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Nkandla

The Nkandla district is a spectacularly scenic area north of the Tugela River, and the current interest in a large homestead in the region detracts from other interesting sites. My trip with Alistair Peter, took in a Norwegian Mission near Entumeni, the pristine Nkandla indigenous forest, famous for its birdlife, Nkandla village itself with a sadly neglected […]

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Umhlali Cemetery

I completed an unfinished shoot at the above cemetery and along with the usually interesting family graves such as Hulett, Balcolm, Thrings and Jex , was a gravestone of Ruby Natalie Garland who died in an air crash on Mount Kilimanjaro on 18 May 1955, aged 63. I googled this air crash, which I was […]

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Merchiston Prep (PMB) and Longmarket Street Girls School

What a warm welcome I received at these two Pietermaritzburg Schools that I photographed yesterday. A big thank you to Dave Beetar (Principal) at Merchiston Prep. and to  both  Derryl Muir (Principal) and Joslyn (School Secretary), at Longmarket Girls School, who went out of the way, and gave me access to the schools. They were particularly excited […]

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Heritage Statues and Symbols

The recent desecration of heritage symbols from the past, have behind them all the racial undertones that emerged in Nazi Germany with the destruction of Jewish property, and coupled with the current xenophobic attacks on immigrants, casts a shadow over this countries reputation, and is polarising people’s attitudes. The responsibility for protecting people and these […]

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Durban Girls College

A big thank you to Glynnis  Mungavin for arranging for me to photograph the College which is situated in Essenwood road on the Berea. The College has some truly magnificent buildings and the stain glass windows in the Library take the prize for the most striking feature in the school. The school is not only […]

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Botha House and Umdoni Golf Park

Botha House was built for the use of the Prime Minister of the time, Louis Botha and his wife Annie. I stayed at the House which is now a B&B and maintained by a Trust. The Head of State has first call on the accommodation, but outside of that is used by tourists and visitors. […]

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Umkomaas Valley

The annual Kingfisher Canoe Club  Umkomaas Marathon has just been raced and won by Andrew Birkett and Hank McGregor. I went down to help at the start, take a few photos to add to my collection, and I have just published a Gallery on the Umkomaas Valley. (See Gallery – South Coast) The Umkomaas experience […]

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Kearsney and the Huletts

Without announcement I arrived at the Kearsney Research Station and met Miles Jackson who in typical, hospitable, country style gave me directions to the original Kearsney College (Kearsney Manor) and directions to Sir Liege Huletts many country manor houses in the area. We might have many problems in this country but we have some really […]

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Stanger Cemetery

It was an interesting outing filling some gaps in the Stanger (kwaDakuza) area, but rather disconcerting to see how the municipal cemeteries are being abused. Many of the old graves are being desecrated, and worse they are being dug up and new corpses taking up residence. This is particularly sad, in that the headstones are […]

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Durban – Kings House

I still hope to photograph King’s House in Morningside but it has the look and feel of Alcatraz, despite not being used too often. Pity our local ruling bosses don’t take a leaf out of Helen Zille’s book. She has opened up the gardens of her residence Leeuwenhof, in Cape Town every Saturday for the Oranjezicht market. […]

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