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Bafunny Bafunny: The Dream Team of Comedy

This is the dream team of comedy. Eight of South Africa’s finest comedians have come together for a tour of the country ahead of a big soccer event that you or may not have heard of. Our local soccer team probably won’t make it very far, so if you want to back a winning side, give your support to Bafunny Bafunny. Check out the trailer below.

More details after the jump.

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Invictus

I heard about this film last year some time, and I’ll admit I wasn’t happy. Not about the story, it was Matt Damon being cast as ’95 Bok captain Francois Pienaar. I always cringe when American actors portray South Africans, especially White South Africans as they never get the accent correct and well they don’t look South African. But after watching the trailer for this Clint Eastwood directed film nogal, I think Matt pulled it off.

The film is based on the book Playing The Enemy: Nelson Mandela And The Game That Changed a Nation by John Carlin. Showing the transformation of a nation with the release of Mandela and the Springboks lifting the ’95 Rugby world Cup. It stars Morgan Freeman as President Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar.

It’s set for a December 11th 2009 release in South Africa.

The Western Nostril

I honestly have no idea how I came about this, but a Google blog search led me to Moral Fibre so they’ll get the hat tip for this one.

The Western Nostril is a home-grown comic strip produced by brothers Alex Latimer and Patrick Latimer. I would tell you more about it but rumour is that a great selection of free fried food is available in our staff canteen, and if you know me, you’ll know that food comes before anything. So I’ll just say The Western Nostril is clever and quirky in both its humour and visual style, and that you should have a look at some of comics after the jump.

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I HEART Jaco Haasbroek

We have featured South African artist Jaco Haasbroek once or twice before, and in his latest project, he takes the popular rebus created by Milton Glaser and has some fun with it. It’s cute, clever, and typically Haasbroek.

Have a look at his “I HEART” series after the jump.

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City Bowl Mizers: Cancun

I’m waiting to be picked up. Nothing sleazy mind you, I’ve got no goods to offer. Whilst I sit patiently for my ride to arrive, I stumbled upon the City Bowl Mizers.

Let’s call it November ‘04, when the Mizers first made the conscious decision to pick up guitars, write some catchy songs, tan, get haircuts, perfect dance moves, buy sweet shoes, – just look good, in general – and use the aforementioned tools to encourage the music loving youth of today to move their feet and turn their frowns.

In the video for their single “Cancun”, the Durbanites are having a sugar-high, poolside partay. The catchy sound totally put a smile on my face. Check it out below.

Catch up with the fun-loving City Bowl Mizers on their MySpace page.

[via Speakerbox]

The Most Homicidal Countries

In South Africa, we have a lot of things to be proud about. On the sporting front, our rugby team is top of the IRB World Rankings and the Proteas are ranked the third best cricketing team in the world. I have conveniently left out the national soccer side but I’m sure they hold a record for something – perhaps having the most coaches hired/fired.

We have some of the most “entertaining” politicians (see Julius Malema), and whilst no list will ever be able to graph it, our love for braai and beer is unparalleled. We also have the dubious distinction of topping a list that most countries would try to avoid being a part of.

In a local-is-not-so-lekker situation which most of us are aware of (but don’t tend to bring up in normal conversation), South Africa leads the world in homicide rates. The Guardian reports that, according to United Nations data from 2004, South Africa has 69 murders per 100,000 people, with Colombia in second place with 61.1 and El Salvador taking third with 57.5. That UN data was visualized by GOOD magazine’s “Transparency” department into an infographic that I am hard-pressed to find visually appealing.

These kind of traits obviously shape peoples’ perceptions of countries, but for the most of it, South Africans really are a nice bunch of people. If you ever visit Cape Town, drop us a line and we’ll happily let you buy us beer ;-)

[Thanks to PS3ZA member RA1THE for the tip]

ZA NEWS: Changing The Face of South African News

Popular South African cartoonist Zapiro is tired of just being in the news, and is now making the news. Debuting on October 6th and delivered exclusively on the Internet, ZA NEWS takes a satirical look at South African politics and the celebrities that make the magic happen.

The “news” segments are acted out by rubber puppets who are remarkably similar to the politicians they are parodying. Each show is around five to seven minutes long, and there is wrap-up show on Saturday. Have a look at the inaugural episode which features President Jacob Zuma, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and always-entertaining Julius Malema, who this time can’t seem to find the word Internet in his dictionary.

Catch more of ZA NEWS at the Mail & Guardian.

According to Hayibo.com the SABC are less than thrilled about the matter as they already have a satire show that broadcasts daily, it’s called The News ;-)

Cheese And Onion: You’ll Be Fine, You’ll Be Alright

I’ve just received the best advice of the day. When you’re stressed out or having marital problems, the solution is low-tech and much much cheaper than a trip to the psychologist and a handful of Lorazepam. Check it out.

Durban folks, you me LOL!

[via the PS3ZA member Jakez777]

The Art of Jaco Haasbroek

Jaco Haasbroek is a South African artist who loves clean lines, minimalism, and long walks on the beach (I made that last bit up.)

Born in Pretoria, Haasbroek now lives in Cape Town and creates quirky illustrations, often with clever punch lines attached. Have a look at some of them below.

He also makes supremely cute plush toys. Tell him what you’d like and he’ll make one up for you. They’re all hand stitched, and start off at R350 for a standard toy (about 23 cm in height).

More details are available at his Haasbroek Art group on Facebook and check out his work at Flickr.

[via 10and5]

Sibusiso Duma and The South African Crime Spree

What the what? 24-year old Sibusiso Duma has more than a few screws loose. News24.com reports that the man who is accused of six murders knocked down two of his victims and then reversed over them!

Duma is alleged to have kidnapped a 17-year-old girl, gang-raped her and repeatedly drove over her. If that wasn’t enough, he set her on fire. The woman was found in a cemetary and taken to hospital, she has since recovered.

Here’s the run-down of Duma’s crime spree:

  • Six murders
  • Four aggravated robberies
  • Four rapes
  • Two attempted murders
  • Three kidnappings

And get this – all these crimes were allegedly between September 9th and 24th, 2007! 16 days, 19 crimes – that must be a South African record!

His trial started yesterday in the Pietermaritzburg High Court and continues today.