An intense heat has swamped South Africa’s western Cape province of late, resulting in an extreme drought and varying states of emergency regarding water consumption in Cape Town. The heat has started to dissipate, ever so slightly in this last week of March 2017, mostly noticeable in the cooler early mornings and evenings.
Thoughts of cool bring to mind the onshore breezes and lurking fog-banks…
It was December, and we were heading south in the game-drive vehicle, away from the rocky Karoo slopes to an arid savanna dominated by wavy grass and shattered fragments of shale. Content because we had spent some time with a cheetah, lazing in ubiquitous fashion under a bush, we were looking for rhino. And then we saw this dark lump on the road ahead that wasn’t a rock. From a distance we could…
‘Woman Preparing Smiley’
Smiley is a delicacy amongst African peoples in South Africa’s townships and rural areas, selling for about R60 each, according to this woman, who at 4pm is cleaning her 10th smiley of the day.
Cape Town’s Langa township is the oldest in South Africa, formed in part due to early 20th century racist thinking that was fairly typical of the time. Langa’s creation has…
About Angus Begg
Angus is serious about his craft. A CNN award-winning television producer, he was the first South African broadcast journalist to report from the chaos of Somalia in 1992.
He went on to cover the Rwandan genocide of '94 and South Africa's first democratic elections the same year, for which he was nominated for the national public service radio awards.
It was these episodes in Somalia and Rwanda that took him the roundabout route to the fields of travel and environment, in which he now writes, produces and photographs.