08 septembre 2010

Zolani's interview 3/3

THIS PLACE IS A MIRACLE! A SHARED FUTURE "Despite our differences, we have a shared history, like a family. Even within the same family you don’t have the same memories. The same facts happened but were experienced differently." “We also have a shared future as well. Ultimately I’m very optimistic. The people of South Africa have an incredible capacity for warmth and good. There are things that are in our way. The entire society has the capacity to work on it.” “However, there... [Lire la suite]
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07 septembre 2010

Zolani's interview 2/3

THIS PLACE IS A MIRACLE! A brain shared into 2 “I went to a multi-racial Catholic Irish school. At this time in South Africa, all multi-racial schools were affiliated to the church. My parents didn’t have the money to afford it but they negotiated a lower fee for my brother, my little sister and I. We got a pretty good education there.” Indeed, in 1975, for every R 644 the government spent on a white student, R 42 was spent on a black one. The black adults we interviewed told us that they... [Lire la suite]
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06 septembre 2010

Zolani's interview 1/3

THIS PLACE IS A MIRACLE ! We met Zolani Mahola, Freshlyground’s singer (for those who may not know her!) for an interview on the occasion of the launch of their new album. We talked about music, but also about her country, its history, its future. Many things she told us were topics that we were dealing with for Ubumi. So we mentioned our project to her and she immediately accepted to contribute to it. We split the content of this interview into 3: Today you can read about the separations and violence of... [Lire la suite]
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18 juillet 2010


This is Madiba’s birthday today! Rohihlahla, the “trouble maker” is celebrating his 92nd birthday! We wanted to pay tribute to this providential man, who is so important to the South-Africans, to the world, and of course to Ubumi for the values of brotherhood, peace and forgiveness, among others, that he embodies. We have thus asked our witnesses to write a few lines about what Madiba means to them. Here are their answers: “One of my favourite statements from Nelson Mandela which has become a mantra for me:... [Lire la suite]
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11 mai 2010

Encounter with Linda Naicker

In Pietermaritzburg, Philippe Denis enabled us to meet Linda, one of his students. Like many black South Africans during apartheid, she started working right after high school. Only in 2006 did she start studying at university and today she’s busy working on her thesis about mixed couples under the apartheid regime… Linda immediately accepted to contribute to the project and was very enthusiastic about it. She wanted us to find out about her culture, to meet her family and she welcomed us at her place during the whole day. More than... [Lire la suite]
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04 mai 2010

Encounter with Simphiwe from Alexandra Township, in Johannesburg

Molweni ! My name is Simphiwe Stemela. I’m 17. I’m Xhosa and come from Eastern Cape. My parents moved to Joburg when I was very young. That’s the reason why I grew up in Alexandra Township. There I learnt to speak Zulu, the language which is spoken with all my Black friends from the township, whatever their ethnic groups may be. It was easy to learn it. In the township people are more often in the street than in their house, so that’s where I’ve learnt to speak... [Lire la suite]
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20 avril 2010

SOWETO, the Ghetto ?

Our educational investigation drove us to stop in this important place of resistance to the Apartheid. A place, where the massacre on June 16th, 1976 is engraved on everyone’s memories. A township, where Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu lived on the same street. A place of pilgrimage for the Ubumians we are - this is Soweto. Nowadays the South West Township is a real town, with its rich areas, its middle class areas, its poor areas and its very poor areas. But it is certainly not a huge slum. I always had a... [Lire la suite]
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04 avril 2010

In the footsteps of Gandhi (1869-1948) in JOHANNESBURG

It is sometimes forgotten but Gandhi walked on the same land as Mandela for 20 years (1893 to 1914). There is even a square named Gandhi in Johannesburg with a statue of when he was a young lawyer. During our stay at Jozi, we met Eric Itzkin, a historian who studied Gandhi’s life in South-Africa. He told us the story. Gandhi settled in Johannesburg as a lawyer after having served the British as an ambulance driver during the second Anglo Boer War (1899 – 1902). A Political Baptism in Joburg Gandhi was offended by... [Lire la suite]
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03 avril 2010


Within 10 days in Joburg we haven’t had time to get bored ! We discovered a city that’s getting prettier, that lives at a hectic rhythm, more integrated than Cape Town, less dangerous and warmer than expected. Yet we weren’t in a hurry to go there: we aren’t big fans of economic capital cities. But as soon as you meet Joburgers and Sowetans, it becomes much nicer. The next posts will be dedicated to Simphiwe and Pretty from Alexandra township, Soweto and our historical day on Gandhi-in-SA ... [Lire la suite]
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22 mars 2010

What if Whites lived in Soweto?

Hello! We just arrived in Joburg! We'll send a post about the people we meet here in the coming days. Until then, here is an interesting short movie that takes place in Soweto, but it is the Whites who stay there, and the Blacks who visit the area by bus... An interesting scenario that helps understanding many things very quickly! To watch the video, click here.
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