Ronald West’s Artwork Is All Vibrant Colours And Love Of Life

Local artist Ronald Martin West was born in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, in 1974 and his formal art training started in 1989 when he joined the PJ Olivier Art Centre with sculpture as his main subject.

The Beach Gala
The Beach Gala -- oil on canvas (click to enlarge)

“I love Italy, the Italian and French way of life, food, wine, street and café scenes, Tuscan scenery, the cobble stone streets, the vibrant colours, tango and lambada, bicycles and old cars.

Although I wasn’t around to experience the 1950’s and 1960’s, I think (or dream) that it must have been an amazing era to have lived in Italy or France.

When I close my eyes, I can smell the fresh roasted coffee, the freshly baked baguettes, and the sound of the chef, on his old bicycle, doing his daily deliveries.”

He studied briefly at the Cape Technicon Graphic Design School while working for a very well-known office automation company. In 2002, after a vivid dream, he resigned from the world of commerce and took up his brushes and paint as a full-time career. Ronald says from that point on he never looked back (12 photographs).
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Gold In South Africa And The Ancient Indian Connection

Relief depicting Ancient Dravidian Seafarers
Relief depicting Ancient Dravidian Seafarers -- click to enlarge

Like most South Africans of my generation, as a schoolboy I learnt that the recorded history of Southern Africa started in the mid 17th century with the arrival of the European explorers.

Did ancient Dravidian Seafarers establish the first gold mines in Southern Africa?

We studied detailed accounts of these early settlers and their exploits as well as the references to the Portuguese explorers, such as Bartolameu Dias, who preceded them by about 100 years.

According to this history the Khoisan or San people inhabited the Southern African region and preceded the Bantu people who gradually displaced them as they migrated south into the coastal regions of what is now known as the Cape. In a previous post, which you can find here, we covered the many languages spoken by the Khoisan.

The truth may be very different (6 photographs).
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Water Sky and Another Beautiful Sunset On The Bot River Estuary

Another Beautiful Sunset On The Bot River Estuary
Another Beautiful Sunset On The Bot River Estuary (click to enlarge) -- Photograph by John Bradfield

This photograph was taken at 7.06pm just after sunset.

I’m standing on the edge of the eastern bank of the Bot River Estuary. It’s warm and breathless and the fish are jumping in the shallows. Apart from the faint roar of the sea in my ears and the tinkle of water lapping at my feet, it’s absolutely silent. It’s beautiful.

At left, on the horizon, lies the mouth of the estuary about two kilometres (1.25 miles) away.

Across the water, in the distance on the right, on the far side you can see the dark shape of the Kogelberg mountain range.

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South African Mountain Biker Gets Taken Out By Red Hartebeest Antelope

“It was being in the right place at the right time and Evan being in the wrong place at the wrong time – one of those moments. It was freaky. I saw it coming closer so I braked, [I] thought it would go in between the gap. It hit him, lifted him off the ground, [and he] landed in the grass . . [he] started making weird noises and I didn’t know what to do.”
— team-mate Travis Walker

Mountain Biker, Evan van der Spuy of Team Jeep South Africa, was riding in second place in a race near Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and travelling at top speed when a male red hartebeest antelope – estimated to weigh 150 kilograms (330 pounds) and about 1.3 metres (4.25 feet) tall at the shoulders – suddenly charged straight at him and hurled itself into him.

His helmet imploded and he was briefly knocked unconscious on impact. He was taken to hospital where he spent the night under observation. Fortunately he suffered no serious injuries and was discharged the next morning.

Source: News 24

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Area With Most Species Per Square Kilometre The Bot River Estuary

Gold on the Water Another beautiful sunset on the Bot River Estuary -- Photo by John Bradfield (click to enlarge)

The Bot River Estuary lies on the eastern boundary of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, on the southern tip of Africa. It’s an area with by far the greatest biodiversity in the world.

This special place supports 1880 species in an area of roughly 100,000 hectares (156 square miles). By comparison the South American rainforest, the next richest area, has just 420 species per 10,000 square kilometres (386 square miles).

In this photo, taken at sunset, the estuary mouth is at centre on the horizon, about 2 kilometres (1.25 miles) away. Occasionally the mouth will open naturally to the sea signalling the start of a new cycle for the many species of fish which spawn in the shallow waters of the estuary.

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Hermanus Two Oceans Whale Festival Line Dancers Strut Their Stuff

In this short video clip the dancers, from Rythm-in-Line based in Hermanus, are strutting their stuff at the Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival 2011.

This world-renowned event takes place over 5 days, from 30 September through 4 October. Literally hundreds of thousands of visitors come to enjoy the local Hermanus hospitality.

Hermanus is known as the best land-based whale watching destination in the world and the whales are always the star performers of the festivities. This year is the 20th festival and it looks set to break records with the number of visitors peaking at an estimated 200 000 on Saturday.

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