Set under a host of shimmering stars in the ancient dry riverbed of the Auob, in the Kgalagadi, the Captured Experiences Desert Banquet Prize Giving, on 9 April 2011.
To attend, finalists traveled across the country (and globe), making their way to this oasis - set up for a single night in the empty expanse of Kgalagadi Desert. The terrain chosen for the banquet was transformed under the careful direction of Henriette Engelbrecht, SANParks Marketing & Communication Manager of the Arid Region in the Northern Cape.
On the evening, the black tie affair began as guests were transported to the hidden location by game vehicle to enjoy sundowners and snacks.
On driving past the Auob riverbed the following morning, Steve Newbould (the previous evening's MC) commented, " It's unbelievable to gaze on the spot where the glamorous affair was held last night and not see a trace of human presence. The riverbed has been completely returned to its natural state." Not even a glass slipper remained.
Welcome to Africa, AKA the motherland! Check out African Internet Radio while you're scoping the panoramas.The earliest fossil of the homo sapiens family (human beings) was found in Ethiopia, dating back more than 200,000 years. Compared to this length of time, even the "ancient Sumerians" from 6000 B.C. are drooling toddlers.Let's mention a few African heroes you may have heard of, for inspiration in the face of the continued economic inequality and violence which plague Africa today: Nelson Mandela, first democratically elected President of South Africa, who fought against apartheid and served 27 years in prison while advocating freedom and peace. Haile Salassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, who resisted Mussolini and the fascist Italian invasion of WWII, and who is worshipped as an incarnation of God by the Rastafari movement. Kwame Nkrumah, first Prime Minister of Ghana, advocate of uniting Africa in Pan-Africanism. Fela Kuti, inventor of Afrobeat music, who declared his home to be an independent state, ran for president of Nigeria, and to whose funeral ONE MILLION PEOPLE came to pay their respects.In June 2001 the African Union was formed, consisting of 53 African States organized, like in the EU, around common economic and political development.Text by Steve Smith.