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Ted Botha

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Ted grew up in Japan, South Africa, and Washington, D.C. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Condé Nast Traveler. His latest book, Flat/White, is about moving to New York as a South African and facing not only the upheaval of a new country and city but also a very curious building with some unforgettable neighbours. It is available at bookstores in South Africa and online at Takealot or Amazon.

The Light Blue Train. South Africa’s (Almost) Best-Kept Travel Secret

I am one of those old-fashioned people who loves going by train. Give me a choice between a plane, bus, car or train, and I'll take the...
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South Africans Coin it on the High (Paying) Seas

Jacob Venter got his law degree from the University of Cape Town four years ago, but he hasn't worked in an office once. Instead he's...
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‘If You Can Pet Lions, Why Can’t the Rest of Us?’

Two of the most popular wildlife videos on YouTube, watched millions of times already, are of grown men playing with lions as if they were...

Cuba is Calling You, Beach and Salsa (and Great Destination) Lovers

It has been 21 years since South Africa re-established relations with Cuba, and although it has long been on some travellers' lists (and bucket...
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A South African’s Guide to New York on the Cheap (Even Free!)

Maybe it's because I'm a South African, always thinking in terms of the precarious state of my country's currency and what it can buy...

When Online Comments Go Too Far

From today Friday 11 September, News24.com will stop hosting comments on its website, a favourite space that used to attract thousands of comments a day. In...

So Is Trevor Noah Really that Good?

I’ll be the first to admit I know nothing about standup comedy. I’ve probably seen a couple of comedians live, and several dozen on...

A Tale of Two Cities: The Other Johannesburg

I’m going to describe a city that has been down on its luck for the past few years. No, make that decades. The downtown...

Petting a Lion Cub is its Death Sentence, say March Organisers

The term ‘canned hunting’ probably leaves many people scratching their heads. But for the folks behind Campaign against Canned Hunting (CACH) – who are...

Land, Ahoy! (Oh, it’s Cape Town)

The second season of the swashbuckler television series filmed in South Africa, Black Sails, starts in the United States this weekend. Starring Toby Stephens,...

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