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Maggie Laubser, painter

Maggie Laubser was born Maria Magdalena Laubser on 14 April 1886.  She died on 17 May 1973, with an unfinished canvas on her easel. She studied art at school in Stellenbosch and then later in Cape Town before becoming a … Continue reading

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From the oldest to the newest in postal matters at the NAF

Grahamstown is the home of South Africa’s oldest postbox.  It can be found on the St Andrews College Corner at the north-west end of Worcester Street where it intersects with Someset Street.  It has been standing there quietly, doing its … Continue reading

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Butterfly Census in late spring 2013

Note: This is a reposting of the autumn article with the spring dates. It is still entirely relevant. Butterflies are truly a great indicator of environmental health. Every year in spring and autumn South Africa conducts a butterfly census. Counting … Continue reading

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South African dancers the best in the world

SA Dancers Bring Home Gold as New World Champions South Africans won the World Show Dance Championships held in Germany in December 2012, beating 34 other nations from five continents. This is in part due to the top quality dance … Continue reading

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Are the arts not interested in the Olympics?

Two years ago arts audiences were thoroughly sick and tired of soccer themed plays, dance works and even art exhibitions.  The South African arts community had jumped on the local 2010 World Cup bandwagon with a vengeance. In 2012, with … Continue reading

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Somewhere on the Border

An intensely hard-hitting look at the Border War performed by a superb young cast. The mix of emotions evoked in Somewhere on the Border is the play’s strongest feature. Within the short span of the play one feels the despair, … Continue reading

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So will 2012 be a happy year for Gauteng’s arts?

If I could sing the Abba version of Happy New Year, the sentimental version of Old Lang Syne …  I would, just to celebrate my new blog and, I suppose, the new year.  But you really don’t want to hear … Continue reading

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