South Africa’s fabulous baker boys

Desserts are the edible status symbols of the century. And who are the people behind these picture-perfect creations, the makers of SA’s most delicate pastries, tarts and cream petits fours? As Jane Broughton discovers, a bunch of blokes. Beards, tattoos and all

Wrapped up: the history of Lesotho’s Basotho blankets

Wearable blankets have hit the world’s catwalks lately, but in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho – now celebrating 50 years of independence – blankets have been stylish for over 150 years. More than that, they’re part of everyday life, as shown in Thom Pierce’s series ‘The Horsemen of Semonkong’. As these images go on exhibition this month, Ufrieda Ho unwraps the history of Basotho blankets

An (almost) A-Z guide to African food in South Africa

In recent years, there has been a steady influx of epicurean entrepreneurs and talented chefs from north of South Africa’s borders, bringing with them different spices, produce, culinary styles and tastes. Here is an ‘A–Z’ of exotic, authentic dishes from all around the continent

50 curious places to visit in southern Africa

To mark High Life South Africa’s 50th issue, the team asked experts from a variety of fields to give their tips on making the most of southern Africa

Time travel: flights of fancy

We rummage through the British Airways archive to find out what was taking off in the world of aviation way back when. This month, a look back at the flying boats of the 1930s

South Africa’s gaming boom

What avid gamer hasn’t dreamt up a game of their own? But how many actually end up creating them? Quite a few, it turns out, if SA’s growing community of game developers is anything to judge by

South Africa: the South Coast for grown ups

It’s long been a family-holiday mecca, where kids run wild and free and adults look on in envy. But now this stretch of KwaZulu-Natal coastline is growing 
up and stepping out

Street photography in Durban

In a world of cellphone cameras and selfies, Durban’s tech-savvy portrait photographers make a living capturing those special moments for customers on the beachfront and city streets

South Africa’s best brunch spots

Haven’t you heard? Post-mortems for the meal midway between breakfast and lunch are echoing around the globe, including a story in the Guardian calling it ‘a potent symbol of urban decay’. Fortunately no one told South Africans, who are still brunching up a storm. Book now before local foodie fashionistas catch up and kill it

Fancy a Durban curry?

Yes, it’s hot and spicy, but it’s not exactly like its Indian counterpart. Erica Platter, co-author of ‘Durban Curry: So Much of Flavour’, dissects the dish and discovers its colourful history

South Africa's best promenades

Forget parks or town squares. In South Africa's coastal cities, it's the seaside promenade that forms a truly public space, shared by all. Join us on a stroll down three favourites

Five of the best South African restaurants

The best restaurants for contemporary, experimental, sophisticated or authentic cuisine in South Africa

The World Cup guide to Durban

As South Africa gears up to host the World Cup and welcome thousands of visitors, Rosie Millard offers an insider’s guide to the best sights and bites in Durban