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Hi all

I'm new to beekeeping, have read a lot in books and on the internet.

I'm attending an introductory coarse on beekeeping on the 5th and 6th of Feb. In the meantime I trying to build my own hives from the plans on the site.

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Steven

PS. Are there any other South Africans on this forum especially ones from Cape Town?
 

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Hello and Welcome!

Glad to have you with us. I've heard Rob Mountain - a South African who has since moved to the United States - speak on the different bees in South Africa, and differences in beekeeping. Interesting stuff! He's a member of this forum, but hasn't posted in about 6 months.
 

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Thanks for the welcome messages.

Hello, I'm looking foward to hearing from you about beekeeping in South Africa!
It might be a while before I will be able to provide any input here, but you can expect a LOT of questions from me :scratch:.
 

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welcome, we do like lots of question and the search function is great.
 

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Howdy, ZAHives! I am currently reading a book about a man who operated out of Capetown back at the turn of the century.....not a beeker, though -- afraid he was a "bad guy"! I'd be interested to learn about the differences in bee strains and hive management in your part of the world. Should be interesting!
 

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Howdy, ZAHives! I am currently reading a book about a man who operated out of Capetown back at the turn of the century.....not a beeker, though -- afraid he was a "bad guy"! I'd be interested to learn about the differences in bee strains and hive management in your part of the world. Should be interesting!
Hi, who is this guy that you are reading about. I will keep you posted on the bee strains and hive managment as soon as I get going, which I hope to be very soon.
 

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ZA - his name (or one of them, at least) was Joseph Silver. He was a multi-skilled criminal around the early part of this century, specializing in organized prostitution and information-trading in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Bloemfontaine (sp?) and Praetoria. I got interested in him because he was one of the strongest candidates for the Jack the Ripper murders (he was operating in White Chapel at the time) -- he may well have killed two of the prostitutes and written the infamous "message in blood", but IMHO, was not responsible for all of the killings.
 
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