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Not to be confused with Ladismith, in the Western Cape, this town leapt to international prominence in the late 19th century when it was besieged by the Boers, so it’s not surprising that most of the cultural attractions are somewhat bellicose, and relate to that rather tumultuous period of South Africa’s history. There is, however, one rather less aggressive monument – a statue of Mahatma Ghandi (yes, there is one in Pietermaritzburg, too). But this little town is probably best known for its most recent cultural export – the music group Ladysmith Black Mamabazo, whose exploits and achievements are well documented in the town museum. Ladysmith is on the R103, the alternative to the N3 toll road between Harrismith (yes, her husband) and Mooi River. It is about 230km from Durban.

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