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Cecil Skotnes – A Living Legend

Cecil Skotnes is not only heralded as one of the main pioneers of modern art in South Africa, but is seen as a sort of anti-apartheid hero that gave a few fortunate black artists the chance to express themselves and develop their talents. Born in the small British-based town of East London on the coast of South Africa in 1926, Skotnes overcame his poverty-stricken origins to become one of the country’s great artists of the 20th century.

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Christiaan Neethling Barnard

Doctor Chris Barnard received his MD degree, in 1953, from the University of Cape Town for a thesis called, “The treatment of tuberulous Meningitis”. From there he traveled over to the United States where he trained in cardio thoracic surgery at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in Minnesota. There he received his Master of Science in Surgery, for a thesis called, “The aortic valve – problems in the fabrication and testing of a prosthetic valve”, five years after he had left his family and his country. That same year he was awarded Doctor of Philosophy for his thesis called, “The aetiology of congenital intestinal atresia”.

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Icy Refreshment for South Africa’s Summer

While many South African’s are donning their swimming costumes and heading off to the beach, a number of people in Cape Town are swapping their beach gear for warm winter jackets and thick leggings. These people are heading off to South Africa’s very first Ice Lounge – a complete novelty in a country that receives little snowfall and plenty of hot, sunny weather.

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The Swellendam to Cape Agulhas Route

You've decided that a vacation in South Africa's Western Cape Province, with its beautiful shoreline and friendly inhabitants, is the ideal way to escape the usual hustle and bustle of life. There are numerous activities in the stunning province from scuba diving to whale watching, from wine-tasting to historical tours.

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Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls - South Africa

In 2007 a number of young South African girls from disadvantaged backgrounds were presented with a remarkable opportunity to obtain an outstanding education. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, located in Henley-on-Klip in Meyerton, South Africa, aims to nurture the country's future leaders who would otherwise not have had the benefit of a good education. The school was opened on Tuesday 2 January 2007 with a star-studded event and much excitement.

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Township Tours in South Africa

Organized township tours in South Africa have experienced a tremendous growth in popularity. Large numbers of international tourists are booking their spots on tours around townships in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Most tours last a day and take in a host of township experiences, giving visitors a close look at the unique atmosphere and lifestyle.

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Volkswagen AutoPavillion

Volkswagen South Africa was established in Uitenhage in 1946. Uitenhage is a small industrial town that is located on the outskirts of the city of Port Elizabeth, on the Garden Route, in the Eastern Cape. The very first Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the production line on 31 August 1951 and this little car was the beginning to a successful reign within the South African vehicle industry. Volkswagen South Africa’s market share has doubled since the 1980’s, and has become a major vehicle manufacturer within South Africa.

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Vredefort Dome

South Africa boasts 7 World Heritage Sites, recognized as sites of important cultural, natural and historical value. One of these natural heritage areas is Vredefort Dome in South Africa's Free State Province. Named after the town which lies near its center, the Vredefort Dome (also referred to as the Vredefort Crater) is both the oldest and the largest verified meteorite impact zone worldwide and is a fascinating feature that tourists should make an effort to see.

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