Photos from my July - September 2016 visit to Cape Town, South Africa, here from its District 6 Museum.

From Wikipedia:  District Six is a former inner-city residential area in Cape Town, South Africa. Over 60,000 of its inhabitants were forcibly removed during the 1970s by the apartheid regime.  It was home to almost a tenth of the city of Cape Town’s population, which numbered over 1,700–1,900 families
After World War II, during the earlier part of the apartheid era, District Six was relatively cosmopolitan. Situated within sight of the docks, it was made up largely of colored residents which included a substantial number of colored Muslims, called Cape Malays. There were also a number of black Xhosa residents and a smaller numbers of Afrikaans, whites, and Indians.

Government officials gave four primary reasons for the removals. In accordance with apartheid philosophy, it stated that interracial interaction bred conflict, necessitating the separation of the races. They deemed District Six a slum, fit only for clearance, not rehabilitation. They also portrayed the area as crime-ridden and dangerous; they claimed that the district was a vice den, full of immoral activities like gambling, drinking, and prostitution. Though these were the official reasons, most residents believed that the government sought the land because of its proximity to the city center, Table Mountain, and the harbor.

On 11 February 1966, the government declared District Six a whites-only area under the Group Areas Act, with removals starting in 1968. By 1982, more than 60,000 people had been relocated to the sandy, bleak Cape Flats township complex some 25 kilometers away. The old houses were bulldozed. The only buildings left standing were places of worship. International and local pressure made redevelopment difficult for the government, however. The Cape Technikon (now Cape Peninsula University of Technology) was built on a portion of District Six which the government renamed Zonnebloem. Apart from this and some police housing units, the area was left undeveloped.

Since the fall of apartheid in 1994, the South African government has recognised the older claims of former residents to the area, and pledged to support rebuilding.

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Resurrected From Dead, Oryx Returns to the Wild
Scimitar horned Oryx are now back in the wild thanks to a breeding and monitoring program.
By Jen Viegas

Thirty years after the scimitar-horned oryx was driven to extinction in the wild, the desert antelope is back in its native Chad. A dramatic reintroduction was was captured on video on Sunday.

The herd of about 20 – resulting from a successful captive breeding program – excitedly left their enclosure, except for one female that was not ready to venture out and a male that returned from his brief stint in the wild to be with her…

Taib: Queer Ethiopian-Kenyan  (Canada)

Q. What are you most excited about for Limit(less)?

“I’m looking forward to seeing how this project is received. More people should be doing things like this. Representation is key in a society where there is a narrative that queerness is synonymous with whiteness.

Projects like this are explosive because they demonstrate to our elders and children that we are not invisible. Queerness is alive and well on the continent of Africa. Queerness has no borders it has no limits. I’m excited to have an encounter with a bigot who says queerness is un-African then send them a link to your blog and ask them to explain then ‘how all these children of Africa came to be who they are?’”

- Taib (Queer Ethiopian-Kenyan, He/Him)

About Limit(less):
Limit(less) is a photography project by Mikael Owunna (@owning-my-truth) documenting the fashion and style of LGBTQ African Immigrants (1st and 2nd generation) in diaspora. The project seeks to visually deconstruct the colonial binary which states that one cannot be both LGBTQ and African. #LimitlessAfricans

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Rwandan tailors on track to start clothing factory as the country seeks to phase out import of second hand clothes.

Kigali Garment Centre (KGC), a company with over 400 shareholders has already booked 1896 square meters at Umukindo House in Gisozi-Gasabo district, to start a-3 month training of 1200 maiden workers for the plant that will be fully operational by December this year.

The same building will host KGC for one year, before it shifts to Kigali Economic Zone in a-4.5 hectares land provided as incentives by government.

The factory is expected to produce; socks, underwear, bras, vests and all other garments made of wool, which “is preferred in Rwandan market compared to polythene and cotton material,” according to factory officials.

A minimum of 5 shares totaling Rwf20, 000 per individual tailor and Rwf 500,000 (25 shares) for a tailoring cooperative are the main requirement to be admitted in the first ever Rwandan clothing company.

SA v NZ, 1st Test Review: Rains and wet outfield comes back to haunt Test cricket

SA v NZ, 1st Test Review: Rains and wet outfield comes back to haunt Test cricket

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South Africa’s bowler Dale Steyn (2-R) celebrates with teammates the dismissal of New Zealand’s batsman Martin Guptill (L). (Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

While the final Test between West Indies and India succumbed to the wet outfield, the first SA v NZ Test match at Kingsmead in Durban has not escaped the torrential rains as well as the South Africa winter. In the wee hours of…

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Africa after Brexit

The good news is that Africa can actually seek assistance elsewhere. Africa’s trade with Europe, estimated at €106bn (US$116.6bn) in 2016, has been eclipsed by China’s. Worth an estimated $300bn, China is Africa’s top trading partner currently.

The World Bank confirms that China became sub-Saharan Africa’s “most important export partner” by 2013, accounting for 27% of the region’s exports “compared with 23% for the EU and 21% for the US.” Although at 9%, sub-Saharan Africa’s exports to India are the fastest-growing globally.

With China, the US, Brazil, India and others strengthening their relations with Africa, the continent could look elsewhere if its ties with Britain or the EU get complicated in a post-Brexit era.

For Africa, therefore, it’s probably premature to press the panic button.

Happy Birthday Letta Mbulu! (born 23 August 1942)

South African jazz singer.

Portrait of singer Letta Mbulu. Printed on front: “Letta. Capitol Records. John Levy Enterprises, 8467 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90048.” Handwritten on back: “Letta Mbulu." 

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library

Mystical Entities Niger The Red Planet Photo Hugh Ardoin

Two young girls, two Madonnas in the making, waving past the camera

The dreamy landscape of the rainy season

Clouds running in the sky above the thirsty millet eager to grow

Adobe house and a granary in the background and rolling hills

The disguises of Paradise

Hugh Ardoin Niger The Red Planet Gallery