South Africa House — called an ‘Ekhaya’, the Zulu word for home — brings the best of SA to GB at this free London 2012 Olympic attraction. We’ll be live-blogging from South Africa House in London, plus we’ve got all the essential info you need to plan your trip.
Thursday, 2 August
12:26 The singers are off stage and just in time as well because the screen is back on the Olympic action and the South Africans are celebrating a gold medal in the rowing. People are on their feet cheering and clapping. This is a great place to be for moments like that.
12.20 It looks like this might be a great place to bring the kids. Just outside South Africa house there is a multi-coloured sand pit which is proving to be a real hit.
12:06pm The screen has been rolled up here and some authentic South African singers have taken to the stage. They are dressed in traditional South African clothes, and the crowd seem to really be enjoying the beautiful music.
11:50am There is a really relaxed atmosphere here at South Africa House, where visitors are enjoying the Olympic action on the big screen. There are also displays of South African art as well as a cafe/bar area which has beer for as cheap as £3.30 at bottle. Also there is an outside seating area with a great view of the river.
Friday, 27 July
16:50 They have certainly drawn a big crowd who are dancing along to every beat. There is a good mix of South Africans and people from all over the globe. One onlooker from Belgium has just told me these performances have been the highlight of her day. It is well worth coming down to watch — these guys certainly know how to put on a show, and get a well deserved standing ovation from the delighted on-lookers. It has just been announced that the performances are daily at 12:30, 14:30 and 16:30. So get yourself down!
16:35 The crowd is being treated to some genuine South African singing from four amazingly dressed South African ladies, followed by another group of five women performing some amazing African dancing to the beat of drums. The crowd is now building up to witness this fantastic show! They inform me that they will be performing 3 times everyday for the rest of the Games, so you have plenty of time to come down and see their lively show.
Where is it: Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer in the Southbank Centre.
Nearest tube: Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern and Bakerloo Line). Once you exit the station, follow the signs to the National Theatre and South Bank Centre.
Hours: Open to the public from 10am to 8pm daily. Daily music performances at 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm.
Watching the Games: A big screen will be showing highlights from the Games.
Highlights: An exhibition of crafts. Daily free music and dance performances. South African food and drinks.