Tag Archives: South African History

Treasures from the Wits Collections on display at WAM

Amazing show of significant objects from Wits’ collections. On at WAM (Wits Art Museum) until 14th October. Included diverse range such as world-renowned fossils, 13th century manuscripts, 16th century musical instruments, amazing San rock paintings, Mandela’s handwritten notes from the Rivonia treason trial, Sol Plaatjie’s diary, original Herbert Baker drawings and plans for the Union [...]

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Johannesburg – the spaces ‘in between’

      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 inter-disciplinary, focusing on critical social analysis.  I found [...]

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Do you know where Delta Park gets its name from?

Delta Park, 104 hectares of open park land, is just 5 blocks from Liz at Lancaster. The area now known as Delta Park was part of the  farm Klipfontein in the 19th Century. In 1902 it became a grazing area for cows as part of William Rattray’s estate.   Delta Park as we now know it, [...]

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A destination guesthouse: Satyagraha in Orchards

Ghandi’s philosphy of Satyagraha (non-violent non-cooperation) was born in South Africa and more specifically in what was then the Transvaal, in the first decade of the 20th Century.  Ghandi arrived in Johannebsurg in 1893 and stayed at various places during the 12 years he was in Johannesburg. For more on this see Eric Itzkin’s excellent book [...]

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September is heritage month – keep the weekend of the 17/18th free – some fascinating tours

There are going to be a series of interesting tours of Joburg run by the Parktwon Westcliff Heritage Trust over the week-end of 17th and 18th Sept. At least 15 different tours. Unfortunately the page is not active on thie site www.parktownheritage.co.za Maybe will be up and running soon. Contact me for more info if [...]

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