Are your ready for a new (version of the) South African flag?


No we are noFlag_of_South_Africa.svgt changing our National Flag…we are building one and YOU can be a part of it.

A South African flag is being built (or planted) near Graaff Reinet. It will be so big that it can be seen from space. Awesome!

In the true spirit of Ubuntu the whole world is invites to join in. You can be a part of this by adopting a plant or solar panel. You can find more information here. There are some that sees it at negative with lot’s of reasons but I choose to focus on the benefits.

The benefits of this project is immense. Job creation is one of the biggest plus points for me personally. Add to that tourism and the great effect that the Spekboom will have on the environment just makes it WONDERFUL.

So please go to the Giant Flag website and be a part of it. You won’t be sorry.

Day 22: Why I love South Africa: Everyone can vote.


Everyone knows about South Africa’s past.  I don’t want to talk about all the sadness of the past here. There is enough information about it on the internet. What I do want to celebrate is the fact that everyone can vote now. I voted for the first time in 2002. My husband and I voted earlier this year in the National elections. (It is our thumbs in the picture) I hope that our country will stay inclusive and will keep on getting better and better.139946087138131 days

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31 Day challenge


31 days I am excited to announce that in October I will be taking part in the 31 days of 5 minute free writes. My theme will be Why I love South Africa.

I will first start with myself and the reasons why I love the fact that I could grow up in South Africa and I will then go further afield. South Africa has so much to offer! I can’t wait to share it with you.

This is what you can look forward to:

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31 days

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Day 1: Wedding

Day 2: Why I love South Africa Day 2: Growing up

Day 3: Why I love South Africa: Heritage Day 3

Day 4: Why I love South Africa: Diversity Day 4

Day 5: Why I love South Africa: The colors Day 5

Day 6: Why I love South Africa: Heritage sites Day 6

Day 7: Why I love South Africa: The open road Day 7

Day 8: Why I love South Africa: The food Day 8

Day 9: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Cape Town Day 9

Day 10: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Jozi Day 10

Day 11: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Kruger National Park Day 11

Day 12: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Kaapse Hoop Day 12

Day 13: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Pilanesberg Day 13

Day 14: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Pilanesberg Part 2

Day 15:

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Davel


I’ve stumbled upon this small town in Mpumalanga called Davel. We saw this building called Davel Stoommolen. I’ve tried to research this building but without any luck. I have some information about the town though.

Davel is the name of a grainsilo in Mmpumalanga. I could not find out where the name comes from but a lot of the dwellings in that part of the country is named after the person or the surname of the person to whom that piece of land belonged.

Davel must have been a prosperous community because the remaims of an old steam molen (mill) and the silo is still standing. Somebody from the Cape or Holland must have owned this mill. Molen is a Dutch word for mill.

Crushing or grinding grain is known from early days of mankind. First by hand then by using some kind of energy to allow the grinders to move. Animals have been used and if there was a stream nearby water and a watermill used. Some used the wind with windmills. On the Highveld steam was used. Think of a steamtrain. The mill worked on that principle. Also interesting to note is that the method of crushing between two big stones was also used. The so called ” hammermeule” in Afrikaans.

Stoffberg is an example.  The farm Springboklaagte belonged to Dirk Stoffberg, a wagon (artisan)  from Wellington in the Cape.

It used to be the end of the railwayline coming  from Middelburg 70km Northeast. Stoffberg is still a trade centre of a community producing mealies, peaunuts, vegetables etc.

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Trans Kalahari


The Trans Kalahari is a loooooooooooong stretch of road from Johannesburg to Walvisbay. If you leave Johannesburg and drive without stopping you will be in Walvisbay in about 24 hours. It passes Kang and Gobabis and the vast Namib desert. Therefore there is a lot of time for taking pictures. Enjoy!

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The African skies


Another reason why I love to live in Africa is the glorious sunsets and the bright stars at night.  I had to take my sister to Lanseria airport yesterday morning. As a result I was outside at 4am. When I looked up I saw orions belt right away along with all the other stars. If you’ve never seen the Southern Cross come to South Africa it’s worth it.

The lovely village of Ugie, Eastern Cape


There is a place that stole my heart! From the first time I saw her, walked in it’s streets and felt her charm, It is the village of Ugie. In the Eastern Cape. It is a stones throw from Qunu where Madiba was born. It is a loooong drive to get there but if you make the effort you will not be sorry. It snows in winter and the summers are not too hot. In Ugie you have time for afternoon tea and book clubs. Life is slower there along the (mostly) dirt roads. I’ve spent two years of my life there and made life long friends.  Together I’ve known great joy and great sadness but above all I’ve learnt a bit of what life is about. Do yourself a favour and make the effort to go there. It’s not easily found on the map. Find Bloemfontein, then Aliwal North. Keep going until you find Elliot. If you’ve foun Maclear you are too far…go back a few millimeters then you’ll find Ugie. Some guesthouses to Ugie are on the internet. If you struggle to find accommodation contact me as I might just have a number or two of an old friend or two with a great guesthouse. 🙂

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Welcome!


Hallo,

As I have been reading blogs on WordPress I’ve realized that a lot of people are looking to travel to Africa. Others are wondering what life in Africa is like. I’ve decided to shed some light on this by creating this blog with my experiences. Hope you find it useful and enjoy it.

 

Amanda