National Bird – Blue Crane


 Anthropoides Paradisia
This elegant crane, that stands about one meter high, is almost entirely restricted to South Africa in its distribution.
The blue crane is a light blue-grey, has a long neck supporting a rather bulbous head, long legs and elegant wing plumes which sweep to the ground.

It eats seeds, insects and reptiles. Blue cranes lay their eggs in the bare veld, often close to water.

They are quite common in the Karoo, but are also seen in the grasslands of KwaZulu-Natal and the highveld, usually in pairs or small family parties.

The blue crane […]

National Animal – Springbuck

National Animal - Springbuck

Typical of this species is the pronk (jumping display), which led to its common name.
Both sexes have horns but those of the ram are thicker and rougher.  This species has adapted to the dry, barren areas and open grass plains.

It is found mainly in the Free State, North West province and in the Karoo up to the west coast.

They are herd animals and move in small herds during winter, but often crowd together in bigger herds in summer. They eat both grass and leaves and can go without drinking-water, because they get enough moisture from the […]


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This recipe makes about 30 rusks.

To make buttermilk rusks you will need:

1kg self-raising flour                                        2 eggs

200ml sugar                                                    190g butter or margarine, melted

500ml buttermilk                                              5ml baking powder

10ml salt

What to do:

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl
Beat the eggs, sugar and buttermilk together
Cut this mixture into the dry ingredients with a knife
Knead the dough lightly, gradually adding the butter while kneading.  This will take about 7 minutes.
Place balls of the dough next to each other in bread […]


Coat of Arms 2

A national Coat of Arms, or state emblem, is the highest visual symbol of the State.

The Coat of Arms is also a central part of the Great Seal, traditionally considered to be the highest emblem of the State. Absolute authority is given to every document with an impression of the Great Seal on it, as this means that it has been approved by the President of South Africa.

South Africa’s Coat of Arms was launched on Freedom Day, 27 April 2000. The change reflected government’s aim to highlight the democratic change in South Africa and […]