The Big Brother Africa house played host to a castmate-on-castmate rape, and they're airing it on TV. This is, to say the least, a controversy. It starts with the fact that the assailant, a 24-year-old married Tanzanian film student named Richard Bezuidenhout, did not use his penis but his finger to penetrate his housemate, a 29-year-old Nigerian medical assistant named Ofunneka Molokwu, an offense that, as in most countries, is considered rape in South Africa, where the Big Brother Africa house is located, because South Africa has a much-publicized "rape culture", which is one reason some are advocating the airing of this special moment, and also presumably the reason Bezuidenhout defended his actions to his housemates by saying, "Well, this is Africa." Another charming Bezuidenhout moment: he apparently retreated and was filmed drunkenly sniffing his fingers. … [Read more...] about Big Brother Contestant On Fingering That Passed Out Housemate: “Well, This Is Africa”
This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. Remember that '73 Porsche 911 Carrera RS in England that Battles shot for us a while back? No longer content with the cars parked down on the West Oxfordshire street, he's gone to North Africa- Tunisia, to be exact- and found some great survivor Peugeots (and one each bonus Renault and Skoda) for our enjoyment. Make the jump for the rest of the Down On The Tunis Street series of photos and Battles' descriptions.Spotted in a supermarket car park in downtown Tunis, it looked like it had drive across the Sahara just to get there. It’s a Peugeot 404 Station Wagon, a 1.9 diesel (I tested the spillage from the fuel filler). Apparently, it’s very difficult to date Peugeots in North Africa because they could be original French cars or African built cars. If this is a French built car, the bumper and grille mean it’s from the … [Read more...] about Welcome To Africa, Where Peugeots Never Die!
For the people of East Africa, these rains and floods not only threaten their lives directly. They threaten the crops that many farmers depend on to sustain their families and livelihoods. Without those crops, food insecurity is sure to become even more urgent in an area where millions already are in need of food assistance. Save the Children estimates 16 million children across the region are currently Kenneth and Idai that battered Mozambique earlier this year playing a role. … [Read more...] about ‘Unprecedented’ Rains in East Africa Offer a Glimpse of the Climate Emergency
Heat waves will likely occur ten times more frequently than they do now, and they’ll last much longer. Prior to 2005, there were about 16 excruciatingly hot days per year on average. According to the new models, it will be unusually hot for about 80 days per year—a figure that will jump to 118 days by the end of the century. … [Read more...] about Extreme Heat Will Make Parts of the Middle East and Africa Uninhabitable by 2050
With local pedigree like that, its only natural that Volkswagen brought in local talent to sell their van. David Kramer was a treasured local folk musician whose blend of music and humor helped humanize the victims of Apartheid. Despite his controversial reputation and appetite for ribbing at the regime, Kramer was a star, and Volkswagen put that star power to use. … [Read more...] about A Volkswagen T3 Syncro Is What You Need To Stop The Bike Thieves In the South African Bush