Month: April 2018

Go Straight,Girl

Some girls will go to any lengths for their hair. Shaylene thinks of her hair as a disability, something like chronic migraine. It has to be medicated, treated, taken on mini breaks, stroked, chemically advanced, tranquillised, sedated and spanked. “Hair for a coloured girl,” say Shaylene, “is an issue. And let me tell you not …

After Dark

Erich Rautenbach

Lin Sampson talks to author Erich Rautenbach, who remembers a vivid past in a South Africa long gone I am sitting with Erich Rautenbach in what was once the Mountain View (now Jameson’s) in Long Street, a 1960s stronghold of prostitution once run by a woman with ivory combs in her hair and a theatrically …

Pavement Special

Virginia Springett

There are new tricks and there are old tricks, but the Cashmere Queen is still plying her trade, writes Lin Sampson. I recall, more than 20 years ago, Virginia Springett wearing something tiger-skinnish and driving a white Mercedes with red leather seats. In those days she was rich and ritzy and owner of a shop …

Clothes Maketh the Man

Amakrwala

Why are these young men turned out like English gents? Lin Sampson looks at the amakrwala culture of dress and initiation — and finds few answers Vuyo Ndiki walks down the street. He is wearing a checked cap, a velvet jacket, Prince of Wales striped trousers and black-and-white matinee idol shoes. The street is full …

In the Pink

Okay, Lebanon has kibbeh (pine nuts, lean meat, racked wheat), Brussels has tomaat garnaal (shrimp stuffed tomatoes), Barbados has fried flying fish. Cape Town has – wait for it – pink polony. There is hardly a child brought up in the last 20 years who has not tasted it. My mother, a stranger to nutrition, …

Boy Loves Grille

Boy Loves Grille by Lin Sampson

What Hennie Roux harbours for vintage Mercedes Benz cars and parts is nothing short of a grand passion, writes Lin Sampson. My wife said, ‘It’s me or the cars.’ I said ‘I’ll miss you.’” Hennie Roux, lover of vintage Mercedes-Benz cars, is talking. “Women are so tricky,” he says. “Mercs are kinder and easier.” Roux’s …