Share a slice of township culture by taking a tour of the Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre in KwaMashu township, which lies half an hour north of the coastal city of Durban (eThekwini). En route you’ll get a feel for township life and experience the friendliness of the locals. End off with a true township-style meal of shisa nyama (meat cooked over an open fire), presented with a range of tasty accompaniments.
Mossel Bay started life in 1488 when Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias sailed his sturdy, small caravel into the bay, and named it the Bay of St Blaise. Today a charming museum complex overlooking the lovely bay houses a replica of his ship plus other fascinating historical items.
Standing at the lovingly restored East Fort, high above Chapman’s Peak Drive and Hout Bay in Cape Town, one wonders what it must have been like to be a soldier manning this globally unique redoubt in the late 1700s.
Recent urban renewal projects have breathed new life back into the city districts of Port Elizabeth One of the most famous of these is the Donkin Reserve, named after the city’s founder, Sir Rufane Donkin.
Port Elizabeth is a vibrant city brimming with stories of South African heritage, and is home to many anti-apartheid activists who fought to liberate the country. The Red Location cultural precinct in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth’s oldest township, is testament to their legacy.
Zuleikha Mayat, known for her cultural activism, books and decades of leadership (she’s in her mid-80s now), began life in a small, rural town in South Africa. I was lucky enough to talk to her while working on the Mail & Guardian Book of South African Women, in which she featured.
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