Eddie Koch
Guest Author
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/ 8 July 2005

Growing The Grace

The Grace in Rosebank, one of Johannesburg’s oldest hotels, is soon to unveil a new conference venue. Work is under way upgrading the hotel’s function rooms, which up until now have only been able to accommodate groups of up to 30 delegates. When work is complete in September, The Grace will offer conferencing facilities for groups of up to 120.

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/ 19 April 2005

Turning terror into tourism

First it was the penal colony on Robben Island, then the Old Fort at Constitution Hill. Now a decaying army base on the edge of the Blyde River Canyon, in Mpumalanga, has become the latest set of buildings to be transformed from a place of oppression into a thriving tourism resort. Is tourism earning its reputation as the world’s peace industry by turning the architecture of terror into slick holiday resorts?

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/ 30 March 2005

Frogging good fun

When you are stuck knee-deep in a crocodile-infested bog — your way lit only by the twinkling of the Milky Way and the black night filled with a cacophony of croaking, singing, snoring and bonking toads — it is easy to be swamped by three paradoxical impulses: lust, loathing and learning. <i>Escape</i> explores the murky world of toads on a trip to northern KwaZulu-Natal.

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/ 24 September 2004

Taking a different turn

Twice a year the Chrissiesmeer shop owners put up signs on their doors that say, "Gone Frogging". Instead of preparing for World Tourism Day on September 27 by publishing a set of platitudes about the most prominent places to visit, we decided to abide by the spirit of these intrepid merchants and prepare a portfolio of the country’s more unpredictable and out-of-the-ordinary travel destinations.

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/ 9 June 1995

Mandela meeting for Sinn Fein’s Adams

SINN Fein president Gerry Adams jets into South Africa next week on a high-profile visit that includes talks with President Nelson Mandela. His trip will bolster the Irish republicans in their talks with the British government over a political deal in Northern Ireland. Adams will also meet Consitutional Affairs Minister Roelf Meyer and head of […]