The Titanic has always held me in its thrall. The ill-fated voyage of the most famous ship in history is a story that you could not make up – complete with villains, heroes and ultimately tragedy. So when the Titanic Expo sailed into Cape Town this month, I was first in line to snap up a ticket.
International travel magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, has named Cape Town in its top five list of Eco-Friendly cities in the world and said it is at the “forefront of the continent’s green living movement”.
The Belmond Mount Nelson, affectionately known as ‘the Nellie’, or ‘the Pink Lady’ – the distinctive rosy hue was mixed specially for the hotel in the 1920s – has a fascinating history which dates back to when it was opened in March 1899.
A truly laduma moment.
Photo courtesy colm.mcmullan
Officially, South Africa has 11 languages, second only to India, with 22. Many more languages are spoken in the country besides, from Greek to Gujarati and a number of local creoles and pidgins. There are, however, some sayings that are commonly used and understood across our country, despite (or perhaps because of) its polyglot nature. Here’s a brief introduction to some South Africanisms adapted from local languages.