Photography

Sam Basch
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Sights of Silesia

Sam J Basch

Visit Wrocław (pronounced ‘Vrotsh-waff’) in Poland’s Silesia province for its vibrant art scene, museums and culinary delights – and history. While Covid-19 is restricting overseas travel for now, this intriguing city and environs have much to offer the tourist. Nearby is the site of arguably the most daring World War II incident, ‘The Great Escape’ master-minded by South African-born RAF pilot Major Roger Bushell.

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Opinion
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Fools at the wheel

Sam J Basch

What is it about a flashy car and its driver? We have Henry Ford to thank for mass producing the motorcar, which empowered people and became useful to us. Now there are just too many, adding to greenhouse gas emissions. Hopefully not for long.

But for many the car equals status; a symbol of wealth and power. That’s fine. But many of these obnoxious fools drive like hell, and park where they want. Confront them at your peril: they become abusive and threatening.

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From the Attic
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Around the Cape

Sam J Basch

It took a huge container ship stuck in the Suez Canal last month to focus the mind on the sea route around the Cape of Good Hope. This historic route between west and east was opened by Portuguese mariners Bartolomeu Dias and Vasco da Gama more than 500 years ago. In 1988 a similar voyage was recreated in commemoration of that maritime feat.

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From the Attic
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Ancient knowledge

Sam J Basch

A tour of the Basotho Cultural Village in the spectacular Golden Gate National Park is a true revelation. The two-hour herbal trail not only gives one an insight into ago-old traditional methods of treating ailments and injuries, but also reveals ancient rock art, some of the oldest evidence of human culture in Africa.

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Safrea Chronicle
Photography
John Robinson

Jika Joe Informal Settlement

Jika Joe is an informal settlement that straddles both banks of the Dorpspruit River in the centre of Pietermaritzburg, the capital city of the province

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Rob Gearing Lotus crash
Photography
Paul Bedford

High Flying?

A tiny misjudgement resulted in a spectacular accident during a Lotus Challenge race at Phakisa Freeway. Luckily everyone involved walked away although the same cannot be said for their cars.

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Life
Melody Emmett

From femicide to glory: the work of Lebo Thoka*

Lebo Thoka’s art does not deny the horror and brutality experienced by victims of femicide. Rather she proclaims the inherent dignity of the women, that can never be taken away from them. A version of this article was first published by Sunday Times Lifestyle.

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Birds and the bees

Delicate white blossoms tell us that spring is here. Not taking particular note of insects, flowers and birds in our gardens at other times, we now see the bees, tirelessly working their magic, and exult in the art of nature

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Wild, weird and wonderful

Words cannot describe the spectacle of wildflowers that flourish every year on the West Coast and Namaqualand. Photographs give an idea, but you have to visit there to be caressed by soft air, to smell the earth and sea, feel the sun’s warmth, the silkiness of the petals, the lustre of the blooms.

This is a wish-list item that reminds us how magnificent nature can be…

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