Category Archives: South Africa

Who decides what makes a World Class African City?

Who decides and on what basis what makes a ‘World Class African City’? There has been recent controversy around Joburg using the line ‘ A World Class African City’ in its advertising and marketing.  I came across Michael Clark’s article– brief but interesting – around what it might mean to be a “world class city” […]

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

The Shosoloza Express between Johannesburg and Cape Town  We have had a number of guests at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse 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. She writes of booking through an excellent 3rd party website which is good […]

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Seeing South Africa by train

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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Country fare down in the Natal Midlands

Midlands Meander, KZN 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 […]

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Forde’s biography of Malema and the closing of Boekehuis

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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