The controversy centers around the similarity between Balmain’s face jewels in their Fall/Winter Men’s collection and Tongoro’s ‘Cairo’ face piece, bringing up issues of cultural appropriation and the need for recognition of nonwestern creativity. The controversy highlights the larger problem of cultural appropriation and the lack of recognition for creativity from Africa and other nonwestern regions in the fashion industry. This conversation prompts the need for a more inclusive, respectful, and equitable global fashion industry.
Main Road in St. James, Cape Town, was the site of an arrest on 2 June 2023, when a motorist with 169 double warrants totalling almost R160,000 was apprehended. The individual was the third on the Traffic Service Top 100 list of motorists with outstanding warrants, and one of 251 arrests made by the City’s enforcement services for the week.