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Langebaan Lagoon

Langebaan is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa on the eastern shore of Langebaan Lagoon.

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Called the ‘jewel of the West Coast’, Langebaan is an easy hour’s drive from Cape Town

The world’s largest breeding colony of black harriers

Circus maurus (Black harrier)


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also occurs in the area. Langebaan is an internationally acclaimed Ramsar Site for its importance as a wetland.

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JOUVINILE

FEMALE AND CHICKS

 

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WAS  ONE  OF   THE LONGEST FENCE

IN THE WORLD

SOUTH AFRICA FENCES IN THE LAST OF THE DARK CONTINENT

1961 -

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South Africa is putting in the finishing touches on the longest

fence in the world  at one of the last remaining refuges for

africa wildlife

It will stretch for  600 miles    1000   kilometers around the

KRUGER  BIG GAME NATIONAL PARK

reinforced with heavy cable  in the elephant and buffalo areas

the enclosure is intended to keep poachers and hunters out.

tourists can roam  the  900 miles of roads  the fence will cost

$1.5 million -- american  $$$

MOVENDA tribesman is one of  240 natives on the job

now jump ahead  years

The removal of the fence on the western side of Kruger Park in 1994 ensured a flow of game between the park and the above mentioned adjoining private game reserves. The removal of the fence on the eastern side will again allow game to follow the traditional migrating routes.

How Much of the Fence Between the Park and Limpopo Nature Reserve has been Removed

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Who will fix Kruger’s fences in future


In 1999, fence upgrades cost R12 million and the 2000 floods caused at least R7 million in damages.

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SA National Parks (SANparks) chief executive David Mabunda, who was also at the briefing, said the fence, if approved, would cost an estimated R250-million     (   to build.

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150 more rangers, new border fence as Kruger Park battles rhino ... a 150-kilometre stretch of fence along the border with Mozambique. SA National Parks said the fence, if approved, would cost about R250 million to build.
"We still have a fence or what used to be a fence. That part of the fence is in a bad state of repair," said Mabunda.


Kruger Park enlists 150 new rangers

to protect rhinos

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LAST  SURVIVING VETERANS OF HISTORIC WARS

SOUTH AFRICA HAS  2 THEIR STORIES IN HERE

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Zulu Wars

Lieutenant-Colonel Frank Edward Bourne

obe dcm ( APRIL 1854 - 8 MAY 1945

DIED AT AGE  91 - BECKENHAM CREMATORIUM AND CEMETARY

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The Boer War

 

GEORGE FREDERICK IVES

(nov 17 1881 - APRIL 12 -1993 )

Ives died on April 12, 1993 at aged 111 years, 146 days in Canada.

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Seaforth - Simon's Town

The oldest extant cemetery in South Africa

is Simon's Town's Old Burying Ground,

established in 1813.

EXTANT means - Still in existence; not destroyed, lost, or extinct


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Old Burying Ground - Simon's Town Historical Society

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one attraction of    SIMONS TOWN IS

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Simon's Town's famous mascot is appropriately remembered in this exhibition of his exploits. In the collection all Just Nuisances' official papers, his collar and many photographs. A special display and a slide show giving the story of this famous dog is shown daily to children and tourists from all over the world.

 

 

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ONE  STORY FROM

SOUTH AFRICA,S HISTORY

The Death of King Dingane

Brief account of major events leading to the death of King Digane of the Zulus

 

The Grave of King Dinuzulu

Kind Dinuzulu, who succeeded King Cetshwayo, reigned from 1884 until 1913. He spent much of hi s reign in exile on St Helena Island and later the then Transvaal.  He is buried at KwaNobamba, just outside the park.

Overthrow and death


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In January 1840, Pretorius and a force of 400 burghers (Dutch for "citizens") helped Mpande in his revolt against Dingane, which resulted in the latter's overthrow and death. Zulu Nyawo, Sambane and Nondawana assassinated Dingane in Hlatikhulu Forest while on a military expedition. He was succeeded by Mpande as king, who was half-brother to both Dingane and Shaka.

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THE SMALLEST HOTEL IN SOUTH AFRICA

"smallest hotel in Cape Town".

Vicky Ntozini,

 

The corrugated metal and wood building, tucked between Khayelitsha's shacks and downtrodden sandy streets, advertises itself as "South Africa's smallest hotel".

It's a far cry from the plush five-stars that line Cape Town's seafront under Table Mountain,

but the small, six-bedroomed guesthouse is booked out in the first leg of the World Cup, which starts on June 11. "The first two weeks I'm full," said Vicky Ntozini, 37, of Vicky's B'nB whose tournament beds cost 300 rand...

 

, welcomed the opportunity to talk about her enterprise and her passion. In Khayelitsha, Vicky’s is a model for entrepreneurship as a way to improving conditions in South Africa’s overcrowded shantytowns.

It’s an example of how individuals are taking control of local problems,

helping the millions of non-white residents who live here and in other poorly serviced townships across the country to find dignity and develop skills for self-sufficiency.

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“We aren’t waiting for the government to fix things,” Ntozini told us as we gathered in the sitting room of her home, which she and her husband have cobbled into a two-story, six-bedroom guesthouse.

It is an unusual structure, by any standard: walls and floors slanting at odd angles where one incongruous addition after another was appended.

But in a neighborhood where a great many of the houses look like shabby backyard sheds with dirt floors and no plumbing, this sturdy, comfortably appointed dwelling with familiar Western bathrooms is unusual.

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mascots of south africa-


"Dolly" a proud "British Lioness"

is fighting with allied front-line forces.

1940 -  1950   mascot  ?

She is mascot of a South African Pioneer Corps

which is building landing fields in advanced sectors of the Western Desert battle area. - (Date unknown) - Courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, New York. -

The Second   boer war     (1899–1902),


In war, animals were a source of companionship as well as objects of luck and surreal humour: Boer commando with their armed mascot, a baboon





'Nelson', the Newfoundland dog mascot of the first South

Australian Contingent in South Africa photographed with a Colour-Sergeant of the Gordon Highlanders who has changed his dress for the Australian military uniform, pretending to ride him away from the military camp at Enslin in January 1900


NANCY

The mascot of a South African regiment is the only animal in military history to be accorded full funeral honours and to be buried in an Allied war cemetery.

She was Nancy, the famous springbok mascot of the 4th South African Infantry Regiment, who died of pneumonia at Hermenton in Belgium during the severe winter of 1919 during World War I.


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Zeederberg Coach

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down memory lane

the first firm of  ZEEDERBERG & CO COACH  PROPRIERTORS

WAS LAUNCHED BY FOUR ZEEDERBERG BROTHERS IN PRETORIA

and was at first a purely south african concern. the first route

was from pretoria to the northern transvaal in 1890

the 1895 zeederberg coach with seats on the top

of the cabin and the luggage space at the back

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Zeederberg postal coach arrives Pilgrims Rest, 1880s.
the coach house at agatha  a hotel standing near the site
of a staging post built by heinrich schulte atrenroxel and conrad
plange in 1892
the zeederberg coach company used it for resting and changing
their teams of mules and oxen befor tackling the final step
along the tortuous road leading to the thabina ,leydsdrop
and the lowveld

from the u.s.a CONCORD STAGE COACH

the zeedeburg brothers od pretoria central africa

brought over a couple of concords to provide  service for

northern transvall where gold seekers and ivory hunters

were opening up the country- where the boers had relied on

ox-wagons - the new way to get around faster  was the concord

ample body almost egg shaped= it rested on lengthwise  thourgh

braces -each of several leather strips.

these helped absorb the  shocks which would other wise affect

the team of ten mules-  coaches weighed  2,500 pounds


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The Baxter Theatre


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The Baxter is a World Class South African theatre situated in Rondebosch at the foot of Devil’s Peak.

The exciting and diverse artistic programme ranges from celebrated South African works to international productions. Every year more than 350,000 people watch more than 1000 performances at this popular theatre.

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The Baxter Theatre Centre provides an exciting forum for the celebration of life which is the essence of live theatre, music and dance. It is one of the major live theatre venues in Cape Town and has always been at the forefront of the performing arts both as a popular venue and as a leading producer.

The Baxter Theatre Centre at the University of Cape Town endeavours to present and host the best of South African performing arts. The objective is to reflect the cultures of all the people of South Africa on our stages and in our galleries. The Baxter Theatre strives to present cutting-edge and major works from South Africa and masterpieces from the international repertoire.


Since its opening in 1977 the complex has continued to provide a stage for all types of professional entertainment - music, drama, ballet, opera and intimate theatre. Even through the difficult years of racial segregation its doors remained open to everyone and it thrived, drawing on indigenous talent and creating a uniquely South African theatre tradition.

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The local whale crier of Hermanus, rings his bell to alert people that the whales have arrived. From May/June through to November these massive and fascinating creatures come close to the shore offering an exhilarating sight.

The world-famous whale-crier of Hermanus

is equipped with a kelp horn with which he blasts out different sequences of long and short tones to alert eager whale-watchers to the presence of whales.

The codes can be seen on the front of his sandwich-board. On the back is a detailed map of the places mentioned there

. Our whale-crier is as communicative on Facebook as he is on his kelp-horn, so find him there to get the latest on where the whales are!


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Whale Watching: Best Land Based Whale Watching Spot In The World


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South Africa offers some of the most spectacular, and reliable, locations for whale watching.

The coast of South Africa from Cape Town to Durban offers 1,200 miles of exceptional whale watching coastline, with Hermanus acknowedged as the best land based whale watching destination in the world.

The Southern Right whale migrates from Antarctica to calve in the sheltered bays of the east coast of southern Africa.

From July to November, Walker Bay - about 90 minutes drive east of Cape Town - is one of the world's most spectacular vantage points for whale-watching.

 

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The seaside resort of Hermanus in Walker Bay offers the best whale viewing from land in the world.

A cliff path stretching from one side of the town to the other, hugs the coastline for about 12 km giving whale watchers unlimited opportunities to study the gentle giants in the coves below or lolling just beyond the breakers.

 

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