Posts – Culture & History

A visit to a traditional healer in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

  • 05 July 2013 by Andrea Weiss

When in the Eastern Cape, it’s worth taking the time to join a group visit to a traditional homestead to see how the Xhosa people live today, and also possibly to meet a traditional healer, or igqirha.

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The sounds of silence

The silence around me isn’t a strict silence. It’s an inclusive and forgiving silence, the kind that can accommodate the soft sighing of 1 000 lanterns, the gentle swishing of a calligraphy pen or the muted patter of bare feet. It’s the kind of silence that moves with the cooing of the doves in the rafters, makes way for whispered prayers and embraces the sounds you make as you try to imitate it. It’s a silence scented with incense, suffused with golden light and radiating calm warmth.

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Lovely landscapes in South Africa

  • 04 July 2013 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds and Andrea Weiss

South Africa is filled with rolling mountains, beautiful rivers and oceans, and stunning vistas which all contribute to a variety of lovely landscapes.

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Who goes there?

Churchill’s South Africa, by South African journalist and historian Chris Schoeman, is a riveting account of Winston Churchill’s time in South Africa and the story of how the young Winston Churchill became a hero to the British public.

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The people of South Africa

  • 11 June 2013 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds and Andrea Weiss

The Love South Africa Flickr group is constantly updated with fantastic images taken all over the country. Why not join us?

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Rivonia’s Liliesleaf Farm 50 years on

  • 10 June 2013 by Andrea Weiss

Liliesleaf Farm in Johannesburg, where the ANC’s top leadership was arrested in 1963, leading to the Rivonia Trial, is a must-visit for anyone interested in South Africa’s turbulent political past.

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Eating out, township style

  • 27 May 2013 by Christine Marot

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.

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The magic of a small community

Township tours in small cities and even villages can be quite enthralling, and much more relaxed and personal than the big bus experiences.

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Following in the footsteps of Dias

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.

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Hout Bay’s East Fort: the world’s oldest working original gun battery

  • 28 February 2013 by Willem Steenkamp

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.

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