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Words of wisdom: 20 of the greatest Quotes by South Africans (including a selection by Mandela)
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Words of wisdom: 20 of the greatest Quotes by South Africans (including a selection by Mandela)

"I am an African. I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flowers, the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native land" And whilst I would love to claim the above lines as mine they are, instead, those of a supreme orator, taken from one of the world's most famous speeches ~ Thabo Mbeki's "I am an African". Inspired by the incredible country in which they live, and the miraculous history from which they come, South Africans produce words of wisdom to inspire. For those wanting motivation t...
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10 ‘Must Do’ Things For Accommodation Owners, To Keep Us Coming Back For More
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10 ‘Must Do’ Things For Accommodation Owners, To Keep Us Coming Back For More

Ever stayed in a B&B or self-catering unit where there were a couple of things you knew would just make the place sing, but did not have the courage to write it in the guest book? I have ... more than once. I've travelled a great deal around South Africa, staying mostly in modest self-catering accommodation and in B&Bs, some of them delightfully quirky, others bordering on objectionable (particularly as there seems to be a regular rate, regardless of standard). Some have wowed me while others have left me feeling resentful at having to pay hard-earned cash for an uncomfortable ni...
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7 Unique South African Creations You Will WANT TO GET Your Hands On
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7 Unique South African Creations You Will WANT TO GET Your Hands On

South African's are smart thinkers. Our list of 7 unique South African creations are either charming or innovatively functional. Some are both. Either way, you've got to love them. Want them. And head to our shores to get them. 1. Magpie recycled chandeliers These gorgeous 2 metre high creations (a variety of them) made out of recycled and re-purposed materials not only caught our eye, it caught the Obamas as well. One now hangs in the White House. Made by Magpie Art Collective, a socially-responsible partnership of four friends based in the Karoo town of Barrydale, four of their chandeli...
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10 South African music legends
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10 South African music legends

Chosen for their distinctive South African style of music, here are 10 South African music legends... Photograph: Lucky Dube taken January 01, 1994 by Leon Morris Brenda Fassie: 1964 – 2004 You know you're an icon when Time magazine showcases you in a three page spread, as when it headlined Brenda Fassie in December 2001 as the “Madonna of the Townships'. Her extraordinary talent saw her scoop the SAMA for Best Selling Release four years in a row. Some speak of an unnatural craving for limelight, and a personal life in tatters, but she was adored by hundreds of thousands of fans and d...
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20 reasons to never leave a big city (like Jozi or Cape Town) EVER
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20 reasons to never leave a big city (like Jozi or Cape Town) EVER

Hard to believe that in 1800 only 3 percent of the world lived in cities. Most people lived in the countryside, in towns. By 1900 things had changed somewhat – 12 cities already had over 1 million people. Now not only are there 400 cities with over a million people in them, but the world has 40 mega cities with over 5 million people in each (Japan, Seoul, New York, Mumbai, Delhi, LA etc.). For as many of us choosing to downscale by moving to small towns, countless others would never dream of doing so. There are various reasons to never leave a big city. Here are just 20 ... 1. MORE JOB...
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9 South African obsessions
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9 South African obsessions

Every group of people exhibits a particular set of idiosyncracies, or fascination with certain things, that differentiate them from others. The Americans do compulsive snacking, high school yearbooks, constant emotional unburdening (usually in the form of a laborious novel) and law suits. The British do tea, DIY, the weather, gardening, societal class, Mind the Gap and queues. South Africans are preoccupied with the following - 9 South African obsessions Braais South Africa's equivalent to the barbecue. Only worse. We're so obsessed with staring at boerewors (farm sausage) or chipola...
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20 reasons to leave the city and move to a ‘dorp’
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20 reasons to leave the city and move to a ‘dorp’

You've had a life-long dream. That goes something like this: meet soul mate (optional), have child (optional), move to a SMALL TOWN and open a coffee shop/fish shop/country restaurant/country pub and live out the rest of your life in the slow lane without any big city stress. Perhaps you have given the idea merely a passing thought? Either way, here are a list of reasons to leave the city and head for South Africa's country 'dorps'... 1. NO TRAFFIC JAMS No more sitting in traffic for up to two hours a day. Whilst your town of choice is unlikely to have more than one main road, dependin...
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Brazil Soccer World Cup fever – 15 facts you may not know
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Brazil Soccer World Cup fever – 15 facts you may not know

For a month, starting June 12th, Brazil will host 64 matches across the country. That's the other side of the world from South Africa, but it's close enough to the 2010 World Cup to bring back memories of giant stadiums finished in time, kelp vuvuzelas, the Diski dance, the macaraba (hand-cut, hand-painted hard hat), and flags flying from car windows. This time most of us will enjoy the games from the safety of our lounge. But nobody will forget the vuvuzelas. Or will they? Brazil Soccer World Cup fever – 15 facts you may not know... 1. FIFA has banned vuvuzelas from the Brazilian ...
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Cape Town’s 25 commandments
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Cape Town’s 25 commandments

And so it was that Jan Van Hunks descended from his lair on the slopes of Table Mountain to hand down two tablets, and a bottle of bubbly, to the people of Cape Town. Thereon was a list of commandments wherefrom, it followed, that citizens of Cape Town live happy and full lives perched on the peninsula between two oceans. The tablets read ... THOU SHALT: 1.  Know and be able to faultlessly relate the legend of the tabletop's unusual cloud cover that describes the duel between the devil and the Dutch man Van Hunks. During the smoking competition that was to go on for days, the mountain wo...
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10 uniquely South African foods
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10 uniquely South African foods

When you dream of Greece, you think moussaka. Italy brings pasta to mind. And where would Israel be without the falafel? Yet South Africa does not really have one ubiquitous, national dish, a food typically associated only with the south of the continent; something like paella in Spain, hamburgers in America, or roast beef and Yorkshire pudding in England (although, admittedly, things have moved on a little in the UK). Instead we have a number of dishes the rest of the world, and the locals, associate strongly with South African Cuisine. Here are 10 uniquely South African foods... Bilto...
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Where to get your cup of sustainable coffee in South Africa
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Where to get your cup of sustainable coffee in South Africa

There are few of us who can face a day without that initial cup to get us going. Coffee is big business as a result. But if you, like me, prefer to marry your love of the bean with the knowledge that your cuppa is not only farmed in a way that maintains the ecology but also means that the small-scale coffee farmer is given a fair price for his beans, then there are a number of rather hip Fairtrade certified coffee roasteries on the market in South Africa you might want to try... In South Africa 120 tons of coffee beans were sold in 2012, up 160% from 2011; 85% of this was Fairtrade a...
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South Africanisms everyone should know
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South Africanisms everyone should know

With 11 official languages, it is no wonder that there is a lingo in South Africa that is completely unique to this diverse country of colours, tongues and cultures. While English is widely spoken and understood, visitors are encouraged to learn some of the local words, which hail from a combination of English, Afrikaans and the many African languages found here. Here are some of the most significant South Africanisms ... Ag (a-ch) – an exclamation that is best compared to “argh” in its application. It is widely used as a sentence filler. For example, “Ag, I’m fine, thank you”. Amasi ...
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South Africa’s national symbols – a guide for dummies
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South Africa’s national symbols – a guide for dummies

I'm prepared to bet the average person knows our national flag, our national flower (king protea), and probably our national bird (blue crane). But when it comes to national symbols like the Order of the Baobab, the Order of Luthuli or even our national fish (the galjoen) some of us need a little help ... South Africa national symbols - a guide for dummies South Africa's coat of arms If you have a new(ish) South African passport (and they need renewing every 10 years so you will have, sooner rather than later) you'll see our new coat of arms (official since 2000) on the cover. Our old o...
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18 Travel Trends for 2014
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18 Travel Trends for 2014

The latest Travel Trends for 2014 show South Africa and Cape Town are to be reckoned with, airports are becoming more liveable, mobile bookings are on the up, and travellers are demanding a more 'local' experience ... 1 - Despite the recession, tourism continues to grow 2.5 billion internet users worldwide mean that countries like India and China have increased buying power, and are travelling more. Asia was 2013's hot spot for travel, both incoming and domestic, and Southern Europe – Malta, Portugal, Croatia – expect a high tourist rate this year; higher than Northern Europe. 2 - South Afr...
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How eco friendly is your tour operator, really?
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How eco friendly is your tour operator, really?

Is your eco friendly tour operator really environmentally friendly? And how do you recognise one? So many organisers of tours and trips these days attach the prefix 'eco' to their offering. How far reaching this 'umbrella' claim is depends on a number of issues. But when is it just a wishful title, and when is it credible? The good news: it isn't difficult to assess yourself The bad news: you cannot assume that the term 'eco' means the company is accredited (in South Africa there is no formal eco accreditation in the travel sector, other than Fair Trade). There are also no univers...
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