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Cape Town Is Surveilling Residents to Shame Them Into Using Less Water

Officials are posting data from individual houses to try and convince people to conserve water—at the cost of their privacy.
Jay Fleming

Cape Town Residents Tell Us What It's Like Living in the Shadow of 'Day Zero'

Facing a water shortage, residents can no longer wash their cars with municipal water. And bars are cutting frozen margaritas from the menu.
Jay Fleming

Cape Town cops are punishing people for using too much water

Cape Town has deployed police to fine anyone using more than their share of water.
Sarah Sax
Jika Gonzalez
Jackson Fager

A Century in the Making: Temba Bavuma

As the first black African batsman specialist for the National team, Temba Bavuma is changing the face of cricket in South Africa.
VICE Sports
Cape Town

Cape Town could become the world’s first major city to run out of water

Millions of people in Cape Town, South Africa, are about to run out of water.
Gabriel Connelly
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DeJ Loaf’s New Video “In Living Color” is the Vibrant Jolt You Need Right Now

If you’re feeling the pre-Christmas lull, this is an ideal antidote.
Lauren O'Neill

These Incredible Soothing Illustrations Were Made With a Freaking Pencil

Filled with effortless grace, the fine-lined works of Marsi van de Heuvel deftly modernize Impressionism.
Diana Shi
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Jamal Jordan
South Africa

Can Cooking Meat Really Help South Africa Reconcile Its Legacy of Apartheid?

Braai day is supposed to bring South Africans together through cooking meat, but the feel-good ideology that the holiday espouses has drawn increasing critique.
Kimon de Greef
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Watch Desert Renegades Yasiin Bey and Narcy Escape Their Enemies in A Tribe Called Red's "R.E.D." Video

The two rappers flee Cape Town in the visuals for the Ottawa First Nations electronic group's latest single.
Max Mohenu

South Africa's ruling ANC got the worst clobbering since the end of apartheid

The party of Nelson Mandela, which has ruled for 22 years, got punished by voters as corruption allegations swirl.
Tess Owen

The South African Sex Workers Fighting Abusive Police

In South Africa, assaults are rarely reported to the authorities because sex workers know if they ask for help they will be ignored or even punished, especially if the perpetrators are police officers.
Max Daly