Posts – Culture & History

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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The Frenchman and the secretary bird

François le Vaillant, an eccentric Surinam-born explorer, came to South Africa in 1780 at the behest of a man high up in the Dutch East India Company, specifically to describe birds in this remote and exotic outpost.

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Dinner theatre – Karoo-style

Have you ever heard the story of the ostrich industry and how the ostrich barons came into existence in the Karoo? Or how about a Khoisan love story?

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Bones for Africa

Maropeng, the award-winning visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, has teamed up with the famous Bernard Price Institute of the University of the Witwatersrand, to give you a sneak peak into a never-before-seen collection of priceless fossils. Without one of them, we humans wouldn’t be here today.

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A big fat dose of feel-good

The Inspiring New Ways commercial has just been launched and it’s goosebump-inducing stuff.

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