Category Archives: South Africa

Whatever you are, be a good one

The recent ‘#FeesMustFall’ campaign got me thinking yet again about the role of University education, entrepreneurial career paths, the importance of artisanal skills and trades, and practical preparation for the world of work.  I have a post-graduate degree myself and taught at tertiary level for nearly 23 years before leaving to grow my guesthouse business.  […]

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Besides having one of the best climates in the world, Jozi has much to offer …

Wow! what is it with Jozi at the moment? So much positive press from all sorts of different quarters. From no 1 cycle route, to an up-and-coming art hub to a new spin on the level of violence – Joburg is being praised and flaunted as an interesting and vibrant city.  Although Joburg will always […]

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For a great travel experience take the train from Joburg to Cape Town

We have had a number of guests who travel by rail either from Cape Town or down to Cape town. A recent guest wrote a review about the Shosholoza Premier Classe on Tripadvisor:  http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g312659-d2178312-r160923497-Premier_Class_Shosholoza_Meyl_Train-Cape_Town_Central_Western_Cape.html She writes of booking through an excellent 3rd party site:  www.AfricanSunTravel.com which is good to know because so often it is […]

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Seeing South Africa by train

Guests from Australia who stayed recently at Liz at Lancaster had been around South Africa on the Shongololo Express.  Shongololo is a colloquial South African word for a millipede.  These creatures have hard segmented exteriors and coil themselves into a spiral when threatened – hence their name which comes from the Zulu ukusongo meaning ‘roll […]

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More on South Africa’s ’12th official language’

A couple of years back I wrote a blog about using minibus taxis to get around Joburg and the kind of local knowledge that is required to do so.  See www.lizatlancaster.co.za/blog/finger-in-the-air-where-do-you-want-to-go .  I included an image of the cover of Susan Woolf’s book of taxi signs published in 2007.   For nine years Woolf has been […]

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