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Young Senegalese Reinvigorate Furniture-Making Industry

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Young Senegalese Reinvigorate Furniture-Making Industry

A young man in Senegal has shown some fine craftsmanship to reinvigorate the furniture-making industry by making use of oil drums and used metal as raw materials to develop new models of furniture such as dining tables, cabinets and even living room furniture at his workshop. To achieve the highly conventional product, he transforms metal and practices the art of upholstery.

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Babacar Thiam, an ambitious and passionate young Senegalese man, is seeking to revolutionize the industry with a new outlook by using metals as raw materials.

Each week, Thiam invents new models for his clients, most of whom are attracted by the originality of the concept he uses to create the products.

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Thiam`s dedication and desire for perfection is a reflection of the beauty of his furniture. To meet the strong demand of his growing customers, he hopes to one day put his concept on larger market and even build his own empire.

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Investec Art Fair Showcases Talents In South Africa

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Investec Art Fair Showcases Talents In South Africa

Investec Cape Town Art Fair in South Africa, has showcased the best of African contemporary art at this year’s event, creating an opportunity for many emerging African artists to showcase their work to galleries from around the world.

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The Investec Cape Town Art Fair, displayed, some of the finest examples of African contemporary art in all its forms with a vibrancy and diversity that transcends the canvas, attracting some of the most in-demand artists from the African continent.

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Cape town’s art scene is constantly evolving and that was quite evident at the fair.

This event also provided an ideal platform for international buyers, who were intent on finding their next masterpieces, from the African continent.  Many of them were looking at East Africa, with particular focus on Kenyan artists’ rich and multi-layered works.

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South Africa Launches Campaign To Combat Elephant Poaching

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South Africa To Combat Elephant Poaching

The South African National Parks Organization has launched a project in Phalaborwa in Limpopo province to combat elephant poaching in Kruger national park.  Project ivory serves to mobilize resources for the fight against elephant poaching. The honorary rangers and corporate donors have provided the project with a satellite aerial base in Phalaborwa to ensure rangers can respond quicker to elephant poaching incidents.

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Kruger national park has experienced an increase in elephant poaching over the past few years, which increased from two elephants in 2014 to 71 in 2018. There are 19,000 elephants in the Kruger national park.

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According to these rangers, while elephants are not necessarily in danger of going extinct from poaching, they do not want to let the situation deteriorate to a point where elephant poaching is as big a problem as rhino poaching. Therefore, the decision to put measures in place to prevent this now.

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The initiative will also be implemented in other parks.  Both government and animal rights activists agree that there’s need for ongoing collaboration among interested parties and civil society to stop the damage being done to wildlife.

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Arts: Tunisian Artist Gives Life To Old Buildings With His Graffiti

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Arts: Tunisian Artist Gives Life To Old Buildings With His Graffiti

A Tunisian artist is making a name for himself by giving new life to old buildings across the country. He paints on rooftops, alleyways and schools- transforming them into unique art galleries.
Safouene Miled, a native in the UNESCO world heritage site Kairouan, has been drawing in public places to add to charm of the ancient town.  His works have inspired the younger generations to express their attachment to the long history of the city and its rich cultural heritage.

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Many tourists who visit Kairouan town fall in love with the heart of the Tunisian Islamic cultural heritage decorated with the graffiti created by Safouene.

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Hundreds of students pass by Safouene’s large wall paintings- combining different patterns and Arabic words every day. Safouene said he would continue his creations in public places so as to spread his national culture around the world.

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