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Soutpansberg Tourism

Soutpansberg waterfall This vast dominating range of mountains, stretching in a mighty panorama from east to west across the northern reaches of the Northern Province of South Africa, is unique in its splendour and beauty. The myths and legends of the people of the North are interwoven into the mist-shrouded peaks and crags of these beautiful mountains. The trees, the plants and animals, many...

Matjhabeng

Matjhabeng Geography and Population The Matjhabeng region is centrally located in the Free State and South Africa. One city, namely Welkom and five towns, namely Virginia, Odendaalsrus, Allanridge Ventersburg and Hennenman were amalgamated to form the Matjhabeng Municipality. Matjhabeng is only 230 km from Gauteng and 150 km from Bloemfontein. Durban (580 km) is the nearest harbour...

The RSA Anthem

Hippo The South African Anthem now officially combines Nkosi sikelel' iAfrika,  Die Stem and The Call of South Africa. Please click on the titles if you want to read the individual anthems. Nkosi sikelel' iAfrika Maluphakanyisw' uphondo lwayo, Yizwa imithandazo yethu, Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo. Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso, O fedise dintwa la matshwenyeho, O se...

The People and Language of South Africa

The People and Language of South Africa South Africa has one of the most diverse ethnic populations in the world. Of the eleven major languages spoken on the subcontinent, only perhaps English is the dominant one. In 1996 population was estimated around 42 million. Of the 4 major population groups, black people number 32 million, whites nearly 5 million, the "coloured" community 3 - 4 million and those of Asian...

Kimberly, South Africa

Kimberly, South Africa Throughout the world the name Kimberly is associated with diamonds. It was here that these precious stones were first found in a volcanic magma that geoligists later called kimberlite or Blue Ground. These are diamond-bearing rock which occurs in vertical 'pipes', sometimes as much as 2 kilometers in diameter, forced up from the earth's core about 80 million years ago....

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Port Elizabeth, South Africa Port Elizabeth is today one of South Africa's busiest seaports, but for almost 250 years mariners believed that it's bay had no merit an as anchorage. Pieter Timmerman, a Dutch captain sent to survey the area in 1690, said it was "nothing better than an exposed bight", and did not even bother to drop anchor there. Yet Algoa Bay, as the British misnamed it on thier maps,...

City of Durban, South Africa

City of Durban, South Africa It was on Christmas day of 1497 that a ship under the command of a Portuguese navigator, Vasco de Gama, came accross a large natural harbour on the lower coast of Africa; which the sailors named Rio de Natal. Portuguese influence in Natal did not extend much beyond naming it. For the most part the only Portuguese sailors who had anything to with the territory were the...

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa It was in Cape Town that settlement by people from Europe began in South Africa some 348 years ago when, in 1652, the Dutch East India Company established a refreshment station to provision it's ships on long voyages between Holland and the East Indies. South Africa's history basically starts in Cape Town, and is discussed further in the in the history section....

City of Pretoria, South Africa

City of Pretoria, South Africa Whereas Johannesburg was born of a gold rush and developed into a bustling town within a year, Pretoria's growth took place at a more sedate pace with the city gradually evolving from a farming community into a modern metropolis. The first homestead belonged to a farmer called Bronkhorst, who settled in the fountains area in 1840. More families put roots down in and...

Johannesburg City, South Africa

Johannesburg City, South Africa South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg, sprang to life in 1886, following the discovery of the world's richest goldfields on the Witwatersrand. Within three years of it's birth, Johannesburg was the country's largest town. In 1928 it became a city, and is now the second biggest on the African continent after Cairo. It stands 1,763 m (5,748 feet) above sea-level and...

Geographical and historical attributes of South Africa

Geographical and historical attributes of South Africa In this section we will attempt to offer a brief insight into the and her major cities. It is not meant to promote tourism, please review the "Explore SA" section for that information. The links to the right reveal information pertaining to the historical foundations of certain major cities. The origins of the largest city or "Egoli" (Johannesburg), the "Mother City" (...

South African History

South African History toc_collapse=0; Table of Contents  The Humble Beginnings The Arrival of Black Settlers The Arrival of the White Settlers The Great trek & the First Conflicts Anglo-Boer Wars The Union of South Africa The Beginnings of Apartheid The Republic of South Africa The Humble Beginnings It was just over 500 years ago that white man first anchored off the...

South African Culture

South African Culture South Africa is a multiracial society and defining distinct subgroups by skin colour will only begin to get you into trouble. Those of Afrikaner and British descent won't be too happy to be confused with one another and there are several major and many minor groupings in the traditional black cultures. The mingling and melding in South Africa's urban areas means that old...