Learning Zulu made easy

Learning a new language is daunting, especially when it's full of strange clicks. But Zulu trainer Sharl Henning assures his students they will be able to communicate in South Africa's most widely spoken language in just 12 months.

The healing power of African plants

The rich potential of African plants to produce new medicines – and create profitable agricultural businesses – was a key part of discussion at the fourth World Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, held in Cape Town in November.

South African English

English has been spoken in South Africa for over 200 years, evolving into a distinct dialect with a vocabulary strongly influenced by indigenous languages. Learn to understand the locals with our comprehensive guide to Mzanzi taal.

South African art: a history

South African art has always taken on the unique flavour of the country, from the 4 000-year-old cave paintings of the San Bushmen – the richest collection of rock art in Africa – to the homegrown conceptual art movement that sprang up as apartheid came to an end in the 1990s.

South African music

  In 1897, Enoch Sontonga, then a teacher, composed the hymn Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika (God Bless Africa), which was later adopted by the liberation movement and, after...

South African theatre

  The Playmakers, a statue by Ernest Ullman, reflected in the windows of the Johannesburg Civic Theatre. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image...

World heritage in South Africa

The oldest visible meteor crater on earth. The island prison that held Nelson Mandela. The remains of an ancient African city state. Evidence of the earliest humans, and the richest and most beautiful collection of cave paintings south of the Sahara. South Africa is home to eight Unesco World Heritage Sites.

The A to Z of South African culture

South Africa is more than a cultural melting pot, it's a big warm potjie of culture, full of different ingredients and yummy surprises, developing its rich flavour over centuries. Get a taste of cultural alphabet soup from archaeology to Zulu, with a dash of Corne, jukskei, kwaito and quagga on the way.

Mystery of the “Taung Child” solved

The world's oldest murder mystery has been solved: Professor Lee Berger of Wits University's palaeoanthropology unit has revealed that the 2-million-year-old Taung child was killed by an eagle, not a big cat.
Discovering South African heritage

Research South African genealogy on the internet

Gone are the days of waiting for snail mail from possible relatives on the other side of the world. Family history research is far more accessible - and addictive - in the Internet age. Sharon Marshall offers a primer of sites for SA amateur genies.

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