Posts – Culture & History

The Tale of Fearless Fred

When you’re finally on your Great Richtersveld Adventure, spare a thought for one Fred Cornell as you drive east along the Orange (Gariep) River.

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Donkin Reserve: Remembering Port Elizabeth’s past

  • 04 February 2013 by Stuart Dickinson

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.

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Giyani: A rural gem in Limpopo

Come explore Giyani, where you will have the chance to learn more about the Shangaan people and their culture.

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Red Location district pays tribute to South African heritage

  • 15 January 2013 by Stuart Dickinson

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.

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Sacred rock art

The rock art found in mountain caves and overhangs across South Africa has a special and spiritual significance.

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A recipe for life

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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Zulu wedding

Share a traditional Zulu wedding – not in rural Zululand, but at a colourful authentic ceremony in the heart of Soweto.

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The world according to Lola ...

Lola Akerstrom talks about her impressions of South Africa, her visit to KwaZulu-Natal, and the visual language of a landscape she won’t be able to forget.

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Walking in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps

Step into the shoes of world icon Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Museum, which has two sites, one in Mthatha and the second in his hometown of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

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Worth a thousand words…

Three National Geographic photographers are in South Africa to capture the essence of 3 iconic destinations: Durban, Cape Town and the Drakensberg.

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