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The World's First Digital Laser Developed in S.A

South Africa has made a major contribution to the scientific community by developing the world's FIRST digital laser. Sandile Ngcobo is the doctoral candidate and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) researcher who did the experimental work and made the breakthrough. The work was done in the mathematical optics group at the CSIR, led by Professor Andrew Forbes. This breakthrough presents a new way of thinking about laser technology and will be a new platform for future laser technology. CSIR has patented the technology.


Nairobi's iHub

iHub is Nairobi's Innovation Hub for the technology community, an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in the area. This space is a tech community facility with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers, designers and researchers. It is part open community workspace (co-working), part vector for investors and VCs and part incubator. There's also a number of initiatives designed to build an ecosystem around the Kenyan tech entrepreneur: iHub Research, iHub Consulting, iHub Supercomputing Cluster, and the iHub User Experience (UX) Lab. iHub is attempting to create a place where seeds are planted and are easily found by the people with money to help them grow. iHub partners include Omidyar Network, Samsung, Intel and Hivos amongst others.


YSWARA Luxury African Teas

YSWARA, a unique gourmet tea company, is the first of its kind to introduce a curated experience of fine African teas.This unique company offers a collection of top quality rare tea blends, refined tea accessories and fine living goods, created exclusively by African artisans from African materials laden with epicurean inspiration. Each tea blend is carefully hand-selected and forms part of a precious collection, which has been carefully composed by YSWARA’s tea masters, and many by the founder, Swaady Martin-Leke herself, who selects each note and fragrance to flow and compliment one another by tasting and testing each spice, leaf and flower until they perfectly harmonize. YSWARA has launched with a collection of 23 unique teas from 3 different collections – “The Seven Wonders of Africa”, “African Queens” and “Kingdoms of Africa” which includes their signature tea “Or des Anges” a collection of 7 scented candles (“Johari la Africa”) and tea accessories consisting of porcelain tea sets (“Sankofa”), and a set of gilded tea spoons (“Secret Garden”). This unique range of products provides consumers with the chance to engage in the moment, slow down and find greatness in the small things. Their signature blend “Or des Anges”, epitomizes the pure luxury of the YSWARA brand. It’s a fusion of rare peony white tea from Southern Malawi’s Satemwa Estate, blended with precious 22-carat edible gold petals – it’s an African born tea like no other.


Carlos Santana

First of all, the music that people call Latin or Spanish is really African. So Black people need to get the credit for that.



Durban's Sand Gang

There's a vibrant culture and business of sand sculpting on Durban's Golden Mile. Under the cover of night; talented sand artists build great sculptures of anything from skeleton and human figures laying on the beach to animals, cars, enlarged shoes and even the new national soccer stadiums built for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. One of the sculptors, Themba, specialises in skeleton and gorilla sculptures; while S'bo focuses on environmental issues like saving the Rhino and other endangered animals. The artist's then allow tourists to take pictures by the sculptures, they make a living from the donations earned from the tourists. Make sure you visit our gallery to these amazing works of art.



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