The Curious Curator…. Vol #19

Why Cecil the lion’s death matters

For 13 years, the lion tread the protected grounds of the largest national park in Zimbabwe. He was a familiar sight on the road for those on safaris; the king of the jungle – or, at least, the savannah – who could reliably be seen walking down the road with his family. Like SeaWorld’s original Shamu or the National Zoo’s Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing, Cecil was a animal who needed no last name – a great beast known not just for his majesty, but for his attitude.

But now, lured off the grounds of the park and killed by hunters, Cecil is gone. And the death of one of Zimbabwe’s most famous lions has set off an international scandal.

Cecil was tagged with a GPS collar and part of an Oxford University study of the impact of hunting in the area around Hwange National Park, and whether Cecil’s killing was legal or not, its impact will immediately be felt, researchers said.




Passionate SA Travellers connecting via TravelMassive


If you love travel, whether it is exploring the attractions in your own backyard, immersing yourself in diverse and vast global experiences or it forms part of what you do on a daily basis – you have more than likely heard of TravelMassive.

If not, all is forgiven, since that’s what we aim to do – keep you informed about all the latest travel trends and must-do things.

To keep you in the loop, Travel Massive is a global movement that “connects thousands of travel insiders to meet, learn and collaborate at free events all around the world”.

Heading to a new destination is grand in itself – but knowing that there is an opportunity, if your dates coincide, to hook up with a bunch of enthusiastic travellers who are more than likely switched on to all the awesome things in that particular destination – well that is just like rewriting the travel guide book, isn’t it?

TRAVELMASSIVE CAPE TOWN – with 524 local travel enthusiasts and counting – Cape Town played host to the first Travel Massive meet-up in the heart of the mother city back in May 2014. And what better city to kick-start this movement in SA, than the one that attracts people from across the world and offers an urban city experience second to known.

TRAVELMASSIVE JOHANNESBURG…  with a 139 local travel enthusiasts and counting – There is no denying the vibrancy and energy of Joburg, one of Africa’s most diverse and inspiring cities. Here TravelMassive puts you at the centre of that pulse and in touch with those who know exactly what’s going down in Jozi. Haut!

AND NOW DURBAN… the newest SA chapter with 77 travel enthusiasts and counting – The Durban chapter was launched at Indaba 2015 and as the SA city reported to have the best quality of life and having recently made the New York Times 52 places to visit in 2015 list – this is a chapter to keep an eye on.

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The NBA Makes Its Africa Debut

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This Saturday, the NBA will hold its first ever exhibition game on the continent of Africa. Taking place at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, the sold-out game will pit Team Africa, led by South Sudan’s Luol Deng of the Miami Heat, against Team World, led by Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The game will see NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NBA Africa Managing Director Amadou Gallo Fall (Senegal), NBA “Global Ambassador” Dikembe Mutumbo(DRC), NBA Africa Ambassador Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria), as well as Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri (Nigeria) all in attendance.  The NBA, in its press release for the game, boasts that 35 African players have played in the league since Olajuwon arrived in Houston some 30+ years ago.

In the week leading up to the game, NBA players, coaches and legends are holding sessions on leadership and health and wellness for 59 of the top young players on the continent as part of the 13th edition of Basketball Without Borders Africa.



Design for tomorrow pushes the envelope @ Open Design Festival Cape Town

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Open Design Cape Town Festival is a 12-day city-wide festival that celebrates the values and impact of design and innovation as key drivers of economic, environmental and social development. The Open Design Cape Town Festival is positioned as the leading showcase of how human-centred design can improve living conditions, build human capital and drive job creation. Through Open Design, the genius of innovative social design, service design, universal design and sustainable design has gained a firm place on the calendar of international design weeks.

Open Design Cape Town brings together all the design disciplines to remove the exclusive stigma associated with design. The programme is designed to educate and empower youth, develop human capital, nurture leaders and activate responsive citizens.

Open Design Festival takes place from 12th – 23rd August; for further information visit:



The Innovators: how tiny amounts of wind energy could light up Africa

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While the cost of electricity is a constant bugbear in many countries, South Africans face a bigger problem: keeping the lights on. These blackouts prompted Cape Town native Charlotte Slingsby to seek out a solution after her family home was found to be unsuitable for solar panels.

The result was Moya (wind in the Xhosa language), a new energy generation system: sheets of plastic have wave-like filaments attached that capture tiny amounts of wind energy that can then be stored in a battery.

“We need an independent solution for today,” Slingsby said. “You see a city which functions on electricity which just falls apart, from the most basic things like opening a door [or] an electric gate. You can’t even take your car out of the garage.”

Moya was developed during a two-year postgraduate course in innovation design engineering that Slingsby recently completed at the Royal College of Art (RCA) and Imperial College London. The system is aimed at accumulating small pieces of energy into a larger mass, in a similar way to drops of rain gathering together to eventually form a stream.   In this case, when the filaments are moved by gusts of wind, tiny pieces of energy are created. This energy is then passed on to a capacitor – a device used to store an electrical charge – and then eventually on to a battery.




Street Food Festival -1st August, Maboneng – #StreetFoodZA

Cape Town Funny Festival – until 16th August

Merecedes-Benz Cape Town Fashion Week – 30th July-1st August

Robertson Slow Food and Wine Festival – 7th-10th August

Hermanus Wine & Food Festival – 7th-9th August

Decorex Joburg – 6th-10th August


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