dA is for Archaeology
Mapungubwe in Limpopo is one of the richest archaeological sites in Africa. A Shona capital
inhabited between 1200 and 1650, the city was a centre for the trade in gold and ivory with
the Islamic areas of the East African coast, India and China's Song Dynasty. The Iron Age
site, discovered in 1932 but hidden from public attention until only recently, has been
declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Blown away by Mapungubwe
B is for Battles
Two globally important wars took place on South African soil in the 19th and early 20th
centuries: the Anglo Boer War and the Anglo Zulu War. In both, small indigenous
populations fiercely opposed the heavy might of the British Empire, winning important
battles before the vast imperial military machine brought them to submission.
In the Anglo Zulu War, Zulu impis armed only with spears famously took on and trounced
British forces armed with the most modern firepower of the time. The British were only able
to defeat King Cetshwayo kaMpande's nation after British troops were rushed to South Africa
from around the Empire.
The Anglo Boer War is considered the world's first modern war. Guerrilla tactics, camouflage
uniforms, concentration camps and attacks on civilian targets, all the ugly signatures of 20th
century warfare, were first used in that campaign. The war killed 22 000 British soldiers, 7
000 Boers, 24 000 black men, women and children, and 22 000 white women and children,
many of whom died in almost 200 concentration camps.
Honouring black dead in Boer War
C is for Corné and Twakkie
"So to all you golden kids out there who always believed in the Dream and shared in the
Love, we just want to say: Come on! Believe it! Thanks."
Meet Corné and Twakkie, comedians and stars of The Most Amazing Show (T*M*A*S). If
you're not South African, you'll probably find them scary. If you are you'll find them scary
anyway, but you'll laugh a lot too. As they would say, Corné and Twakkie are totally not kak.
They're like a bad seventies flashback: mullets, insane facial hair, tight shiny shorts last worn
on a high school hockey pitch in 1974, and wonderfully mangled SA English.
According to their website, Corné - the Love Captain - is 6ft 4in (23in x 4in), "the fabulous
host of The Most Amazing Show and part-time healer at the Dai Maharaj Centre for Healing
through Eastern Eroticism."