Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse enters the wisdom economy.

In 1985, a hot new single was pumping in most clubs, house parties and cars. Whenever Burn Out played, people would stomp to the dance floor. Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse became known as the hottest musician in South Africa.

The music, which fused township pop, traditional mbaqanga groove and the disco of the era, was a powerful step in bringing young white people to African popular music.

Mabuse regards the 1985 Concert in the Park at Ellis Park to be a significant highlight of his career. This event brought 22 of the most popular bands of all genres and races around South…
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Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse enters the wisdom economy.

6 Inspiring Heritage Holidays and Sites

Head along the Route 62 Brandy Route. Image Darling Lama Productions

Head along the Route 62 Brandy Route. Image Darling Lama Productions

As South Africans celebrate Heritage Day (and National Braai Day) on 24 September 2016, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on this diverse country and plan your next heritage holiday or visit to a heritage site. Here are some of our favourites:

1. Follow the Brandy Route: Head off along Route 62 in the Klein Karoo and explore our incredible brandy heritage as you visit brandy…
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Celebrating our creative heritage

Arts Alive 2016

Launched in 1992, Arts Alive was born of the country’s transformational phase and provides a dramatic and dynamic journey through the vibrant, diverse and evocative African city that is Jo’burg.

“Arts Alive International Festival 2016 features artistic offerings that will entertain, educate and stimulate cultural tastes,” says curator Roshnie Moonsammy.

Jo’burg comes to life in spring with local, international and African diaspora acts filling the city theatres, museums and outdoor spaces across 40 unique events. Flagship events such as Jazz on the Lake, Eldo’s festival, the Moshito expo, Hillbrow Theatre School’s…
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Six things to do in Soweto

Hector Pietersen

Sam Nzima’s famous image, located at the Hector Pieterson Museum and Memorial in Soweto.

Whether you are a born-and-bred Jo’burger, or visiting the city for the very first time, a trip to Soweto should definitely be on your list of places to see and experience. Here are six of our favourite places to visit and things to do:

The Hector Pieterson memorial and museum

Dedicated to the memory of 13-year-old Hector Pieterson and the Soweto Uprising of 16 June 1976, this world-class museum pays tribute to a traumatic time…
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Why we’re loving Jozi

Johannesburg view from Randlords. Image by Darling Lama Productions

Johannesburg view from Randlords. Image by Darling Lama Productions

According to the UK-based GQ magazine, Johannesburg is the “new cool capital of the southern hemisphere”. The article by Nick Carvell praised Jozi for it’s “seriously buzzing urban landscape packed with superb bars, inventive restaurants, cool hotels and one of the world’s most exciting theatre, art and music scenes”.

Commendations seem to be coming in steadily, with other well-respected media agencies like the BBC, New York Times and AFKTravel featuring…
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30th anniversary of the Sir Ian Botham charity walk

Sir Ian Botham begins his walk on the third day of Beefy's Big Sri Lanka walk 2013 walk from Sigiriya to Dambulla on November 3rd 2013. Photo by Philip Brown

Sir Ian Botham begins his walk on the third day of Beefy’s Big Sri Lanka Walk 2013 from Sigiriya to Dambulla on 3 November 2013. Photo by Philip Brown

Former England captain and cricketing legend Sir Ian “Beefy” Botham is once again putting on his trainers to hit the tarmac and walk for charity. This year’s Beefy Walking The…
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