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...back of police trucks, driven south 35km and dumped. The human relocation to Soweto follows, the fractured families dazed and silent. I gaze southward to the distant desolate profile of a gold tailings dump. Over the next eight years Sophiatown is bulldozed, flattened and obliterated from South African maps.
Late afternoon I’m alone – standing on a Soweto mound – at the base of a circular tower in the centre of a park; the surrounding gardens a breath of fresh air, the tower built from cast blocks from the ashes of Sophiatown, a dark rough grey, smudging the sleeve of my... (more)
The city is waking to another sky of azure blue, the signature of a high veldt winter. But there are looming clouds: the uncertain health of the elder statesman Nelson Mandela, a remarkable man having once inspired a young Barack Obama to urge his college board of trustees to divest South African investments as a protest against this country's then apartheid policy. The future US President would eventually meet Mandela in 2005; the American by then a Democratic senator. One year later, Obama would visit Cape Town and stand silent and sombre inside what was once Mandela's cramped... (more)
A few fellow bloggers have picked up on something I have mentioned in passing on the odd occasion and have specifically requested that I do a post on it. To be perfectly honest it is not something I really wanted to blog about but perhaps it is time to tell the story.
I am typically a glass is half full type of person and I always believe there is good in everyone. I also don't believe in the death penalty, but after the incident I am telling you about below, I am a strong believer that some people should be put against a wall and shot - and I am happy to pull the trigger. So enough... (more)
...so hard not to be a ‘cultural relativist.’ I try so hard to be tolerant of others, of the customs and practices of other peoples and other nations. But, alas, the demon of prejudice snaps even at my tolerant heels. Where I fall down and fall down badly is over the marriage customs of South Africa’s Zulus.
Actually I could not care less about the Zulus or how many wives they are allowed to take by tribal custom. My problem is with Jacob Zuma, the country’s grinningly inane Zulu president, the butt of repeated jokes when he came on a state visit to London two years ago.... (more)
Earlier this month the African National Congress, the ANC, celebrated the hundredth anniversary of its foundation. This is the party of Nelson Mandela, terrorist come secular saint, that rules South Africa, the wonderful ‘rainbow nation’…or a sad cesspit of corruption.
The latter is certainly the view of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the country’s other secular saint, who once observed that the ANC had stopped the gravy train only long enough to get on board. Actually he may have underestimated the problem, at least according to the writer Zakes Mda, who has said that the new South Africa... (more)
I can remember the moment exactly, the moment when my suspicion of Nelson Mandela, the former terrorist who became South Africa’s living saint, spilled over into outright dislike. It was 2005, at the end of a Make Poverty History rally in London’s Trafalgar Square, where Bob Geldof, the boom town rat and abject acolyte, declared him to be president of the world. Seemingly the world agrees, at least in the shape of the United Nations, which designated 18 July, Saint Nelson’s birthday, to be an international day in his honour.
If only Mandela could have done for the world what he and his... (more)
Helen Zille is a brave woman. If you've not heard of her she is a South African politician, the premier of the Western Cape and the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), a political party that stands in opposition to the ruling African National Congress (ANC) of President Jacob Zuma. In her younger days, during the time of the old Apartheid system of white minority rule, she worked as journalist on the Rand Daily Mail. It was she who exposed the government of the ruling National Party for lying about the death in prison of Steve Biko, the leader of the Black Consciousness movement. Faced... (more)
Only 99 days still remain to blow the great whistle in South Africa. The country, according to the Governor of Durban, is now ready to host the World Cup which next to the Olympics is the great event of the year. The Governor confided to the BBC that everything is in place to host this historical event that will be attended by millions of people from all the corners of the world. Many more will watch the event on TV.
For South Africa, the dream has become true and alive. This is what Nelson Mandela, the Madiba said when he was in Zurich in May last year when it was confirmed that South... (more)
Edwin Muzahura, Marketing and Public Relations Manager for the Uganda tourism Board said that, “The presence of Uganda at the World Travel Market was an effort to market Uganda among tour operators, travel agents and airlines especially the ones operating in other parts of Africa like South Africa and Kenya to encourage them to set up operations in Uganda.” Muzahura went on to add, “ There have been many successes, Uganda is a beautiful country, has a great weather and beautiful animals and I will undertake an evaluation of our presence at the exhibition and what the private... (more)
...26, 2008. Their message and delivery were as unique and gratifying as that unusually warm winter night.
The ensemble performed original songs from their homeland, Ladysmith a town nestled on the banks of the Klip River just south of Johannsburg in the district of KwaZula-Natal, South Africa.
The musicians expressed stories in song conveying music that spoke tenderly with synchronization, selection, serenity, and amity. They skillfully integrated dance steps that were fun and inviting. The charismatic choir asked for audience particpation from a number of people who... (more)
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