate and hard hitting, Vaya will both surprise and shock you. It offers a rare lens into life in Johannesburg and amplifies the voices of people who live on the city’s margins. The book will ignite conversations and debate about what the city means to millions of ordinary people who navigate its streets with courage and humanity.

Developed by the Homeless Writer’s Project, and containing accessible history, debates and interactive activities, here are the stories and people that inspired the award-winning film.

Vaya will both shock and inspire.

The Homeless Writer’s Project was started in 2010 by filmmaker Robbie Thorpe and joined soon after by Harriet Perlman. It gives a voice to the voiceless by creating opportunities for stories to be developed into films and published media. The group meets once a week to share stories and ideas and create a safe place for discussion. The film script for Vaya began in story workshops, where participants shared and told stories over a period of six years. These lived experiences were written down and crafted into a film script.

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