South Africa’s ruling party tried to launch a 50 million rand ($3,7 million) on a fake news campaign to spread positive spin and troll the opposition ahead of the 2016 local government election, in which the African National Congress suffered unprecedented losses. Publicist Sihle Bolani blew the lid on the covert campaign when she took…
JOHANNESBURG — Twenty-two years ago, when Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected leader of a South Africa still emerging from the shadow of apartheid, hopes were high that the hero of the anti-apartheid struggle would lead the nation into an era of equality and prosperity. Three years after his death, though, the country is wracked […]
South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma was 21 years old when he was convicted for trying to overthrow the apartheid government and sentenced to prison 1963. Today, he leads a cabinet that includes ministers who began their political careers as youth activists. The country’s youth activism began as early as the 1930s, and continues today, albeit…
October 13th, 2016 University of Witwatersrand (Wits University) on Monday, protesters throwing rocks were dispersed by riot police using tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades. (Photo credit: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images) Monday, October 10, 2016 was supposed to be the start of regular classes at the University of Witwatersrand but this did not happen as […]
I do not usually post news events on my blog, but this one is difficult to ignore. I came across these images on Facebook by Lee-Roy Jason Photography. FeesMustFall is a student led protest movement that began in mid October 2015 in response to an increase in fees at South African universities. Protests started at […]
I woke up to a powerful and unsolicited endorsement this morning for why students should study in South Africa.
Having lived and studied in South Africa for six years, unsolicited, I’d attest to ‘Social Movement in South Africa’ by Prof. Ferguson, to have the prospect of providing a priceless opportunity to any student or person to know about a rich and complex history of humanity. The fresh scars of what happens when our darker angels take hold are still evident and pronounce their imprints vividly in the country. But, theirs is more than a sad story about humanity. It is a real epitome of how we can appeal to the angels of light of our humanity and overcome adversity. All this is evident in the music, infrastructure, artifacts, food and the camaraderie of South African people. There is nothing that brings more solace and calming to my own life than mining from the experiences that South Africa deposited in my life: From the sweet melodies of Freddie Gwala, Yvonne Chaka-Chaka and Brenda Fassie (my personal favorite South African artists); the tantalizing and mouth watering ‘braais’ at Mzolis in Cape Town; the ‘surreal-ness’ of the Cape Point where the two oceans meet (the stillness of time at Cape Point as you experience the two oceans violently colliding is but a glorious wonder), to the painful yet hopeful reliving of apartheid at Jo’burg’s Apartheid Museum. Still, no words can suffice in articulating South Africa, its people and rich history. Only a first hand experience. It is an opportunity I’d unreservedly recommend as it will surely bring new perspectives and meaning to life as it did to mine. #SocialMovementsInSouthAfrica
Table Mountain as seen from Table View beach.