REVIVING INNER CITIES, REVIVING THE ARTS

Call it gentrification – which for some means the removal of the urban poor in favour of the well-heeled crowds – but the revival of South Africa’s inner cities has been a boon for the arts. Once-seedy buildings are now home to trendy cafes, art galleries, pop-up theatres, open-air film screenings and hip stores. These new establishments often create employment and support local economies by attracting patrons with disposable incomes.

Here’s our list of must-see urban spots to visit.

One Eloff Street, Jo’burg

Painted a striking yellow and turquoise, this building in…
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REVIVING INNER CITIES, REVIVING THE ARTS

How to spend the holiday season in the picturesque Northern Cape

The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province, with desert landscapes, wildlife and gemstones. Together with Botswana, it shares Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, with its red sand dunes that shelter lions and falcons. Wild daisies and other springtime flowers carpet the typically arid plains of Namaqualand, a region stretching into Namibia.

Holiday season is coming up and everyone has something in mind for a getaway. “The Northern Cape is a melting pot of activities, ranging from long road trips, safaris and game drives, hunting lodges and charming old Karoo towns,” says Jean Lambrechts, owner of Northern Cape Famous Lodges.

Northern Cape Famous…
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How to spend the holiday season in the picturesque Northern Cape

9 terrific things for kids to do during the school holidays

The holidays are approaching and we are starting to wonder what we will be doing every day to keep our family and children entertained. From a local heritage site and hot air ballooning to a fun family show, Flight Centre has compiled a list of activities for you to consider doing with your family.

1) Visit a local heritage site

The school holidays provide a great opportunity to expose your children to our rich diverse heritage at various important local sites. Maropeng at the Cradle of Humankind, Robben Island and the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town, the Vredefort Dome in the…
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9 terrific things for kids to do during the school holidays

MaXhosa’s Laduma Ngxokolo commissioned by MoMA, New York

Laduma Ngxokolo, renowned fashion designer and founder of sought-after knitwear brand MaXhosa, continues to transcend boundaries, both locally and beyond our shores. He’s been commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York to provide a piece for its exhibition Is Fashion Modern?

Ngxokolo took to Instagram to announce the news. Other international brands that will feature include Levi’s 501 jeans, Converse All Stars and Nike.

“Got commissioned by @themuseumofmodernart to create a modern example of what I think the future holds for the prominent Aran knit that originated in the late 1800s in Ireland, among 100 fashion pieces,” Ngxokolo wrote.

The exhibition will be…
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MaXhosa’s Laduma Ngxokolo commissioned by MoMA, New York

Proposal to rename SA Azania gains momentum

On 19 September, African People’s Convention (APC) MP Themba Godi took to Twitter following a meeting in Limpopo, tweeting: “There was enthusiastic endorsement of APC policies to abolish provinces and the name Azania for our country.”

This follows calls by civil organisations and Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa in June this year to rename the country to something other than its geographic location.

The name proposed by the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) is Azania, an Arabic word meaning “Land of the Blacks”.

Speaking to Stephen Grootes of 702, PAC General-Secretary Narius Moloto explained the reasoning behind the suggested name, stating: “Azania is the…
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Proposal to rename SA Azania gains momentum

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