Posts – Culture & History

Sensational Soweto

  • 24 October 2013 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds

Soweto is wonderful and vibrant – from famous streets and monuments to lovely architecture, big malls and fantastic people, it is a sensational place that offers many exciting activities.


Stunning street art in South Africa

  • 10 October 2013 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds

Some argue that graffiti (or tagging) and street art are one and the same, while others suggest that the former is not an art form while the latter is often a witty reflection on the state of the nation that brightens up urban environments.


Hidden Cape Town

Hidden Cape Town by Paul Duncan and Alain Proust is a beautiful book about Cape Town’s incredible buildings.


Powerful Pretoria

  • 02 October 2013 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds and Andrea Weiss

Pretoria is the executive capital of South Africa and the Union Buildings, designed by architect Sir Herbert Baker, are the seat of government.


Ancestral food in a modern era?

Ancestral eating – can we indeed go back to our roots?


The Midlands Meander and Granny Mouse

It’s called the Midlands Meander, and I was doing just that a couple of weeks ago – meandering through the valleys and hills of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where quaint villages lie cheek by jowl with historic battle sites.


'Plant a seed and watch it grow'

Leanette Sithole is a determined school principal with green fingers. She is also a shining example of how ordinary people in South Africa do extraordinary things.


Great South Africans: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

  • 18 July 2013 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds

Nelson Mandela is not just a South African icon, but an international hero. His remarkable story and his incredible nature have made him one of the most inspirational leaders in the world. The sacrifices he, and many other great South Africans, made have helped to shape this beautiful country into what it is today.


The Nelson Mandela capture site

The last time I was here, some years ago now, it was just an insignificant, dusty little plaque beside the road. Today, a powerful and poignant memorial marks the site where Nelson Mandela was arrested by armed apartheid police on August 5, 1962.


A visit to a traditional healer in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

When in the Eastern Cape, it’s worth taking the time to join a group visit to a traditional homestead to see how the Xhosa people live today, and also possibly to meet a traditional healer, or igqirha.