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TTo be in South Africa is to be part of a story that goes back to the start of all humanity. Today, South Africa has evolved into an amazing mix of modern cultures, inspiring history and incredible heroes. It really is a melting pot with roots that run deeper than you think.

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Grahamstown National Arts Festival

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Grahamstown National Arts Festival

The National Arts Festival is an important event on the South African cultural calendar, and the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent. It has become the home for artists from different corners of the creative world.

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Macufe

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Macufe

Macufe is a cultural-based festival that showcases a wide range of African arts and culture to the world. It is held in Bloemfontein every year. Macufe, the ten-day Mangaung African Cultural Festival, showcases the cream of African and international talent. It features jazz, gospel, kwaito, hip-hop, R&B, rock and classical music, as well as dance, drama, cabaret, musical theatre, poetry, fine art and traditional arts and crafts. First held in 1997 before an audience of 30 000, Macufe now attracts over 140 000 people from South Africa, Africa and the world. The festival is presented in late September and early October by the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State.

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Xhosa culture: the clans and customs

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Xhosa culture: the clans and customs

The AmaXhosa are part of three nations known as Nguni that are found in South Africa. The other two are AmaSwazi and AmaZulu.  The AmaXhosa settled in the Eastern Cape and over time spread to the Western Cape.

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African ancestors and Amadlozi

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African ancestors and Amadlozi

Zulus are generally a proud people. Whether one lives in a rural area or is an urban Zulu to paraphrase the late renowned popstar Busi Mhlongo, Zulus generally adhere to the beliefs of their forebears - and live in many worlds in fact.

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The culture of Basotho: history, people, clothing and food

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The culture of Basotho: history, people, clothing and food

As a nation that boasts about its rich culture, the Basotho can trace their origins to the pre-historic age.

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The Shangaan-Tsonga people

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The Shangaan-Tsonga people

The Tsonga people are a diverse group of tribes that include the Shangaan, Thonga, Tonga, Vandzawu, VaTshwa, Vakalanga and Valoyi to name a few.

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History of women in South Africa

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History of women in South Africa

Resilience and peaceful resistance are just some of the ways in which South African women have fought against apartheid.

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Culture and expression of identity: The Ndebele of South Africa

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Culture and expression of identity: The Ndebele of South Africa

The Ndebele of South Africa constitute one group of people whose identity has survived precarious conditions and existential crisis under the weight of changing power dynamics of internal and external factors from pre-colonial to present times.

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Xhosa cuisine: the dishes and traditions

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Xhosa cuisine: the dishes and traditions

Xhosa cuisine: the dishes and traditions

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Shaka kaSenzangakhona, the founder of the Zulu kingdom

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Shaka kaSenzangakhona, the founder of the Zulu kingdom

King Shaka kaSenzangakhona has been portrayed as a blood-thirsty dictator who ruled through coercion and instilled fear in his people. Contrary to these misrepresentations, early colonial accounts portray him as a keen international trader who went out of his way to protect the traders between 1824 and 1828.

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Venda culture

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Venda culture

Venda culture and traditions are rooted in the responsibilities of the royal leaders, who are referred to as mahosi or vhamusanda in the Luvenda language, which means chiefs or traditional leaders who are royal leaders.

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A history of mining in South Africa

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A history of mining in South Africa

Mining in South Africa has been a contentious issue since 15-year-old Erasmus Stephanus Jacobs discovered South Africa’s first diamond, the Eureka, in Hopetown in 1867.

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