Five magnificent Mpumalanga attractions to visit this December

Known as “the Place of Sunrise”, Mpumalanga is home to some of the most incredible wildlife, restaurants and resorts under the African sun and is filled with breathtaking sights and extraordinary activities for the whole family. Go on guided safari tours through the game and nature reserves, visit some of the country’s oldest heritage sites and, of course, enjoy a cocktail, while the children splash about in the pool. There’s plenty to see and do in Mpumalanga, so put on your sunscreen, grab your flip-flops and get ready for the ultimate summer vacation this December! Here are some of…
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Five magnificent Mpumalanga attractions to visit this December

The story behind SA’s city nicknames

When exploring this vast and diverse country, you’re bound to come to understand the nuances that make South Africa such a captivating place. One such quirk that makes Mzansi unique is the nicknames we’ve given some regions. From the Mother City to the Friendly City, here are the stories behind the names.

Bloemfontein, the City of Roses

Not only is Bloemfontein South Africa’s judicial capital, it’s also home to the country’s spectacular Rose Festival. And when directly translated from Afrikaans, “Bloemfontein” means “fountain of flowers”.

Johannesburg, the City of Gold

While the origins of the name “Johannesburg” are still a topic of debate, the…
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The story behind SA’s city nicknames

Mexican food adds new flair to South African menus

Mexican cuisine currently has South Africans salivating, as its flavours and flair steadily sweep through the nation. It is so popular that in 2016, Famous Brands – of Mugg & Bean, Wimpy, Debonairs and Steers fame – acquired a 51% controlling stake in Fourways’ Salsa Mexican Grill to get a jump start on what is sees as the next big thing in the South African fast-casual restaurant environments.

Restaurateurs John and Lyn Davis spotted the same gap in the market back in 2014 when they opened Picasso’s Mexican Taqueria in the small, scenic Mpumalanga town of White River. In…
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Mexican food adds new flair to South African menus

Minister David Mahlobo Responds to Alleged Links to Rhino Poaching

On 13 November, Doha-based broadcaster Al Jazeera released a video documentary – The Poacher’s Pipeline – with alleged links between Minister of State Security David Mahlobo and Mpumalanga-based rhino horn smuggler, Guan Jiang Guang. This has led to a furor within the South African Hunting and Game Conservation Association (SA Hunters), South Africa’s largest conservation association, which has over 40 000 members.

While undercover, the Al Jazeera team recorded Guang, who is also a restaurant and massage-parlour owner, boasting about his alleged association with Mahlobo, whose department’s duties include monitoring organised crime. The minister has, however, denied any association with the Guang, saying in a…
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Minister David Mahlobo Responds to Alleged Links to Rhino Poaching

Iconic Designer Jenna Clifford’s Majestic La Rose Cottage

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Eight of my colleagues and I were recently invited to spend a couple of days at South African jewellery designer icon Jenna Clifford’s majestic La Rose Cottage at Lake Longmere in White River, Mpumalanga. Jenna bought La Rose Cottage some 16 years ago as a family getaway and loved the tranquillity and beauty of this little town so much that she decided to make White River her home. She bought a nearby farm and transformed this gumtree-laden land into a spectacular oasis.

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17 awe-inspiring adventures

 

Signpost Soweto

Soweto bike tours, urban adventures. Image Darling Lama Productions

1. Lebo’s Soweto Bicycle Tour: This brisk cycling expedition invites you to share in this bustling township’s warm sense of community. You’ll pedal along small streets, chat with residents and might even join an impromptu soccer game. Lebo will show you historical landmarks, such as the Hector Pieterson Memorial, Vilakazi Street and the former home of Nelson Mandela (among many other attractions).

2. If dizzying heights tickle your fancy, book a date at the beautifully painted Orlando Towers….
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