Heritage & History Matters

Heritage & History Matters

Powerful Symbol of Rememberance

Powerful Symbol of Rememberance

Did you know that an American woman campaigned to create a national symbol for remembrance, and a Frenchwoman may have been the single most significant figure in spreading the symbol of the poppy? What about the analogies with Ukraine's current scarred landscapes where the symbol of the sunflower abounds?   ... Read More
Africa's First of its Kind

Africa’s First of its Kind

The Grootbos Florilegium is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. It tells the story of the unparrallelled biodiversity of Fynbos and the Cape Floristic Region in its collection of botanical artworks ... Read More
The Merry Month Of May

The Merry Month Of May

The month of May celebrates the advent of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. We want to celebrate a pioneering South African couple who are making waves in both hemispheres. Their English estate, The Newt, is the official sponsor of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show. While their South African estate, Babylonstoren, is acknowledged as the only (RHS) Royal Horticultural Society Partner Garden in Africa ... Read More
Table Mountain and protea cynaroides, courtesy Andrew Baxter

Why This Protea Is Our National Flower

There are many reasons why this protea is South Africa's national flower. I like these survive & thrive analogies ... Proteas are hardy plants that can survive harsh conditions; drought, heavy rains and even massive bush fires because they are re-sprouters, a very effective survival strategy, but won’t be happy in temperatures below -4C ... Read More
Air Under Your Wings

Air Under Your Wings

Celebrating the opening up of air routes. Direct flights from the USA reduce travel time to Cape Town by more than five hours, which means more time to enjoy the beauty and majesty of South Africa. Get an idea of the sheer size of Africa with this tool! ... Read More
Proof of Endurance

Proof of Endurance

The Telegraph in the UK has declared Cape Town, South Africa “the greatest city in the world to visit right now'', & that ''the city of wine and waves is back with a pop and a fizz.” And the lost vessel of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton - The Endurance is found. Proof indeed! ... Read More
Flowers & the Meaning of Life

Flowers & the Meaning of Life

Flowers are a lens on human nature and our search for meaning. A metaphor for a mortal world suddenly fathoming its fragility and resilience. More than a pretty object to be admired, they are a ravishing system of aliveness — a kind of silent symphony of interconnected resilience. ... Read More
Shaped By Geography

Shaped By Geography

Maps shine a light into our understanding of geography. Few people realise how big Africa is. It's three times bigger than the USA. You could fit the USA, Greenland, India, China, Spain, France, Germany and the UK into Africa and still have room for most of Eastern Europe. ... Read More
Lions Head and Signal Hill, with Robben Island in backgrond- Andrew Baxter

Honouring Heritage

According to legend, more than 250 years ago, a prophecy was made that there would be a Sacred Circle around the Cape. We celebrate a watershed moment as select shrines dotting the Peninsula are declared National Monuments ... Read More
Delville Wood Memorial,Cape Town

SA’s Gift to the Act of Rememberance

How the tradition of 2-minutes of silence during Remembrance occasions was born, a unique South African gift to world, a simple peaceful gesture that in deep solitude remembers the end of all war – not the beginning ... Read More
Acclaimed No.1 City in Africa

Acclaimed No.1 City in Africa

Cape Town is South Africa's crown jewel, worth visiting year-round. Ranked No. 1 City in Africa by Travel + Leisure, its iconic Table Mountain has been voted as Africa’s leading tourist attraction by the 2021 World Travel Awards ... Read More
National Arbor Day

Bequeathing To Posterity

National Arbor Week is a time for us to plant indigenous trees as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management. ''Each generation of humanity takes the earth as trustees … We ought to bequeath to posterity as many forests and orchards as we have exhausted and consumed'' ... Read More
A Plant That ‘Cannot Die’

A Plant That ‘Cannot Die’

A director of Kew Gardens in London remarked, “it is out of the question the most wonderful plant ever brought to this country and one of the ugliest.” Some plants are over 3,000 years old, growing since the beginning of the Iron Age, when the Phoenician alphabet was invented and David was crowned King of Israel ... Read More
About Overcoming Poverty

About Overcoming Poverty

On Mandela’s birthday the call is out for people everywhere to honour him by acting on the idea that each person has the power to change the world. By devoting 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service – people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good ... Read More
The Best Foodie Destination

The Best Foodie Destination

Cape Town has just been voted the "premier South African city for food, catering for every taste and style – haute cuisine, street food to die for, eclectic pop-ups." And the historic Groot Constantia wine estate has just been rated the best in the world for its Sanvignon Blanc. Not bad going from South Africa’s oldest wine farm which was established in 1685 ... Read More
It's All About Perspectives

It’s All About Perspectives

''If you take history seriously, the real point is to understand one's own history and work with the grain, not against it. It means learning from mistakes and not clinging to yesterday's theories and visions" - R.W.Johnson  ... Read More
First People & San Place in History

First People & San Place in History

The San are one of the last hunter-gatherer societies left on earth, living across six countries in southern Africa, whose ancient way of life, languages, and culture are under grave threat. See why the genetic story of The First Peopleis is so special ... Read More
Crowns, Knighthoods & Knock-outs

Crowns, Knighthoods & Knock-outs

If winning was a country, it would be South Africa right now! Accolades, awards and reasons to celebrate, showing that hope is alive and local talent is prodigious ... Read More
Cape Town voted best city in the world

Cape Town voted best city in the world

The votes have been counted, the results are in ... the greatest city in the world is a coastal gem, ... Read More
The Relevance of Rememberance

The Relevance of Rememberance

Imaginative and innovative projects show how to properly honour the past a century later, and not let remeberance become a hollow ritual ... Read More
How Great Is Thy Art?

How Great Is Thy Art?

The new Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria gives the city of jacarandas (and the whole country) a new cultural landmark & window into the past with the Mapungubwe Collection ... Read More
Learning From The Royals

Learning From The Royals

Cape Town celebrated Heritage Day with the Duke & Duchess of Sussex - Prince Harry & Meghan, as reminder of South Africa's cultural diversity and chance to express national unity ... Read More
10 Things You Didn't Know About the Fourth of July

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Fourth of July

With 243 years of tradition behind it, the Fourth of July is one of America's most cherished holidays. Here are 10 other facts you may not have known about ... Read More
The Case For Visiting Cape Town

The Case For Visiting Cape Town

You really can't overstate the case for visiting Cape Town. It's just come tops in the Telegraph award for The World's 50 Best Honeymoon Hotels & Destinations ... Read More
South African Activist to Become First Disabled Person in Space

South African Activist to Become First Disabled Person in Space

Eddie Ndopu, a South African activist and humanitarian, plans a flight on a commercial trip into space and deliver an address to the UN while he’s up there ... Read More
SAY AFRICA

SAY AFRICA

This song inspires an incredible pride in South Africans … Many of whom remember the track from the opening ceremony ... Read More
One Of Our Greatest Gifts

One Of Our Greatest Gifts

Did you know that the two minutes silence and its association to Armistice Day (11/11/11) or 'Remembrance Day' has a South African origin? ... Read More
Park & Play with Panoramic Views

Park & Play with Panoramic Views

Battery Park is Cape Town's new urban park connecting the V&A Waterfront to the city. It’s a green space with a series of scenic routes, recreation and retail activities - to say nothing of spectacular views ... Read More
The Past Is Still Unfolding

The Past Is Still Unfolding

Reflecting on different architectures of dominance linked to entrenched powers of colonialism, racism & relentless capitalism ... Read More
Art's Voice Returning to Africa

Art’s Voice Returning to Africa

Another good day in Africa. Yinka Shonibare's multifaceted oeuvre grapples with the lasting legacy of colonialism ... Read More
South Africa’s 10th World Heritage Site

South Africa’s 10th World Heritage Site

Mountains referred to as the ‘Genesis of Life’ with the best preserved ancient rocks on Earth, contain the oldest signs of life in the world ... Read More
The Night That Changed The World

The Night That Changed The World

An event that sowed the seeds of Satyagraha - about which Mandela said of Gandhi: 'India’s soul truly does lie in South Africa' ... Read More
Even Starbucks has "Ubuntu"

Even Starbucks has “Ubuntu”

Starbucks was started with some basic fundamentals of "Ubuntu" in mind, giving it the longevity to build a very strong brand with intrinsic valued staff ... Read More
Insights behind Zeitz MOCAA

Insights behind Zeitz MOCAA

Hear how this groundbreaking contemporary art museum in Cape Town's V&A Waterfront came about - its design highlights and architectural challenges ... Read More
The Story of a Ceramic Wall

The Story of a Ceramic Wall

''In two hundred years time people may gaze on our wall and wonder what some of the creatures are, as they were last seen in 2074" ... Read More
Visionary Plan By Pioneering Women

Visionary Plan By Pioneering Women

Migration to Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront's Silo district is a clever paradigm shift around the desirability & economic potential of local South African design ... Read More
Twist To The Human Story

Twist To The Human Story

Spectacular South African fossils are revolutionizing the human family tree & radically changing our understanding of evolution ... Read More
A Beacon That Welcomes

A Beacon That Welcomes

You've seen so many images of Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain - which IS a World Heritage Site with good ... Read More
Ethical Photos?

Ethical Photos?

Fed up with being treated like a human safari during township tours in Cape Town, some ''locals'' responded. See how the ''privileged'' reacted ... Read More
Transformative Trailblazers

Transformative Trailblazers

An innovative land reform deal in the Cape Winelands represents how owners & workers can co-own their production (sweat equity) and co-exist on land they are all tied to ... Read More
Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

Let's hear about the most heart-warming help you've ever received from a stranger abroad? How to ''pay-it-forward” in the name of cultural connectivity, respect, appreciation & solidarity ... Read More
Prescient Commemoration

Prescient Commemoration

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Churchill's concern was that the loss of the past would mean “the most thoughtless of ages. Every day headlines and short views.” ... Read More
Changing perspectives about Africa

Changing perspectives about Africa

Images that speak eloquently about the historic change underway in Africa and the opportunities for African businesses and the world … ... Read More
Casting more than a vote

Casting more than a vote

How to “put a ring on it” with your eventful vote this year! ... Read More
Honouring Fearless South Africans

Honouring Fearless South Africans

TIME magazine’s 2016 list of the 100 most influential people in the world includes public protector Thuli Madonsela & palaeo-anthropologist Lee Berger ... Read More
The Big Frieze - Epic Undertaking

The Big Frieze – Epic Undertaking

'The largest work of art created in Rome since the Sistine Chapel' - William Kentridge's most ambitious project to date ... Read More
Cape Town & Waterfront

Crowing About Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the world’s top places in which to ''be & see'', but don't just take our word for it, see the accolades and awards the city has received ... Read More
The dawn of the "Anthropocene"

The dawn of the “Anthropocene”

The indelible imprint left by human beings on Earth has become so clear that it justifies naming a new geological epoch after itself ... Read More
A Fitting Tribute to Mandela

A Fitting Tribute to Mandela

A giant tapestry provides a constant reminder to the millions of people passing through Cape Town International airport about Mandela's legacy ... Read More
Crossing Oceans and Connecting People

Crossing Oceans and Connecting People

''There are stories out there of solutions, hope, and leadership. Stories that can build a sustainable future, when we come together to protect what we love. That is what Hōkūle'a has always done'' ... Read More
Cultivating the Future

Cultivating the Future

its World Food Day. Let's consign hunger & malnutrition to the dustbin of history. And forge a society that protects the right to access of food ... Read More
Flower Mecca

Flower Mecca

It’s springtime in South Africa and the Western Cape is spectacular beyond dreaming, with the flower mecca of Postberg in the West Coast National Park a mere hour's dive away ... Read More
The Face That Changed The Human Story

The Face That Changed The Human Story

As champion of South Africa's claim to be the true birthplace of humankind, palaeoanthropologist Lee Berger has added two completely new species to the human family tree ... Read More
Symbol of South Africa's Pre-colonial Past

Symbol of South Africa’s Pre-colonial Past

Described as South Africa's equivalent of Tutuankhamun's mask, the golden rhinoceros of Mapungubwe is the defining symbol of its pre-colonial civilisation ... Read More
Courageous Cultural Ambassadors

Courageous Cultural Ambassadors

Against the odds, with no formal training, a group of traditional dancers is representing SA at the acclaimed World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood ... Read More
Maasai

Hunters’ eviction of 40,000 Maasai

Tanzania to evict 40,000 Maasai pastoralists from their ancestral land so that the royal family of Dubai can hunt big game ... Read More
In Remembrance

In Remembrance

Armistice day was remembered in a unique way today... 11 November 2014 marks the centennial anniversary of Armistice Day, which ... Read More
Arts and craft exhibition

”Make It New”

What a striking timeline of the Cape’s rich craft and design heritage - a must see exhibition currently on display at the V&A Waterfront's just-opened Watershed ... Read More
Table Mountain Cable way

“Cape Town is the best city in the world for …”

... blending urban culture with the great outdoors - the top of Table Mountain can feel as pristine as when the Dutch first pitched up in the early 17th century ... Read More
Fresh Produce Market

Planting The Seeds

Urban or city farms aren’t a new concept, globally. You can find them on rooftops in Bangkok, San Francisco and London ... Read More
M K Gandhi

What Gandhi gave South Africa, 100-yrs on

Mandela said that Gandhi was “the archetypal anti-colonial revolutionary” - who shaped the course of South African liberation history ... Read More
Chelsea Flower Show 2014

Chelsea garden winners inspired by history

Congratulation to No Man’s Land, designed by Charlotte Rowe for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, with a Warhorse puppet & its handlers stealing the show on press day ... Read More
Nelson Mandela RIP

Rest in Peace – Shapeshifter Extraordinaire

''When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace'' ... Read More
oranjezicht_city_farm_landscape_plan

From Bowling Green to Bowl of Greens

The Oranjezicht City Farm is a catalyst for relationship building, nutrition, health, treading lightly on the planet and seeing another way to be in the world ... Read More
Artwork

Topical Collaboration

The Keiskamma Kuru Exhibit at the 2013 Kirstenbosch Biennale is a botanical display based on the medicinal and traditional use of plants of southern Africa ... Read More