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knysna

The forest is the largest indigenous forest in

South Africa

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Undoubtedly, Knysna's most famous attraction is the lagoon where you can take a ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve,

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The forest is the largest indigenous forest in South Africa - 80,000 ha -- 200,000 ac.

and contains rare and ancient trees, including stinkwood, yellowwood, white alders and Cape chestnut. The King Edward VII Tree, surrounded by a carpet of thick green ferns, is estimated to be 600 years old

a private nature reserve, which is home to the beautiful Knysna Loerie

or sample the tasty oysters. Two giant sandstone cliffs (known as The Heads) guard the mouth of this lagoon, which links the estuary to the sea. There is a lookout point in the nature reserve which offers panoramic views of the heads, as well as the crashing waves below. Other wildlife found on the reserve includes the Cape mountain tortoise, blue crane (South Africa's national bird), rare black African oyster catcher, white-breasted cormorant and bushbuck.

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The Millwood House museum tells the story of the history of the town, and includes artefacts once owned by George Rex, the founder of Knysna. The building is constructed entirely from yellowwood. The nearby Millwood gold mines are open to the public. Jubilee Creek, the exact spot where gold was found, is a beautiful picnic area, with many enjoyable forest walks in the area.

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AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT

 

The South African Blueberry Company

Franschhoek's only blueberry farm

, situated in the heart of South AFRICA

A delightful vineyard is situated in the front and side of the manor house, which produces a limited quantity of Sémillon wine grapes.

South African Blueberry Company – Exporters of fresh blueberries to Europe and Asia. Franschhoek's only blueberry farm, situated in the heart of South

The South African Blueberry Company is located in Franschhoek South Africa, the heart of Africa's wine producing area. Though wine grapes are grown, our specialty is export blueberries, grown in the southern hemisphere,

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The South African Blueberry Company

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Franschhoek - South Africa

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Oldest, rarest and the most expensive...it's a bottle of Glenfiddich Esther| Mar 23 2006

A recent report shows that Glenfiddich whisky is the oldest, rarest and one of the most expensive whisky available on planet earth. This whisky first came out of the distillery in 1887. But here we are talking about Glenfiddich rare collection 1937 by William Grant, a recent report says that Myburgh Brothers have an acquisition of a complete range of the only whisky to have been distilled, matured and bottled at its own distillery. As per Andries Kruger, a representative of the official distributor for Glenfiddich in South Africa:

It was distilled in 1937 and bottled in 2001, making it, with 64 years of maturation, by far the oldest whisky available on the planet. Because of the age and the rarity, only 61 bottles were left in 2001. The price is extraordinary. The fixed price worldwide is £16 500 (R181 500), but in auctions prices up to £20 000 (R220 000) are paid a bottle.

An enormous $34,845.98, as auction price, for the oldest whisky in the world

Only three restaurants in the world have a bottle. And this is the only one in South Africa.

Well another reason it is rare is the period of maturity, in which most of the whisky got evaporated leaving only 61 bottles and a mind blowing 44 percent alcohol.

 

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Great read! Thank you for the post on the African drum.  I'm still learning how to post things on the boma, I hope I'm doing it right.

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SOUTH AFRICA  COIN  BANK NOTES

The rand was introduced on 14 February 1961.

A Decimal Coinage Commission had been set up in 1956 to consider a move away from the denominations of pounds, shillings and pence, submitting its recommendation on 8 August 1958. It replaced the south african pound as legal tender, at the rate of 2 rand = 1 pound or 10 shillings  to the rand. This took place in the same year that the REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA was established.

Coins of the South African rand

1/2c, 1c and 5c coins issued between 1961 and 1964.

 

South African coins issued

between 1965 and  1988

South Africa 2006 circulating coins

RAND COINS

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RAND  BANK NOTES

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SOUTH AFRICA FLAG HISTORY

SOUTH AFRICA  FIRST FLAG

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South African Red Ensign

[flag of South  Africa of 1910]

South Africa's first flag (1910- 1928). It was a red ensign (a red flag with the Union Jack in the upper left corner) and it had a crest on the fly with four quarters, in each of which were the emblems of the former provinces - CAPE -NATAL -TRANSVAAL -ORANGE FREE STATE

After the ANGLO-BORE WAR  from 1899 to 1902 and the formation of the  UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA in 1910, the BRITISH UNION FLAG   became the national flag of South Africa. As was the case throughout the BRITISH EMPIRE , the RED  and BLUE ENSIGN with the Union coat of arms were granted by British Admiralty warrants in 1910 for use at sea.

History and meaning of the flag

This became the first flag of a united South Africa on 27 April 1994, at the same time that South Africa held its first democratic elections and Nelson Mandela became president.

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Africa's oldest map unveiled

The oldest map of the African continent, dating back to 1389, has gone on display in Cape Town.

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SOUTH AFRICA;S            OLDEST NEWSPAPER

TWO  SAY THEIR THE OLDEST  ?

 

THE HERALD      1845

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Founded in 1845 as the Eastern Province Herald, the Herald is one of South Africa's oldest newspapers. Its first edition - four pages - came out on May 7 1845 and cost one penny. The Herald is owned by Johnnic Publishing and distributed in the Eastern Cape, with its main base in Port Elizabeth.

  • Average daily sales: 30 230
  • Average daily readers: 193 000

THE WITNESS          1846

South Africa's oldest newspaper, the Witness, serves English readers throughout KwaZulu-Natal, with most of its readers in greater Pietermaritzburg and inland KwaZulu-Natal. Owned by Media24, it was formerly known as the Natal Witness.

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South African music HISTORY

The Early Banjo in the New World

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The story of the banjo begins in the 17th century

when African slaves in the New World

began making and playing lute-type string instruments

with drum-like gourd bodies. In 1678,

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The Khoikhoi ("people people" or "real people")

The Khoi-Khoi, for instance, developed the ramkie,

a guitar with three or four strings,

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The mamokhorong was a single-string violin

that was used by the Khoi in their own music-making

African Drum History

The Djembe is the drum of the Mandinka people,

and its origins dates back to the great Mali Empire

of the 12th century



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THE FIRST  TELECMMUNICATION IN

SOUTH AFRICA

SINGLE LINE TELEGRAPH

CAPE TOWN  AND SIMONSTOW

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For almost a century and a half, since the company installed the first telegraph line in Africa from Simonstown to Cape Town in 1860

It was built for the benefit of shipping and commerce. The line itself was a single galvanised iron wire mounted on wood poles with porcelain insulators. The return circuit was via the ground.

TELEPHONES INTRODUCED The first telephone line in South Africa is reported to have been from Roodebloem (Woodstock, Cape Town) to the Castle of Good Hope. This line was originally installed as part of the telegraph system. A telephone network was started in Cape Town with eleven sets of "microphone apparatus" in 1877. By 1880 there were doctors and others in Cape Town who had installed telephones in their private houses, and in 1881 a line was in use from the Docks to the Customs Building in Adderley Street.

The first telephone exchange in South Africa was installed at Port Elizabeth in 1881 and had 25 lines. There were 44 subscribers in 1882. Cape Town had an exchange with 50 subscribers in 1884. Pretoria had a telephone service from 1890 and Johannesburg

POSSIBLY LIKE THIS  BELL

TELEPHONE

 

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Pipes & Drums


"The Champion of Champions 2003,2004,2006,2007,2008 and 2009"

The Transvaal Scottish Pipes and Drums is South Africa's oldest and most well-known pipe band. The band has a rich heritage dating back to 1902 and it enjoys a massive local following.

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Tartans
The regimental tartan is the "Murray of Atholl" and is worn by the Transvaal Scottish drummers. The pipers wear the "Murray of Tullibardine". Both tartans symbolise the regiment's connections to the Duke of Atholl the founding member who granted the right to the use of these tartans and thus symbolising the link back to the Atholl Highlanders.

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Phillippa, Lady Scott

(born Felicity Philippa Talbot-Ponsonby

22 November 1918 – 5 January 2010)

Born in Bloemfontein, South Africa,

 

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Philippa Scott obituary

Wildlife photographer and champion

of conservation with her husband,

Sir Peter Scott

If Sir Peter Scott – the only son of Scott of the Antarctic, founder of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, co-founder of the World Wide Fund for Nature and prolific wildlife artist – was a great man, then Philippa Scott was the great woman behind him.

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Lady Philippa Scott: Conservationist and wildlife photographer

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Born in Bloemfontein, South Africa

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Lady Philippa Scott, a former vice president of the Galapagos Conservation

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Waved Albatross - Lady Philippa Scott

Seen here is a beautiful Waved Albatross image, just one of the many that Lady Scott donated to GCT's slide library.

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