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NEWTOWN, JOHANNESBURG

The Newtown Cultural Precinct, in downtown Johannesburg, has a distinctly cosmopolitan vibe; and underlying its trendy coffee shops, restaurants, art galleries and clubs is the same avant-garde attitude that made it a hot-bed of protest theatre, music and poetry during the apartheid-era. Did you know? Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown is named after the 1920s labour activist and deputy mayor …

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SA DOMINATES TOP 10 SAFARI PARKS

SA Dominates Top 10 Best Safari Parks, according to industry experts and tourists. In a study of more than 3,000 reviews from safari adventurists and industry experts, four South African parks were declared amongst the top 10 best safari parks of Africa. SafariBookings.com, an online marketplace for African safaris, published a definitive ranking of the best safari parks in Africa. …

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GAUTRAIN EXPANSION

THE Gautrain is celebrating its fifth anniversary this week with plans to launch a R3bn rolling-stock expansion programme aimed at relieving congestion on its trains. Coming after early criticism that the rapid rail link served only a narrow segment of the population, the investment confirms its growing popularity. However, questions remain over the level of return on investment and the …

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LONDOLOZI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Londolozi Private Game Reserve is an unashamedly exclusive and luxurious safari destination covering 14 000 hectares (34 580 acres) in the heart of the game-rich 56 000 hectare Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Londolozi is a Zulu word meaning “protector of all living things” – an ambitious conservation ethic that Londolozi embraces in its sensitivity to the natural world. “During my …

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JOHN MALKOVICH: ON TRAVEL

The actor John Malkovich on the destinations and travel experiences that have inspired him. By Damon Syson An Oscar-nominated actor best known for his roles in Dangerous Liaisons, In the Line of Fire and, of course, Being John Malkovich – not to mention a theatre career that includes opera-singing in The Infernal Comedy and The Giacomo Variations – John Malkovich …

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IN PRAISE OF JOHANNESBURG

Civilised Cape Town may claim the plaudits but, for John Simpson, grittier, sunnier Johannesburg is South Africa’s golden city. By John Simpson, image Romy Blumel The restaurants in Johannesburg are more varied and better designed than in Cape Town, and even the fish often seems better, though it’s a thousand miles inland. Have you ever noticed how some people seem …

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MAPUNGUBWE WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Mapungubwe World Heritage Site About the time of the Dark Ages of Europe, the royal court at Mapungubwe in Limpopo welcomed traders and men of influence from Arabia and the Far East. Only in recent decades have the fascinating details of this ancient city been uncovered. Did you know? The University of Pretoria’s Mapungubwe Museum displays the largest archaeological collection …

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GROOT MARICO

Settle in to a genuine South African experience in Groot Marico. It’s no wonder that so many of Herman Charles Bosman’s tales featured this part of the country. With its enchanting atmosphere and warm hospitality, the Groot Marico offers you a culturally rich holiday that will be both relaxing and entertaining. Did you know? You can take a mampoer tour …

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GAUTRAIN: WOODLANDS SHUTTLE

Gautrain’s new Woodlands Office Park Shuttle service is now running from Marlboro Station. The shuttle service fee is R15 per trip – payable by cash or card. Log onto www.gautrain.co.za or phone 0800 GAUTRAIN for more information.