Author: Jen Whittingham
Jen grew up in Cornwall and moved to Brighton for University to study Geography and International Relations. She is currently studying an MPhil in Environment, Society and Sustainability at the University of Cape Town.

Out of sight, out of mind: Britain’s role in the Marikana miner’s massacre

In August 2012, 34 striking South African miners working for British-owned Lonmin were shot down by police in military gear. Nobody has been held responsible.  

 

“We are committed to zero harm to people and the environment” – Lonmin

 

On the 9th of August 2012, around 3000 miners went on strike at the Lonmin Platinum Mine in Marikana, South Africa, roughly an hour’s drive from the state capital – Pretoria. Read more...

It takes a lot of cash to have few things: the fetishisation of scandinavian minimalism

People are loving clean lines, less clutter, getting balanced and getting conscious with their design choices these days. Scandinavian design captures this essence and is increasingly infiltrating home decor, fashion, food and coffee. But why? and why now?
 
Within Europe, Nordic culture and society is put on a socio-economic, political and cultural pedestal: from their energy efficiency (even though Norway’s top export is petroleum), to their social-democratic approach to government policies, they really seem to be getting it right. Read more...

A Hipster Paradise: Gentrification in South Africa

A hipster paradise, a tourist’s dream, #12 of ‘Things to do in Cape Town’ on TripAdvisor. And so with these accolades, every sunny Saturday at The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, the tall, thick and rusty red gates open and welcome visitors to “a vibrant, warm-hearted little village … where talented people come together to share, collaborate and show off their heart-felt passion.” They ask you to “come and explore the Mill and meet some of South Africa’s most talented, innovative designers, artists, photographers, and connoisseurs of fine taste and décor.”

 

Awesome! Read more...