Surviving on the margins and “disturbing the robots”

This article was originally published on The Daily Vox.

If you’ve ever been to Rosebank, chances are you’ve driven past TELMORE MASANGUDZA, PETER KAZOWA and the display of beaded artworks they’ve sold at the corner of Jan Smuts Ave and Bolton Road for the last ten years. Stuart Lewis spoke to the two Zimbabwean artists about the falling rand, rising inequality and surviving harassment by the Metro police.

Telmore Masangudza (38) and Peter Kazowa (39) met in school back in their native Zimbabwe and have been friends ever since. While still students, they learned to make sculptures out of wire and beads and, since arriving together in South Africa in 2005, have made a living doing just that.

“We came here and we saw that our brothers were again doing these wire things. So we started to make them as well. We used to make a good living but not these days, things are very bad,” complains Masangudza as he threads blue beads onto the bare frame of what will be a life-sized rabbit.

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Over-the-top service regulation could hurt South African consumers

This article was originally published on The Daily Vox.

On Tuesday, the parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services will be holding hearings on the possible regulation of over-the-top (OTT) services. But what are OTT services, how do they affect the average South African consumer, and should we be worried? STUART LEWIS explores.

Most South Africans who buy a cellphone expect to be able to make use of services like Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter on their devices. Now, with the number of mobile users of these services continuing to grow and steadily eating into the profit margins of network providers like MTN and Vodacom, a portfolio committee meeting  may see them beingregulated .

These third-party applications are roughly bundled together into what are often called over-the-top (OTT) services. They are dependent on the network you are connected to but are provided by other companies and generally cost nothing to use beyond ordinary data usage charges.

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Oscar’s going to jail and Heyneke Meyer’s quit. Do we have Black Jesus to thank?

This article was originally published on The Daily Vox.

The top two Twitter trends in SA on Thursday were Oscar Pistorius’s murder conviction and rugby coach Heyneke Meyer’s stepping down from the Bok top job. Down at number eight on the list was Black Jesus and, as it turns out, the three trends were related. STUART LEWIS rounds up.

For those who thought that Pistorius didn’t get the harsh sentence that he deserved or if you thought that there could be no hope of a transformed South African rugby team as long as Meyer reigned as coach, the melanin-imbued saviour was working overtime on Thursday.


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Q&A with Christiaan Olwagen

Originally published in Cue.

In between showings of his fast selling out adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, Cue managed to grab director and 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre Christiaan Olwagen for a quick chat and a photoshoot. Olwagen made his name at Festival directing the self-described appropriation Woza Andries? in 2010. (more…)

Art, inheritance and family crests


Originally produced for Cue.

Antoinette Pienaar is a graphic designer based in Grahamstown who works under the umbrella ofWoel Design.

Pienaar is at Festival with her new exhibition Advancing Backwards. The exhibition is broken up into two parts: her custom-made family crests and the Unfortunate Inheritance series which chronicles the weird and wonderful things we inherit from our families and wish we hadn’t.

You can find her exhibition in the cells at the Provost Cafe.

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