Schlagwort-Archive: crime

HIV pandemic in Soweto

Every day, 900 South Africans are dying by HIV/AIDS – An Al Jazeera Documentary

(Editor: Ghassan Abid)

Soweto (South Western Townships) was established in 1963 as a merger of 30 townships in the south-west of the South African industrial city of Johannesburg. From 1983 to 2002, Soweto was a separate city. Since 2002 Soweto is belonging in territorial view to Johannesburg. Soweto is known for the uprising in 1976 against the system of Apartheid.

According unofficial estimates more than 3.5 million people are living on 130 sq km. That means, that this part of Johannesburg is counting to the most populous area in Southern Africa. However, Soweto is challenging several problems – poverty, crime, unemployment, corruption, absent ecology and first of all the AIDS pandemic. Children are the most vulnerable victims in this dangerous society.

The Al Jazeera Channel is presenting from today an expressive documentary to the  Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, which is fighting against the  human immunodeficiency virus and trying to help babies & children with HIV. The saddest aspect is the fact that infants are inborn with the HI-Virus, transmitted by their mothers.  If these babies are keeping untreated, they will die. Every day, 900 South Africans are dying by HIV.

2010sdafrika-Artikel zum Welt-Aids-Tag 2010 – Bilanz zu Südafrika:

https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/welt-aids-tag-2010-bilanz-zu-sudafrika/

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Jo-Ann Strauss about her life, fashion and Germany

Miss South Africa 2000 in interview

(Autor/ Editor: Ghassan Abid)

Deutsche Interview-Zusammenfassung:

Wer zu WM-Zeiten das ZDF eingeschaltet hatte, der sah eine junge südafrikanische Frau, die mit viel Stolz und Leidenschaft über ihr Land berichtete. Es handelte sich um Jo-Ann Strauss, Miss South Africa 2010, TV-Star und Moderatorin. Sie spricht neben Englisch, auch perfektes Deutsch, da ihr Partner aus München kommt. Die Kaptstädterin studierte an der Stellenbosch University den Studiengang Medien, wechselte dann in Recht um. Die Lösung südafrikanischer Probleme, wie Kriminalität, sieht Jo-Ann Strauss bei der Ausweitung von Bildungsmöglichkeiten für Jung und Alt sowie beim Arbeitsplatzausbau. Der Modebranche Südafrikas, so das Topmodel, spricht sie viel Potential zu, jedoch ist Fashion vom Kapland im internationalen Vergleich nach wie vor noch relativ unbedeutend. Mit Deutschland, so Jo-Ann Strauss, verknüpft sie das gute Organisationsvermögen. „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ freut sich, diesen impulsiven VIP interviewt haben zu dürfen!

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© Jo-Ann Strauss – Miss South Africa 2000

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We would like to welcome Jo-Ann Strauss – Miss South Africa 2000, business woman and TV star – on the German based South Africa gateway „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“. You´re really a power woman with so many projects in different areas. Where are you getting this energy?

Answer: I’ve always believed: The more you do, the more you can do! There are so many opportunities in SA and I am blessed to be able to use them.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You graduated at the Stellenbosch University in law. Which reasons stimulated you to study this course of studies?

Answer: I had planned to do my post-grad studies in media and wanted to get a good general basic degree so I opted out of medicine and changed to law and commerce.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: As a really famous and popular personality from South Africa, you are promoting the rainbow nation to the world. How do you would like to describe your country and where should South Africa still progress?

Answer: South Africa has come a long way, but it still has far to go. We surprised the world by hosting such a fantastic World Cup, but I wish that we could sustain the momentum and positive changes in crime statistics that existed in the month of the World Cup. Education of young and old is a key success factor. We have a generation that did not have access to training and basic education and I believe that that generation feels let down by the current situation. If we create meaningful jobs, poverty and crime will decrease dramatically.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Cape Town is your hometown, which is famous for his film industry, fashion scene and cosmopolitan charm. Which role is South Africa and especially Cape Town taken in the global fashion?

Answer: It’s a small role, but it’s growing. We have a number of Fashion Weeks in SA which doesn’t make sense as its a relatively small industry. I hope that our fashion industry will reconcile all the top players in our fashion game and grow the industry and create jobs.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which personal projects would you like to realize?

Answer: So many 🙂 I want to be a balanced woman and have it all – family, career and happiness.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We have taken notice, that your partner is from Germany. For what is Germany standing for and how would you like to describe „German“ fashion?

Answer: He is from Munich and would love me to have a dirndl 😉  German fashion is a great example to the world – Karl Lagerfeld, Hugo Boss … I also like that each city has a distinct dress sense. And of course, I enjoy browsing Maximillian Strasse 🙂

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: During the World Cup 2010, you worked as moderator for the German television station ZDF. Which experiences has you gained with your German TV colleagues?

Answer: Germans are a LOT more organised than any TV crew I have worked with! I had lots of fun and also learnt a lot in terms of planning and logistics. These experiences are helping me with current TV projects I am starting to produce.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Jo-Ann Strauss, former Miss South Africa and figurehead of  modern South Africa, thank you very much for this interview!


Fashion and Lifestyle Column by top model Sam Pegg:

https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/?s=fashion+and+lifestyle+column&x=0&y=0

Andrew Brown – Südafrikas literarisches Sozialgewissen

Kapstädter Schriftsteller zu den Chancen und Risiken des Projektes „Regenbogennation“

(Autoren/ Editors: Anne Schroeter, Annalisa Wellhäuser, Ghassan Abid)

© Schriftsteller Andrew Brown

Deutsche Interview-Zusammenfassung:

Das südlichste Land des afrikanischen Kontinents konnte sich nach dem Ende der Apartheid in vielerlei Hinsicht kräftig entwickeln, unter anderem auf der literarischen Ebene. Mit Andrew Brown –  einem Juristen, Polizisten und Schriftsteller aus Kapstadt – verfügt Südafrika eine weitere Persönlichkeit, die sich mit sozialen Themen im Lande beschäftigt. Während der Apartheid wurde er von Polizisten aufgrund einer Freundschaft zu einem Schwarzen festgenommen. Nun thematisiert er als Buchautor die gegenwärtige und zugleich schwierige Lage von Flüchtlingen in Südafrika. Nigerianer sind oft der Willkür südafrikanischer Behörden ausgeliefert und müssen ferner die fremdenfeindliche Stimmung in den Townhships dulden. In seinem Buch „Würde“ geht er auf genau diese soziale Schieflage in Südafrika ein und verbindet die unterschiedlichsten Protagonisten miteinander: Richard Calloway ist ein weißer und erfolgreicher Anwalt der Kapständer Mittelschicht, der trotz Ruhm und sozialem Aufstieg ein tristes Leben führt. Doch eines Tages trifft er auf Abayomi, eine Immigrantin aus Nigeria. Schnell erkennt Calloway, dass er ihrem Wesen sehr aufgeschlossen ist und sich zunehmend in ihrer Welt verfestigt – mit ungewissem Ausgang. Das Buch ist deshalb so bemerkenswert, weil Andrew Brown hierfür umgangreiche und hintergründige Gespräche mit nigerianischen Einwanderern in Südafrika unternommen hat.

Zum Sinn und Zweck der WM 2010 für die Volkswirtschaft des Gastgebers äußerte sich Brown dahingehend, dass er grundsätzlich von langfristig positiven Effekten ausgeht, die vor allem dem Tourismus zugute kommen werden.  Der Kriminalität im Lande können man jedoch nur mit einer Ausweitung des gesellschaftlichen Bildungsstandes begegnen, so der Kapstädter Schriftsteller gegenüber dem Südafrika-Portal. Der aktuellen Debatte um die Regulierung der Medien durch die südafrikanische Regierungspartei ANC schaut Brown, auch ein ANC-Mitglied, jedoch mit großer Sorge entgegen, wofür man notfalls erneut auf die Straße ziehen müsste. Zum Abschluss äußerte er seinen Wunsch, noch ein weiteres Buch veröffentlichen zu wollen und öfters, vor allem nach Europa und Deutschland, zu reisen. Nachstehend ist das Originalinterview in Englisch als Text und als Video abgebildet.


2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Mr. Brown, you was born and raised in Cape Town / South Africa . You mobilized against the Apartheid and had been captured too. Which moment or occurrence has activate your mind for justice?

Answer: Probably when I was 17 years old and I was arrested simply because I was friendly with a black boy of my age.  I was taking him home after playing soccer and we were both arrested and held few a few days.  We were both interrogated because the police could not understand that we were simply friends.  That showed me how unjust the system was and that it needed to be changed.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You are a really big performer in terms of profession. I noted you are actually and at the same time a police man (in reserve), an advocate and a writer. Which personal objectives are you following in each job and which one is your most challenging one?

Answer: They are all quite challenging, but in different ways.  I get a lot of personal satisfaction out of working as a policeman, because it feels like I am making a contribution to the society that I am living in.  Writing is something I do for my own enjoyment and I don’t feel pressure to write ‘for’ anyone.  If people like my writing, then that is great, but I don’t feel that I have to produce something for publishers or readers to read.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: During the World Cup 2010, you have untertaken as police seargent patrols in townships. Which benefits has the South African nation and the population, especially the township citizens, taken from this event? What is your mind in this matter?

Answer: I hope that there will be long-term benefits.  The focus of the world on us as a country, and the fact that it was a success, was really a big thing for us.  But that focus does not bring any benefit on its own.  Hopefully, it will result in more tourism, perhaps better trade and confidence in South Africa .  The World Cup did a lot to unite the nation and to build our sense of pride in our country, which is very important. The transport system was improved a lot before the World Cup, and I think that is one thing that we will definitely benefit from in the future.

© Cover von "Würde"

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: In your new novel „WÜRDE“ (in English it means „dignity“) – the original title called „REFUGE“- you are writing about the two faces of South Africa; the rich and the poor one. On the one hand, we have the protagonist „Richard Calloway“ – a white, successful and in security living advocate. On the other hand, you have installed the character „Abayomi“, a native of Nigeria – an immigrant. Could you please give us a short summary of this novel and which social targets would you like to achieve?

Answer: The book is partly about the white middle-class in South Africa , which often shuts itself off from the real issues going on around it.  People protect themselves against the guilt and anguish that comes from seeing the poverty around you, by pretending that it doesn’t exist.  The book is partly about a successful middle-class man who starts to reach out to touch the ordinary people around him; he comes to realise just how small and isolated his life has been.  The other part of the book is about the immigrants, the other ‘outsiders’ of our society, who are there not by choice but because they are fleeing injustice or violence. It is about how we treat them and about how we stop seeing them as equal human beings.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: I have taken notice, that you have met with immigrants from Nigeria , in accordance with the preparation of your new book. Which impressions have you collected about the life conditions of these people in South Africa ?

Answer: I interviewed a lot of immigrants to hear their stories.  Once they realised that I was not a threat, they were very happy to talk to me and to share their stories with me.  I met incredible people who told me stories of great suffering, of courage and of humiliation at the hands of South African officials.  I have incorporated some of their stories into the book, to try and make it as realistic as possible.   I chose Nigerians in the book because they are the most stereotyped immigrants in South Africa: they are seen as all being drug dealers or prostitutes, and for this reason I wanted to show them as being human beings with their own special culture, language and lifestyle.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: In these weeks, the African National Congress (ANC) follows up a regulation of commentatorship. South African and international media are still protesting against these plans to establish a „secrecy bill“ and „media tribunal“, which allows the government to increase their control over media. How would you like to evaluate these developments?

Answer: Because of our history, it is very concerning when government starts talking about controlling media reports and press coverage.  We are very sensitive to this kind of censorship, given what we experienced under apartheid.  People are opposing the bill and there is a petition signed by many writers and other people who are protesting against the bill.  Government has tried to explain the need for the bill, but so far we are not accepting that it is necessary.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: As „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“, the German gateway to South Africa, we have interviewed the writer Roger Smith, who is denouncing in his novels the crime situation in South Africa, like you. What do you think should the government do to face this big challenge? Or rewording, how could South Africa solve this problem?

Answer: Crime is a problem in South Africa , but it should not be over-emphasised.  Our crime is a result of poverty, our history and poor education.  Of all of these, it is most important to address education, because literacy and numeracy continue to be problems, and we cannot advance our society unless we take care of these problems first.  Crime is not getting better, but it is not getting worse either.  It will not improve simply by policing, or introducing new laws.  You need to change the way that people think, about themselves and about others.  To do this, we need to concentrate on education.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Last but not least, which personal dreams would you like to realize?

Answer: There are many dreams I have – one would be to publish another book.  Another would be to travel more – I have travelled a lot in Africa, but not much in Europe and there are many countries and places that I would like to see.  I have so enjoyed being in Germany, and I would very much like to return to spend more time here as well.

Fashion and Lifestyle Column by Sam Pegg

Glamour, Celebs and MylifE

Each month, Sam from Cape Town will let us participate in her life and South African lifestyle.
Take part and enjoy!

November Edition, Part III:

Well is getting hot in the mother city and the glamsters are hot to trot!!!!

Starting off with the ever popular little black book…now this is THE list to be on this season…..daaaaarling Marina Nestel and her fab, hot, crew are just THE party organisers of note….and hold the key to the best kept party list in Cape Town…..the ever fabulaaaas One & Only group, in conjunction with, the little black book, Fabiani, Chivas Regal and Callahan put on ‘the fashion party of the year’……but truth be told…..I have a feeling there will be maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaany more…… it was just too much fun for there not to be!!!!!

© red carpet @ one & only fabiani chivas party by 'the little black book''

….AND SPOTTED THERE WERE………., Anna Field [pushing daises fame] and Raoul Bova [Under The Tuscan Sun], Chef Nobu Matsuhisa [flew in from NYC just for the party!!!!!]….and MOI!!!!!…………..Your pulse into the Mother City, Cape Town, hot or …sooooooooooooo not!!!! And let’s just say……JA…..

This the season to be jolly so my darling friend Amanda De WAAL and I´m doing a Christmas drives for the children of the NGO ORG. www.mylife.org.za this org helps street children with life skills and opportunity…..pls go onto their site and see if your heart feels warmed to this cause and DONATE!!!!

Pls….your Euros, no matter how small, can make a huge difference to these children’s lives……I am a patron to them and have been told that there Christmas wish is to be in the countryside and have a little quiet……can you imagine…….so my darling friend , Tony Martin[ Oscar winner , wig master of the famed movie from Mike Leigh , Topsy Turvy] and his husband ,Rosh have offered their west coastal farm, Nirvana , to host this amazing lunch/braai/barque…….and let me tell you …there are Michelin chefs that have come out of the mylife headquarters so……..ma doll……………I will be eating …..Well…. like the princess I think I am, really………. and now looking to get the busses and food and and and to be sponsored and placed into the best, evaaa ‘Christmas wish list’ that these wonderful children and youths deserve……imagine to have been born into the unfortunate geography, the streets of Cape Town, as your beginning in life……… these brave little warriors that survive through heinous crimes committed unto them each and every day of their life……..

© PICTURES of success stories from MYLIFE ORG

© NIVARNA FARM

‘’come my babies of this mother city , ‘’mommy’s going to get you a day off from all this ……mommy is going to do her hardest to let you just , exhale ………….and take in the daisies……….. Even if it is just for one day’’……..xxx Tanie Sam and Amanda

Oh and the best place for me at the moment ……. the beach grand in Granger Bay……filet , the best fries…….and the grand bubbly….hmmmmm……I do love my life….huuuuuu!

© the beach grand

I LOVE YOU ALL MORE THAN ALL THE WORLD…MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU ALL

Love always, Sam Pegg

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Musik-Elite sagt Kriminalität den Kampf an

Anti-Kriminalitätsprojekt „SHOUT South Africa“ mobilisiert Volk

(Autorin: Anne Schroeter)

© Logo SHOUT South Africa

Lucky Dube – südafrikanischer Reggae-Star, ermordet auf offener Straße. So, oder ähnlich muss die Schlagzeile in den südafrikanischen Zeitungen geheißen haben, nachdem im Oktober 2007 einer der berühmtesten Musiker des Landes der hohen Kriminalität zum Opfer gefallen war.

Weniger als 3 Jahre später, im März 2010, gründeten die Musiker Danny K (R&B-Sänger) und Kabelo (Kwaito-Musiker) die Initiative SHOUT FOR A SAFER SOUTH AFRICA, um die Kriminalität im Lande zu bekämpfen. Die Initiative sammelt Spendengelder, die von einem Treuhänderausschuss verwaltet und verteilt werden. Gelder gehen insbesondere an Organisationen, die Opfer von Kriminalität in Südafrika unterstützen, an Präventionsprojekte sowie an Projekte, die ehemalige Straftäter auf dem Weg in ein Leben ohne Kriminalität unterstützen.

Die beiden Gründer fanden Unterstützung für ihr Projekt bei vielen anderen südafrikanischen Musikern aller Genres (Freshlyground, The Parlotones, The Soweto Gospel Choir, Hugh Masekela u.a.) und coverten mit ihnen den Titel „Shout“ von Tears for Fears. Das Lied wird als Handy-Download angeboten und in Supermärkten als Single verkauft. Der erwerb kostet R20 (ca. 2€), die an SHOUT gespendet werden. Mit der Verteilung der Spendengelder soll die Alltags-Kriminalität in Südafrika bekämpft werden. Dazu arbeitet SHOUT eng mit Crime Line zusammen. Crime Line ist ein Portal, bei dem anonyme Tipps zur Aufklärung von Verbrechen abgegeben werden können.

Bis Juni 2010 wurden bereits 48.000 Downloads verzeichnet. SHOUT erfreut sich eines ständig wachsenden Unterstützerkreises auf Facebook und der Titel-Song war auf Platz 1 verschiedener Radio-Charts. Auch Präsident Jacob Zuma ließ den Initiatoren seinen Zuspruch übermitteln. Die südafrikanische Bevölkerung steht also hinter der Initiative, auch wenn konkrete Erfolge aufgrund des kurzen Zeitraums noch nicht verzeichnet werden konnten. Es bleibt abzuwarten, was SHOUT tatsächlich bewirken kann.

2010sdafrika-Artikel mit Kriminalitätsvergleich zu Deutschland-Südafrika:

https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/2010/01/31/gewalt/

SHOUT FOR A SAFER SOUTH AFRICA on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/shoutsa

Interview: Film director Teboho Edkins

German-South African film director about his work and Southern Africa

(Editor: Ghassan Abid)

Teboho Edkins, born in 1980 in the United States of America, grown up in Lesotho, Germany, South Africa as well as France, is film director and following the career of his renowned father Don Edkins, one of the most famous film producers of South Africa.

In Cape Town he studied Arts and he enhanced his course of studies with post graduations in France and Germany.  Teboho Edkins documentaries are characterized by sociolcritical bias, for which he has taken several awards. In addition, he took part  at umpteen film festivals, such as FID Marseille, Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou (FESPACO), International Filmfestival Innsbruck, Vision du Reel Nyon, Tampere Short Film Festival or Berlinale.  Teboho Edkins is explaining to our South Africa web portal his job-related visions and documentaries on South Africa.

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2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We welcome on „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“, the German gateway to South Africa, the in Berlin living filmmaker Teboho Edkins. You concentrate in your work on documentaries with sociocritical messages on South African issues. In „Ask me I’m positive“, „True Love“, or „Looking Good“ you focused your productions on HIV. What are the reasons to debate this pandemic?

Anwer: The HIV pandemic, especially in Lesotho at the time when I made my first film, Ask me I’m positive, was a monster that could simply not be ignored, it was all prevalent but at the same time invisible –not understood. Just image- Lesotho in 2004 was a county where almost 30% of the population was infected with HIV, but only a handful of people were public about their status and three of these were the protagonists in the film. There was (and still is to an extent is) such confusion and prejudice about the disease that it was the only topic I felt I could make a film about.

What helped make the film possible was that it was part of a really exciting revolutionary series of 35 films titled, STEPS for the future, on HIV by Southern African filmmakers that had been launched in 2000.

In my other film True Love, I don’t really deal with the HIV pandemic as such, but it so happens that the character in Lesotho is HIV, so its not about him being HIV positive but rather about a person that happens to be HIV positive experiencing love and sex. (That he is HIV positive is the status quo, I am trying to show how beyond having the virus one lives a normal life- and I think this is really important to understand especially in the context of Southern Africa where so many people are infected).

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: In „Gangster Project 1, you are taking a new topic with regard to crime in South Africa. Are you changing your view on other social challenges?

Answer: Well I am not really a political activist, so I make films on topics that I find relevant and interesting, and that I want to explore filmically. After the HIV films for instance I made Gangster Project 1, a sort of deconstruction of a Gangster Rap video with real gangsters and then I also made Kinshasa 2.0  a short film about democracy and the internet using second life, a virtual world …

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Your new movie will be handling with crime in South Africa, too. What’s the exactly title of your newest production, when it will be come out in Germany and what it is about?

Answer: The working title of my latest film is Gangster Project . (its sort of picks up on the idea of Gangster Project 1). Briefly it is a feature length half-fiction half documentary Gangster film shot in Cape Town, South Africa.. The basic story is a young white person wanting to make a perfect gangster film, without really knowing what gangsters are, he meets various gangsters, finally casts what he believes are the perfect gangsters for his film, hangs out with them and pretty soon finds their life uninspiring and boring, the violence they commit petty and dirty so he starts to instigate acts of violence himself (all in the spirit of making his gangster film), and so paradoxically grows closer to them and understands them as people with real fears, too frightened to leave their house…

© Teboho Edkins (third one from left) with actors of his movie "Gangster Project"

We are still in the postproduction phase of this film, so it will only be properly finished, that at is colour graded, mixed etc end of November. We will then initially launch it onto the film festival circuit, including festivals in Germany and then perhaps a television station might buy it or it might show in a small cinema here and there for a short time…. its early days yet.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: How do you would like to describe the current crime situation in South Africa?

Answer: I am not an expert on crime in South Africa but the statistics all say its one of the most violent countries in the world, has one of the highest murder rates, rape rates etc.

I do understands though that the crime is very uneven (South Africa is famous as the land of contrasts no? ) meaning that you are much, much more likely to be killed or raped if you are poor and live in a township, so the crime has to be understood geo politically, within the political apartheid context of South Africa. Which is why in my film the white boy leaves his relatively safe neighbourhood to go where the violence is and is consumed by it…

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which experience has you already done with German partners in respect of film distribution. Your documentaries are targeting explicit South African problems, so the question arises if your arts getting a good feedback by German cinemas, broadcastings and spectators?

Answer: That is an interesting question. I studied at a post grad art institution in France and did a post grad film school in Berlin so even if I made films in Southern Africa I often did it through European Institutions and funding and I would like to think that if the film is good as a film, then the location is not as important as the way one goes about making the film and the filmmaking process make it interesting beyond its location.

So in fact my films have had most of their successes and distribution at European films festivals like Oberhausen Short film festival, Visions Du Reel, Leipzig, Berlinale, Marseille etc as well as European television stations like ARTE, YLE, TV2..

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Will it be imaginable to produce one day movies from genre entertainment/ science fiction, such as your South African colleague Neill Blomkamp with District 9? These movies are very successful according to turnover, but their are losing in many cases the real message to the public. Do you agree with this opinion?

Answer: Its often true that the larger a budget a film has, the more it is controlled by the producers or the studios and leaves the director less and less control. And I don’t’ think I would ever want to make a film over which I don’t have control, even (or especially) if it’s a Slasher Zombie set in a nature reserve..

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which are your next cinematic ideas and will you shoot a film with your father Don Edkins, who is counting to one of the most famous film producers from South Africa?

Answer: In fact I am currently working on my next idea, (which is partly why I am in South Africa as I write this), but would rather keep quite about if for the moment, its still very half baked. And yes working with my father Don Edkins, – he produced my first two documentary films, was really rewarding (even if it made my mother a bit irritated that is all we would talk about, and bring the stress to the dinner table) and I would love to work make more films with him.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Teboho Edkins, thank you very much for your time to this interview!

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This interview has been translated in German. For this one please click on following link:https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/filmregisseur-teboho-edkins-im-interview/

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Teboho Edkins at „Berlinale Talent Campus“:

http://www.berlinale-talentcampus.de/campus/talent/teboho-edkins/profile

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2010sdafrika-Artikel published on artsouthafrica.com:

http://www.artsouthafrica.com/?news=203

Schriftsteller Roger Smith im Interview

Die Wahrnehmung des demokratischen Südafrikas aus der Sicht eines Bestseller-Autors

Bestseller-Autor Roger Smith

(Autor/ Editor: Ghassan Abid)

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Südafrika ist jetzt eine Demokratie mit der Möglichkeit einer politischen Partizipation für alle Bevölkerungsgruppen. Welche sind die größten Herausforderungen, die diese Nation zu bewältigen hat?

Antwort: Die Apartheid endete Mitte der 90er Jahre und Südafrika wurde unter Nelson Mandela vom einstigen Paria der Weltgemeinschaft zum Liebling aller Nationen. Bedauerlicherweise platzte die Blase als Mandela abtrat.

Die Lücke zwischen Reich und Arm war niemals größer. Wir haben heute die höchste HIV/AIDS-Verbreitung weltweit und Kriminalität sowie Korruption haben die Apartheid als größtes gesellschaftliches Übel abgelöst. Südafrikas Spitzenpolizist [damit gemeint ist Jackie Selebi] – während seiner Verhaftung Police Commissioner und Präsident von Interpol gewesen – steht wegen kriminellen Geschäften und der Annahme von Bestechungsgeldern durch die Organisierte Kriminalität unter Anklage.

Die südafrikanischen Tötungsdeliktstatistiken sind erschreckend – eine von vier südafrikanischen Frauen wird im Laufe ihres Lebens vergewaltigt. Um die 1.500 Kinder sind letztes Jahr in Südafrika ermordet worden. Die meisten dieser Kinder wurden zudem sexuell missbraucht.

Südafrikaner haben eine Menge worauf sie stolz sein können und sollten sich trauen, die sozialen Übel in unserem Lande nicht zu ignorieren.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Ihr neues Buch „Wake Up Dead“ (zu Deutsch: Blutiges Erwachen) gibt eine atemraubende Wahrnehmung der südafrikanischen Gesellschaft wieder. Das deutsche Magazin FOCUS bezeichnete Ihr Roman als „blutiger Bilderrausch“.  Um was geht es in Ihrem Buch und in welchem Kontext steht es mit der Realität?

Antwort: Meine Bücher sind natürlich reine Fiktion, beschreiben jedoch sehr realistisch Südafrika und Kapstadt. Das ganze Kapstadt, nicht nur die touristischen Gegenden.

Roman "Blutiges Erwachen"

Die „Cape Flats“ – die Kehrseite einer Postkarte Kapstadts – handeln von gewalttätigen Orten, welche man außerhalb von Kriegsgebieten findet. Vor 40 Jahren  hatte die Apartheid jeden nicht weißer Hautfarbe in diesem windgepeitschten Hüttenlabyrinth und Streichholzschachtelhäuser abgeladen. Regiert von Drogenbossen und Verbrechern, haben diese Hütten die höchsten Vergewaltigungs- und Mordraten in Südafrika überhaupt und die Sexualdelikte gegenüber Kindern sind erschreckend.

Mein Partner – welcher in einem dieser Hütten aufgewachsen ist – berät missbrauchte Kinder und erzählt mir Geschichten, die mir Albträume bereiten. Wenn dies im Westen passieren würde, würde es zu einem Aufschrei kommen. Hier bringt es kaum Schlagzeilen.

All dies hat seinen Niederschlag in meinen Büchern gefunden.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Denken Sie, dass Südafrika in der Lage ist die Weltmeisterschaft 2010 abzuhalten und die Basissicherheit von einer halben Million Gäste – so die Erwartung des Gastgebers – zu gewährleisten?

Antwort: Die Weltmeisterschaft wird ein gewaltiger Auftrieb für Südafrika sowie für den afrikanischen Kontinent sein und ich prognostiziere einen großen Erfolg. Südafrika veranstaltete 1995 die Rugby-Weltmeisterschaft, 2003 die Cricket-Weltmeisterschaft sowie letztes Jahr den COSAFA Cup [ = regionale Fußballmeisterschaft]. Natürlich kommt keine dieser Veranstaltungen an die Bedeutung der FIFA-Weltmeisterschaft heran, aber was ich sehe ist, dass die Infrastruktur/ Kapazitäten vorhanden sind.

Ich denke nicht, dass die Besucher der Weltmeisterschaft in Gefahr sein werden. Denn die traurige Wahrheit ist, dass die meisten Opfer von Kriminalität und Gewalt in den Ghettos und in den ländlichen Regionen leben; weit weg von der Blase der privilegierten Touristen, in der sich diese selbst befinden, wenn sie Südafrika zu Besuch kommen.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Roger Smith, wir danken Ihnen für Ihre Sicht der Dinge!

—— Das Interview wurde in Englisch geführt und ist ins Deutsche übersetzt worden. Unten ist das Originalinterview ebenfalls abgebildet.

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The perception of South Africa by Roger Smith, South African bestseller author

(Editor: Ghassan Abid)

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: South Africa is now a democracy with political participation for all sections of the population. Which are the biggest national challenges?

Answer: Apartheid ended by the mid-nineties, and South Africa went from being pariah of the world to everybody’s darling under Nelson Mandela. Unfortunately, the bubble burst when Mandela moved on.

The gap between rich and poor has never been greater. We now have the highest incidence of HIV/ Aids statistics in the world, and crime and corruption has replaced apartheid as our number one social ill. South Africa’s top cop – still commissioner of police and head of Interpol at the time of his arrest – is on trial for racketeering and taking bribes from organized crime.

The South African homicide statistics are off the charts, and one in four South African women will be raped in her lifetime. Nearly 1 500 children were murdered in South Africa last year. Most of these children were also sexually violated.

South Africans have much to be proud of, be we dare not ignore the social ills in our country.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Your new book „Wake Up Dead“ (in German: Blutiges Erwachen) is reflecting a very breathtaking perception on the South African society. The German magazin FOCUS declared your novel as „bloody inebriation of images“ (in German: Blutiger Bilderrausch). What is your book talking about and in which context is it connected with the reality?

Answer: My books are fiction, of course, but they are a very realistic depiction of South Africa and Cape Town. All of Cape Town, not just the tourist spots.

Novel "Wake Up Dead"

The Cape Flats – the flipside of the Cape Town picture postcard – is about as violent a place as you’ll find outside of a war zone. Forty years ago, the apartheid government dumped anybody who wasn’t white out in this windswept maze of shacks and matchbox houses. Ruled by drug lords and gangsters, the Flats has the highest number of rapes and murders in South Africa, and sex crimes against children are off the charts.

My partner – who grew up out on the Flats – counsels abused children, and tells me stories that give me nightmares. If this was happening anywhere in the West there would be an outcry. Here it barely makes the newspapers.

All of this has found its way into my books.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Do you think South Africa is already poised for hosting the World Cup 2010 and to ensure the basically security of the estimated half million of guests?

Answer: The World Cup will be a huge boost for the country, and for the African continent, and I predict that it will be a great success. South Africa has hosted the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the 2003 Cricket World Cup, as well as the COSAFA Cup last year. Of course, none of these are on the scale of the FIFA World Cup, but from what I have seen, the infrastructure is in place.

I don’t think visitors to the World Cup will be in danger. The sad truth is that most victims of crime and violence live in the ghettoes and rural areas, far from the bubble of privilege tourists find themselves in when they visit South Africa.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Roger Smith, we would like to thank you for your personal view to this matter!

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