Posts – Culture & History

Rasta by the sea

There’s a township called Khayalethu on the outskirts of Knysna on the Garden Route, and deep in that huge settlement is a place called Judah Square.

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See you at the movies

You know that song from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1 that talks about forbidden planet, androids fighting and such?

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Down @ the Cadillac Shack

The little village of Storms River is tucked away in the Tsitsikamma Forest at the top end of the Garden Route in the Eastern Cape.

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Ode to the mighty meaty pie…

South Africa, you may have noticed, is in the middle of a roadside revolution. You’ve seen them in passing on your journeys; you may have been brave enough to stop and enter.

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A digger’s life

Whenever I drive around Barberton, the little Mpumalanga nugget that lies at the foot of the Makhonjwa Mountains, I wonder what it really was like to be a gold digger here back in the old days.

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Lay down a little something

Don’t give them money or stuff in return for their photographs, they say. It will spoil them.

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Into the Valley of Desolation

They would actually hike up to this point from Graaff-Reinet town on a Sunday, dressed in suits and long, draggy skirts.

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Biscuits of war

If you stroll about the fascinating East London Museum, you’ll come across some old military mementoes from the South African Anglo-Boer War.

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2012: The road ahead

As a travel journalist who concentrates most of his working energy on the byways and back roads of South Africa, the first week in every January is all about planning the year ahead.

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Light a lantern for 2012

Tonight, being New Year’s Eve, the lights are going on all over the world.

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