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South Africa's Golden Treasure

Although Arab traders were known to deal for gold with certain inland African tribes as early as the 7th century, it was really only in about 1886 that South Africa started to gain a reputation for this most treasured mineral. It was in this year that George Harrison discovered the Main Reef on the Witwatersrand, 33 years after the somewhat smaller Pilgrim's Rest seam had begun to be tapped. Today South Africa still remains at the forefront of the global gold trade – even though it's position as a major gold contributer has diminished somewhat over the years.

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The Legacy of Apartheid

By now millions of people around the globe have heard the word apartheid mentioned at one stage or another. Some will define it as white* oppression over blacks or native Africans in South Africa – and perhaps that is what is was, in a nutshell. Apartheid played a very large part of South Africa’s history and to delve into this unfortunate period of the country’s history would grant the average person a much better insight into the average South Africa – regardless of their skin colour.

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Lesotho – A Little Kingdom in a Big Country

Though situated in the heart of South Africa, Lesotho is, in fact, a Kingdom completely separate from the politics and government of South Africa. Physically speaking, the kingdom is mainly comprised of incredibly rugged mountains. It was this geographical feature which proved to be the kingdom’s greatest ally and which has ensured the survival of an ancient people as well as an ancient Kingship.

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De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre

De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre is situated nearby Hartbeespoort Dam at the base of the Magaliesberg of North West Province South Africa. This amazing Centre has become renowned for its efforts in breeding and researching endangered species, particularly their accomplishments in preventing the extinction of cheetahs. De Wildt provides visitors with an unique experience allowing tourists and travelers to get up close to cheetah, wild dog, antelope, brown hyena, vultures and owls. This is an educational adventure you do not want to miss.

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SA 2010 World Cup

Anyone that has ever been involved in the sport of soccer or football will know that it is a sport driven by passion and glory. The fact is that it is essentially a simple sport which can be played with just one ball, an open space and a handful of people. However, with hard work, dedication and a love for the game can take an individual up the echelons of society both locally and internationally and can result in fame and fortune. Of course, not every soccer player has what it takes to make it to the top but it is the hope of great success and the passion of the sport which drives so many to try. In many ways, South Africa is like that aspiring footballer just waiting for its chance to make it big. While it continues to find its way onto the global map in small ways for numerous achievements and discoveries, it was the 2010 world cup bid which has helped it to claim a place in the lives of millions of soccer fans around the globe.

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The Nguni People of South Africa

South Africa is renowned as the Rainbow Nation. How true that is! Our country is not only a racially colorful nation but it is also multi-cultural with many groups of people contributing to what is uniquely South Africa. The Nguni People of South Africa include the Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele who reside all across the country. Join me as I take a deeper look into this fascinating cultural group.

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Whale Watching in South Africa

South Africa, land where the warm waters of the Indian Ocean meet the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean. In these beautiful waters, teeming with life, tourists have the opportunity of a lifetime to view the majesty of the world's largest creatureswhales. Between the months of June and November visitors can enjoy the spectacular sight of these impressive animals from the shore or up-close on a charter boat. Without a doubt this is an experience you do not want to miss.

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Athol Fugard - South African Playwright

Athol Fugard, an internationally renowned, award-winning South African Playwright. Tsotsi, written by Athol Fugard in 1989 and filmed in 2005, did much to shoot South African film into the limelight. Best known for his insights into the lives of South African's, Athol Fugard, as a white man went beyond the bounds of color in his writings. Let us take a brief look into the life of this unique individual.

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