A Karoo Farm School with a Difference

By Chris Marais 08-11-15 11:05

A Climax windmill spins and creaks quietly alongside a dirt road linking Colesberg with the blue horizon. There is a cool morning breeze and a few sheep bleat in the distance. Soon, though, they are drowned out by the distant roar of a straining engine. A school bus appears, emblazoned with the words ‘Hantam Community Education […]

PHOTOS of Huge Gathering of Humpback Whales in South Africa

By SAPeople Contributor 05-04-18 00:05

Since the start of the weekend I’ve been hearing reports of the huge gatherings of humpback whales at Noordhoek, Robben Island and Dassen Island. As much as I wanted to document this amazing wildlife event, for five days in a row the wind was unfortunately too strong to fly…until yesterday. I woke to a beautifully calm […]

The Pretoria Child Drummer Gets a New Beat VIDEO

By SAPeople Staff Writer 05-11-15 09:32

A video of Sihle the Drummer (his surname is not given on Facebook) playing drums on an assortment of stand-in objects was first posted on his Facebook page in August and was viewed at least 410,000 times. That seems to have gotten him a real set, which he now plays in a new video. Watch Sihle’s first […]

Trevor Noah is Recuperating from Emergency Op

By SAPeople 04-07-18 14:36

South African comedian Trevor Noah underwent an emergency appendectomy early Wednesday morning. According to a statement from Comedy Central (see above), the operation was successful and the Daily Show host is currently recuperating from the surgery. CC said: “As a result, The Daily Show will air an encore tonight. We expect he and the show will be back […]

Monopoly Launches a Cape Town Version

By SAPeople Staff Writer 04-11-15 11:44

Just in time for its 80th anniversary as a board game, Monopoly will now have a Cape Town version and will include the city on its world game board. “Monopoly fans around the world will be able to visit the big 7 Capetonian attractions, play beach bats on some of our top beaches, play sport, go to […]

South Africa’s Role in New Bond Movie ‘Spectre’

By SAPeople Staff Writer 04-11-15 08:59

South Africa plays a feature role – and it’s a good one – in the new James Bond movie, ‘Spectre’, even though South Africa will be one of the last countries in the world that actually sees a major launch of the spy extravaganza. While the movie itself – which is brilliant – flits from Mexico […]

Another Beautiful Timelapse Video of Cape Town

By SAPeople Contributor 03-11-15 23:40

Here’s another beautiful video of Cape Town from self-taught photographer Brendon Wainwright. This time he has spent two years taking over 7,000 photos to create this exquisite time-lapse. “I have been exploring Table Mountain National Park in pursuit of capturing its beauty like never seen before in a time-lapse video,” says Brendon. “This is 7,530 still images put together… […]

Durban South Africa

Durban Swell this Morning

By SAPeople Contributor 03-11-15 16:59

Heavy winds have wreaked havoc with the surf in the past 24 hours in Durban, KwaZulu Natal. Photographer NIC ABERDEIN captured these photos of the scene this morning. He said that despite “howling winds” the waves on the South African coast were “not as big as expected”. Yesterday EThekwini Municipality was forced to issue a press release […]

One Week, Four Seasons of Weather

By SAPeople Staff Writer 03-11-15 15:45

If South Africa has long been known as the World in One Country, this week it could have also been called Weather in One Country. Storms, terrible winds, blistering heat as well as snow have all hit various parts of the country. In KwaZulu Natal, powerful winds were having a strange effect on the land. Said one news […]

How Baseball is Making a Difference in South Africa

By Sine Thieme 03-11-15 23:54

I feel lucky that I stumbled upon Alexandra Baseball by mere happenstance almost exactly five years ago. We were on the verge of moving from the United States to South Africa, and our boys, then 13 and 11, were wondering whether there was baseball in South Africa. Ever so gently my husband and I prepared […]

UPDATE: Oscar Pistorius Appeal – Roux’s Losing Words Overheard

By SAPeople 03-11-15 15:39

South African state prosecutors lodged an appeal today, in the SA Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, for a murder conviction for Oscar Pistorius. The former Olympic and Paralympic athlete is currently under house arrest, after being found guilty of culpable homicide in the killing of his then girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day 2013. Chief Prosecutor Gerrie Nel […]

Airline Sends Jumbo Message for Wildlife

By SAPeople 03-11-15 13:51

The anti-poaching wildlife message goes sky-high this week as two Emirates A380 jets take off wearing special livery featuring endangered species…in support of United for Wildlife (a global collaboration of seven of the world’s leading wildlife charities). According to a statement today from Emirates in Dubai, the livery – which features some of the animals threatened by poaching and illegal […]

Kite Festival Wows, Then Gets Blown Away

By SAPeople Staff Writer 03-11-15 08:36

CAPE TOWN – What started as a great day for the 21st annual Cape Town International Kite Festival on the weekend was blown away by the weather on its second day, and has put a worthy cause in debt, according to news reports. The two-day festival at Muizenberg, in aid of Cape Mental Health and upliftment […]

Bunny Chow with a Twist in Soho

By SAPeople Staff Writer 02-11-15 21:49

Breakfast in a bunny? That’s what’s being offered to Londoners at a corner take-away restaurant in Soho that is owned by a Londoner who once travelled to South Africa and was taken with the cuisine. The aptly named Bunnychow, which opened on Wardour Street about a year ago, is about one block away from the nearest Nando’s, which […]

Little Lia, a Special Lioness, Arrives in South Africa

By SAPeople Staff Writer 02-11-15 22:59

There have been several amazing stories recently of lions rescued from terrible conditions abroad – including an airlift of 33 cats from South America – but none of them as pull-on-your-heartstrings as the tale of young Lia, who arrived in South Africa from Egypt last week. Watch the video of Lia and Elsa getting to know each other […]

Video Captures an Eyeful of Cape Town from Above

By SAPeople Staff Writer 02-11-15 13:37

The production house Two Wheels Across has released a video made over six weeks of Cape Town from a bird’s-eye view, a follow-up to an earlier video of the city as the starting point of a cross-Africa motorbike ride. Watch the Cape Town video Two Wheels Across is the brainchild of Beirut-born Christian Ghammachi who did a solo […]

World Rugby Awards Sonny Bill Williams Another Gold Medal

By SAPeople 02-11-15 13:13

Sonny Bill Williams was awarded a second Rugby World Cup (RWC) winner’s medal Sunday night at the RWC award ceremony in Battersea, London…after he kindly gave away his first gold medal to a young fan on Saturday night. (See videos below.) The All Black (AB) player’s gesture – which made headlines around the world – happened just moments […]

Stone Cradle Restaurant Fire, Pretoria

Fire Rips Through Popular Pretoria Venue

By SAPeople 01-11-15 15:12

One of Pretoria’s most beautiful and well known venues, Stone Cradle, was burnt this morning when fire broke out in the restaurant. Authorities say the cause of the fire is unknown at this stage. From the photos which have been shared on Facebook it appears the damage is extensive. The thatched roof restaurant was very popular with […]

Dear South Africa – What Would It Take for You To Love Me?

By SAPeople 01-11-15 14:00

Sometimes when you read those comments on Facebook or news sites that sound so negative, you imagine a mean-spirited person, another troll trying to make other people’s lives hell. But if you look closer, sometimes that person loves South Africa as much as you do. Sometimes that person is just hurting so much… Yesterday an SAPeople follower […]

Terrific South African Art for Big Prices at Upcoming Auction

By SAPeople Staff Writer 25-11-19 23:16

A statue by Anton van Wouw that was originally won with a 10 cent raffle ticket could fetch half a million rand in a Johannesburg auction next week of major South African artworks. Paintings and sculptures by luminaries such as Maggie Laubser, Jan Hendrik Pierneef, Irma Stern, Ephraim Mojalefa Ngatane, Lucas Sithole and William Kentridge are […]

No Try for Habana, Against Argentina…as South Africa Wins Bronze

By SAPeople 30-10-15 23:24

So close and yet so far. South Africa took bronze tonight in the Rugby World Cup (RWC). A mighty achievement, better than dreamed of after that Japan loss,  but not quite the Finals that the Springboks and their fans had hoped for. And sadly, no world-breaking try for Bryan Habana. The Springboks beat Argentina at Olympic Stadium […]

Victor Matfield has a Baywatch Moment at Rugby World Cup – VIDEO

By SAPeople 30-10-15 20:55

Springbok captain Victor Matfield was captured on camera having a bit of a Baywatch moment at the Rugby World Cup Bronze Medal match this evening in London. World Rugby uploaded a Vine (video loop) of Matfield’s run onto the field at Olympic Stadium, after the team sung the anthem for the last time during RWC2015 (see video […]

Springboks Want to Finish 2015 on a High

By SAPeople 30-10-15 18:58

Springbok captain Victor Matfield says he and his team-mates want to finish their Rugby World Cup campaign on a high when they face Argentina in the bronze medal match this evening. Matfield will lead the Boks for the 23rd time, in the absence of the injured Jean de Villiers and Fourie du Preez. “…hopefully after TONIGHT’S match we can […]

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