Posts – Culture & History

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

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Welcome to St Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal

  • 04 February 2015 by Christine Marot

Tucked between the Indian Ocean and Lake St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal is a wildlife and bird-lovers’ paradise centred on the largest estuarine system on the African continent – welcome to St Lucia.

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The Durban Natural Science Museum – fascinating, fun and free

  • 03 February 2015 by Christine Marot

Where can you find a life-sized dinosaur replica, a dodo skeleton and a mummy, all in one place? Head off to the heart of Durban and look out for the distinctive City Hall, home to the fascinating Durban Natural Science Museum.

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The Cradle of Humankind: Does the past have a future?

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, the Cradle of Humankind – rolling hills and plains about an hour north-west of Johannesburg – is made up of 15 important fossil sites of which the possibly 20-million-year-old Sterkfontein Caves are the most renowned.

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The Garden of Eden – Ardmore Ceramics, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

Today 60 Zulu artists create unique works of art in workshops at Ardmore Ceramics on a lovely farm by a tumbling river in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

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Art deco is alive and well in Durban – a photo essay

  • 28 January 2015 by Christine Marot

More than 20 buildings in Durban are considered significant examples of art deco architecture, while many lesser-known examples are dotted around older residential areas.

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Artillery heritage of the Cape

  • 22 January 2015 by Willem Steenkamp

From sieges to coastal defence, maritime engagements to face-to-face battlefield action, artillery has often meant the difference between victory and defeat. Much of South Africa’s artillery heritage is centred on Cape Town, for one reason: globalisation.

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The ancient chambers of the Sudwala Caves

  • 20 January 2015 by Sarah Came

The history of the Sudwala Caves in Mpumalanga goes back approximately 240-million years to their formation. This makes the caves older than Africa itself – the Sudwala Caves formed when what is now Africa was still part of the supercontinent Gondwana.

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Cape Town’s Minstrel Carnival – a colourful event

  • 17 January 2015 by Lynnette Johns

One of the youngest minstrels showing off her troupe’s colours

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University towns in South Africa

With the start of the academic year around the corner in February, here’s a round-up of some of South Africa’s most popular university towns.

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