This Is Why We Love Drakensberg
Dec20

This Is Why We Love Drakensberg

By: Beverley Dias Drakensberg (Afrikaans for Dragon’s Mountain) was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 29 November 2000. The park is 240 000 hectares large with a wealth of rivers, wetlands, indigenous forests, grasslands, valleys and cliffs with a variety of endangered plant and animal species inhabiting the area.  It is a vacation destination for all seasons with accommodation and activities to suit all tastes. Here are...

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What Makes Me A Proud Single Parent
Feb10

What Makes Me A Proud Single Parent

By: Beverley Dias My daughter, Toni, was born on a Thursday night, 16 March 1995 at 22:50pm. It was the scariest time in my life. I was about to bring a life into the world and Lord knows I was far from ready. My pregnancy was horrendous from beginning to end and the status of my relationship with her father was as volatile as the Rand. Most women suffer from morning sickness in their first trimester. I had morning, noon and night...

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Book Review | Dub Steps By Andrew Miller
Jan27

Book Review | Dub Steps By Andrew Miller

By: Beverley Dias Dub Steps is the 2015 Dinane Debut Fiction Award winner and the work of freelance writer, Andrew Miller. The title invokes curiosity and I was pleased to discover that my guess wasn’t too far off the mark. Dub Steps is a reference to the dub music of “Scratch” Lee Perry and a tongue in cheek play on the author’s intention to keep things in a constant state of motion. The genre of the book initially put a damper on my...

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The Significance Of June 16 To The Prosperity Of The Black Child
Jun16

The Significance Of June 16 To The Prosperity Of The Black Child

By: Beverley Dias I was just four months old when the Soweto uprising of 1976 took place, so I have no recollection of the landmark event which lent significance to the year of my birth. In defiance to being taught in Afrikaans, around ten thousand learners from Soweto high schools took to the streets to make their intentions known. The aftermath: bloodshed and loss of lives; the apartheid government of the day being seen by the world...

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Discovering Zambia With SA Express Airways
Jun09

Discovering Zambia With SA Express Airways

By: Beverley Dias The flight from Lusaka to Livingstone is a mere 40 minutes and on arrival at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula Airport, you are struck by the stark contrast between the two cities. Where Lusaka is busy and fast-paced; Livingstone is calm and relaxed. We were met at the airport by our friendly and efficient guides, Muki Chilala and Jane Malumo, also from Zambia Tourism Board and dropped off at our hotels to check in and freshen...

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