Visionary Matters

Visionary Matters

About Overcoming Poverty

About Overcoming Poverty

On Mandela’s birthday the call is out for people everywhere to honour him by acting on the idea that each person has the power to change the world. By devoting 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service – people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good ... Read More
Hope For Us Humans

Hope For Us Humans

David Marchese's interview with Jane Goodall, in The New York Times inspires: 'Traveling the world I see so many projects of restoration, animal and plant species being rescued from the brink of extinction, people tackling what seemed impossible and not giving up. These are the stories that ... give people hope'' ... Read More
Wanderlust Explained by a Child of Africa

Wanderlust Explained by a Child of Africa

I sit here quietly thinking about what it means to me to be a visitor to South Africa or even African. It seems easier to explain the effect that this land has on me ... which creates a frisson of excitement, passion each and every day, a vivid, immediate sense of being alive found nowhere else ... ... Read More
The Quintessence of Art

The Quintessence of Art

The Irma Stern Museum is enticing the public into the former home of one of South Africa's most sought-after artists, with an exhibition devoted to Nudes.  ''Stern viewed the naked female body through many lenses, all inherited from the various traditions of European art. By engaging with each lens at different times she not only extended the tradition and affirmed her place within it, but she found a means to express her own vivid, interior life''.  ... Read More
Great-Plains-Zarafa

Environmental Investment

Conservation is about protecting a shrinking asset. We need to think about environmental investing. Go from the defensive to the offensive. Look at the big role ecotourism plays in conservation in Africa. If Covid has taught us one thing, it’s that our choices matter. ... Read More
Much Good News

Much Good News

Lots of Causes to Celebrate! South Africa has just taken steps to end its multimillion-dollar lion-breeding industry. The voice of our planet - David Attenborough - is still fighting the good fight, another year on. And ''The Octopus Teacher'' gets Oscar gold for the Best Documentary. ... Read More
White Alba truffle

The Mozart Of Mushrooms

Truffles are costly because they're hard to find, frustrating to grow, and impossible to store for any length of time. See how a handful of local farmers are growing them (since the Cape has a Mediterraean climate too), and how they find truffles the old-fashioned way by using sniffer dogs ... Read More
Great Plains Conservation

Numbers Really Do Matter

World Wildlife Day is about celebrating, enjoying and respecting wildlife. It's also about making us think just how close wildlife is to the tipping point to extinction. And what's being done by wildlife warriors to bring it back from this destiny. Hear how they respect, understand and afford dignity to wildlife. And put their lives on the line ... Read More
Red disa, Pride of Table Mountain

The Pride of Table Mountain

The Cape Floral Kingdom is a biological treasure chest that entranced botanists in Europe after the arrival of European explorers in South Africa in 1652. The botanist, Carl Thunberg, devised the taxonomic system of naming all plants and animal species still in use today. The name of the Disa genus of orchids derives from a Swedish legend ... Read More
Sculpting Ancestral Dreamscapes

Sculpting Ancestral Dreamscapes

'iThongo' means “ancestral dreamscape” in Xhosa - one of South Africa's 11 languages. This is a series of sculptural seats hand-coiled in terracotta clay, each standing at almost a metre tall. The design of each backrest is based on a symbol from an extensive lexicon that Andile Dyalvane has devised. ... Read More
‘Beyond Walls’ in Cape Town

‘Beyond Walls’ in Cape Town

Saype, the world's most famous land artist, chose Cape Town as host to the ninth stage of his global project because his work symbolises the breaking down of political and social barriers between communities. Depicting the largest human chain in the world, it invites people to help each other, show kindness and live tolerantly together ... Read More
Table Mountain

A Manifesto to Travel By

Every journey comes at a financial cost, an environmental cost, and a social cost. Before booking a flight, ask yourself: Are these quality miles? Find the answer not on a spreadsheet but in your heart. Purpose-driven travel! ... Read More
An Expedition of Hope

An Expedition of Hope

''Life is all about the excitement of what lies ahead. To touch hearts is one thing, but to forever change lives for the better - this is what truly makes life worth living. The gift of life is to use it for something that will outlast us”. Which one of Africa’s most colourful modern-day explorers, Kingsley Holgate does - big time, using adventure to improve and save lives. ... Read More
Revering A Global Treasure

Revering A Global Treasure

Here's to honouring courageous individuals, making a difference in whatever their sphere of influence. Global or local.   Thirty-six years ago, Archbishop Desmond Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize. Now he's received the Human Rights Global Treasure Award for his courageous opposition to apartheid by the US-based NGO Article3.org ... Read More
Pioneering 'Room to Shine'

Pioneering ‘Room to Shine’

LATITUDES is a platform for African art in international times. The first African art fair that is 100% owned by women, it's a niche-focused fair that seeks to expand and strengthen local art audiences and promote African art in an economically viable manner ... Read More
Unstoppable Creative Talent

Unstoppable Creative Talent

If you want to refresh your perspective, stimulate your mind, and see some of South Africa's ''unstoppable'' talent, join us! Hear from founder Fee Halsted about her Ardmore team's ability to create magnificent forms during trying times that is a testament to the enduring power of the human spirit ... Read More
Find out about 'Fynbos'

Find out about ‘Fynbos’

Coming up on October 08th in our new webinar series, is The Cape's spectacular botanical landscape. Three renowned ''green'' experts will show you what makes this the world's richest natural garden. Adam Harrower of Kirstenbosch, Ernst van Jaarsveld of Babylonstoren, & Sean Privett of Grootbos! It's spring time here - and we are bursting to share our botanical bounty ... Read More
New Eyes - New Tangent

New Eyes – New Tangent

We have selected Cyrus Kabiru’s images of eyewear as a perfect metaphor for the new tangent we're launching, because his work deals with imagination and transformation. ''Seek with New Eyes'' is a webinar series that will take you on a voyage of discovery around South Africa. Join us on Sep 23 ... Read More
Willem Boshoff, Nirox

A First in the Field of Art

Willem Boshoff is a world-renowned artist whose works involve long-term archival research across a range of disciplines such as music, botany, visual arts, philosophy. His sought-after sculptures offer much more than meets the eye. His works are drenched in text, either on the artwork itself, or accompanied by a detailed description ... Read More
Blank Page For New Beginnings

Blank Page For New Beginnings

Disasters are known as powerful ignition tools for radical ways of transforming business practices. To harvest emerging ideas trend forecaster Li Edelkoort is organizing a platform to counterbalance the World Economic Forum - The World Hope Forum ... Read More
Creative Trailblazer

Creative Trailblazer

Louis Schwartzberg is an inspiring visual artist who celebrates life and reveals the mysteries of nature, people and places ... by providing breathtaking imagery using time-lapse, high-speed and macro cinematography ... Read More
Garth Owen-Smith

An African Conservation Hero

Visionary pioneer Garth Owen-Smith said: 'Conserving our natural environment will not make you materially rich, but there is no greater satisfaction than having made our planet a better place to live on, even if it is just in a very small way’ ... Read More
Intrepid, Courageous Path-Blazer

Intrepid, Courageous Path-Blazer

A visionary who used trees as an instrument of civil disobedience, started a movement that reimaged the ecological and economic landscape and modeled a new form of civic agency for nature & humanity, is Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize    ... Read More
While in a 'A Narrow Place'... Dream

While in a ‘A Narrow Place’… Dream

Why not seize the moment - and dream? Plan for when you can travel again. For when you can connect & engage. For where you'll go on your bucket list. For what then, 'new eyes' may reveal ... Read More
A Song To Wash Your Hands To

A Song To Wash Your Hands To

Since we are being compelled to transform our social behaviour worldwide, we share this in the hope that it reminds you of South Africa's zest for life, and energy-bursting talent  ... Read More
Wise Words From Global Gurus

Wise Words From Global Gurus

As a species, our best design stories still lie ahead of us. For over 25-years, Design Indaba Cape Town has presented a slew of visionary thinkers whose innovations have truly shaped our globe ... Read More
"World Team of the Year" - Laureus Winner

“World Team of the Year” – Laureus Winner

South Africa's Men’s Rugby Team was named ''World Team of the Year'' at the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards. It was a massively symbolic win which brought together all the communities in the country ... Read More
''The Match in Africa''

”The Match in Africa”

Roger Federer says "his Match in Africa is a dream come true. I will play in my mother’s home country against my toughest rival & friend Rafa Nadal - for a very good cause. ... Read More
Connecting Cultures

Connecting Cultures

Music is an extrordinary example of how culture connects us and can help us to imagine and build a better future. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma believes there are many more - and has set out to prove it. What better way to step into a new decade than this video with a powerful message? ... Read More
Crowns, Knighthoods & Knock-outs

Crowns, Knighthoods & Knock-outs

If winning was a country, it would be South Africa right now! Accolades, awards and reasons to celebrate, showing that hope is alive and local talent is prodigious ... Read More
Japanese Sound of Chitchat?

Japanese Sound of Chitchat?

Being a volunteer at PechaKucha nights in Cape Town is a way to bring people together and boost community development. And learn how to be succinct ... Read More
How Great Is Thy Art?

How Great Is Thy Art?

The new Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria gives the city of jacarandas (and the whole country) a new cultural landmark & window into the past with the Mapungubwe Collection ... Read More
Singular Brand Icon

Singular Brand Icon

A South African design icon. A brand pioneer. A singular woman of note whose functional products will remain in our homes and hearts. Carroll Boyes RIP ... Read More
Making The World A Better Place

Making The World A Better Place

A Recipe for Change? Who’d have thought that one of the most revolutionary non-electric heat retention cookers would be as simple as an African-print beanbag? ... Read More
Honouring A Resilient Visionary

Honouring A Resilient Visionary

David Koloane - a revered voice in Africa’s artistic landscape, celebrated for his contribution to South Africa’s cultural struggle - whose loss leaves the art world hollow ... Read More
Wanderlust Renegades : Part 3

Wanderlust Renegades : Part 3

If you’re travelling and start to ask yourself, I wonder who came up with that clever idea? People who travelled ... Read More
Wanderlust Renegades : Part 2

Wanderlust Renegades : Part 2

If you’re on a trip and start to ask yourself, I wonder who came up with that clever idea?  Those answers are amongst a few of the game-changers ... Read More
African Responsible Tourism Winner

African Responsible Tourism Winner

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve outside Cape Town just announced as overall winner of the African Responsible Tourism Awards at the World Travel Market Africa, 2019 ... Read More
Some Wandering Renegades

Some Wandering Renegades

Inspiring People Changing The Way We Travel / David Attenborough - whose aim is to remind people of the interconnectedness of living things ... Read More
South African Activist to Become First Disabled Person in Space

South African Activist to Become First Disabled Person in Space

Eddie Ndopu, a South African activist and humanitarian, plans a flight on a commercial trip into space and deliver an address to the UN while he’s up there ... Read More

Bottom Up Resilience In Africa

The challenges faced by Africa's rapidly growing cities are unique. Chief Resilience members from Accra, Addis Ababa, & Cape Town share how their cities are working to solve these ... Read More
Inspiring Problem Solving

Inspiring Problem Solving

''Ground breaking ideas that are changing the way we live work, play and think about what's possible'' plus The Africa Prize   ... Read More
One Of Our Greatest Gifts

One Of Our Greatest Gifts

Did you know that the two minutes silence and its association to Armistice Day (11/11/11) or 'Remembrance Day' has a South African origin? ... Read More
Transforming Livelihoods

Transforming Livelihoods

Celebrating African initiatives where objects made by the human hand reflect the inherent essence of the spirit of the maker ... Read More
Keeping The Dream Alive

Keeping The Dream Alive

''The only walls between humans and elephants are the ones we put up ourselves'' ... Francoise Malby-Anthony carries on Lawrence's dream ... Read More
Truth As Timeless As The Baobab

Truth As Timeless As The Baobab

Treat children and animals with kindness, and pass this wisdom on to generations to come says Credo Mutwa, whose cosmology is a lodestar to us regaining balance & harmony in Africa ... Read More
Finding Gems Among Aliens

Finding Gems Among Aliens

The biggest private project of its kind in South Africa - a pioneering alien vegetation clearing project at Vergelegen wine estate revealing natural treasures of indigenous vegetation  ... Read More
The Night That Changed The World

The Night That Changed The World

An event that sowed the seeds of Satyagraha - about which Mandela said of Gandhi: 'India’s soul truly does lie in South Africa' ... Read More
Human-Centred Design

Human-Centred Design

Opportunities pave a way for innovation unlike any other. See how a human-centred approach to design enhances ways to make magic happen ... Read More
Shot In The Arm - Or Foot?

Shot In The Arm – Or Foot?

Caster Semenya's response to critics vocal on the gender issue is to not stop winning, thrive through adversity & stand up for her fellow athletes ... Read More
Being The Sea Change You Want To See

Being The Sea Change You Want To See

Here's to the UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, ocean advocate and pioneer swimmer Lewis Pugh, in his quest to drastically reduce single-use plastic items in our daily lives ... Read More
An Academic Fashion Moment

An Academic Fashion Moment

South African cultural warrior, artist Esther Mhlangu, with her Ndebele art collaborations across the globe, receives an honorary doctorate ... Read More
Even Starbucks has "Ubuntu"

Even Starbucks has “Ubuntu”

Starbucks was started with some basic fundamentals of "Ubuntu" in mind, giving it the longevity to build a very strong brand with intrinsic valued staff ... Read More
Fuelling African Innovation

Fuelling African Innovation

Michelle Obama: ''You can choose to go along with what everyone is doing, or you can become whatever you want to be in this life. That’s what Siya Xuza did'' ... Read More
Passion, purpose and pride

Passion, purpose and pride

By intertwining passion with purpose, architect Mokena Makeka is ensuring that South Africans can be proud of the places they call home ... Read More
When You Think You Can't ...

When You Think You Can’t …

A force to be reckoned with! Winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize & Nobel Peace Laureates’ Medal for Social Activism, Chaeli Mycroft talks to the UN ... Read More
Changing the World - One Story at a Time

Changing the World – One Story at a Time

Do write. Do right. A business that's providing a canvas to kick-start ideas to develop the minds of young children via story books ... Read More
Ardmore’s Voyage of Discovery

Ardmore’s Voyage of Discovery

Cape Town is hot & happening - basking in long hot summer days & a creative vortex peaking with the Cape Town Art Fair, Design Indaba & host of design-related events  ... Read More
The Good of Good News

The Good of Good News

The future is bright, says Bill Gates, TIME's first-ever guest editor, & 'If we want to change the world, we should invest in the people who already are', says Melinda ... Read More
Opening A World Of Wonder

Opening A World Of Wonder

A remarkable talent building method to develop innate musical abilities that can open a new world for disadvantaged kids, as it did for their visionary teacher Maria Botha ... Read More
And Then Came The Bees

And Then Came The Bees

Guess which African giant a humble bee can deter? ... Read More
Visionary Plan By Pioneering Women

Visionary Plan By Pioneering Women

Migration to Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront's Silo district is a clever paradigm shift around the desirability & economic potential of local South African design ... Read More
Prestigious Wins

Prestigious Wins

Decanter recognizes South Africa’s reputation as a world class wine producer & Chelsea Flower Show awards it a gold ... Read More
Twist To The Human Story

Twist To The Human Story

Spectacular South African fossils are revolutionizing the human family tree & radically changing our understanding of evolution ... Read More
Only a ‘Small Window of Time’

Only a ‘Small Window of Time’

Other than massive investment in Africa’s mines, China is also a big market for elephant tusks & rhino horn, which has driven poaching to alarming heights ... Read More
The Voice Of Our Planet

The Voice Of Our Planet

David Attenborough "probably has done more than any single individual to crystallize for the world why taking climate change seriously is a moral and an existential imperative" ... Read More