Posts – Culture & History

7 must-read contemporary South African novels

When it comes to books, lists are a terrible idea. But we’d rather you read some of the gems that South Africa has to offer than none at all.

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South Africa through local eyes

I’ve travelled to every continent except Antarctica. I’ve rented an apartment in Zanzibar, spent a year as a postgraduate student in north-eastern England, and lived in Toronto long enough to complain about the public transport. But South Africa is the only place that truly feels like home. Here’s why ...

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Making every day Mandela Day

  • 15 July 2015 by Nicky Mahlatsi

Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual day that celebrates and honours Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy.

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The romance of steam trains

  • 14 July 2015 by Melanie-Ann Feris

Steam trains hold a special kind of allure for me. And if you’re a fanatic you can still get your fix in South Africa.

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South Africa's provincial capitals

  • 14 July 2015 by Lynnette Johns

There are nine provinces in South Africa, each with its own capital city – from Cape Town with her natural beauty, to Johannesburg, an economic powerhouse of Africa.

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A look at what's been going on at the National Arts Festival 2015

Grahamstown’s annual National Arts Festival has kicked off. Here’s a virtual look at what’s on the go in this not-so-sleepy Eastern Cape town.

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South African words inducted into the language hall of fame – for mahala

  • 07 July 2015 by Edwina van der Burg

If we’re lucky, a word from our lexicon makes it into the Oxford English Dictionary every few years. So imagine our excitement when, after the latest update in June 2015, it emerged that a slew of South African words have been added to the language hall of fame.

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Mapungubwe – where history, nature, countries and rivers meet

  • 01 July 2015 by Carina van Wyk

The Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is not only the meeting point of three countries and two mighty rivers; it was once home to an ancient African civilisation and it boasts some of most beautiful landscapes in southern Africa, as well as an abundance of wildlife.

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Magical McGregor – a highlander's paradise

  • 30 June 2015 by Roseanna McBain

The sun slipping from a golden-hued valley, rose-ringed wine farms, organic goods made with love, and tangible local pride are all characteristics of the town of McGregor, found just off of the popular wine route of Route 62 in the Western Cape.

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The Nelson Mandela Centre for Reconciliation, Limpopo

  • 27 June 2015 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds

The Nelson Mandela Centre for Reconciliation at Shambala Private Game Reserve in Limpopo was recently opened to the public. It offers guests amazing and luxurious experiences.

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