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The Magical Adventures of Sophie Sue – Book 1: Robbie the Rhino

The Magical Adventures of Sophie Sue is a new series of children’s books written and illustrated by Stef Albert. Described as a “rescue mission with a positive message,” a dachshund named Sophie Sue and her animal friends travel around the globe (land, air, and sea) to help other animals in need.  During each adventure, the reader is…

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

They have been performing for the past 50 years, and have been nominated for Grammy, Tony, Emmy, and Academy awards.  Nelson Mandela called them “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors.” They are Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a male a cappella choral group from South Africa that performs all around the world teaching about their country and culture.   In 1960 Joseph…

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South Africa’s Flag: A Symbol of Unity and Progress

South Africa was at a major turning point in the early 1990s. Apartheid was coming to an end, a democratic government was being formed, and Nelson Mandela was about to become the first black president of South Africa.  The country needed a new flag to represent its new vision. South Africa’s New Flag A public competition was held for…

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A Journey in South Africa

A Journey in South Africa Africa is pretty huge. In fact, Africa is the second largest continent both based on size and population. Therefore, as you can probably imagine there is a very wide range of culture, climate, landscape, and development across the nearly twelve million square mile place. However, for the sake of saving…

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A Taste of South Africa

A Taste of South Africa

One of the ways our family likes to “travel” is through food.  While researching for our Taste of South Africa night, we weren’t surprised to learn that the cuisine is as diverse as the country itself.  Influenced by many cultures including indigenous, Dutch, Malaysian, French, and Indian, South Africans have a rainbow of choices. Bobotie is considered to be the closest…

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Explore South Africa: A Country Research Project for Kids

South Africa printables

Kids will love exploring the beautiful country of South Africa and creating a book or a poster to share what they learned. Materials a poster board or sheets of paper stapled together glue or tape printables (free download) South Africa Country Profile library books about South Africa National Geographic Kids Kids World Travel Guide 100 Best Things…

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South Africa’s First Olympians

South Africa’s official participation in the Olympic Games began in 1908; however, the country’s involvement at the 1904 Games is a great, rarely heard story – revealing the athletes that weren’t there to compete in the first place. The 1904 Olympic Games The 1904 Olympics (the third modern Olympic Games) were held in St. Louis, USA as part of the World’s…

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The Big Three: Soccer, Rugby & Cricket

South Africans are extremely passionate about sports.  While many different sports are played in South Africa, this post will focus on what are known as “The Big Three.” Soccer Also known as football, soccer is the most popular team sport in South Africa.  The men’s national soccer team is Bafana Bafana (The Boys) and the women’s national soccer team is Banyana Banyana (The Girls). South Africa’s…

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Mandela Day: 67 Minutes of Service

Mandela Day

What is Mandela Day? It’s a global celebration of former South African president’s Nelson Mandela’s life and his contributions to peace and freedom. Mandela Day is also a “Call for All” to recognize their ability to have an impact in their communities. #MandelaDay #67Minutes “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It…

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