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The most common online scams in South Africa (and how to avoid them)

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Online commerce has become the norm for most of us, with a considerable number of the population logging onto e-tailing websites, online classifieds and other sites to buy or sell goods. While the trade has done wonders in creating jobs and new opportunities, there is a dark side – criminals are taking advantage of the […]

Adult Easter Basket Ideas

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Easter is almost here. It is a day of religious celebration, family, and tradition. No one should feel left out of the Easter fun, but adults often get the short-end of the stick when it comes to Easter gifts. If you celebrate Easter, receiving a basket full of treasures is a treat of the season. […]

Gear up for the Two Oceans Marathon

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This weekend thousands of South Africans will be participating in the annual Two Oceans Marathon. The ultra marathon (56-km), the half-marathon (21-km) and variety of fun runs are always met with great enthusiasm by the locals. If you’ve entered, it’s not too late to stock up on the goodies you need: Good running shoes can […]

DIY – 5 Ways to Fix Up a Shabby Chair

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Of all the furniture in a house, the chairs often are the pieces that engender the greatest feelings of comfort and home. Sometimes, however, some of the things that make a chair so comfy and homey get worn down and need a little sprucing up to fit in with your home decor. Just like their […]

We Are One Colour Festival – Johannesburg 2014

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A Feast of Colour in Glorious Sunshine It all started in Berlin on July 29, 2012. That day many people gathered for the Berlin Holi Festival, the first of what will undoubtedly become a long-standing annual event. It took but a year for the festival, which celebrates diversity, acceptance and unity, to grow into a […]

Guest Post – The Big Match Part 7

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Photo Credit – BackPagePix The BIG Match – 30 March 2014 British Premiership this season is fast turning into one of the most exciting title races in years. Firstly, Manchester United, who have dominated the scene for years, are in danger of not even qualifying for the Europa league – this in itself has millions […]

How to Choose the Best Concert Clothing

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Festivals and concerts, like the Cape Town Jazz Festival, are a great way to get out, let loose, and have a blast for a night, and in South Africa, they’re always the best. For some, looking fabulous at concerts and festivals is one of the fun parts of attending them. It’s also a great way […]

Guest Post – The Big Match Part 6

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Photo Credit: BackPagePix The BIG Match (22 March) There are mouth-watering matches in every league you can imagine at this time of the season – so it’s a little difficult to select only one from the list – but with recent events in England and in the Champions League featuring British teams, there is one […]

15th Annual Cape Town Jazz Festival

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There are 9 days left until the 15th Annual Cape Town Jazz Festival, have you bought your tickets yet? The event will take place on Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th of March at the CTICC – Cape Town International Convention Centre. The CTIJF is one of the largest music events in sub-Saharan Africa […]

How Fast Can You be a Millionaire?

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Have you ever wondered how fast it’d take you to earn 1 million rand? We have created an interactive Infographic that demonstrates how long it will take to become a millionaire in ZA. To start,  enter either an annual salary or your current job title. After a salary or a job is selected, you will […]

Guest Post – The Big Match Part 5

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The BIG Match (March 15/16) In terms of local football rivalries, there is no bigger match than the Soweto derby featuring the giants of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. Critics claim that the rivalry has become diluted because of the number of derbies played during the season and yet the stadium is always filled to […]

Top 12 Rugby Bars in Cape Town

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Rugby in South Africa is becoming a truly national sport as interest over the past 15 years has gradually spread across racial barriers. This is evident not only in the makeup of the national side, with great forwards like ‘The Beast’ being a crowd favourite, but also in the increasing number of South Africans from […]

Guest Post: The Big Match Part 4

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Photo credit to BackPagePix The BIG Match Preview (7-9 March 2014) There was a full program of International friendly matches in midweek, and while local focus will be on the hiding Bafana Bafana suffered at the hands of 5-times-WORLD- Champions Brazil, I cast my eye across the big domestic leagues looking for a match that will […]

Pizza and Selfies at the Oscars

Last night the Oscars, full of extravagant gowns and beautiful jewellery, consumed televisions and the internet all around the world. Ellen DeGeneres brought a new sense of fun and humour to the 86th Annual Academy Awards on March 2nd, 2014. She ordered pizza for actors in the audience such as Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Meryl […]

Guest Post – The Big Match Part 3

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In the British Premiership, two tough away matches catch my eye. Fulham v Chelsea Fulham are struggling. They just fired their 2nd manager of the season and they are bottom of the Premiership a massive 39 points behind the league leaders, their visitors this weekend – Chelsea! So it’s last versus first, David & Goliath, […]

Nitro Circus Live – Durban

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Last week, Gumtree attended the fantastic Nitro Circus at the Durban Moses Mabhida Stadium! Here’s the coverage from the spectacular event: Travis Pastrana’s daredevil troupe of high risk stuntmen brought their Nitro Circus Live act to South Africa this week to packed stadiums in Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town. In Durban, tens of thousands of […]

Guest Post – The Big Match Part 2

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The BIG Match – 21/23 February This weeks’ BIG Match preview focuses attention on local PSL football – it’s the Nedbank Cup Last 32, and there are some mouth-watering matches in store. If you missed last week’s predictions, check out The Big Match Part 1. Ajax vs Sundowns The Cape side have just announced that […]

What is Flappy Bird?

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You might have heard a lot recently about the phenomenon of “Flappy Bird”, from your friends, coworkers, or maybe even strangers on the street. For those of us who are catching up, you might also be asking yourself, “What on earth is Flappy Bird?” “Flappy Bird” is a game by Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen. Notoriously […]

Guest Post – The Big Match Part 1

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Gumtree is pleased to welcome George Dearnaley as our first Guest Blogger. He will be covering football this year for us! George Dearnaley is a former Bafana player, supports AmaZulu & Manchester United.  In this 1st installment of the BIG Match, we focus on the British Premier League (no longer English because it features 2 […]

Valentine’s Day Facts

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St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical (the writing and critical study of the lives of the saints) account of Saint Valentine states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers. These soldiers were forbidden to marry and were persecuted […]

Could You Be The Next Musa Sukwene?

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If you’re an aspiring singer, the question you may be hearing for the next few months in South Africa may be, “Do you have what it takes to be the next South African Idol?” 2014 auditions for season 9 of idols kicked off this week in Cape Town and the next stop will be in […]

Gumtree Developer Updates – Part 1

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Dear Gumtree Users, In late November 2013, we launched a site redesign with the goal to provide you with a uniform Gumtree experience on every device you use Gumtree on. Since the launch we have been actively compiling your feedback, and have been releasing weekly development updates in order to continuously improve the Gumtree experience […]

7 Household Items for Losing Weight

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It’s January, and we’re all recovering from our holiday food binges. With New Years behind us, it’s time to make good on those New Year’s Resolutions! Since the gym is often packed full of people with the shared mission to drop some weight, here are some ways to avoid the crowd and beat the bulge […]

Most Unfulfilled New Year’s Resolutions

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Everyone wants to start the new year on the right foot, but for many- it will become another year in which resolutions go unfulfilled. The key to fulfilled New Year’s resolutions is having a solid and realistic plan that will help you bring those desires into fruition. Here are some of the most ‘unfulfilled New […]

Win 2000R! 12 Days of Christmas Event

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Hey Gumtree Users! Want to win 2000R? We are giving away 2000R during our “12 Days of Christmas” competition every day until December 26th. All you need to do is find the ‘Runaway Gift’ ad on our site, and enter the details within our Facebook competition app. Every day, until the December 26th, we will […]

Gumtree Pages Have Arrived

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Gumtree Pages are a new way for us to try to help you in your search for the perfect item. We believe that learning a little more about things you want to buy can lead to a hapy purchase! What will I find on Gumtree Pages? On Gumtree Pages, you’ll find articles packed with information […]

Nelson Mandela – Icon of Peaceful Resistance

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  Today the world lost a beautiful, enduring icon, but he will forever inspire us through his 95 years of miracles. Nelson Mandela’s commitment and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Madiba.       July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013    Leave a comment below and let us know how you […]

Unsafe Travelling: Education Saves Lives

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The safety of our roads is something we depend upon every day, trusting that the drivers around us care as much as we do about arriving at their destination unharmed. Yet in South Africa, this trust has largely broken down amidst an epidemic of dangerous driving. Reckless, impaired, and unqualified drivers are wreaking havoc on […]

7 Awkward Christmas Gifts

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December is here, and with the holidays around the corner, there’s just one thing to look out for – Horrible Gifts. Whether they’re from your Great Aunt Mildred, your well meaning co-worker, or your friends and frenemies, it’s the time to start practicing your fake surprised face. Here is a roundup of some of the […]

Contest Rules, Terms and Conditions

This contest is open to South African residents only and is GOVERNED by SOUTH AFRICAN law   The Gumtree South Africa’s Cash Giveaway! 12 Days of Christmas Contest (the “Contest”) is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.  You understand that you are providing your information to the Sponsor and […]

Top 4 Golf Courses in South Africa

Golf Courses in South Africa

When the weather is beautiful, sunny, and warm, there’s nothing like a little fresh air and the natural beauty of the outdoors. This summer season, why not pick up a new sport? Golf is a sport for all levels of athleticism and skill, and is a particularly shining sport for South Africa. Beautiful courses are […]

Vacation Spotlight – Cordoba

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If you’re looking to vacation somewhere with a temperate climate outside South Africa, consider Argentina.   Summer begins in early December.  In fact, the swallows have already begun their annual migration from Southern California to Argentina to take advantage of the warm weather, smart birds!  Did you also know that there’s a Gumtree in Argentina?   Well, […]

DIY Car Maintenance – How to Buy Used Cars

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Buying a used vehicle can seem intimidating; not everyone is a car expert! There are several things to look for and to be aware of when buying a used car, and we’ve put them together in an easy video tutorial, infographic, and guide for you in our fourth installment of Gumtree DIY Car Maintenance. Be […]

Avoiding Danger on the Road

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The Toll of Reckless Driving “Best to Run” South Africa, known as one of Africa’s most innovative and prosperous nations, is home to a remarkably culture-rich and diverse population, which speak 11 different languages. However, just having a diverse population doesn’t mean it’s a country free from problems. One major concern is the danger experienced […]

Complementary Growing

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Plants That Work Together -  If you’re planning to grow plants as food or medicine, your first instinct may be to group your growing areas by species. After all, this is how most modern farming is done – big fields of a single crop, known as a monoculture. The suburban lawn is another good example […]

Gumtree Visits the 2dehands Office

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The Gumtree team recently had the amazing opportunity to visit the Belgian office of our newest member of our Classifieds group,  2dehands. 2dehands (Tweedehands), is the number 1 classifieds site in Belgium, along with its French-language sister site 2ememain. Like Gumtree, 2dehands and 2ememain offer fast, free, local service and connect people to people for commerce. […]

Johannesburg Motor Show 2013

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Johannesburg Motor Show  The city of Johannesburg once again falls under the global motoring spotlight as it plays host to the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor show, where the world’s leading auto manufacturers showcase their latest offerings. The show, the largest in Africa, is held here every second year and will take place at Johannesburg’s Nasrec […]

Top 10 Art Galleries in Johannesburg

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There is little more rewarding than a weekend stroll though an excellent art gallery and then digesting the great works over a fine restaurant lunch. Johannesburg is a vibrant city with a mix of cultures, and much of the city’s best modern and historical artworks are on show at a range of galleries across the […]

Rihanna Diamonds World Tour Tickets on Gumtree

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Rihanna, or RiRi as her fans and tabloids fondly refer to her, is a Barbadian megastar. She’s a multifaceted businesswoman, with her name in fashion, movies, and music. She had early success starting in 2004 with her songs Pon de Replay, SOS, Umbrella, and Disturbia. Rihanna’s been in the Billboard top 100 numerous times, and […]

5 Free Mobile Apps to Send Free SMS

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These days, prices are climbing all around us, and something as simple as SMS messaging can become overwhelmingly expensive. Why pay for SMS messaging when you can send it for free over wifi, or only use data? Whether you have an iPhone, Blackberry, Samsung Smartphone, Nokia Smartphone, or feature phone, there’s an app for you […]

DIY Car Maintenance – Check Your Car Battery

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Contrary to popular belief, whether they are new cars or used cars, car batteries do require maintenance, and should be checked regularly. Joining our guides to How to Check Engine Oil , How to Buy Used Cars, and How to Check Tyre Pressure, we put together 5 easy steps to check your car battery and keep […]

Infographic – 5 Steps to Check Tyre Pressure

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Checking Tyre Pressure may seem like a lot of effort for little return, but that’s not the case! It is a quick and simple procedure with many long term benefits, including keeping your tyres working longer, saving you money on car repairs, and keeping you safe on the roads. Cars with low tyre pressure are […]

DIY Car Maintenance- Check Tyre Pressure

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Checking your tyre pressure is a quick and easy process that has many long term benefits. Your fuel economy will be better, and you tyres will last much longer! You’ll also be safer on the road. Although it may seem like a task suited for professionals, anyone can check their tyre pressure if you know […]

Growing Sustainable Food Using Hydroponics

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Hydroponics is an old science, the earliest known example being the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Ancient gardeners noticed that plants require water, light, nutrients, and air to live but not necessarily soil. In fact, soil serves mostly as a medium in which plants anchor themselves. Soil has no properties critical to plant growth that can’t […]

Wedding Ideas for a Perfect Day Your Way

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Do you have weddings on the brain? With so many questions to be answered in so little time, it can become truly overwhelming. What colours? What to wear? What centerpieces? Where should you have it? Brides and grooms are looking for a special, different way that truly celebrates their love, but sometimes it can be […]

Growing Sustainable Food in Potted Soil

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Here at Gumtree, we’re always interested in ways to save money and be healthy at the same time. Currently we’re discussing sustainable food, and today we’ll talk about growing our food in potted soil. If you’re interested in sustainable food, check out our post on Growing Sustainable Food in Containers, or just read on! Potted […]

DIY Car Maintenance – Check Your Engine Oil

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Here at Gumtree, we’re an independent bunch. We do our own laundry, tie our own shoes, and make our own dinner! When we have car trouble, unfortunately, it can be a little harder to problem-solve solo. That’s why we are introducing the Gumtree DIY Car Maintenance Series, to help you stay safe on the road […]

6 Great Museums in Cape Town

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The beautiful Mother City of Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest city and still carries a good deal of charm and history about her. Fittingly, some of South Africa’s best museums are to be found in Cape Town, reflecting cultural, social, military, and political histories of the city, the country, and beyond. We will take […]

5 Best Apps for a Blackberry Z10

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In South Africa, Blackberries are extremely popular and widely-used smartphones. Blackberry’s app marketplace is growing, so there are an increasing number of apps that go with their latest BB10-powered phone, the Blackberry Z10. The Blackberry isn’t just for entertainment; it remains the smartphone of choice in South Africa’s business segment as well.  If you are […]

Growing Sustainable Food in Containers

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Here at Gumtree, we’re always interested in ways to save money and be healthy at the same time. Currently we’re discussing growing our own food in containers, which not only saves space, but keeps our bodies happy. Growing your own fruit, veg and herbs at home has many benefits: You’ll save money over time, especially […]