Posts – Culture & History

Exploring South Africa's diamond heritage

It’s amazing, the diamond. With most of its industrial uses now possible with synthetic materials, it is only worth what we say it is worth. South Africa has a rich diamond history, much of which can be discovered in an untouched corner of the Northern Cape.


Memel – a small-town gem in the Free State

  • 11 March 2015 by Daphney Mngomeni

In the north-eastern region of the Free State, between Newcastle and Vrede, lies Memel, a small town renowned for its natural beauty and popularity as a getaway for city slickers.


10 South African places that feature in books

A round-up of 10 places in South Africa associated with famous books, both popular and classic.


Saving lives at sea: the National Sea Rescue Institute

  • 04 March 2015 by Christine Marot

For nearly 50 years, South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute has built a proud tradition of saving lives at sea.


Alexandra Bicycle Tours

  • 28 February 2015 by Daphney Mngomeni

Alexandra, one of the country’s oldest townships, situated in Gauteng province, is a place best explored from the seat of a bicycle.


West Coast road trips for any occasion

  • 27 February 2015 by Desiree Haakonsen

A car and any given day of the week are good enough reason to head up the Cape’s West Coast. Here are a few must-stops along the way ...


Popular pics on Instagram this week: fun photography

  • 27 February 2015 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds

We love all the fantastic Igers using #MeetSouthAfrica to share their photos of our country. Here are the top images shared on our account in the past week ...


5 South African spots you've seen on the big screen

  • 25 February 2015 by Thrishni Subramoney

With its sweeping, panoramic views of mountains, coastlines and grasslands, its bustling cities and its unique citizens, it’s clear that South Africa was made for the big screen – and in recent years, it seems, the international film industry agrees.


A glimpse back in time on the Barberton Geotrail

  • 23 February 2015 by Stuart Dickinson

A drive along the Barberton Geotrail and Genesis Route, also known as the Barberton Greenstone Belt, offers a glimpse back in time, where you’ll be able to see the beautifully preserved geological features of ancient earth.


The colourful history of Durban's fresh produce market

  • 19 February 2015 by Christine Marot

Vegetables were grown on land rented or bought in the vicinity of the market. In his book, A ‘Public Health Nuisance’: The Victoria Street Early Morning Squatters’ Market, 1910-1934, Goolam Vahed estimates that there were approximately 2 000 market gardeners in and around Durban by 1885