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MBFWCT: Fabulous Fabiani

Malibongwe Tyilo catches up with Fabiani’s senior buyer Nat Iqani to find out what’s in store for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town this weekend.

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MBFWCT: Gavin Rajah, A Cut Above

A few days before Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town opens, Gavin Rajah’s studio in Cape Town’s St George’s Street mall buzzes with controlled activity.

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MBFWCT: A sneak peak at Klûk CGDT

In the build-up to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town, Malibongwe Tyilo finds out what designer Malcolm Klûk of Klûk CGDT has up his sleeve.

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Home Victory for Rosberg

Nico Rosberg took a dominating home victory at the German Grand Prix this weekend with Lewis Hamilton finishing third, gaining 17 places from the grid.

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Roots Rock

There’s more to singer/songwriter Jeremy Loops than meets the ear. Not only did his debut album top the iTunes SA album chart in March, but his other calling has him planting trees in between hot and happening single releases.

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It’s A Jazz Thing

A new club has popped up on the Jo’burg live music scene – and it brings a much-needed jazzy feel to the city.

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Friday, 11 July 2014

Only two days after Tyler B. Murphy’s new and improved Sins of Style studio opened its doors, people are flocking there to book some time under the needle. mblife finds out why… “Tattoos are definitely getting more popular, mainly because the artists...

Thursday, 10 July 2014

SA-born innovator and entrepreneur Elon Musk recently unveiled the latest addition to his company SpaceX’s futuristic stable – a ‘21st century spacecraft’. The Dragon V2 is a spacecraft designed to transport up to seven astronauts from Earth to space....

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Lisa Johnston is kept on her toes – quite literally – while exploring uncharted territory in the Kruger with only a guide and a gun between her and the kings of the wild. The birds begin an urgent trill and baboons raise a rasping bark to report the...

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Inspired by the work of emerging illustrator Unathi Mkonto, a pair of editors became curators to start a series of ‘parties with a cause’, aimed at sharing hidden local talent with the world. “After seeing Unathi’s work we caught ourselves wishing...

Monday, 7 July 2014

Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix this weekend, putting team Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS in the lead for this season so far. The only damper was that teammate Nico Rosberg had to retire halfway through the race. Sixty years after Mercedes’s first...

Friday, 4 July 2014

It’s Ramadan, and on cold winter nights nothing hits the spot like a good curry. mblife went searching for the best curries in the country so you don’t have to. JOHANNESBURGBy Zama Nkosi THE PLACE: AKHALWAYA’SThis has become a name that’s synonymous with...

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Get into DTM, the rebellious little sister of flashy Formula 1. With racing champions switching from one to the other, Schumachers in both leagues and the same teams dominating, they have as many similarities as differences.DTM Racing commenced the 2014...

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

‘Third places’ is a term coined by American urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg for spaces where people can meet, work and interact outside the two most common places – the office and home. We found the most inspiring ones in SA…DURBAN: THE SETTTHE PLACE:...

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Robots and humans will soon work side by side in Mercedes-Benz factories – a production concept which garnered the manufacturer an award at the annual International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Hong Kong. In the adaptable production...

Monday, 30 June 2014

The 21 Icons series is on view at the MOAD alongside the original ‘Madiba Merc’ and the brand-new beaded C-Class. The Museum of African Design (MOAD) is hosting 21 Icons: Portrait of a Nation  until 17 August. The exhibition is open to the public and has...

Friday, 27 June 2014

Local band Muzart quizzes visiting Japanese outfit Kiwi & the Papaya Mangoes who played at MTN Bushfire Festival recently. Muzart: Our fans have classified us as New Soul Groove and we thought we were cool – but you guys! How would you explain your...

Thursday, 26 June 2014

American scientists have invented an insole that charges your gadgets while you walk. Developed by a group of students from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA, the SolePower insole generates electricity with every step you take. What makes it...

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Blue-collar ethos with white-collar refinement. The House of Machines is a Prohibition era-style emporium offering premium liquor, gentlemen’s necessities, custom motorcycles and the best brew in town.Gottlieb Daimler (who later teamed up with Karl Benz...

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

The city of Durban was alive once more with automotive bliss as the Top Gear Festival took over the Moses Mabhida Stadium for the weekend. Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Richard Hammond and The Stig set out to amaze their favourite audiences with their...

Monday, 23 June 2014

Nico Rosberg secured his third victory, with Lewis Hamilton hot on his heels, in the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday. This sixth 1-2 finish for team Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS has only been achieved once before in F1 history. Rosberg and Hamilton took a...

Thursday, 12 June 2014

A restaurant lounge, exhibitions, readings, concerts, interactive touch screens and personal talks…  No, it’s not a modern museum – it’s the new Mercedes Me city store in Hamburg. At this first of its kind 550m2 store on the Inner Alster Lake in Hamburg,...

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Cape Town filmmaker Ernst Heusser explains why he chose a 280 SL for his award-winning entry at the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival. “I’ve always had a great love for Mercedes and wanted to choose a model that wasn’t...

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

If the African Union had a flagship annual event, the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) should be it. The glittering awards ceremony saw musicians from all over Africa – some of whom have collaborated on various tracks – perform together on one stage,...

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Consider yourself a petrol head? Got your tickets to the Top Gear Festival in Durban? Great! We're calling on all festival goers to participate in our competition to stand a chance of winning AMG Driving Academy training vouchers to the value of R4 000...

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

From the red carpet entrance to the gleaming Mercedes-Benz models on show, the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival, held this weekend, was a show-stopper, a high-octane event that brought together some of the...

Monday, 9 June 2014

Nico Rosberg finished in second place while Lewis Hamilton was forced to retire in an eventful Canadian Grand Prix yesterday. Nico claimed his seventh successive podium finish of the season after a tough drive to second position. A high-voltage control...

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

It was a night of sweatband-tamed perms, Afro wigs and fluorescent leggings. South Africa’s first Rolla Disco at the Museum of African Design (MOAD) in Maboneng, Jo’burg, last week looked like a casting call for That ’70s Show! Out on the temporary rink,...

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

The captivating fusion of fashion and film will be celebrated in the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival from 5 to 7 June in Cape Town. This ground-breaking initiative brings together the most talented artists,...

Monday, 2 June 2014

Pioneers of their genre and four-time MTV Africa Music Award nominees, Mafikizolo are in the race for several awards when the MAMAs comes to Durban this year. There’s no doubt the hot kwaito duo of Nhlanhla Nciza and Theo Kgosinkwe will burn rubber. When...

Monday, 2 June 2014

Zama Nkosi jumped at the chance to be one of the first people in the country to drive the new C-Class. Mercedes-Benz lovers worldwide have been excitedly anticipating the unveiling of the new C-Class. And my first experience of this new model (also known...

Thursday, 29 May 2014

The continent’s biggest motoring show is coming to Durban on 21 and 22 June 2014. We’re giving you the chance to win tickets because Mercedes-Benz wants YOU to be there! The Top Gear Festival returns to Moses Mabhida Stadium in 2014 for an...

Thursday, 29 May 2014

In a world where refugees are forced to find new homes in strange lands, one architect has devised an aesthetic and practical solution. Displacement and dislocation are realities for more than 40 million people worldwide. All too often shelters found (or...

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Once a month the basement of one of Jo'burg's most beautiful buildings, Turbine Hall, fills with discerning diners and delicious conversations. Following its impressive facelift five years ago, the iconic Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg, has lost...

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

They count Donatella Versace and Lady Gaga as their first clients and are known as the Wonder Twins of the design world. A look at the Haas Brothers’ innovative furniture concepts explains why. mblife caught up with the dynamic Los Angeles duo at the...

Monday, 26 May 2014

Nico Rosberg won the Monaco Grand Prix yesterday, with Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Lewis Hamilton finishing second. The team has now taken five consecutive one-two finishes, a feat that has been achieved only three times in F1 history. Rosberg's...

Friday, 23 May 2014

Super-hot Joburg-based design duo Jana + Koos have hit New York with their mixed media art exhibition, City of Gold Diggers / JHB Hates You.How is New York treating you so far? Any similarities with Jo'burg?  It's amazing. We've only been here for two...

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Besides the pain, one of the worst aspects of breaking a limb is the cumbersome – and unattractive – plaster cast. All of that is about to change with another innovation made possible by 3D printing. Online magazine FastCompany recently reported on the...

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Discover how we created a dream world of fashion, luxury cars and art as seen in the latest issue of Mercedes-Benz magazine. Magic happens in the space between dreams and reality. This became clear in our recent print magazine, when we paired four of...

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

He's Mercedes-Benz’s international golf brand ambassador – and now he's the number one golf player in the Official World Golf Ranking. This means Adam Scott is the first Australian player to take prime spot since Greg Norman's domination for 331 weeks in...

Monday, 19 May 2014

Cape Town's dim sum goddess Yang Zhao wows discerning diners with her unique take on the traditional Chinese dish. Her recently opened lunchtime eatery, Beijing Opera in De Waterkant, is now open on Thursday evenings too. Decorated in pale green and...

Friday, 16 May 2014

Imagine sitting in a room with your favourite artist, author or musician and having the luxury of asking them anything you want. Iswareyi brings that opportunity to a handful of Jo'burg culture aficionados. At gallery openings, book signings and theatre...

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Sony’s new tapes can store 60 million songs – far more than anyone can listen to in their lifetime. Remember rewinding cassette tapes with a pencil and listening to stretched versions of your favourite songs? Those days are long gone. But before you...

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

The latest – and most luminous – road race on South Africa’s impressive sporting calendar takes place at night. So the 5km Neon Run in Cape Town and Jo'burg route relies on its dazzling participants to light up the routes. On a chilly, drizzly autumn...

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

A groundbreaking World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 initiative has transformed the Cape Town office of Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects (SAOTA) into an interactive media wall. The distinctive SAOTA offices at 109 Hatfield Street have turned...

Monday, 12 May 2014

Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS scored its fourth consecutive one-two finish at the Spanish Grand Prix, an astonishing feat last achieved by the team in 1955. Mercedes has taken pole position and victory at every race so far this year. The adrenaline-fuelled...

Friday, 9 May 2014

Motherhood was celebrated this weekend and with good reason. It’s the hardest yet most rewarding job in the world. Stylish Joburg blogger and mom Nandi Dlepu of JOHO MOMS shares some trends and treasures of parenting. On Parenting Styles I believe there...

Thursday, 8 May 2014

You don’t want access to your smartphone to stop when you start your engine. So, as you might expect from Mercedes-Benz, it’s the first German luxury car manufacturer to adopt Apple’s forward-thinking car entertainment system. As soon as Google releases...

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Afrika Burn 2014 once again brought out the weird and the wonderful to create this most unique of expressive gatherings. Once a year, thousands of people embark on a long and perilous journey deep into the Karoo hinterland. There is no food, no water,...

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Afrika Burn 2014 once again brought out the weird and the wonderful to create this most unique of expressive gatherings. Once a year, thousands of people embark on a long and perilous journey deep into the Karoo hinterland. There is no food, no water,...

Monday, 5 May 2014

Since wowing the world with his Steampunk fashion film, Adrian Lazarus has been blazing a trail with a new style of movie-making that might just see the demise of pesky TV commercials. Though the term 'fashion film' might be a relatively new one in our...

Friday, 2 May 2014

When the chance arrived to test-drive one of the most extreme new-generation AMG machines for Mercedes-Benz magazine, only an equally extreme destination would do. So we sought out a track prepared solely for a world speed record attempt. Of course it...

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Exciting joint projects between Mercedes-Benz and Hugo Boss are set to ignite the fashion world later this year. Given that luxury motoring manufacturers and high-end luxury clothing brands pursue the same discerning, upscale consumers, it’s unsurprising...

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Mars One aims to settle humans on Mars in 2024 and Kobus Vermeulen hopes to be on that one-way flight. As one of the more than 200 000 aspiring astronauts worldwide who entered the ambitious Mars One project, Kobus Vermeulen of Pretoria is holding thumbs...

Friday, 25 April 2014

Soweto is the place to be if you’re looking for a lifestyle market with a unique kasi flavour. On an open piece of land near Vilakazi Street, a number of creative vendors have arranged their wares under pretty umbrellas and custom-made stands. This is...

Thursday, 24 April 2014

He was once bumped off the bill, but now Ginger Trill is one of the headliners for Back to the City, Africa’s biggest hip-hop festival. He tells rapper Zubz about his journey. In the early 2000s in the lively Potchefstroom township of Ikageng, a young...

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

One of the many highlights of the recent Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg was the unveiling of the new AFI Fastrack winners.  As the South African fashion landscape continues to grow, so does the number of young designers hoping to break into the scene....

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Lewis Hamilton dominated the track to achieve his first hat-trick of consecutive wins yesterday in China. His seemingly effortless lights-to-flag victory was Lewis’s 25th career win, putting him on a par with racing greats Niki Lauda and Jim Clark.  He...

Thursday, 17 April 2014

She dyed her hair red long before Rihanna made it cool. Then it became mainstream, so she went bald and then blue. Musician and designer Moonchild Sanelly shares her colourful world. The single ‘Rabubi’ is climbing the music charts and South Africa is...

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

While most four-year-olds are content with a tricycle, Kira Ferren’s dad has created a million-dollar adventure truck just for her. She’s barely mastered the art of riding a bike, but 4-year-old Kira Ferren has inspired her inventor father Bran to build...

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Attention thrill-chasers, freedom-seekers and adventurers; your ride has arrived. Rookie off-road driver Nadine Theron takes the new Mercedes-Benz GLA on a romp through the Knysna forest. “This car is sexy,” says Jaco Kirsten, editor of DriveOut/WegRy,...

Monday, 14 April 2014

Selfies are soooo last year. We asked five local personalities to show us their shelfies – pictorial peeks at their bookshelves. Milisuthando Bongela, blogger  I don’t have as impressive a bookshelf as I would like, but it’s growing slowly and I’ve read...

Friday, 11 April 2014

South Africa’s last drive-in has closed – and a new cinema experience has taken over. Against the magnificent backdrop of Lion’s Head, silhouetted by an autumn sunset, the title credits start to roll on the oversized inflatable cinema screen. At Maiden’s...

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Eager to escape Joburg corporate life for a while, the third #GLAadventure winner Glen Bvuma couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel of the sporty new SUV. Little did he know what lay ahead. When we first meet Glen at Cape Town International Airport, he’s...

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Cape Town foodie Jade de Waal brings people together over something we all enjoy: food. She’s paired up with the Open Book Festival to help raise funds for libraries for underprivileged schools. Katharine Jacobs joins one of her fabled literary food...

Friday, 4 April 2014

From being tossed in the waves to gliding over treetops, the second winner of the #GLAadventure Weekend rose to the occasion. For Clive Holland, 63, the opportunity to drive a brand new Mercedes-Benz GLA was irresistible. “I entered the #GLAadventure...

Friday, 4 April 2014

Fashion shoots are moving off the pages of magazines and into the realm of film. The marriage of fashion and film is a beautiful one. By adding elements of movement and sound to fashion editorial, visual alchemists around the world are better able to...

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

A basic requirement for attending Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg is looking stylish. Fashion stylist Jerri Mokgofe gave makeovers to three lucky attendees. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has come, dazzled and gone but its impact continues for three...

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

International hip-hop artist Jean Grae headlined at the recent One Blood Festival in Port Elizabeth – and Anthony Kakembo got to meet his idol. The day had finally arrived. After a few sleepless nights, I was more than ready for the One Blood Benefit...

Monday, 31 March 2014

Lewis Hamilton took a lights-to-flag victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix yesterday, and, with teammate Nico Rosberg, completed the first one-two finish for the Mercedes Silver Arrows since 1955. Despite torrential downpour on the Sepang track in Malaysia...

Friday, 28 March 2014

The bush, a hot-air balloon, a bike – and a burst of adventurous spirit. What better way to usher in the new Mercedes-Benz GLA? The sporty, sensual lines of the new Mercedes-Benz GLA deserve the ultimate backdrop. And when the sun broke over the...

Friday, 28 March 2014

Bursting with interesting characters and energetic music, the recent Jo'burg WE ARE ONE Colour Festival played host to American DJ Felix Da Housecat. WE ARE ONE is an event that was inspired by the Hindu spring festival of colours and love, Holi. It is a...

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Out on the ramp, models at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week JOBURG showcased the very best in innovative design. But the real drama and excitement happens backstage. Nervous laughter, last-minute panic and final touches to complicated hairstyles and make-up...

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Printed silk shirt? Tick. Vintage skirt? Tick. Statement bag? Tick. Meet the real fashion show-stoppers from MBFWJ 2014. And no, they weren’t sashaying down the ramp. The thing about MBFWJ is that unless you’re lifting heavy machinery backstage or...

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The last day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is always somewhat bittersweet – it’s the wrap of this three-day-long event, in which every designer who presented a collection gave their all to shape a signature and make their mark. The David Tlale brand is...

Saturday, 22 March 2014

The second day of MBFWJ started with a showcase of David Tlale’s interns and wrapped up with kaleidoscopic knitwear by Adriaan Kuiters and Laduma Nxokolo. Today started with an offering engineered by industry darling David Tlale. The well-respected...

Friday, 21 March 2014

Mahlatse James joins the congregation of enthusiasts, industry influencers and celebrated individuals on the opening night of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week JOBURG and reports back from the front row. With guests still reeling from opening night’s splendour,...

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Tomorrow, 25-year-old designer Shana Morland makes her Joburg debut at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Malibongwe Tyilo visited the Cape Town studio she shares with her mother, designer Stefania Morland, to get a sneak peek at her Autumn/Winter...

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Up-and-coming designer Khothatso Tsotetsi introduces his own fashion line, Tsotetsi KL, at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2014 (MBFWJ) tomorrow. After three years as a member of the Africa Fashion International (AFI) Fastrack programme that helps...

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

As anticipation builds for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg (MBFWJ), we take a peek at participating fashion doyenne Marianne Fassler’s studio. Colour, texture, fabric, patterns and creative brilliance reign supreme at Leopard Frock, Marianne Fassler’s...

Monday, 17 March 2014

Mercedes-AMG earns top honours at the new turbo-powered Australian Grand Prix. It’s the 100th F1 victory for a Mercedes-Benz engine and the fourth in star driver Nico Rosberg’s career. Having taken the chequered flag at the Australian Grand Prix curtain...

Friday, 14 March 2014

It’s the perfect blend of ubuntu and technology – a language app that employs crowd-sourcing as a translation tool for SA’s 11 official languages. Like many good ideas, the thinking behind Aweza happened while on holiday. Computer programmer Glenn Stein...

Thursday, 13 March 2014

According to the international panel that judged the 49th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, preparation, passion and luck are the three elements required for a winning image.  South Africa has reason to be proud – out of 43 000 entries from...

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

He has only three F1 career wins to date, but trending pit-lane gossip suggests Nico Rosberg will spray champagne from the loftiest step of the podium this season. Richard Webb nails an exclusive interview in Geneva with the Mercedes AMG Petronas...

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

A new canopy walkway at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town will offer visitors a birds-eye view of the treetops. We take a stroll with project architect Christopher Bisset to see its progress. There’s no doubt Cape Town...

Monday, 10 March 2014

As a purveyor of modern, Afrocentric style, Gorata Blackdotah Aiah helps her clients identify their unique style – and then dresses them accordingly. When she speaks of her clothing design and fashion styling business, Gorata Blackdotah Aiah uses the...

Friday, 7 March 2014

There was something distinctly provocative about fashion designer Thula Sindi’s use of metallic fabrics and glittering sequins in a recent international show.  The Johannesburg couturier was one of 10 African designers invited to exhibit at the...

Thursday, 6 March 2014

There is no doubting Jody Paulsen’s trajectory. He’s both artist and fashion designer – moving seamlessly between the two disciplines as he collaborates with fellow creatives. And his star is clearly on the rise. Just last year, Cape-based Jody took a...

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

PRINT + PATTERN = PLAYFUL PATCHWORK, is Charl Edwards’ conclusion of Design Indaba Expo 2014. Inspired by trend forecaster Li Edelkoort’s seminar on 'Gathering', he stitched together his own playful patchworks. "In an unstitched society suffering from a...

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

California-living, neon-loving Tyler Spangler leads the new pack of contemporary digital collage artists.  I’ll compare the feeling of Tyler Spangler’s work to the moment when Willy Wonka’s factory goes from deserted Disneyland on the outside to...

Monday, 3 March 2014

Usually associated with ultra high-strength, high-tech steel, the Mercedes-Benz plant in East London is excited about a brand new car – made from beads.   The world is abuzz about the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which will be revealed to an eager South...

Friday, 28 February 2014

Rumours about a new art museum in Cape Town have been doing the rounds on the design grapevine for some time – and the news that innovative UK architect Thomas Heatherwick would be the project’s chief designer created a frisson of...

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Attention all students! You may not be able to live by the sea in Jo’burg, but you can now live in the next best thing: a shipping container. Building was completed on Mill Junction – in the trendy suburb of Newtown on the edge of Jo’burg’s CBD – in...

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Casey Neistat is an online celebrity, a viral video phenomenon and a hazard behind the wheel. We spoke to him about a recent project that combines all three. He recently got rid of his Mercedes-Benz, because he felt that he just wasn’t responsible enough...

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Did I lock the car? Will I need to stop for petrol on the way home? How bad is the traffic? All these questions will soon be answered with a quick glance at your watch. It was only a matter of, ahem, time before Mercedes-Benz chose to unveil its very own...

Monday, 24 February 2014

Sukasha Singh was born into a family of petrolheads, so it’s no surprise that she finds her groove behind the wheel – particularly when that wheel belongs to the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class. As Sukasha Singh pulls into a suburban turning circle, the driver...

Friday, 21 February 2014

Acting, writing, recording, producing and mentoring, Peach van Pletzen is a one-man entertainment system. Peach van Pletzen’s full name is Pierre-Henri, which was shortened to P.H. and then, ultimately, to Peach. And this musician and producer isn’t...

Thursday, 20 February 2014

It might not seem like the most romantic honeymoon accommodation option, but this adventurous German couple is braving mountains, beaches and deserts in a sturdy 1986 Unimog. When Jennifer Parks (36) and Peter Glas (41) tied the knot, they weren’t...

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

As one of “The Other Girls”, Thithi Nteta hosts THE WKND SOCIAL, a monthly get-together in Jo’burg that’s all about brunch, good people and ’90s hip-hop and R&B. When Tee Tee is with me blogger and socialite Thithi added publicist for THE WKND SOCIAL to...

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

The issue of ocean garbage and the horrendous damage it causes might have a new saviour: a 19-year-old Dutch student. Meet Boyan Slat, an engineering student with a plan that could remove 7 250 000 tonnes of plastic from the world’s oceans in just five...

Monday, 17 February 2014

Art imitates life – literally – as style icon and artist Billie Zangewa tackles her new role as a mother.Telltale signs lie scattered around Billie Zangewa’s neat studio. Signs that life isn’t what it once was for the style icon and artist. A trophy...

Friday, 14 February 2014

In past months you’ve seen the Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo concept car revealed. Now Mercedes-AMG just stepped it up, taking the Gran Turismo vision to the ocean with an extraordinary new boat. At the Miami International Boat Show yesterday,...

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Tucked away in the Nelson Mandela Bay is a perfect blend of sound and melody seasoned with a pinch of soul, spiced with boom bap, hip hop and um-bhaqanga. This is the next generation of the arts on the rise in the form of a duo called Umle. I met up with...

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

On a recent travel assignment to India for Mercedes-Benz magazine, mblife editor Dylan Culhane took some time out to try and capture the frenetic, multi-sensory experience of being on the streets of Punjab. “Attempting to try and portray a country as...

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Advertising agency BBDO Portugal’s latest project for Mercedes-Benz was recently on show at the unlikeliest of venues: gliding down a monster wave about a kilometre off the coast of Portugal. Mercedes-Benz teamed up with legendary big wave surfer Garrett...

Monday, 10 February 2014

Every day for the last year Lorraine Loots has been working as tirelessly as an ant, making paintings on an equally tiny scale. Her ‘365 Paintings for Ants’ is as much an artistic triumph as it is a lesson in self-motivation. When Lorraine Loots welcomes...

Friday, 7 February 2014

Organic markets are a dime a dozen in Johannesburg. It seems like a new one pops up every week. Just when I felt like I had reached saturation point, the Fourways Farmers' market renewed my faith and filled my belly. When I arrived I was intrigued to see...

Thursday, 6 February 2014

After a few years of dipping his toes in the blogosphere, Monde Mtsi has cottoned on to a glaring gap in the men's magazine market. The South African blogosphere is a peculiar space, albeit a welcoming one. New blogs pop up all the time, only to fizzle...

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Hollywood’s Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson took on the infamous Death Valley desert without the most important survival supply – water. But they had an unlikely oasis in their car. It is said that an average man can survive three days without water, but...

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

I met the mark on the side of the road in downtown Cape Town. The familiarity was uncanny. Not but a decade (and a bit; ok, I'm old) ago, I was in this very position on this side of town, the then "hotspot", to pick up a different, tiny package. Oh, to...

Monday, 3 February 2014

Max Mogale is a young South African photographer en route to big things. Having built up a solid reputation documenting the personalities and lifestyle of contemporary culture across the country, he recently stepped over to the art side with a solo...

Friday, 31 January 2014

DeeTwenty is a venue for geeks, by geeks. You can play games with like-minded fanatics and max out on free WiFi and bottomless coffee. Evolving definitions have seen the word geek transform from “someone socially inept” to “an expert or enthusiast”. The...

Thursday, 30 January 2014

With the first new Silver Arrow to hit the track since 1954 - and a few lucky charms - it's bound to be a thrilling new season for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team. 2014 will see a brand new Silver Arrow, the first new car to hit the track in 50 years,...

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Who seduces who, the model or the machine? Directed by Mademoiselle C herself, former Vogue Paris editor in chief Carine Roitfeld, the new Mercedes-Benz fashion film is tense but tongue-in-cheek. "I've been a Mercedes-Benz driver for many years and I...

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

I don’t want to brag, but I recently had one of the best Sundays this summer. I had a table booked at Babel, that famous restaurant at the Babylonstoren farm, some 60 kilometres from Cape Town in the Drakenstein Valley, on the slopes of the Simonsberg. I...

Monday, 27 January 2014

Nakhane Touré’s road to fame has taken him from the sleepy Eastern Cape town of Alice to the bright lights and possibility of Egoli. Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and vocal wizard Nakhane Touré is living his dream. Signed to Just Music – South...

Friday, 24 January 2014

It's that much easier sticking to your fitness resolutions for 2014 when your gym is as sexy as the body you're working towards.  The sun sets over the Sandton CBD like a golden blanket, and it’s time to dismount one of a few exercise bikes on the Alice...

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

At only 21, Bheki Dube is an integral part of Johannesburg’s inner-city revival. And he considers the Maboneng Precinct – the city’s hub of young and creative trailblazers – his generation’s entrepreneurial playground. Having grown up in Troyville, in...

Monday, 20 January 2014

Powered by Sir Newton’s favourite force (or, surely, one of them), GravityLight™ could bring safe, sustainable light to the developing world. Bill Gates doesn’t just tweet about anything, but he took to Twitter with gusto to endorse the potentially...

Friday, 17 January 2014

Looks can be deceiving, but not in the case of the Boys of Soweto. The members of this style collective are every bit as charming as they appear. After many wrong turns, I finally arrive at a car wash in Diepkloof. My mission: to relax under the trees...

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Is it a car? Is it a plane? No, it’s the Aeromobil Flying Car... which makes it much cooler than both. “Mark my words: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come,” said Henry Ford back in 1940. But ever since then,...

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Why should eco-friendly accommodation call to mind tree-hugging hosts in unhygienic teepees? Inside the heat-pumped hallways and the wind-turbined suites of Hotel Verde, the most pleasant surprise is what a regal treat a planet-friendly stay can be....

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

In 2014, a futuristic fantasy will be realised for artists, designers and anyone who likes to doodle. It’s called the 3Doodler. “What if you could draw things exactly as you imagined [them],” begins the narrator on 3Doodler’s wildly successful...

Monday, 13 January 2014

Remember those colour-changing rings that matched your mood? Well, there’s a new emotional broadcaster on the block. Introverts, look away now. Someone has created a garment that can read your innermost feelings and glow a corresponding colour for all...

Friday, 10 January 2014

For art activist Ricky Lee Gordon (AKA Freddy Sam), a wall can set people free just as easily as it can hold them in place. When Ricky was 16, he used to play sport… but this calling only lasted 45 minutes. Why? Because he wanted to feel a more constant...

Thursday, 9 January 2014

“Eat less meat”, says Andy Fenner, owner and master butcher of Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants. It’s a strange sentiment, given this man’s profession, but it’s one that he’s happy to explain over a cup of coffee at his new butchery on Church Street, Cape...

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Yes, you read correctly. If you’re looking for a holiday worth writing home about, why not try a stay in Africa’s first underwater hotel room? What appears to be an elaborate raft floating in the Zanzibar archipelago is in fact a three-story hotel suite,...

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Being a qualified doctor and an actor isn’t easy. But operating in two theatres is something this inspiring guy can do in a heartbeat. Dr Vuyane Mhlomi, 25, has always had a strong desire to serve others. “This is due to a number of influences,” he says,...

Monday, 6 January 2014

Korean artist Jee Young Lee uses photography to reflect her life, with an additional filter of fantasy. The digital age has affected art in many ways, but nowhere more so than in the world of photography. A photographer's work has shifted largely from...

Friday, 3 January 2014

A revolutionary new exoskeleton gets quadriplegics back on their feet. Literally. When a tractor accident left Dr Amit Goffer a quadriplegic in 1998, he left his job at Odin Medical Technologies – where he had developed a novel MRI system – and devoted...

Thursday, 2 January 2014

With the success of their debut album, MuzArt share what makes their sound stand out in the South African music scene. The whole can be greater than the sum of its parts – even if the parts are pretty great on their own. And that seems to be the case...

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

For Sebastiaan Soeters, co-initiator at Amsterdam's BlackStar Bikes, having his own bamboo bike stolen was a sign that his company was on the right track. ''I saw it as a compliment,'' says Sebastiaan, who's seen BlackStar Bikes grow exponentially in its...

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Uganda is home to a unique selection of Africa's most precious and endangered wildlife, including the critically-endangered mountain gorilla, of which there are only 880 remaining in the wild worldwide. That entire wild population is located in a small...

Monday, 23 December 2013

Capetonians often equate live performance with public or conceptual art. But if you attended the city's first Live Performers Meeting recently, you'll have learnt that it's so much more. The Italian-originated event for video jockeys (VJs), visual...

Monday, 23 December 2013

Sun City is the prototypical what-you-take-in-is-what-you-get-out kind of place. If you go in aiming to enjoy a weekend of family fun in the African bushveld, that's probably going to be your experience. If you go in rolling your eyes at the kitschy...

Monday, 23 December 2013

In the age of eCommerce, buyers have developed a need for fast delivery on just about everything – but it's still only pizza that's expected to arrive within 30 minutes. Amazon has plans in place to change all that, with remote-controlled copter drones...

Friday, 20 December 2013

In between illustrating a new graphic novel and getting a tattoo of a manga robot, self-proclaimed geek Chris Beukes lets us into his den where comic characters are created, crafted and consequently... Unleashed. As a kid, Chris was told that because he...

Friday, 20 December 2013

African tortoise shells and poisonous snakes inspired the latest addition to Missibaba's hand-made luxury leather bags - a range of laptop covers to complement Nigerian design label Laurence Airline's latest collection. Inspired by the geometry of the...

Thursday, 19 December 2013

The sleepy hills of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, near Pringle Bay, were rocked last weekend by a group of speed demons who gathered for Hot Heels – a four-day stint of nail-biting, stomach-churning, action-packed gravity racing. Thursday 5 December...

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Anyone who's ever had the pleasure of driving in a cabriolet will know what a difference having no roof makes. Entirely unobstructed, your senses take in so much more. For artists, this invariably equates to a tsunami of creative inspiration as the eyes,...

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Laduma Ngoxolo has taken his knitwear collection one step further through fashion film. We caught up with him at Afro-chic concept store; Merchants on Long for the screening of 'Maxhosa'. While Laduma was exhibiting a new knitwear collection downstairs,...

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

In the final installment of 21 Icons' first season, Adrian Steirn is enthralled by a handful of truly South African stories from the country's best storyteller, Gcina Mhlope. "When 4 o'clock struck on that day of 11th of February 1990 and Tata Mandela...

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Sean Ou Tim and his wife Inka Kendzia have travelled the world, collecting as they go a kaleidoscope of sounds, colours, patterns and clips that they blend, layer and loop to entice crowds with their playful performances as Mr Sakitumi and The Grrrl. Mr...

Friday, 13 December 2013

Tracking a tracker was no easy feat for Adrian Steirn. Mblife get's an insider's perspective of the journey to find icon Karel 'Pokkie' Benadie in the Karoo. The Karoo is meant to be flat. The Karoo National Park is not. On the outskirts of Beaufort...

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Why would international supermodel Karlie Kloss carry her driver's license on her? Surely a beauty of that stature is chauffeured around from exotic locations to glamorous destinations? "I love driving..." she smiles and shrugs when asked about the...

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The Devil’s Lair isn’t light viewing. It follows an ageing Cape Flats gangster as he struggles to protect a precious piece of turf from rival gangs, while trying to raise a child and look after his wife. Hyper-intimate, riveting and heartbreaking, Riaan...

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Karel Benadie was 'like a bokkie' as a child, living and learning harmoniously in tune with nature and surviving off its gifts. Today he shares his intimate knowledge as master tracker, training youngsters how to read the spoor of plants and animals.One...

Monday, 9 December 2013

Have you always wanted to dress like Rihanna? Katy Perry, Rita Ora, Alexa Chung or Kelly Osborne? A new local range of celebrity-inspired dresses will make you feel like Henry Holland's famous muses... Henry Holland and Pixie Geldof: two well-known names...

Friday, 6 December 2013

Madiba's iconic image was just sold at the highest-ever value attained by a South African photograph. The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital and WWF will be receiving half each of around R2 000 000 raised from the record sale of the portrait of the man...

Friday, 6 December 2013

On this, one of the saddest days in South Africa’s history, we wish to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela and the immeasurably positive impact he has had on South Africa and the world. Tales about this incredible man will undoubtedly be told for many...

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

The SLS AMG Coupé Black Series was recently voted the "Sportscar of the Year" by readers of AUTO BILD magazine in Germany. This comes as no surprise after JIMS visitors couldn't keep their flashes away from the sexy sports car.  The gull-wing model...

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

"I don't believe I'm brave," Zackie Achmat told Adrian Steirn. "I don't believe in icons. I believe in masses of people working together."On World Aids Day, the 21 Icons project aptly featured renowned HIV activist Zackie Achmat – who has put his life on...

Monday, 2 December 2013

Over the past few weeks, graffiti of a mysterious chess piece king was noticed around the streets of Cape Town. Then, a wooden chess piece made its way to mblife. We simply had to unlock its secret.  The chess piece king turns out to be a significant...

Friday, 29 November 2013

The last place one would expect exquisite models floating about in haute couture to the rhythm of a beat-boxing whizz-kid must be a car dealership. But with the untamed attitude of the AMG, anything is possible... Mercedes-Benz invited some of their AMG...

Thursday, 28 November 2013

For wildlife photographer and Mercedes-Benz partner Adrian Steirn, Mother Nature is a masterful muse. These exclusive photos are from his most recent trip to the Serengeti. The Grumeti Fund is a tract of land in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. It’s...

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

It may be the curtain-raiser to Sun City’s big-money Nedbank Golf Challenge, but the humble Gary Player Invitational is where the fun – and the real money – lies. For every Academy Awards, there's a Golden Globes. For every new Mercedes S-Class there's...

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

John Kani raged a war against apartheid yielding not a gun but a "cultural AK47". His plays and acting performances angered apartheid authorities so that he was arrested in costume after the curtain drop in 1976. Born in the Eastern Cape, Kani's father...

Monday, 25 November 2013

The concept definitely works on paper. Catering for a rise in foodie travellers, Food Routes plots a journey for visitors to South Africa, focusing on destinations with one thing in common: excellent food. The venture launched with a resounding vote of...

Friday, 22 November 2013

After being revealed at the Johannesburg International Motor Show in October, last week journalists finally had a chance to drive the new S-Class – heralded in some quarters as ‘the best car in the world’. That’s quite a moniker to live up to… but one...

Friday, 22 November 2013

In the hedonistic world of dance floors and DJs, a refreshing initiative rewards clubbers for helping the community. It’s a sunny day in Philippi. But you’d struggle to call it a beautiful day. The sun beats down on corrugated roofs, and listless gusts...

Friday, 22 November 2013

Shooting up the West Coast in Guy's beloved 1981 straight 200 Mercedes-Benz, the country's latest roots blues two-piece heads for the summit. The 2013 Table Mountain Blues Summit, that is. It's the first year guitarist Guy Collins and drummer James van...

Thursday, 21 November 2013

It's hard to be sexy in cycling pants. Or it was, until local designer Jacques van der Watt turned those hotpants into hot couture. As the fashion designer behind Black Coffee, Jacques van der Watt knows just how to flatter the human form. And now he's...

Thursday, 21 November 2013

She summited the highest mountain in Africa, showing the world that HIV could not hold her back. With this attitude, marathon runner Evelina Tshabalala is inspiring the youth in her hometown of Imizamo Yethu with the spirit of positivity. Besides Mount...

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo is a visionary concept of a super sports car – and the first of the 'Vision Gran Turismo' series of virtual vehicles, which will reflect a unique insight into the future development of the motorcar.The virtual...

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Violently purple dragon fruits clash brightly with bristling rambutans, cheerfully ripe mangos and the potent, sock-like smell of durian fruit. Down another corridor, bags of live frogs come face-to-face with their fate – the neatly lined cadavers of...

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Cindy Taylor gets a rare peek behind the scenes on the latest shoot in the 21 Icons series. It was in 2009 that I first met Adrian Steirn and Harriet Pratten. At that time, they had yet to shoot an icon. The idea of the project had only just migrated...

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Meet Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, an award-winning filmmaker, musician, visual artist and self-proclaimed "young, dumb kid". Sibs Shongwe-La Mer is a busy guy. He debuted his first feature film, the work-in-progress entitled Territorial Pissings, at the 70th...

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

In a treasured interview conducted before his death, the late Professor Philip Tobias discusses his passion for a free South Africa. And he even put his teeth in for the shoot. This week's 21 Icons episode serves as a tribute to Prof. Phillip Vallentine...

Monday, 11 November 2013

Mblife was on the red carpet for the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, brushing shoulders in a celebratory gathering of movie stars and politicians. They might seem poles apart but a glamorous international movie industry troupe and legendary...

Friday, 8 November 2013

On a typical Friday night, South Africa's favourite fashion blogger Malibongwe Tyilo can be found rubbing shoulders with the style elite or covering a design festival in Dubai. Shortly after landing back on local shores, we find out why his blog,...

Thursday, 7 November 2013

The TED phenomenon has sent waves of inspiration throughout the world with its basic premise of learning from others. So where better to start inspiring others than in our own back yard? Nwabisa Tolom reports from this year's TEDx Soweto. TEDx Soweto...

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Coming to your airwaves soon... a fresh blend of music and motoring in another exciting Mercedes-Benz lifestyle innovation. Broadcasting around the clock, Mercedes-Benz Radio offers brand information, editorial zeitgeist content and a fresh, steady...

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Three-year-old William Kentridge wanted to be an elephant. Today the artist's work is regarded as a mammoth contribution to South African culture. Kentridge discusses photography with fellow artist and documentarian Adrian Steirn while his portrait is...

Monday, 4 November 2013

The capital city was given the opportunity to host the biggest fashion event on the continent this year - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week AFRICA (MBFWA) - and with it, international supermodel Alek Wek. From 26 October to 2 November, the continent's fashion...

Monday, 4 November 2013

The Museum of African Design (MOAD) is housed in a lofty reclaimed warehouse – a distinct step away from the traditional idea of what a museum should be. Even less traditional, perhaps, is the establishment’s director, a 22-year-old American named Aaron...

Monday, 4 November 2013

Last week Cape Town's mayor Patricia de Lille finally announced the exciting official line-up of design events and projects planned for 2014, while the city reigns as World Design Capital. The full programme consists of 450 events and will kick off with...

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

In the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS team's best race since the Belgian Grand Prix in late August, a strong drive from Nico Rosberg saw him finish second at the Indian Grand Prix  on Sunday 27 October with Lewis Hamilton in sixth place. Scoring 26 points, the...

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

It's that time of the year again when chefs take off their oven mittens and compete to find out... who will be named the best restaurant in South Africa? Considered South Africa’s most prestigious gastronomic event to celebrate chefs, restaurants and the...

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Gary Player always knew that hard work would get him everywhere. "I believed, personally, at 16 that I was going to be a world champion," Player tells Adrian Steirn in an interview for his 21 Icons short film. When he turned pro at only seventeen,...

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The dust has finally settled on the Johannesburg International Motor Show, but several unveilings from Mercedes-Benz tantalised the tens of thousands of visitors with exciting prospects for the coming months. Any visitor to JIMS over the last two weeks...

Monday, 28 October 2013

Tucked away in a small suburban shopping centre, Café del Sol is a manifestation of a timeless ideal – following your passions and infusing love into all you do is a recipe for success. Café del Sol won the 2012 Eat Out Award and was ranked number 1 out...

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

From grunge to kwaito, punk rock to dubstep, Siya Ngcobo concocts genre-bending music like a witch over a cauldron. His latest project, Umlilo, is already being playlisted across the globe, while local stations remains perplexed. The question at the top...

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Sit back, relax, and let your car drive for you. It's not a scene from a sci-fi movie, it's just something that an S-Class INTELLIGENT DRIVE will allow you to do soon. 125 years after the first long-distance drive in an automobile was taken, the same...

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Nelson Mandela called her his African princess. She's claimed her place on the throne throughout 20 years of reigning African pop music. Even though she had to change the controversial words of many of her songs during the apartheid era, the true message...

Monday, 21 October 2013

Sometimes a person and a place are inextricably linked. Such is the case with Purity Zinhle Mkhize, the lead singer of punk band Fruits & Veggies, whose journey was shaped by an unassuming Durban pub called The Winston. While a reasonably big city in...

Friday, 18 October 2013

When you think about local comics, Madam & Eve and Zapiro probably come to mind. But a new generation of super-cartoonists is emerging. South African comics have always been dominated by political commentary. But young cartoonist Josh Ryba attracts...

Thursday, 17 October 2013

My first glimpse of the best car in the world was from 500 feet above the ground. Ringed by laser lights, it projected a sense of importance despite appearing no bigger than a dinky car. Let me back track a little... So numerous are the technological...

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Entrepreneur Khotso Mphahlele is living the 'red life'. As he rolls some bowls across the greens at Zoo Lake, he explains what this is and how it's growing his business into an empire.Standing out among the buzzing contingent of the Zoo Lake Bowling...

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Helen Sebidi hid her work away for a long time, painting in order to be healed. Today we are grateful that the iconic artist eventually shared the works that express South Africa's collective struggle nourishing and healing the nation as a whole. In a...

Monday, 14 October 2013

On the eve of the largest automotive show in Southern Africa, we take a sneak peak at some of the star automotive appearances to  anticipate at the Mercedes-Benz stand. As car manufacturers unwrap their most exciting showpieces for the almost 300 000...

Friday, 11 October 2013

The sun is setting over the city. I’m outside a security gate at another reclaimed industrial space in the Maboneng Precinct. The lights are down and in the distance I see a figure hunched over a MacBook, staring into the light. The figure is Gerv...

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Some people sculpt marble. Others work in bronze. South African inventor Sandile Ngcobo sculpts laser beams, and his art might just change the world.As soon as Sandile arrives to meet me at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, my...

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

NoViolet Bulawayo's debut novel has been nominated for the world's premier literary prize. After 13 years away from her homeland, has the Zimbabwe she remembers become a figment of the imagination? "We live in a world of labels and you can't escape...

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

"I wanted to be a Zulu street musician, but it was complicated because I also wanted to be a game ranger," Johnny Clegg says, explaining how marrying his diverse passions has made all the difference to an inimitable legacy: "It was, for me, a happy...

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

The Hives, Skunk Anansie, Alt-J and Boyz Noise were all acts people wanted to see perform so desperately that tickets for Rocking the Daisies were sold out a month before the festival. But what did we not expect to see there? 1. Interactive sculptures by...

Friday, 4 October 2013

The final product might look slick, crisp, and sophisticated – but bringing it all together was decidedly more chaotic. Take a glimpse behind the curtain at how a small, passionate team brought a big concept to life. One Red Epic, one Phantom high-speed...

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Your comfort zone may be, well, comfortable, but sometimes the best ideas can only be found outside of it. Just ask Capetonian designer Ben Johnston. For 26-year-old designer Ben Johnston, challenging yourself to improve creatively sometimes means...

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

The tenth icon to be revealed in the 21 Icons project is still known as Minky in his hometown, a name his grandmother gave him because of his big ears and tiny physique. Hugh Masekela can't even remember how he first realised that he loved music, "I was...

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

One of the UK's most popular rock bands, Skunk Anansie, will be performing in South Africa in October. Amanda Mtuli spoke to lead vocalist Skin about the upcoming visit. Skunk Anansie was one of the most popular British rock bands of the 1990s. They...

Monday, 30 September 2013

Fierce, feisty and flamboyant, the 13-member V.I.N.T.A.G.E. dance crew has already won a firm fan base... Mother Monster among them. Six members of the V.I.N.T.A.G.E. crew burst out of the doors of the 12 Decades Hotel in Maboneng like a gaggle of...

Friday, 27 September 2013

It takes a special kind of person to create runway-worthy fashion accessories – out of wood. Luckily, Inga Gubeka is just such a person. Meet up-and-coming Cape Town designer Inga Gubeka, the man behind Indalo Décor and the finely crafted wooden...

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Step by step and kilometre by kilometre, a dynamic running crew is taking over the streets of Johannesburg. There’s a rumble in the urban jungle. Myriad feet rise and fall like a scattering of neon butterflies, dipping and bobbing around a floral feast....

Thursday, 26 September 2013

What do dancing and Formula 1 have in common? A lot, according to Pirelli and South African visual artist Nandipha Mntambo. The idea of the doppelganger has intrigued humanity since the term was coined in the late 1700s. These days, it’s simplistically...

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The 21 Icons project pays tribute to George Bizos – the Greek-born lawyer responsible for sparing Nelson Mandela and many other South Africans' lives. "I consider myself a South African. I'm 83 years of age and I only spent 13 of them at the place of my...

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

EXCLUSIVE: The A 45 AMG is the epitome of performance, control and expression – essential attributes shared with extreme downhill skateboarding. In a beautifully filmed video pitting man against machine these unlikely four-wheeled allies tango at...

Monday, 23 September 2013

Outspoken filmmaker Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s recent film, Of Good Report, has the dubious honour of being banned for a few days. Earlier this year, it was refused classification at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), although the ruling was...

Friday, 20 September 2013

After months of preparation and days of intense shooting we're very excited to reveal  a glimpse of a video being released next week. The A 45 AMG is the epitome of performance, control and expression – much like a champion downhill skateboarder... The...

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Inspired by retro tennis peaks and fitted with electric skateboards on the roof, the smart fourjoy is designed for the modern urban family who abhors normality. The new concept smart fourjoy car is celebrating its world premiere at the International...

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

In the 26 years Ahmed Kathrada spent in the "university" of prison he acquired both knowledge and wisdom without losing his sense of humour.  Kathrada tells 21 Icons' Adrian Steirn about Nelson Mandela's two most annoying habits and smuggling Long Walk...

Monday, 16 September 2013

Decio Lourenco’s ultra laid-back demeanour belies the aggression he reserves for very steep hills. Clocking speeds more commonly associated with race car drivers, the dedication to his sport requires a level of focus and confidence few of us could...

Friday, 13 September 2013

Cape Town's City Hall has seen its share of fine cuisine, art and celebrities, but none as spectacular as at Chefs who Share, where over R1 million was raised for youth development. Top Billing's Bonang Matheba and Dr. Michael Mol were the MCs for the...

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

It was total book desecration – Lauren Beukes ripped up a copy of her novel, The Shining Girls, handed pages to top local artists, and raised R95 000 in half an hour. Capetonians have been called lazy, late and too laid back, but apparently not when...

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Gone are the days when robots were built by scientists in underground labs. With Kinematics, even a five-year-old can do it. Here’s a novel idea for your kid’s next birthday present: a child-friendly robotic construction kit. Created by German start-up...

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

She was the only person who ever received a Novel Prize without being officially recognised by their country. But Nadine Gordimer managed to say what she wanted to say. "At least I had the sufficient guts to do that," she adds and continues to say...

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

YFM DJ and chef extraordinaire Sanza Sandile has witnessed the change of Johannesburg through the sights and smells of its kitchens. "Ah, good morning. We’ve just finished feeding the Nigerians their breakfast," says Sanza Sandile, a delicious smile...

Friday, 6 September 2013

Startlingly animated animals are made of driftwood and nails by Bryan Cusack and Natasha Deary of Woodshack in Durban. Inspired by the horse creations of Heather Jansch, the pair has taken driftwood sculptures to the next level, producing...

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Tonight a celebrity line-up of 14 South African chefs and seven acclaimed artists will present their finest masterpieces, all in aid of underprivileged children. Seven sterling sommeliers will add to the treat of culinary and artistic glamour at the Cape...

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Why is Europe so interested in CUSS? And what, for that matter, is CUSS? A magazine? A band? An artist? We found out. CUSS is hard to pin down. The group operates as a conceptual art collective, but that hardly describes everything they do.  So far,...

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

The doctor prescribes laughter. One of the most qualified and experienced nurses in the country, Dr. Lillian Cingo shares her memories and health tips with 21 Icons project creator Adrian Steirn. A tribute to her impact on the healthcare of South...

Monday, 2 September 2013

Nonku Phiri always sings with her eyes closed. And she’ll gladly keep singing until her voice is gone. The shy songwriter opens up about her upcoming debut album and collaborating with the cream of local hip-hop. When Nonku Phiri started secretly...

Friday, 30 August 2013

Never mind thinking out of the box. Capetonian artist Chris Swift turns boxes into stars, and rusty, old fences into fonts. So what’s up his sleeve for World Design Capital 2014? Chris Swift’s latest exhibition, The Void: Positive/Negative Spaces, is...

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Rarely have I seen a group of grown-up journalists as giddy as I did yesterday at the A 45 AMG launch at Kyalami. Not only had one of the year’s most anticipated models finally arrived, the course we tested it on was just plain nuts. The Mercedes-Benz A...

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

The first African to head Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo, has been an activist – for various causes - since he was 15. As a teenager of colour in apartheid South Africa, Naidoo was always aware of the discriminative education system – so in 1980 he participated...

Monday, 26 August 2013

DJ'ing with cacti? Musical fruits? Arduino makes the seemingly impossible conceivable, bringing rocket science to the everyman. Paul Mesarcik aims to dismantle the barrier between physical computing and regular folk like you and me. The basics of...

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Safety is one of our priorities at Mercedes-Benz. But, although we can put all possible safety systems into our vehicles, there’s one factor we can’t control – the driver. 'Over 100 000 accidents a year involve drivers who are texting. The numbers are...

Thursday, 22 August 2013

South African street artist r1 has a wayward way with barrier tape and paper. Insisting on anonymity, he and/or she either wraps up parts of electric poles and traffic signs in his homeland or window dresses an empty shop window with paper in...

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Richard Seaman had good reason to feel extremely confident ahead of the Swiss Grand Prix in Bremgarten on 21 August 1938.  A member of the Mercedes-Benz works team, the British driver had won the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring four weeks earlier....

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Sophia Williams-De Bruyn recalls how the oft-quoted song words "You strike a woman, you strike a rock" originated on August 9, 1956, the day she and three other women led the historic women's march to the Union Buildings. Williams-De Bruyn is the fifth...

Monday, 19 August 2013

One year after the massacre at Marikana, Sindi-Leigh McBride reflects upon how her research at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has influenced her political thinking and feeling. Studying for a second MA in Political Communication, this...

Friday, 16 August 2013

Kent Lingeveldt can’t remember his life before skateboarding. Now a semi-retired competitor at the ripe old age of 32, his lifelong passion has evolved into a successful business – but he still finds the time to skate with the neighbourhood kids, and...

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Artist Jan Henri Booyens is something of an enigma. He moves from city to city like a man on the run, scrawling and scraping geometric shapes and chaotic lines across canvasses. We’ve heard stories about him that wouldn’t be safe to print. So we...

Monday, 12 August 2013

As he looks back at the best of MBFWCT, renowned fashion blogger Malibongwe Tyilo delights in fashionistas’ complete disregard for the weather and tips his hat to the King of SA Fashion, David Tlale: So Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2013 has come...

Friday, 9 August 2013

It finally arrived, the first day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2013 (MBFWCT). Fashionistas put out some of their funkiest outfits and the designers got to show their months of hard work. The shows got off to a beautiful start at the South...

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Malibongwe Tyilo applies his famously critical eye to last year's Fashion Week, in order to equip you for this year's affair: As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town begins, and a lot of us are planning our looks, I want to take a moment to look back at...

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

In the market for a new motor yacht? Or a helicopter that would make Bruce Wayne drool? For the first time ever, the  complete collection of Mercedes-Benz Style luxury lifestyle items can be appreciated at a beach-side exhibition in Porto Montenegro and...

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Just before her first Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Mali visits Lara Klawikowski's studio to find out: Will she stick to some of her more elaborate creations or will we see tone it down? Step into the multi-textural wonderland of Lara Klawikowski’s...

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Malibongwe Tyilo visits Keith Henning of menswear label Adriaan Kuiters to see what he has up his stylish sleeve for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2013 and why it’s hard to believe this is only his second showing at fashion week. Keith Henning...

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

The second icon revealed in the 21 Icons multimedia and photographic project is FW de Klerk, whose serene portrayal encapsulates the former statesman's pivotal role as a peacemaker in South Africa. The day Apartheid ended was perhaps the most immense...

Monday, 5 August 2013

It's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Cape Town, and we've enlisted the renowned fashion blogger Malibongwe Tyilo from 'Skattie What Are You Wearing' to keep us all up to date with previews, reviews and interviews. In this week's first post, Malibongwe...

Friday, 2 August 2013

An old Mercedes-Benz war horse was restored to perfection and given a new lease on life... as a roving kitchen. When best friends Danielle Strydom and Dany Krynauw hit on a plan to use Gauteng’s beautiful farmlands to host pop-up feasts, they needed a...

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Who is the bold perfomance artist behind the bright balloons? We find out what makes street shows so special and Joburg audiences so scary... Athi Patra-Ruga is a balloon-covered, high-heel-wearing performance artist whose work – entitled The Future...

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Motorbikes use less juice, trump traffic jams and turn heads for less than 80k. They’re also the key to a racy new trend. It’s been 120 years since Gottlieb Daimler revealed the first simple, motorised bicycle. And, while we’ve come a long way since that...

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

They call Paris the city of love, but it was an enduring love for South Africa that brought creative couple Fiona Pole and Didier Presse back home. It’s hard not to feel gushy when hearing the story of how artist and printmaker Fiona Pole and fashion...

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

“When people are determined they can overcome anything” –Nelson Mandela Last week mblife introduced the 21 Icons project, a series of photographic portraits and television short films by celebrated photographer and documentary filmmaker Adrian Steirn. On...

Monday, 29 July 2013

Lewis Hamilton has won his first Grand Prix in a Silver Arrow - on 28 July at the Hungaroring in Hungary. After Nico Rosberg's victories at Monaco and the British Grand Prix, Lewis' triumph meant a third victory in only five races for the Mercedes-AMG...

Thursday, 25 July 2013

In their current exhibition, two Johannesburg-based artists draw inspiration from the past, the future and our journey between the two. Pamela Sunstrum and Thenjiwe Nkosi’s logo says a lot about their approach to art. It depicts two pandas, one pushing...

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

What does the face of a nation look like? Though no single photograph could ever capture this, Adrian Steirn’s collection of 21 iconic South Africans offers us a composite portrait of our country from its best angle... 21 Icons South Africa combines...

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Jules Mercer wants to bring you back to the land although she doesn’t insist you don overalls and abandon your cell phone. Rather, she is raising the profile of small farms and artisanal fare with style, discernment and top-notch chefs.  Mercer is the...

Friday, 19 July 2013

More and more people are tilting their chopsticks towards the Chinese dumplings called dim sum. And the utensils of those in the know are pointing directly to Beijing Opera. Yang Zhao is an artist and entrepreneur. But she’s happier being called the Dim...

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle Cape Town  was so impressed by Greenpop’s ‘Trees for Zambia’ initiative, they sponsored a Sprinter van to mobilise this fantastic project in partnership with Reliance Compost and Sandown Motors. Photographer Sydelle...

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Cape Town is pruning its feathers for 2014 when the international design world will hold it to the title of World Design Capital (WDC). The small team behind the city's design responsibilities for 2014 have built themselves a new nest virtually overnight...

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

If you’re looking for creative inspiration, look no further than Uno De Waal’s website, 10and5.com… Five years ago, strategist and young entrepreneur Uno De Waal was asked to find five examples of South African social media campaigns. After scouring the...

Monday, 15 July 2013

The word “voortrekker” literally translates to “those who pull ahead”, those at the vanguard of a new movement. And it’s an apt description for the trend-setters who looked at a fond eyesore and recognised its potential as the perfect outdoor party...

Friday, 12 July 2013

The ever-popular SLK range has received an update with the addition of the SLK 250 BlueEFFICIENCY engine derivative. It’s the latest addition to ‘Mercedes-Benz Dream Cars’: a performance collection comprising a select range of coupé, cabrio and roadster...

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Diamond rings are a universal symbol of splendour and devotion, why then do they tend to end up in conventional gold and silver bands? Capetonian design team Situ's Refractive Dust does something different to your diamonds - set in resin and metal dust...

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Imagine if you could print your own coffee mug – and we're not talking about the picture on it... There’s a small but determined army growing in size and stature every day. The soldiers – an enthusiastic assortment of geeks, hackers, engineers, artists,...

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Dave Southwood combines classic Mercs and a dash of ennui to create a series of evocative yet anonymous portraits. Mblife recently commissioned renowned photographer Dave Southwood to shoot a series of portraits of people in cars. Freeing Southwood up to...

Monday, 8 July 2013

Thought it was rude to stare? Not when someone’s wearing a gaze-activated dress... “People will stare. Make it worth their while.” – Harry Winston, jewellery designer  When it comes to interpreting this oft-quoted phrase, no one does it like fashion...

Thursday, 4 July 2013

They say that youth is wasted on the young. Well, it isn’t wasted on youth culture specialist Anthea Poulos. When it comes to living in South Africa, Anthea has come full circle. She grew up in Johannesburg, then moved to Cape Town to pursue her studies...

Thursday, 4 July 2013

What used to be a mean war machine is now an eco-friendly giant carrying a funnyman and his family across Africa. Once used to transport artillery guns during the Angolan war, a 1978 911 Mercedes-Benz L-series is becoming a vehicle for ecological change...

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Tick, tick, tick. The sound of a turn signal resonates through the leather-lined cabin of a new Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG. At some point between this intersection and the last, the severity of my situation dawned on me: I am riding alongside Lewis frikkin'...

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

A soup kitchen brings to mind homeless men lining up for comfort against the elements next to a church table piled with cauldrons. A soup apartment, however, is something completely different. Exclusivity evokes an atmosphere of intimacy at apartment...

Monday, 1 July 2013

Nico Rosberg won an eventful British Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton finishing in fourth place after a dramatic race at Silverstone on Sunday, 30 June. Nico took his second win in almost a month - the third of his career - after  his recent victory in the...

Friday, 28 June 2013

Why fit in when you can stand out? We ask Ben Johnson, a rebellious Cape Town designer with an eye for the unconventional…   Ben Johnson is to design what his heavy metal-playing teenage self was to suburban Cape Town: a noisemaker. His particular brand...