South Africa’s Week of Femicide 2020

After brutal killings of women during the past two weeks, #stopkillingwomen is trending on social media and helping to bring South Africa’s cases of gender-based violence to the surface. Some social workers believe that “frustration and anxiety caused by the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown increased the number of violent attacks in South African households”. They also think…

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South African Honeybush Tea

Indigenous honeybush tea is a South African delight. Every time I drink a cup, it takes me back to rich growing regions in the coastal fynbos biome. The tea is made from leaves of the Cape honeybush plant. The honeybush shrub produces flowers with a fragrant, rich “honey-like smell, giving the plant and tea its…

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Orcas Western Cape South Africa

During my latest travels, I spent May through November 2019 enjoying South Africa’s Western Cape. I became aware of two orcas – nicknamed Starboard and Port – who were earning a reputation as coastal predators. They are named for their collapsed dorsal fins, to the left (Port) and right (Starboard). Identifying Port and Starboard Local…

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Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Cape Town South Africa

Last night I attended a performance of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO). It was their last performance of the season. CPO is a small orchestra with a polished grand sound. They recently toured the US and are known as “the most versatile and active orchestra on the African continent.” CPO performs in Cape Town’s…

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