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Word Power: How well do you know your insects?

Love them or hate them, insects are vitally important to the continued health of our ecosystem. South Africa is home to a wide diversity of insects. If you think you know everything about South African insects, take this proudly South African quiz and see how well you...

What is an address in South Africa?

If you have relatives in South Africa and want to send them a letter or a parcel, it is important you know their address. All addresses in South Africa contain a postcode, which is one of the most important parts of the address according to the South African National...

Women will be on the moon by 2024

It is predicted that within a couple of decades, commercial space exploration, and lunar expeditions in particular, might be as commonplace as a photographic safari to East Africa. In fact, NASA has announced that they have plans to put the first woman on the moon by...

World Cup Rugby 2019: Springbok Squad

The wait is over for South Africa’s rugby fans anxious to hear coach Rassie Erasmus announce the final Springbok Squad for the Rugby World Cup 2019, which is taking place in Japan from 20 September to 2 November. The announcement of the Springbok Squad was made on the...

Born in South Africa, big abroad

As we know, South African immigrants are not just content to move abroad quietly – many of them make their presence felt in their new countries for all the right reasons. It’s why South Africans back home are so proud of South Africans abroad, watching them take key...

What’s on your bucket list for mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the simple technique of paying full attention to your current experiences including what’s happening to you and where you are. It sounds really simple, but many of us become so engrossed with our thoughts that we lose touch with our body and our current...

Dog breeds that don’t shed (too much)

If you have recently moved abroad and are planning on adding a puppy to your family, you might like to consider one of the hypoallergenic dog breeds that are renowned for not shedding too much. Dog hair is a problem for many animal owners, especially if they have...

The Chernobyl disaster might have created a paradise

On April 26 1986, a truly devastating event took place at a nuclear power plant called Chernobyl on the Pripyat River, 70 miles north of Kiev. The Chernobyl Disaster involved a reactor catching fire, blowing up and spilling radiation across the northern hemisphere,...

The South African’s Guide to: Relocating to Canada

When most South Africans think of moving, they usually think of Australia or New Zealand. While both are attractive in their own way, Canada is fast becoming the top choice destination for South Africans looking to spread their wings in search of new opportunities....

Facts SA expats would like you to know about South Africa

There is a well-known saying we like to quote, “Once a South African, always a South African”. In our experience even when people leave South Africa to live abroad, they are still proudly South African and never lose their love of South Africa and are fiercely loyal...

How to make Paletas – Mexican ice pops

As the heat of summer arrives in the northern hemisphere, adults and children alike are always looking for something refreshing, and cooling to eat and drink. Paletas, Mexican popsicles, are a form of homemade ice cream that combines the most delicious summer fruits...

The most effective tick and mosquito protection tips this summer

Summer is the season that the bugs come out and if you live in the northern hemisphere, you will be starting to look for ways to keep these unpleasant insects from bothering you. Some people swear by natural bug repellents, others prefer to go with the fiercest...

How the videogame aesthetic flows into all of our culture?

Video games are based on the principle of repetition. You play the game, you are beaten (perhaps your character dies) and then you start all over again and attempt to get to the next level. To advance in any game, you need to remember all the previous versions you...

Art as inspiration

When people look for inspiration in life, one of the first places they turn to is art. Art as inspiration is something everyone can relate to – because art is born from inspiration and inspires it in others. In the words of Picasso, “Art washes away from the soul the...

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