J is for Jo’burg, City of Gold

This entry is part 12 of the series Out of Africa

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Johannesburg is a modern city of many faces and names. It is also known by its Zulu name, eGoli (“place of gold”), due to the fact that 40 percent of the world’s known gold reserves have been found in the area and many Zulu men went to work on the gold mines. read more

K is for Kirstenbosch

This entry is part 13 of the series Out of Africa

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When my husband and I were still boy- and girlfriend, we often caught a bus to the magnificent Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town.

Sometimes we spent the day wandering around the endless pathways and enjoying a picnic lunch under the trees.

 

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L is for Lion

This entry is part 14 of the series Out of Africa

LMany years ago, the lion ruled the plains of Africa, intimidating any whom he came across with his powerful roar which can be heard up to 8 kms (5 miles) away.

Thanks to human development and expansion, the lion population decreased from about 100,000 in the 1960s, to 32,000 in 2012. Although poaching and hunting plays a role, the main reason is people defending themselves or their livestock. read more

M is for Mother City

This entry is part 15 of the series Out of Africa

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Set in between the ocean and the mountains, with a national park at its heart, Cape Town is one of the most wonderful cities in the world. As South Africa’s oldest city, it is commonly known as the Mother City.

The architecture is an amazing mix of Dutch, British and Cape Malay. 21st century skyscrapers tower over flower sellers, buskers and food markets. read more

N is for N’Kosi Sikelel iAfrika

This entry is part 16 of the series Out of Africa

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South Africa is famous for many “firsts” but I wonder how many people know how this applies to our National Anthem. Our official anthem, Nkosi Sikilel iAfrica is the only neo-modal national anthem in the world, that is it ends in a different key to where it begins. It is also a mult-language anthem.

The national anthem of a country is normally sung in the language used by most of the people of the nation. The South African anthem developed along with the history of the nation as follows: read more

O is for Ostrich

This entry is part 17 of the series Out of Africa

OSome years ago, I made the mistake of stopping on my way from a restaurant to the car, to take a photograph of a nearby ostrich. Now, the ostrich is a curious fellow and this one decided he wanted a closer look at my camera. read more

P is for Port Elizabeth

This entry is part 18 of the series Out of Africa

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When my husband and I retired to Port Elizabeth, we knew little about the city. We did know that this, the 5th biggest city in South Africa, was also known as The Friendly City, or The Windy City. It didn’t take long to learn the reason for the latter! read more

Q is for Quagga

This entry is part 19 of the series Out of Africa

QContrary to popular belief, a quagga was not a cross between a donkey and a zebra. It just looked that way. Tests on mitochondrial DNA and protein obtained from a skin in the 1980’s indicated that the quagga was a subspecies of the creature known as Burchell’s plains zebra, which is now also extinct.

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R is for Rhinoceros.

This entry is part 20 of the series Out of Africa

RThe Rhinoceros, more often called the rhino, belongs to a group of five species, two of whom are native to Africa.

These heavy creatures have dinosaurian features. Their protective skin which is 1.5–5 cm (1/2 -2 inches) thick, looks like a suit of armour. The adult weighs a tonne or more. read more