The people of South Africa
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Each week we showcase some of the images from this group on our blog. This week, we celebrate the Rainbow Nation.
In the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the Khomani San (or Bushmen, as they choose to call themselves) have benefited from a land settlement which gives them access to their traditional hunting grounds inside the park. Visitors can experience the culture of the Khomani San at !Xaus, a luxury lodge owned by the community. The name !Xaus means 'healing' in Nama.
Each year Cape Town plays host to an International Jazz Festival, where you can experience the unique cross-cultural mix of the South African music scene. Visit any other time of the year, and you're sure to find buskers entertaining passersby at the V&A Waterfront.
Along the False Bay coastline are a series of villages which form part of greater Cape Town in the Western Cape. One of these is Kalk Bay, home to artists, poets and fishermen. It's a delightful place to take a stroll next to the sea, ride a bike, or just pass the time of day with old friends.
The Free State province borders the landlocked country of Lesotho. As a result, there is a strong presence of Basotho people as well as the Sesotho language and culture. Below is a picture of a Mosotho doctor, known as a Ngaka, in the Basotho Cultural Village close to the Golden Gate National Park.
In South Africa's urban centres, many people use minibus taxis to get around. This picture, taken in Durban, the largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, perfectly captures that moment when commuters alight from a taxi and hurry off to their next destination.
Soweto (an abbreviation of South Western Townships), close to Johannesburg, is where you'll find Vilakazi Street, once the home to two Nobel Prize-winners, namely former president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Soweto is also the birthplace of other famous people, like singer Lebo M, whose voice you hear in the opening track to The Lion King.
Our journey ends in Limpopo, a province that derives its name from the river that forms the northern border between South Africa and Zimbabwe. Here you'll find the VhaVenda, for whom dance is culturally significant, including a python dance performed at girls' coming-of-age rituals.
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