Posts – Culture & History

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Sacred rock art

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


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.


Zulu wedding

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