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CAPE OF GOOD HOPE

cape of good hope - the worlds first

triangular shaped postage stamp

The first stamp issued in South Africa was the Cape Triangular stamp introduced in 1853.

The stamp has two values - the four pence blue

and the one penny red

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1892-1897     6 pence

Identify Coins

one penny

LOL FIRST ENVELOPE

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ELIM  CAPE  AGULHAS SOUTH AFRICA

largest wooden water wheel in South Africa

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Elim was founded by German missionaries in 1824 and is inhabited by members of the Moravian Church only

The water mill, built in 1833 and restored in 1990, has the largest wooden water wheel in South Africa and is again grinding wheat as it did in days gone by.

One of the last of the working water-mills of the Cape is in Elim. In its heyday the mill had a curiously graceful air of old-fashioned elegance. Its heavy, slow-turning grindstones produced whole wheat flour of superb aroma and taste. The whirr of its racks, the rumbling of the grindstone and the merry splashing of water created an atmosphere of honest work and pride in its production. The mill was declared a national monument in 1974

ALSO AT  ELIM

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only monument celebrating the abolition of slavery (in 1835) in South Africa.

The Slave Monument is the only monument of its kind to commemorate the liberation of slaves in the Cape.

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EUROPEAN BARN SWALLOWS

Mount Moreland, region: KwaZulu-Natal, country

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: South Africa, continent: Africa,

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As five million Barn Swallows migrate from across Europe to roost in South Africa’s Mt Moreland Reedbed,

Christmas cracker at South African roost

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At the height of the swallow season an estimated 3 million tiny Barn Swallows

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South Africa's largest Barn Swallow roost  EUROPEAN BARN SWALLOW

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THE STORY OF SOUTH AFRICA CIRCUS

BRIAN BOSWELLS;S   CIRCUS

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HISTORY

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Touted as the biggest reptile farm in Africa, Pure Venom Reptile Park

Pure Venom Reptile Park, KwaZulu Natal

Pure Venom Reptile Park, KwaZulu Natal
Pure Venom Reptile Park, KwaZulu Natal

At the Pure Venom Reptile Park one comes face to face with a whole range of interesting snake facts about which one knew little before, including the fact that egg-eating snakes have teeth in their necks and mole snakes have up to ninety five babies! You can have a photo taken holding a python, mamba, cobra or a viper (if you’re brave enough) and the park includes nine species of rattlesnake, the largest variation of this species o

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south africa's  first  satelite

SumbandilaSat EO satellite shows South Africa’s Space Mettle

The 81 kg microsatellite was launched from a Russian Soyuz rocket at

BaikonurKazakhstan. ..

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Designed and built almost in its entirety by postgraduate students from the University of Stellenbosch, SUNSAT-1 heralds South Africa's entry into the Space Age.

 

It was launched in early 2000.

 

SUNSAT is a low earth orbit (LEO) micro satellite, weighing 64 kg, with dimensions of 45 cm x 45 cm x 60 cm.

It will follow an elliptical polar orbit of between 620 km to 850 km above the earth's surface and will circle the globe approximately once every 100 minutes at a travelling speed of nearly 7.5 km/s, or 27000 km/h

The primary purpose of SUNSAT is to take low cost, high resolution photographs of South Africa.

Additional to the camera, the satellite carries a secondary communication payload from the Department of Communications and experimental payloads for the scientific community in the areas of low-frequency radio

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SUNSAT crew prepped for launch.

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The Rain Queen - Modjadji

Modjadji or the "Rain Queen", is the only traditional ruling queen in Southern Africa.

Queen Makobo VI

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Modjadji VI, the South African queen believed to make rain, has died in hospital aged 27, just two years after being crowned, her office said on Monday.
Descended from a line of rain queens dating back at least 200 years, Makobo Modjadji was the youngest ever to head southern Africa's only female dynasty ruling the Balobedu people in the country's northern Limpopo province.

Makhobo was installed as Rain Queen on 11 April 2003 (it rained that day – supposedly a portentous occurrence) and ruled until 12 June 2005. She was only 27 years old at death. Some controversy still surrounds the life and death of the last Mudjadji. Her son and daughter were not fathered by a 'royal' consort, and their official status was uncertain, which is why her daughter was not automatically installed as the new Rain Queen.

Historically she was known as an extremely powerful magician, able to bring rain to her friends and drought to enemies. Her position as paramount ruler is based on this power. Modjadji have been feared and respected for centuries. Not a single African king would seek her wrath, fearing punishment meant drought. Shaka Zulu sent top emissaries to request her blessi

 

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BEFOR THEIR WERE TAXI;S

Public transport in South Africa  Cape Town

Around  1838 the Cape's first horse-drawn OMNIBUS

was introduced,

omnibus like this  -

TRAMS:
The history of trams in South Africa began with the horse-drawn tram. Electric trams were also very popular, running in Johannesburg until 1961.

Horse drawn trams

first horse-drawn trams only started operating in 1863,

 

The Tram
A historical tram, the Kimberley Tram,

1904, First Electric Tram in South Africa ...

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Lady Mary Bailey (1890-1960)

Lady Bailey at Hucknall before the King's Cup air race,

Lady Bailey was the only woman entrant for the 540 mile race and the first woman to ever compete

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De Havilland Cirrus Moth

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Lady Mary Bailey

Lomax, Judy, Women of the Air, Lomax, 1986

Daughter of Derry Westenra, the fifth Baron Rossmore of Rossmore Castle, Co. Monaghan she married the South African millionaire Abe Bailey in 1911.

Awarded her pilot's licence in 1927, she was the first woman to fly across the Irish Sea.

In 1928 when she was 38 years old, with 5 children, she made an epic solo flight from Croydon to Cape Town and back. She saw this act as a gesture of female independence and of faith in light aircraft.

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LILY IRVINE
1891-c.1959

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Lily Irvine NO. 2.      LONDON AERODROME, HENDON, N.W.      BRIDGE SEASON
LILY IRVINE BY A PASSENGER CAENTINO *48* WHITE BIPLANE
Collection of Martin Loader, 9-20-07

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History of the first horse in

south africa

The exact breed of these horses is unknown,

but they may have been Arabian, Persian

or similar to the Java Pony.

JAVA PONY

ARAB

PERSIAN



The first horses arrived in South Africa in 1653, when four horses were introduced to the Cape area by the Dutch East India Trading Company. The exact breed of these horses is unknown, but they may have been Arabian, Persian or similar to the Java Pony. They were upgraded later with Arabian and Persian blood.

The first stock came from Indonesia and were crossbreeds between Arabians and Barbs. Over the years, a number of Arabian horses were used to improve the quality of the breed. This original breed became known as the Cape Horse and the softly curled thick mane of the barb is still often a feature of the breed. Later these local horses were combined with thoroughbred bloodstock to further improve the breed. The Cape Horse was hardy, could survive on meagre rations and grazing and was a very comfortable ride. It had endurance, spirit, kindness and heart. It was also incredibly beautiful. It became known as the Boerperd when it began to be used by the Dutch Boeremagte and when it became isolated in the Boerrepublieke.


These original imported horses became the founders of the Cape Horse, which became extremely popular and especially gained an admirable reputation during the Boer Wars. The Cape Horse and the Basuto probably were originally the same horse, and then with continual Thoroughbred and Arabian blood, the Cape Horse became a larger, more quality animal, with the Basuto remaining smaller and stockier.

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FIRST  CATTLE IN SOUTH AFRICA

South Devon cattle were first imported to South Africa in 1897

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