Category Archives: South Africa

Country fare down in the Natal Midlands

    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 on the [...]

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

Getting around Joburg without your own car is a challenge.  For more on this see http://www.lizatlancaster.co.za/info/transport.html.     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 [...]

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Art and science meet at the Post Office

  The stars, planets and the night skies have fascinated  and inspired the South African artist Marcus Neustetter over the past few years.   He has collaborated with Bronwen Findlay on an arts initiative which explores the relationship between the local community who live in Sutherland in the Northern Cape and the community associated with the [...]

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Forde’s biography of Malema and the closing of Boekehuis

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. Forde’s take is that it is not over till the fat man sings, (my label [...]

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Watch the evening sky over the next couple of weeks

Watch Mercury overtaking Venus early evenings this week  As it starts to get dark, look over to the west for the very bright “evening star” – Venus.  Venus is so bright it can be seen in twilight. As the earth turns you will see:  * Mercury appearing as a relatively bright ‘star’ below left of Venus [...]

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