Notes

The South African National Anthem: a history on record

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  Ever since I heard Gideon Nxumalo’s very subtle piano hint to Nkosi Sikelel iAfrika in the opening bars of his 2nd Movement on the classic 1962 live recording, Jazz Fantasia, at the Wits Great Hall, I had been compiling a casual list of the various other recordings of this classic hymn and anthem. At that time the song had supposedly been freshly banned by the apartheid authorities and any performance was, according to some sources, prohibited. Which might explain Nxumalo’s exceptionally subtle approach. I thought then how an examination of this anthem along with its various iterations...

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THE VIRGIN AUGUSTA

OILIVE OIL

Breaking News: AUGUSTA LA VIERGE Augusta de Mist Handmade Limited Edition Organice Olive Oil. NOW BOTTLED and ready to enjoy. We have been using the oil in the Kitchen for the last 2 months but the bottling and labelling process was done slowly and with great care. They sell at the guesthouse and will not last long....

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Croissants at Augusta

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We do something really special once a week at the guesthouse kitchen.  We do no order it in, buy it on sale to stock up or worst of all, buy frozen with the 'pretend-its-homemade-by-calling-it-homebaked line. We also do not just make puff pastry and roll it into a crescent shape. No. Just no. We make our own croissants. From scratch. With yeast, butter and flour. Some things are sacred. We honestly do not think many restaurants, let alone guesthouses make their own croissants. Here is a pic of some of this week's batch. Crescent-shaped food breads have been made since the Middle Ages,...

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CAPE TOWN FOR HIPSTERS

Most of our guest always look for good tips on where to visit which is a little under the radar and could give them a less obviously touristy feel for the city. I always recommend Observatory and Woodstock, especially as an ex-loft owner in that area and as developers increasingly buy up property, the tightly knit multi-racial community who once called this Cape Town area home are being driven away by the rising cost of living. Hipsters and tourists flock to the market at the Old Biscuit Mill to enjoy the pricey gourmet foods on offer. Photograph: Justin Sholk As...

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Buchu

It is a joyous day at Augusta de Mist, as we finally finish 2 months of hard work and renovations on our new suite. Buchu is the most private of our suites, as it is on the quietest part of the property surrounded by several gardens and forest. It also has a private road connecting it to Shand Street which runs parallel to Human Street where our main parking area is situated. The suite has a very beautiful bathroom with a custom made bath from Living Stone which we designed. We think that Buchu is our most boutique suite yet with teal walls, duck egg blue curtains, wonderful rich Hertex...

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