Posts – Culture & History

Magersfontein – more than just a battlefield

Magersfontein, just outside Kimberley in the Northern Cape, is famous as the site of an epic clash that took place on 11 December 1899 when Boer forces (descendants of the Dutch-speaking settlers) tried to stop English forces from relieving the Siege of Kimberley during the Anglo-Boer War.

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The shape-shifter praying mantis

I chanced upon the 1st praying mantis of the season in my garden the other day. The San people consider this creature a trickster deity, a shape-shifter.

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The secrets of Mapungubwe Hill

Cedric Setlhako has been up Mapungubwe Hill more times than just about anyone else. As a Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site cultural heritage guide, he has been taking groups of visitors up the hill once or twice a day for over 6 years.

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The Putsonderwater surfer

When South Africans hear the name ‘Putsonderwater’, it carries the same meaning that others would ascribe to ‘Timbuktu’.

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Immerse yourself in South Africa’s cultural villages

South Africa is considered 1 of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Every province in South Africa has its own cultural tale to tell.

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Here lies Harry Potter

If you think graveyards are spooky places, you should visit the Cradock cemetery on a misty morning.

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Welcome to the Diamond City - a photo essay

The capital city of the Northern Cape province, Kimberley, is also known as the ‘Diamond City’ and is mot famously home to the Big Hole.

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On the shoulders of giants

From potters to poets, professors to volunteer workers, doctors to boxing promoters, The Mail & Guardian Book of South African Women provides food for thought and much inspiration during Women’s Month.

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Stick-fighting man

I remember as a kid growing up in a tough Pretoria neighbourhood, a bunch of us were totally inspired by the old gladiator movies we used to see at the drive-in bioscope.

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Bartolomeu Dias and a little spring

In Mossel Bay, there is a museum complex just where explorer Bartolomeu Dias 1st landed. And right there is a little spring where ducks now paddle.

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