South Africa Flag
What would locals like visitors to know about South Africa? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random fashion:
2021 State of the Nation Address (Feb 11)
The Pandemic Has Undone National Parks in South Africa – The Atlantic – @AdamWelz
On the importance of inclusivity and ecotourism – @Melanie_vanZyl
Canned lion hunting damaging Brand SA
South African Airways ‘is on verge of bankruptcy’ (2017)
Convivium Table 2016
What’s wrong with Tourism Day?
!Khwa ttu San Spirit Discovered – @westcoastwaysa @KhwattuSan
June 2015 (pdf)
Fred Brownell: The man who made South Africa’s flag
Karoo MTB Tour – Ralph Pina
How do we cultivate South Africa’s future domestic tourist?
Renoster-aanval: Haar man red haar
Tourism and Travel
https://www.tourism.gov.za – @Tourism_gov_za
http://www.tourismupdate.co.za – http://www.tourismupdate.co.za/SendUsNews.aspx – http://www.tourismupdate.co.za/ViewIssues.aspx
Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA)
http://coastingafrica.com (Coast to Coast)
Africa – Big 5 – Biodiversity – Bobotie – BRICS – Cape Town – Coelacanth – Cricket – – Elephants – Freedom – Gold – Human Origins – INDABA – Jacaranda – Johannesburg – Karoo – Lions – loadshedding – Local – Mother City – Nelson Mandela – People – Pinnacle Point – Place – Platinum – Province – Responsible Travel – Rooibos – Rhino – Route – Rugby – Safari – Sardine Run – Sharks – South Africa – Submarine Cable – Surfing – Ubuntu – Ugu (Coast) – Veld – Vibe – Xhosa – Yebo – Zulu
Cape Coastal Route
love south africa
SANParks – Tsitsikamma National Park
SANParks – Table Mountain National Park
Rock Climbing South Africa
KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife Parks and Nature Reserves
tourismupdate.co.za – tourismupdate.co.za/NewsDetails.aspx?newsId=60718
South Africa Parks
South Africa Logue
Tswaing Meteorite Crater
40km northwest of Pretoria
South Africa Places and People
South Africa Road trip
SA Cities Network
BarefootClients – tourism communications consultants
Drinking / Driving
Scrumptious South Africa – naartjies (tangerines)
http://squaringgreencircles.blogspot.com – http://www.iol.co.za/blogs/wendy-knowler-s-consumer-watch-1.1608/cows-free-to-range-in-a-shed-1.1013573
bobotie is a national dish consisting of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping.
http://braai.com (September 24)
http://www.foodroutes.co.za – @foodroutescoza – https://www.facebook.com/foodroutescoza
Geography of South Africa
Overheard: SA has 6000 abandoned and ownerless mines. Over the last century, mining capitalists have taken the money, repatriated a lot of it, and left society in SA to clean up the mess:
http://www.yfm.co.za – http://www.yfm.co.za/basils-quote
http://www.jacarandafm.com – https://twitter.com/jacarandafm
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. It undertakes directed research and development for socio-economic growth.
Keo.co.za – SA Rugby Magazine on Facebook
Rugby Union in South Africa – Wikipedia
South Africa Rugby Referees – Test Yourself – YouTube
http://saffastuff.com – http://www.facebook.com/pages/CrouchTouchPauseEngage/105161962877051 – http://www.facebook.com/pages/SaffaStuff/105195426206416 – http://www.youtube.com/user/SaffaStuff
http://www.rugby15.co – @RugbyFifteen
http://www.sarugby.co.za – @bokrugby
The South African population has passed the 50 million mark.
theroaminggiraffe.co.za – @DiBrown5
ECOCLUB Interviews Angus Begg
Colour therapy – CNN Traveller
Travelcomments: Backpacking in South Africa
Department of the Environment
South Africa Net
South Africa Info
EarthYEAR – Mail and Guardian
Who’s Who of Southern Africa
South Africa Good News
Global Risk Governance programme – University of Cape Town
Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) – Fair Food SA – SA Urban Food + Farming Trust
South Africa is famous for its sunshine. It’s a relatively dry country, with an average annual rainfall of about 464mm (compared to a world average of about 860mm).
The southern right whales hang around off the coasts from about mid-June to the end of October.
Northern Cape – As real as the peo
ple who choose to explore it
Tourism Cape Town
Colour therapy – CNN Traveller
South African National Roads Agency
TGCSA Graded Establishments
Luzmore Tourism Development – @SocialTourismSA
Heritage Environmental Management Company
Afrikaans for ‘city of spring.’ The city’s Sesotho name is Mangaung, meaning “place of cheetahs”
Bloemfontein: an insider’s guide
Bloemfontein – Wikipedia
Blyde River Canyon
South Africa: Hotels Challenged to Go Green – AllAfrica.com
Recommended Listening (Radio and Podcasts)
East Coast Radio – http://www.ecr.co.za/kagiso/content/en/east-coast-radio/east-coast-radio-listen
Imagine is a Council-led, community driven project on integrated, long-term planning.
http://www.imagine.org – http://www.imagine.org/category/themes/environmental-sustainability
The Botanical Gardens hosts food garden workshops.
Dala (to make / create in the isiZulu language) is an interdisciplinary creative collective that believes in the transformative role of creativity in building safer and more livable cities. Dala emerged as a response to the growing need for a sustainable space for creative practitioners actively engaging in the production of art / architecture for social change.
in KwaZulu Natal Province is the third large city in South Africa after Johannesburg (Gauteng Province) and Cape Town (Western Cape)
The Old Station Building is the result of a mix-up with Toronto station in Canada. Architects sent the wrong plans from London in 1992, so has a rather closed station which can withold 5 meters of snow, while Toronto’s station roof collapesed in the first major snow-fall.
King Shaka International Airport is located at 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of the city center, it opened its doors a month before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The airport is part of the Dube Tradeport.
is home to the Sharks rugby team who play in the Kings Park Stadium (known colloquially as The Shark Tank), the Dolphins cricket team and the AmaZulu Soccer Club. Please note that Vuvuzelas are not permitted to be brought into the Stadium on game days.
http://www.sharksrugby.co.za – fixtures
https://www.facebook.com/TheSharks Twitter: @TheSharksZA
The Moses Mabhida Stadium epitomizes architectural innovation and takes its design inspiration from the South African flag, with its grand arch representing the unity of this sport-loving nation. The two legs of the arch on the southern side of the stadium come together to form a single footing on the northern side, symbolizing the new unity of a once-divided country.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
iSimangaliso Wetland Park is located on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa about 275 kilometers north of .
Recommended listening: The isiMangaliso World Heritage Site – Kian Barker__ – Kian’s depth of knowledge for the unique isiMangaliso Wetland Park reaches across its troubled history to its emergence as a World Heritage Site: a home for diverse wildlife, from sea turles to elephants, and five eco-systems.
ISimangaliso Wetland Park
– Safari Now
: South Africa’s Playground
– Google Earth
http://www.africancotton.co.za – Zulu hats and fabrics
http://www.doung.net – -based artist
thttp://www.minttheshop.com – online retro smalls from
http://www.woodenspoon.co.za – food blog from
http://www.mcn2.com – our digital heritage consultancy
The distance to Cape Town is 1,606 kilometers.
Port Shepstone 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of
The Fynbos ecoregion of South Africa stretches out in a coastal belt on the Western cape. This region is characterisied by heath- and shrubland and a mediterranean climate. Many of the plants inhabitating this ecoregion are evergreen with needle-life leafs.
King_Protea – The King Protea is the National Flower of South Africa. It also is the flagship of the The Protea Atlas Project, run by the South African National Botanical Institute.
The Panorama Route is one of the Jonkershoek valley’s classic day trails. From the bridge (Witbrug) at the apex of the circular road, where you climb the left side of the valley, to where you descend to the Swartboskloof parking area, you will walk about 17.1 km, climb through 1665 m (maximum elevation is 1267m) and descend through1703 m.
Kruger National Park
Olifants Wilderness Trail, Kruger National Park
Safeguarding the Kruger
Mapungubwe National Park
Mbombela (Nelspruit) is situated in the eastern part of South Africa and is the capital town of the Mpumalanga Province. The city can be seen as the gateway to some of the best eco- and adventure activities in South Africa and with its tropical climate it becomes the preferred tourist destination all year round. Our subtropical fruit like (mangos, avocados, oranges, lemons, litchis and bananas) is a drawing card for visitors and during spring time the blossoms of the orange trees can be smelled for kilometers. For the shopping enthusiast the city offers world class shopping malls and casinos with air conditioning systems and this creates an excellent opportunity for prospective investors and business people to establish their businesses in the area.
Mossel Bay’s rich marine life needs to be protected
Visitmosselbay.co.za – Facebook
Mossel Bay Environmental Partnership (MEP)
Mossel Bay – Wikipedia
(Near Mozambique and Kruger National Park)
http://www.nmbt.co.za – @NMandelaBay
http://www.nmbstadium.com – Nelson_Mandela_Bay_Stadium
http://www.superxv.com/southernkings – http://www.youtube.com/user/SouthernKingsSA
The Transvaal Museum is a natural history museum. Exhibits include hominid fossils from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.
The Tourism Empowerment Council of South Africa (TECSA) has relocated to the National Department of Tourism (NDT) in Pretoria.
Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve
Slanghoek Peak via Witte River
The Greater Swellendam Area is situated in the north east of the Overberg and includes the towns of Barrydale, Buffeljachts, Infanta, Malagas, Stormsvlei, Suurbraak and Swellendam.
Vryburg – Routes
Cry Freedom: Mandela’s Legacy
Four Corners reporter Matthew Carney goes to South Africa to try and understand the forces that threaten to pull the “rainbow nation” apart.
Nkandla: new hi-res aerial imagery revealed
New travels into the interior parts of Africa : by the way of the Cape of Good Hope, in the years 1783, 84 and 85
“New travels into the interior parts of Africa” describes an entirely fabricated expedition
Should Rhodes Fall?
Universities across South Africa have become the site for heated protests about the legacies of apartheid – and it all began with a statue of Cecil Rhodes.
Fees Must Fall
South Africa has 11 official languages including Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. English is widely spoken and understood throughout the country, with the exception of the remote rural areas. Most of the official road signs are in English.
World Heritage Sites
South Africa has eight World Heritage Sites:
• Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs (1999)
• Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape (2003)
• Robben Island (1999)
• Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape (2007)
• UKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park (2000)
• Cape Floral Region Protected Areas (2004)
• iSimangaliso Wetland Park (1999)
• Vredefort Dome (2005)
- Butterflies, bugs and other small things https://www.facebook.com/groups/Butterfliesandbugs/?fref=ts
South Africa is made up of nine provinces: Mpumalanga, North West, Gauteng, Northern Province, Free State, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape.
SABC – Channel Africa, Springbok Radio – Fragment 17
SAfm – https://twitter.com/SAfmRadio – https://twitter.com/SAfmnews
http://www.capetalk.co.za – https://soundcloud.com/primediabroadcasting
East Coast Radio – https://soundcloud.com/charis-1-1
http://www.rsg.co.za – http://radio.antfarm.co.za/cdn/clients/sabc/RSG/player.asp?id=65
Football, apartheid and South Africa – The world reacted strongly against apartheid in South Africa with boycotts and sanctions but the boycott against playing sport became the country’s Achilles heel. In the lead up to the World Cup next month, a new documentary pays homage to those players who missed out on the international football arena and explores how the game helped bring down apartheid.
South Africa, Past, Present and Future – The images out of South Africa have harked back to an earlier era: razor wire, protest songs, threats of war. As the Rainbow Nation counts down to the World Cup in June, the image it wants to present to the world will need to confront a more complicated reality.
May 15 Marketing Local Travel: South Africa
September South Africa National Parks Week
May 2011 – Responsible tourism in cities
May 2011 – INDABA,
May 2011 – South Africa Week: Recap from Ron’s trip to South Africa featuring favorite online resources including recommended South Africa blogs, Flickr groups and YouTube music playlists. Highlights from the wiki:
- Responsible Tourism in South Africa
- West Coast, South Africa
- South Africa Slang
- Responsible Tourism in Cities
2019 General Election, May 8
South Africa election: everything you need to know – Guardian
2019 Election Results – Where to find them online – My Broadband
2019_South_African_general_election – Wikipedia
2019 General Election Headlines
Follow all the 2019 election results live right here!
Elections are a health check for the ANC – Citizen
2019 Elections: ANC majority thrown into doubt following latest polls
South Africa’s May 8 vote, sixth post-apartheid general elections – Africa News
From 249 seats to 230, the ANC shrinks in Parliament
ANC hangs onto Gauteng, but it’s a whole new political world
ANC celebrates victory
July 18, Nelson Mandela Day