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

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Transport by mini-bus Getting around Joburg without your own car is a challenge.  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 expensive for daily […]

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Johannesburg – the spaces ‘in between’

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The space in-between or the uitvalgrond formed old Joburg city centre Just discovered a great website on Joburg (bit embarrassed I didn’t know of it before).    It’s  www. jhbwtc.blogspot.com and it’s the website of  the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism.   Based at Wits University, their work (as their name indicates) is academic and […]

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What’s on in Jozi this week-end

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Picks of the Week The highlight has to be ‘The concert’ on 13th Feb. For those like me without tickets, eat your hearts out  that you’ll be missing the event of the year –  U2 on Sunday night at Soccer City stadium. For the adrenalin junkies the Orlando Cooling Towers in Soweto is open for […]

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Soccer works its magic again

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Local Game at Soccer City Two Australian guests staying here at Liz at Lancaster were determined to see Soccer City and to experience a local game. The Chiefs/Pirates match on Saturday night gave them the perfect opportunity.  They booked their tickets and set off to Soweto, Richard supporting the Chiefs and Pippa wearing a Pirates bandanna.  […]

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SA’s expensive stadia – white elephants or symbols which have changed the World’s perceptions

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SA’s SWC stadia stun the world   From Sport24  12th July 2010 South Africa’s Soccer World Cup stadiums have stunned the globe’s largest sporting audience with audacious style although critics say a developing country can ill afford such extravagance and some will be white elephants.  When South Africa won the right to stage the tournament six […]

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The highs and lows of day 1 of the World Cup, especially traffic issues

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World Cup Soccer first day The event that we have all been waiting for since the announcement in 2005 is finally here … and despite some serious traffic and transport hitches, it all went well on the FIRST big day.  Lots of hoarse voices amongst Safricans today as well as much babelaas.  See http://www.lizatlancaster.co.za/blog/talk-the-talk-a-z-of-south-african-slang ! Traffic issues For […]

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Steuart Pennington’s take on whether sport can help change attitudes: The Blue Bulls in Soweto

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Our transformation challenge: The Blue Bulls show the way! By Steuart Pennington in South Africa     The Good News Newsletter    no 263 01   June 2010 “It just shows how far we have come as a nation” were Victor Matfield’s final words as he reflected on the Bulls semi-final  in Orlando Stadium, having said earlier “Hearing vuvuzelas […]

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