On the Political Front:Looking back on 2023 

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One thing South Africa doesn’t do is “uneventful” Several guests have written asking for more detail on various aspects of South Africa’s political arena. It is difficult to summarize succinctly with my superficial knowledge and without oversimplifying, but here are but a few key events.  Loadshedding remains the hot topic  In December 2022 Andre De […]

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Siemon Allen at JCAF 2023

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Siemon Allen’s Stamps V 2010 All four of the Otherscapes installations at JCAF , showing in 2023, are intriguing and through-provoking.  But for me the initial visual impact of Seimon Allen’s Stamps V 2010 was the most powerful. From afar this installation reads as some huge, abstract, gridded colour-field painting. As one goes closer the […]

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Stitches that heal body and soul: the Keiskamma Tapestry exhibition at Constitution Hill 2022

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Umaf’ evuka, nje ngenyanga /Dying and Rising as the Moon Does  This is the title of the exhibition of tapestries made by the artists’ collective: Keiskamma Art Project, currently displayed at Constitution Hill. Constitution Hill is a site of contradiction. It has a painful past where men and women were imprisoned: a few were criminals, […]

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Birding at Zaagkuilsdrift and KgomoKgomo: an easy 2 hour drive from Joburg

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Liz at Lancaster is a bird friendly establishment  Liz at Lancaster is recognized by BirdLife South Africa as a birding friendly establishment and we have hosted several members of Birdlife SA and arranged tours for international birders.  I’m a very amateurish birder, tending to glaze over when it comes to warblers, pippits, larks and cisticolas ((but […]

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Parkview’s Public Park

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Parks as sites of activism In addition to being places of leisure and recreation, parks and public spaces are containers of values, bounded spaces of inclusion and exclusion, sites of political, social and cultural activism whether overtly or by default.  During the 1980s in the height of Apartheid repression people’s parks in South Africa were […]

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Avitourism – a lucrative tourism market

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Tapping into the economic potential of the birding community A few months back an article in Tourism Update caught my eye:  Avitourism may have same economic potential as gorillas – Rwanda.  Even though there are over 700 bird species in Rwanda,  surely these little feathered friends can’t hold the same fascination as the huge iconic […]

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