Coronavirus (COVID-19) has ravaged the globe killing more than a 100 000 people and infecting over two million. We do not leave our homes without wearing a face mask and surgical gloves. During the Victorian era gloves and a hat were common accessories for men and women when they went outside but to ward off disease and the plague they often wore a nosegay or tussie-mussie.
The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the National Museum, Bloemfontein, participates in several projects focused on reconstructing the behaviour and biology of early humans, from the inception of the archaeological record in the Early Pleistocene up to the ethnographic present of southern Africa.
Klawerjas (or klaverjas/ klaberjass or ‘Klob’) is a Dutch card game played in South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, where it has become synonymous with minority (often expatriate) communities (Gibson, 1974). It was introduced during Dutch colonialism in the 17th century and became a popular colonial pastime amongst a wide cross-section of the population.
South Africa is well known for its remarkable plant diversity and extraordinary plant species. Some of the most impressive plant species are the quiver trees. Formerly quiver trees were part of the genus Aloe, but a new genus Aloidendron was created for tree aloes.
The focal point of this year’s International Women’s day campaign under the theme #EachforEqual is to accentuate the importance of equality. “An equal world is an enabled world. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender-equal world”.