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Sonwabile Ndamase – Designer of the infamous ‘Madiba shirt’

Ndamase shot to world prominence in the 90s when then President Nelson Mandela took a liking to his colourfully designed shirts. In 2013, his famous ‘Madiba shirt’ was again in high demand when the former president was admitted to hospital. But to the enthusiastic pupils at Abbotts College Northcliff, Ndamase was there to reassure them of their place in the world.


16 October 2013 0

Melville, Johannesburg – an art mecca?

Once seen as the epicentre of innovation and art in Johannesburg, residents who have been in Melville for a long time regularly lament how the village-like suburb has lost its lustre.


6 October 2013 0

A history of the environment of Fairland, Johannesburg

The trees were planted in diagonal rows to mimic the design of the British flag. Today, the layout can be seen from Google Maps Satellite view, though some of the trees are no longer in place.


24 September 2013 1

Joburg’s Skyline and Cityscape

Joburg’s skyline one big ball less NORTHCLIFF- Residents notice that the well-known pink ball on Hillbrow tower has disappeared. September 24, 2013 What the ball looked like when erected for…
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24 September 2013 0

Joburg’s ‘handkerchief’ trees

Angus Gunn and the handkerchief tree MONTGOMERY PARK – Retired horticulturalist Angus Gunn gives a byte of history about the Johannesburg Botanic Gardens. September 11, 2013 The handkerchief tree (Davida…
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11 September 2013 0

Breaking barriers in bowling

Breaking barriers in bowling LINDEN, Johannesburg – September 3, 2013 Petrus Mdluli proudly displays his bowling moves. Petrus Mdluli is breaking barriers in the bowling world. Not popularly associated with…
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3 September 2013 0

A heritage asset of Joburg’s built environment

“As it is important to plant trees, it is important for us to conserve buildings such as those in this Delta Park precinct so that their interesting features remain,” says Di Betton, Executive Officer of the Delta Park Environmental Centre.


19 August 2013 0

Marcus Garvey Inspiration

Marcus Garvey is the foremost black conscious political figure from the 19th century onwards. Even though he was pretentious, grandiose, maybe even delusional in what he thought he could achieve,…
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30 May 2013 0

Reggae in Joburg – Bassline on a Thursday night

Right in the City of Gold’s Central Business District (CBD) is a the popular dancehall-reggae hotspot called Bassline. On a Thursday night the venue opens up to lovers of Jamaican…
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23 April 2013 0

A quick trip to Botswana through the eyes of a Jamaican

South Africa is bordered by 6 countries. Namibia is furthest west. Then (from west to east) there’s Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland with Mozambique on the Indian Ocean coast.  Lesotho is landlocked…
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22 March 2013 0