Alexis Borochoff, 1:37 pm
You can see wild penguins at Boulders Beach in Simonstown near Cape Town. Yes, you can sunbathe and swim alongside them although we can’t promise you won’t be pecked. South Africa’s birding opportunities are one of the world’s best-kept secrets. That means, in theory, great viewing without the crowds! Here are 15 hotspots that explain why birders flock to South Africa.
Alexis Borochoff, 5:15 pm
Lighthouses are symbols of security, and ward unsuspecting ships from potential danger. With Africa’s history of colonization and trade, it’s no wonder that there are plenty of lighthouses of different styles built around the continent.
Alexis Borochoff, 11:18 am
This retail corporation carries only 0.01% of Israeli products but the BDS (Pro-Palestine activists) of South Africa is boycotting the company until all of the products made in Israel are removed. After Woolworths failed to comply, ongoing in-store protests were made repeatedly until the company had to file a court order to ban protesters from its stores.
Alexis Borochoff, 10:01 am AFKI Original
Zef is a fashion trend popularized by the South African rap-rave duo, Die Antwoord. Now singers Yolandi Visser and Ninja of Die Antwoord (The Answer) are starring in the box office hit, “Chappie.” Being zef means your clothes should either be too small or too big. You should be swimming in your oversized shirts. If that pair of shorts you just bought is the perfect fit, you better return it to DollarMart and buy some that are five sizes too big. Here are 15 ways to be zef in South African street style.
Alexis Borochoff, 2:12 pm AFKI Original
Because of the violent confrontations that take place between authorities and well-equipped poachers, anti-poaching rangers in Africa are often armed with AK-101 assault rifles, night vision goggles and helicopters. Take out your credit card if you want to help, or check out these organizations that accept volunteers to fight poaching. Here are 14 things you need to know about being an anti-poaching ranger in Africa.
Alexis Borochoff, 9:48 am AFKI Original
Sandbags houses are an environmentally friendly way to use natural resources without cutting down trees. They’re also an affordable way to build houses, costing approximately 30-to-40 percent less than the average house. Because sandbags are heavy, the houses are pretty stable. You can find sandbag buildings scattered throughout South Africa. Here are some green buildings in Africa that should be getting more attention for sustainable practices.
Alexis Borochoff, 11:50 am AFKI Original
Aware of the lack of food resources in his native South Sudan, Emmanuel Jal said he eats just one meal a day. He said he does this to be reminded of the hunger his people often feel. He’s hailed as one of Africa’s most influential musicians and peace activists, but he was just a child when he overcame the kind of adversity most people only have nightmares about. From a violent childhood and extreme poverty, he emerged an author and role model. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Emmanuel Jal.
Alexis Borochoff, 1:11 pm
Taking cues from Jerry Springer, the producers behind “Cheaters” know that the trashier the show, the more viewers they get. Once the scorned woman finds out that her husband has been cheating on her with her sister, huge fights ensue, and that’s where the fun begins. And who doesn’t love a good fight? Problem is, they were paid actors. We’re glued to the TV wondering who will receive the rose from the bachelor. It’s an act. Here are 15 so-called reality TV shows that are actually staged.
Alexis Borochoff, 12:41 pm
Pitch Black Afro (Thulani Ngcobo) is easily recognized for his wild afro wig and set of teeth untouched by modern dentistry. A lifelong stutterer, Ngcobo found rapping to be the solution to overcome his speech problems. This defense mechanism worked in his favor — he sold 50,000 copies of his first record. Kwaito was a way for South Africans to celebrate and delight in freedom after the apartheid. Here are 12 of the best musicians in the Kwaito music scene.
Alexis Borochoff, 2:30 am
The desert rose can be easily repotted due to its thick stems. It grows slowly and is extremely tolerant to neglect (drought). Its poisonous sap has been used for arrows to take down game, much like its cousin, the impala lily. It’s native to Northeastern and Eastern Africa. Beauty can often be a cruel disguise for danger. Here are 15 stunning African flowers, some of which are best left alone.