Liliesleaf Farm and the Rivonia Trial

A place I had been dying to see, but knew I’d have a hard time convincing the rest of my family to visit, was Liliesleaf Farm. So when my sister in law, who is always interested in such things, was recently visiting, we took the opportunity to go check it out.
By the way, I always thought it was spelled Lilieslief, which somehow seems more Afrikaans, but I have since seen that it is spelled both ways. I’ll go with the spelling used by Wikipedia and the Liliesleaf Trust.
Liliesleaf Farm Museum today
Liliesleaf Farm in the 1960s

Liliesleaf Farm was where Nelson Mandela, after the founding of the militant arm of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation, also called MK), was hiding and plotting for a time before being captured. It is not a far drive from where we live, ... 

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I’ve Fallen in Love

Even before we ever got to Franschhoek, I fell in love with the name. It sounded so pretty and I couldn't get enough of saying it over and over again. Which is perhaps why we settled on Franschhoek Manor as our Bed & Breakfast, and it was an excellent choice. Our room was perfect, the host entertaining, his food and wine recommendations excellent, and the weekend magical.

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Living Under the $#!&pipe

I’m only so wholesome as to disguise my spelling because I can’t remember if I signed away my rights to foul language under whatever agreement I must have entered with Blogger, and I don’t want to be reprimanded. I hate to be reprimanded. Or banned, that would be even worse, as my ... 

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The Gods of Bureaucracy

I think the gods of bureaucracy must have sensed that Joburg Expat’s material of “what-a-hassle-stories” is starting to dry up, what with Eskom so unceremoniously leaving the stage (once again, I can highly recommend calling in your own meter readings around the 12th of the month ... 

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In the Footsteps of Paul Kruger and the Voortrekkers

Paul Kruger monument in pretoria

A day trip to Pretoria is a must if you are visiting or living in Johannesburg. It offers so much in terms of South Africa's multifaceted history, from Paul Kruger's life (Kruger House Museum) to the fabled Voortrekkers (Voortrekker Monument). But it is also a lovely city in its own right, with beautiful buildings and views everywhere you go - especially during jacaranda season each spring.

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Jamila Lodge

Jamila Lodge has everything you could ask from a luxury lodge for your African safari destination. It’s situated on top of a hill with stunning views all around and a cool breeze wafting up from the valley, the service and food are excellent, and we particularly enjoyed the hot tub right on our own private deck. It's located in Welgevonden Game Reserve only a few hours from Johannesburg.

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Racism in South Africa

I realize that this title alone will generate controversy, without me having written a single word. Not just in South Africa but everywhere around the world, this little word is enough to stir strong emotions, one way or another. I won’t even pretend to cover this topic comprehensively – ... 

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