Posts Tagged: heritage

South Africa Travel
My top 10 heritage attractions in South Africa
March 11, 2015
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South Africa is a country blessed with rich natural and cultural heritage sites – definitely too many for one blog post! Besides our 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites there are hundreds of national and provincial heritage attractions. So when Webjet asked me to share my insights on my top heritage site in SA, I decided […]
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Caves, fossils and stargazing in the Cradle of Humankind
March 10, 2015
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There are so many cool daytrips to do from Joburg.  One of  the most fascinating is a visit to the Cradle of Humankind, one of eight South African World Heritage Sites and the only one in Gauteng. The Cradle is a collection of sites that lie in a green valley, just an hour from Jozi […]
Johannesburg South Africa Travel
Gandhi in Johannesburg – Satyagraha House
January 29, 2015
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Gandhi’s time in South Africa was important in his path to becoming a leading political figure of the 20th century. 2014 marked a hundred years since Gandhi left SA for good after spending his formative years here. It was in South Africa that Gandhi developed his philosophy of satyagraha (meaning ‘truth-force’) a form of active yet peaceful […]
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Win tickets to The Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup
December 1, 2014
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Cricket is my favourite sport, it must be the Indian in me. 🙂  I remember my dad taking us to international cricket games in the ’90s, after South Africa returned to international cricket post sanctions. Our extended family would go to Durban’s Kingsmead stadium braving the 30 degree heat and humidity for a chance to […]
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Songs for Mandela
July 18, 2013
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“The curious beauty of African music is that it uplifts even as it tells a sad tale. You may be poor, you may have only a ramshackle house, you may have lost your job, but that song gives you hope.  African music is often about the aspirations of humanity.” – Nelson Mandela   Here are  my top […]
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Mandela’s heartbeats
July 2, 2013
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I  know I’ve been scarce lately, for good reason though. I’ve been travelling in Europe for the past two and a half weeks visiting  friends in Antwerp, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Scandanavia. Its been pretty hectic especially  with limited internet connectivity and knowing that Madiba’s health was not good. As soon as I got wifi anywhere […]
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Hugh Masekela on heritage
April 20, 2013
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I love this TED talk by South African music legend,  Hugh Masekela on heritage.  The video is 17 minutes and definitely worth the watch, not only for its inspirational message but also for the great music. In the video, Bra Hugh, as he is fondly known, says that Africans are losing their heritage because of politics, religion, […]
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Human Rights Day: Remembering Sharpeville
March 20, 2013
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    21 March, now known as Human Rights Day, commemorates a dark day in South Africa’s history, where  69 unarmed protesters were killed by South African police outside a police station in the township of  Sharpeville, south of Johannesburg. The Sharpeville Massacre On 19th March 1960, PAC President Robert Sobukwe announced that they were going to embark on […]
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Miriam Makeba, South African music legend
September 28, 2012
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    In honour of September being Heritage month in South Africa,  today’s Mzansi Music Friday post is dedicated to a true legend of South African musical heritage,  Miriam Makeba.  I recently attended the excellent International Exhibition of Black Music, currently on at Museum Africa where there was some amazing archival footage of some of  Miriam Makeba’s […]
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Women’s Day: remembering 9th August 1956
August 9, 2012
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9 August commemorates Women’s Day in South Africa. On this day  in 1956, over 20 000 women of all races marched to the Union Buildings  in Pretoria, to hand over a petition against pass laws. This apartheid legislation required African persons to carry the “pass”, special identification documents which curtailed their freedom of movement. The march was organised by the Federation […]