Where can we buy Shweshwe?

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This was the first question I was faced with recently at the breakfast table. Guests wanted to buy Sheshwe cloth to take home to Germany. With its German origins they felt a particular connection to this indigo blue cloth which has become so synonymous with South African traditional fabric.

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2016: The Year of the Fossil

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MUST- SEE JOZI SITE – CRADLE OF HUMANKIND Guests who stayed at Liz at Lancaster recently visited Origins Museum and Sterkfontein out in the Cradle and came back full of excitement about our rich hominid history. I told them how I am constantly amazed at the opportunities we have in South Africa to explore our […]

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If power goes off, Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse has light!

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 SA’s brilliant local Consol solar-powered light jar Whether its load shedding, power failure or un-notified “scheduled” maintenance, unexpected ‘lights out’ can happen on occasions.  This gives us an added challenge here at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse with some foreign guests not always able to follow written directions in English and others just annoyed by the […]

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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The rotten job of the informal recyclers Walking the local neighbourhood on a Monday morning is one of the many times my middle class suburban life is put into perspective. I’m not walking long distances to work I’m not searching smelly dustbins with rotting food and I’m not pulling a hugely heavy trolley (often for […]

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Whatever you are, be a good one

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Bring back artisan skills & stimulate entrepreneurship Higher education and critical thinking 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 […]

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Seeing South Africa by train

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Instead of a sea cruise take a land cruise:  The Shongololo Express Guests from Australia who stayed recently at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse 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 […]

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Forde’s biography of Malema and the closing of Boekehuis

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2 biographers of 2 key political SA figures converse Yesterday Boekehuis hosted Mark Gevisser, Mbeki’s biographer, in conversation with Fiona Forde, Malema’s biographer. Mark engaged Fiona to expand on some of the issues raised in her biography of Malema: ‘An Inconvenient Youth’.  An informed, informative, measured and fascinating interchange followed. Malema’s significance Forde’s take is that […]

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