Last Friday in the Jewish Report I saw an ad for Glenn Beck’s appearance in a synagogue in Cape Town last night (Thursday). This is the man who once had a TV show on Fox and is well known for his controversial views, and his “classic anti-Semitic tropes.” He recently attacked George Soros as a manipulative puppet master who is deliberately destroying America’s economy so as to impose a totalitarian one-world government.
Fresh from a trip to Israel where in the newspaper Haaretz, Yossi Sarid called him a “charlatan-entertainer-mediaman”, he came to SA to deliver an address called “Why I stand with Israel”.
In Israel he held three rallies designed said Michelle Goldberg in The Daily Beast to recast himself as a great champion of the Jews, united with Israel in a coming global war with the Islamist and socialist hordes.
Did anybody attend the Cape Town event? Can somebody report back on his content, delivery and integrity? I am curious.
On his website he was quoted saying:
“We are in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa, unfortunately, in the past, probably best known for Apartheid over the world. No longer. They have corrected the mistakes of the past and are moving forward as a new country united and they shook this evil without revolution, a remarkable people and a remarkable land,” Glenn said.
“Apartheid is going to play a role in the conversation of the world again, but they’re going to blame Israel for Apartheid and we’re here to set the record straight on what Apartheid was and what it is and is it happening in Israel or not. That’s why we’re here and then tomorrow we’re going to be in South America.”
“By the way, Apartheid solved in South Africa peacefully,” he added. “We should figure out how South Africa did that. Huh? People classified into population groups including skin color, their classification determined their wages, their pensions, their jobs, their schools, and their living area. That was South Africa.”
This is the ad for his Thursday night speech: Read More…
The artist, inspired by a photograph taken by Alexia Webster, was moved by the story of “backyarder” protestors – women, children, men and the elderly who live in back yards because there is no space or housing available or provided by the state. She chose this building in Keizergracht Street “because it has a certain historical resonance to it, as it is where protesters gather before they march to parliament.”
*The work was funded by the British Council.
Marcelo Rosenbaum is a Brazilian with passion, vision, and a desire to help improve the lives of underprivileged people. And in his case it’s the homes of poor people he likes to transform.
His presentation at the Design Indaba was a show of wonderous enthusiasm and excitement. He explained, using a translator, how he uses culture and tradition in his design and how by concentrating on the human element he transcends anything ugly.
He does lots of different kinds of design work, but using a TV make-over show, Home Sweet Home, Rosenbaum renovates homes within a week time frame. This is what he and his team did to the Ferreira’s home.
PS: Did you know the cactus is a symbol of good luck?
Design Indaba guests found the special speaker to be rather unspecial.
As Martha’s presentation clearly wasn’t going to develop beyond a sales pitch people walked out. We know now all about her business, her 5 houses, and lots about her dogs and then more about glitter. Very bizarre. By the end half the audience in the main auditorium had walked out and most of the people in the simulcast room. In a huff. Outside crowds watched as Martha was being twitterslapped. Great fun. She clearly underestimated South Africans. And she clearly wants to penetrate this market.
Waiting to interview her. But she’s signing books somewhere. There are those who still love her.
UPDATE: Jokes abounded about her presentation during the rest of the conference. Quips from speakers, and the MC, about how many millions they could make from their various projects. 5.5 designers presented an idea of where we will get food from in 2050. Rethink animals. Rats? They showed a picture of dead rats hanging in a French shop window. Horrible, but a good idea. And then said that they will make millions from this idea – MS said this about one of her ideas. The audience collapsed.
103 surfers caught this wave yesterday at the Earthwave beach festival in Muizenberg, Cape Town. Not only did they beat the current Guinness World Record of 100, they also promoted climate change awareness and sustainable lifestyle choices.
The picture was taken by Esa Alexander from our Cape Town office.