Category Archives: South Africa

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 .  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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An iconic sculpture of an iconic man

  I have had the privilege of knowing Marco Cianfanelli since he was a Fine Arts and Art History student at Wits many years back and have followed his career with great interest. I was of course well aware of his monumental sculpture of Mandela constructed at the site of Mandela’s capture near Howick on that […]

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Country fare down in the Natal Midlands

    I was lucky enough to have a few days break a couple of weeks ago – my locum was free to step in here at Liz at Lancaster and friends in Southbroom down on the South Coast had agreed to have me to stay for a few days.So I set off on the […]

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Finger in the air: Where do you want to go?

Getting around Joburg without your own car is a challenge.  For more on this see     However, various initiatives and infrastructural developments have been introduced with varying degrees of success.  The Gautrain running between the airport,  Pretoria and Joburg Central, with stops on the way, is very fast, clean, safe and  effective but unfortunately quite […]

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Art and science meet at the Post Office

  The stars, planets and the night skies have fascinated  and inspired the South African artist Marcus Neustetter over the past few years.   He has collaborated with Bronwen Findlay on an arts initiative which explores the relationship between the local community who live in Sutherland in the Northern Cape and the community associated with the […]

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