Talk the talk: A-Z of South African slang

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South Africanese at it’s most expressive Vivienne Hambly guardian.co.uk, Friday 26 February 2010 writes:    Don’t know your babbelas from your tekkies? Learn how to make yourself understood at the World Cup 2010 with our indispensible guide: Drawing from 11 official languages – with English, isiZulu, isiXhosa and Afrikaans – being the most dominant, South Africa’s […]

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Even Solly’s Trolley is Flying the Flag

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A familiar sight in the Johannesburg Parks Region Carnival- float meets Christmas -Tree meets Giant- Flower- Arrangement.  Driving around ‘the Parks’ (greater Rosebank), I often see the amazing technicolour cart decorated with everything that glitters, shimmers and  flutters.  Yesterday I stopped to meet the creator .. Solly .. who proudly told me the history of his trolley. As far back […]

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Wits Scientists reveal new species of hominids

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SEDIBA: NEW HOMINID SPECIES A team led by Professor Lee Berger, a renowned palaeoanthropologist from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (aka Wits University) has described and named a new species of hominid, Australopithecus sediba, almost two million years old, which was discovered in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, 40 kilometres out of […]

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Eating out in Joburg: Indian, Chinese and Asian

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Indian restaurants Fordsburg  and Mayfair are great places to go for really good Indian food.  Fordsburg is close to the city centre with Mayfair further to the west.  While they are  predominantly Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani, there has been a recent increase of Eastern, Middle Eastern and North African immigrants.  Don’t expect restaurants with ambience […]

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Eating out in Joburg: special occasions

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All these top class restaurants are close to Liz at Lancaster (within a 8km range) except for Roots in the Cradle of Humankind  Mondays Bompas Rd is a 5 star boutique hotel which has an apparently superb restaurant   WineHouse which gets its name from a painting of pop singer Amy Winehouse and is also named […]

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Joburg’s best …. places to buy African artefacts

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Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse suggestions for buying local art and craft My favourites are Art Africa for clever, creative contemporary items and Kim Sacks Gallery for contemporary porcelain and pottery and finely crafted more traditional objects : Art Africa 62 Tyrone Avenue, Parkview 011 486 2052 Mondays to Fridays 9am to 6pm Saturdays 9am-4pm Vibrant colour […]

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