Category Archives: Apartheid

Happy Birthday, Madiba!

I am happy to dedicate this post to the honorable Nelson Mandela, who turns 94 today!  The month of July is known as Mandela Month in South Africa, and today has been declared a national holiday.  In the spirit of the … Continue reading

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Film Reflections and a Farewell to Amsterdam

Our last Monday in Durban was definitely an eventful one.  After completing our service learning work, we explored the Glenwood Village shopping area for a bit, tried some authentic Indian curry, and finally met later that evening to watch Tsotsi … Continue reading

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Rounding the Peninsula

On my last day in Cape Town, I took a wonderful Cape Peninsula tour.  My tour guide was coincidentally from Drakensberg, and he knew of all the hiking trails and cave dwellings that we saw while we were there!  Others … Continue reading

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Bonne Bastille!

Wow, this has certainly been a holiday to remember!  Today I went on a full-day tour of the Cape Winelands, and what better day to enjoy exquisite food and wine than on Bastille Day?  I was pleasantly surprised to learn … Continue reading

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A Drive Through the Durban Townships

After completing our service learning volunteer work for the day, we decided to take a brief tour of two prominent townships outside of Durban, KwaMashu and Inanda.  During the apartheid era, non-whites were confined within these townships.  Today it is … Continue reading

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The Fight Over Secrecy in a New Democracy

Before arriving in South Africa, a professor sent me an informative article concerning the nation’s recent history of free speech issues and the newly proposed “Secrecy Bill” and Media Tribunal that could serve as a significant threat to journalists.  In … Continue reading

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Bilingual and Beyond

There is little doubt that the “official language” issue has become a crucial topic on a multinational scale.  Francophone and Anglophone education distinctions in Canada, the passage of “English Only” laws across the United States, and the constituency of the … Continue reading

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