Heavy-hitter exposes some big issues

Domestic Worker abuse

      The late April edition of The Big Issue is a heavy-hitter, carrying not one, but two large exposés. The first is an in-depth look into human trafficking to supply South Africa’s sex trade. The report carries a first-hand account of a child survivor of human trafficking, along with a snapshot of the global battle to fight the illegal trade in humans and South Africa’s progress in that battle — or the lack thereof. It also includes a report on how the ANC Women’s League’s call to decriminalise prostitution could, according to advocacy groups, lead to a clampdown on human traffickers. “Human trafficking is by no means a new topic. But we felt it was crucial to                  


At LAST! Christmas Carols – Remixed…

      Artwork by Wouter Malan Wessels. Are we all not just sick and tired of walking through shops, supermarkets and shopping malls listening to the same old, same old dirgy-fied re-hashes of Christmas Carols? Well, now is your chance to change all of that - and listen to this multi-talented CapeTonian's amazing remix of some classic songs. (And I have this vision of the young, the old, the wrinklies, the blue rinses, teeny boppers and all peeps from all walks of life bopping to the beats whilst waiting to pay at the check-out counters....). Catch my drift? Then download it here: Check out Spinsista's Xmas podcast for the holidays!  - Inspired by a good friend, lil Johhnie from Huntington                  


Jack Parow

Dans Dans Dans music video out soon

Referred to as "Bob Dylan of the northern suburbs", "pirate of the caravan park" and "an Afrikaans Eminem", Zander Tyler is more popularly known for his on-stage persona as Jack Parow - one of South Africa's most prominent popular culture icons. As "Cooler as Ekke"has monopolized African airwaves, Afrikaans, Mothercity-made Jack Parow, has become one of South Africa's local loves. At the early end of the decade, musical movements that tore Afrikaans music apart from religious zeal, resulted in the Belville Rock city phenomena - and so spawned bands the likes of Fokofpolisiekar,aKing, and Van Coke Kartel. So while Afrikaans music was once ripe with religious evangelism, the noughties saw it slowly became synonymous with                  


Havana Club Rum, Discotheque & Dogbox presents LE CASTLE VANIA (USA) at The Assembly

Le Castle Vania at The Assembly

Its the weekend, which means its time to kick loose and get into the groove. 17 on Loader guesthouse has found the perfect way to get the party started on Friday night in Cape Town! Havana Club Rum & Discotheque present Le Castle Vania (USA) at The Assembly on Friday 27th August 2010, in association with Griet - its gonna be a night to remember so get ready to party people! Atlanta based and internationally renowned, Le Castle Vania, commonly known as Dylan Eiland, quickly escaped the local trappings of his hometown in Georgia to play music around the world. Atlanta’s burgeoning music scene allowed him to develop his passion for music and nightlife, and he soon gained notoriety with his riotous DJ                  


Adidas Three Stories


For those of you who haven't yet hit up Adidas' World Cup pop-up initiative - Three Stories, in Woodstock Industrial Centre - get it while it's hot! At sixteen we all dreamed of a place like this. A home where artists, sculptors, photographers and general trendsters hang out, with local art exhibited on the walls, skate ramp downstairs, big screen upstairs, free-flowing freshly-popped popcorn, killer margaritas, homemade food, and live acts rocking out just for the kick of it.  And best of all there's no hustling and hitching to get there. Arrive alive with the free shuttle service running through town to Three Stories.   This week's Three Stories schedule:   Daily: A-Store and Adidas                  

Interesting People

DJ Rene the Frenchman


While us over at 17onLoader (De Waterkant's premium bed and breakfast) often review back alleys and bustling venues, we don't usually take a look at the lingerers in the limelight. But recently we found ourselves beers-ing with the Frenchman that keeps HQ frantic on Fridays... DJ Rene (the Frenchman - as he is referred to) is the towering, infectiously jovial energy of a man pleased with the way his life's turned out. His bombastically beautiful grey hair bounces as he animatedly gesticulates with a wide, trusty smile. Despite having lived in South Africa for seventeen years, Rene still has the two unmistakable traits of a Frenchman - the accent, and the kind of effortless charm that could hypnotize a girl right into                  




For festival-goers Christmas came early, and seven years on Synergy Live promises to be even bigger than what it was - one of Cape Town's most memorable events. In Franschhoek Valley - the Western Cape's own land of milk and honey, where vineyards sag with grapes of world-famous wines and there are even more stars in the sky - Boschendal Estate's green lawns, lush with Spring, will be the backdrop. Synergy Live pledges a playground permutation of funfair, live acts, camping, multimedia theatrics and marketplace. Nourishment is provided in usual forms of easy and green-cleansy festival food, or the upmarket option of Boschendal's own picnic basket luncheons, while things to do include the geodesic theatre for