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Ubuntu in Germany Column

RTL story about HIV schoolgirls shows how foreigners see South Africa

(Editor: Alex Smit-Stachowski is speaking in her column about life as a South African now living in Germany. The South African journalist lives in Krefeld, in North Rhine-Westphalia/ Germany).

Every third schoolgirl in South Africa is HIV-positive! The German television RTL ran an incorrect story on a weekend in March 2013 about sugardaddies who target young teens for sex in exchange for money or presents. On the face of it – it’s another typical another day in Africa. Aids, underage sex and no values – what do you expect from a Third World country being run by the locals? I am fed-up with such shoddy reporting about Africa.

© The German television RTL reported that every third schoolgirl in South Africa is HIV-positive! A journalist from the newspaper Sowetan misunderstood a report on statistics. RTL has adopted wrong information, said Ubuntu columnist Alex Smit-Stachowski. (Source: flickr/ Joseph A Ferris III)

© The German television RTL reported that every third schoolgirl in South Africa is HIV-positive! A journalist from the newspaper Sowetan misunderstood a report on statistics. RTL has adopted wrong information, said Ubuntu columnist Alex Smit-Stachowski. (Source: flickr/ Joseph A Ferris III)

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Ubuntu in Germany Column

Südafrikanisches Englisch – eine Masala-Mischung aus einheimischen Wörtern

(Editor: Alex Smit-Stachowski is speaking in her column about life as a South African now living in Germany. The South African journalist lives in Krefeld, in North Rhine-Westphalia/ Germany).

I’m tuning you the truth, bru! Wie Südafrikaner wirklich Englisch sprechen…

South Africans speak a wonderful version of English – a mixed masala of indigenous words thrown in and pronounced in only the way us South Africans can talk.

The Oscar-nominated documentary ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ about the lifelong passion of South Africans for the lesser-known American folk singer, Rodriguez – again highlighted how special the English is, that we born and bred in SA is.

Spoken with a broad accent, we often plough ahead, not realizing that quite a few words are only familiar to those who schooled in South Africa. This hilarious clip which did the rounds on YouTube a few months ago, rounds up the typical South-Africanisms that tourists are likely to hear when visiting Cape Town, Durban or Johannesburg.

© South African English -  only to be understood by the locals. (Quelle: flickr/ coda)

© South African English – only to be understood by locals. (Quelle: flickr/ coda)

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Afrika als “Bananenrepublik mit Aidswaisen”

Im Interview mit Alexandra Smit-Stachowski, südafrikanische Journalistin aus Krefeld.

(Autor/ Editor: Ghassan Abid)

Deutsche Interview-Zusammenfassung:

In Deutschland leben wenige südafrikanische Journalisten, die von der Ferne aus die Entwicklungen in ihrem Mutterland verfolgen. Eine dieser Südafrikaner ist Alexandra Smit-Stachowski, die im nordrhein-westfälischen Krefeld ihre neue Heimat gefunden hat. Ihre Eltern stammen ursprünglich aus Deutschland. Infolge eines beruflichen Auftrages am Johannesburger Flughafen im Jahr 1967, wurde der Grundstein für den neuen Lebensabschnitt in Südafrika gelegt. Eines Tages kehrte Alexandra Smit-Stachowski mit ihrer Familie nach Deutschland zurück. Am Kap arbeitete sie als TV-Redakteurin für eine Tageszeitung. Mit Berufserfahrungen bei “Independent on Saturday” oder “The Citizen” bringt sie einen praktischen Einblick in die Kap-Presselandschaft mit. Die Aufgaben der Presse Südafrikas sollten in der Erhebung von Einwänden, das Loben von Entwicklungen und die Bereitstellung von Fakten liegen. Lediglich eine handvoll Medienhäuser kontrolliere den südafrikanischen Markt, welche von unterschiedlichen politischen Agenden geprägt sind. Vor allem die Beziehungen zu den Werbekunden, die der Regierung meist ein Dorn im Auge sind, müssen gehalten werden. Smit-Stachowski wünsche sich eine Presse, die konstruktiv in ihrer Kritik und nicht zerstörerisch in ihrer Berichterstattung vorgeht. Das von der Regierung geplante Gesetz zur Presseregulierung, das „Protection of State Information Bill„, wonach Journalisten bei der Veröffentlichung von sensiblen Informationen mit bis zu 25 Jahren Haft bestraft werden können, erwidert die Journalistin mit der Notwendigkeit, dass Medien und Politik den Dialog miteinander suchen sollten. Letztendlich garantiere die Verfassung Südafrikas Weiterlesen

1.460 Kinder verschwinden jedes Jahr

Im Interview mit Judy Olivier, Nationalkoordinatorin der NGO Missing Children South Africa

(Autor/ Editor: Ghassan Abid)

Deutsche Interview-Zusammenfassung:

Wenn es um das schlimme Schicksal von Kindern geht, dann wird oft geschwiegen. Ob in Deutschland oder in Südafrika – der Missbrauch von Kindern bleibt ein Tabuthema. Allerdings grenzt sich Südafrika von Deutschland dahingehend ab, dass der Verbleib von verschwundenen Kindern am Kap ein deutlich größeres Problem darstellt. Bisweilen führt die Regierung keine Statistiken über den Handel und die Zwangsprostitution mit Kindern. Nach Angaben des „Missing Persons Bureau of South Africa“ ist lediglich bekannt, dass jährlich über 1.460 Kinder als vermisst gemeldet werden. Diese Zahl wird von mehreren Experten in Frage gestellt, wenn man bedenkt, dass die jährliche Anzahl der vermissten Kinder in Deutschland bei bereits 50.000 liegt. Die Statistik-Misere und Defizite der öffentlichen Verwaltung am Kap sollen jedoch in diesem Artikel ausgeblendet werden.

Missing Children South Africa, eine national agierende NGO, setzt seit 2007 hierbei an und bietet besorgten Eltern Hilfe beim Aufspüren ihrer Sprösslinge an. Ihre Mission ist es, dass aus Vermissten keine dauerhaft Verschwundenen werden. Laut Judy Olivier, Nationalkoordinatorin der Organisation, werden jedes Jahr 380 Kinder an Missing Children gemeldet. Die meisten Minderjährigen können durch die Öffentlichkeitsarbeit dieser NGO und in Zusammenarbeit mit Polizei, Medien, Gemeinden und Schulen gerettet bzw. aufgespürt werden. Die Erfolgsquote liegt nach eigenen Angaben bei 87 Prozent. Für rund 3 Prozent der 380 Kinder ist allerdings jede Hilfe zu spät – sie sind tot. Ferner macht Missing Children South Africa auf Missstände aufmerksam. Beispielsweise gehen immer noch etliche Polizisten davon aus, dass auch bei vermissten Kindern eine Wartezeit von 24 bzw. 48 Stunden zu beachten ist, bis die Polizei einschreiten kann. Diese Annahme ist falsch, beklagt Judy Olivier, da die Frist zur Vermisstenanzeige und der damit verbundenen Einleitung von polizeilichen Maßnahmen nur bei Erwachsenen eine Anwendung findet. Denn die ersten 24 Stunden sind entscheidend, ob ein Kind lebend oder tot aufgespürt wird, heißt es in kriminalistischen Kreisen. Für 2012 möchte Missing Children South Africa weitere Polizeistationen besuchen, mehr Leute erreichen und ihre finanzielle Situation verbessern. Denn auf der nationalen Ebene arbeiten nur drei bezahlte Kräfte für diese NGO.

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© Judy Olivier, National Coordinator of Missing Children South Africa

© Judy Olivier, National Coordinator of Missing Children South Africa

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We would like to welcome on „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ – the German Gateway to South Africa – Ms. Judy Olivier, National Coordinator of Missing Children South Africa. Ms. Olivier, your NGO has been launched in 2007 in response to the kidnapping and brutal murders of children. What is your organisation doing exactly?

Answer: To provide a structure of re-active support to the family, authorities and other NGO’s when a child goes missing. We design a flyer of the missing child and then our aim is to distribute it to as many people as possible as quickly as possible to create as much awareness as possible about the missing child.

To provide pro-active national awareness to children and their families, media, authorities, communities and schools. Visiting schools and communities, educating/informing them about the reality of children going missing, what to do when a child goes missing, sharing safety tips and also informing communities about the reality of human trafficking.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Could you tell us, how many children are kidnapped and murdered each year in South Africa?

Answer: Again, based on the cases reported to Missing Children SA, 3% of the children reported missing to our organsiation were tragically found deceased.  3% of children are victims of kidnappings – this includes stranger abductions as well as non-stranger abductions. If we look at parental abductions, approximately 7% of the cases reported to our organisation falls under this category. Where one parent takes the child without the permission from the other and disappears with the child.

© Vermisst wird seit dem 16.01.2012 das Baby Mlondi Thwala, zum Zeitpunkt des Verschwindens rund 1 Monat alt, aus der Provinz Kwazulu-Natal. Mit solchen Vermisstenanzeigen macht Missing Children South Africa in Zusammenarbeit mit Polizei, Medien, Gemeinden und Schulen auf diese Fälle meist erfolgreich aufmerksam. Die Erfolgsquote liegt nach eigenen Angaben bei 87 Prozent.

© Vermisst wird seit dem 16.01.2012 das Baby Mlondi Thwala, zum Zeitpunkt des Verschwindens rund 1 Monat alt, aus der Provinz Kwazulu-Natal. Mit solchen Vermisstenanzeigen macht Missing Children South Africa in Zusammenarbeit mit Polizei, Medien, Gemeinden und Schulen auf diese Fälle meist erfolgreich aufmerksam. Die Erfolgsquote liegt nach eigenen Angaben bei 87 Prozent.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which information do you have in regard to child trafficking in South Africa; in which provinces are children most in danger and who are the offenders?

Answer: Unfortunately statistics about child trafficking in South Africa is not available from MCSA at this stage. The possibility exists that the children that are still missing, could have fallen victims of trafficking, but we can unfortunately not prove this at this stage. We are slowly but surely compiling stats on human trafficking. Please try the organisation ANEX. It focuses specifically on exploitation of children. I am sure they will be able to assist.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Missing Children SA is also collaborating with the South African Police Service (SAPS). Which structural police deficits in context to child abuse prevention should be encountered?

Answer: We are very fortunate to work closely with SAPS and it is wonderful to get the necessary collaboration from the different stations. The assistance received from the stations differ from town to town and province to province. Some of the officers working with missing children, for example, are not yet aware that there is no waiting period to report a child (or any other person) missing. A lot of the officers (and other South African citizens) are still under the impression that one has to wait 24 hours (or even 48 hours) before reporting a person missing. This is an area we try to improve on a daily basis.

About prevention of child abuse, please be sure to try the organisation Matla-A-Bana.  Matla-A-Bana focuses specifically on child abuse in South Africa and works very closely with SAPS as well. They will be able to give you thorough feedback about this.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: The in Durban located NGO Bobbi Bear is criticising the patriarchal Zulu tradition. Bobbi Bear is denouncing the South African police and justice for missing will to defeat the child abuse situation in KwaZulu-Natal. Are you agree with this perception?

Answer: I am familiar with the NGO Bobbi Bear, but unfortunately cannot comment on this. I am unaware of this statement. We work only with children/individuals reported missing to SAPS. Maybe again you can try Matla-A-Bana for a comment about his, as its focus is again on child abuse.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which projects in 2012 are pursuing by Missing Children SA?

Answer: In 2012 we will continue to expand our network and get more and more people involved to assist us when a child goes missing. More SAPS stations will be visited, and we will continue to strive to build relationships with them to be able to work together even more efficiently. On 25 May 2012 – International Missing Children’s Day – we will be aiming to create as much awareness as possible about the reality of children going missing, using the media and other resources. We are partnering with more and more NGO’s on a daily basis and our focus this year will be specifically on getting more involved with organsations fighting against Human Trafficking.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Is Missing Children SA cooperating with German organisations or authorities?

Answer: At this stage Missing Children SA are working within the borders of South Africa only. Once an international case comes to our attention, we will refer them to Interpol or the Missing Persons Bureau. We hope to change this in the future. However, at this stage we are only 3 paid employees running the organisation nationally. As soon as we get the necessary financial resources to appoint more permanent employees, we will definitely look into expanding our borders.

I thank you for your interest in our organisation. Should you require any further assistance, please be sure to let me know.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Thank you very much for your assistance offer! Judy Olivier, National Coordinator of Missing Children South Africa, much success in your work!

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Fashion and Lifestyle Column by Sam Pegg

Wine, Rock Music and Beach – that´s Cape Town

Each month, Sam from Cape Town will let us participate in her life and South African lifestyle.
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October Edition, Part II:

Ok…… in Deutschland you have Oktoberfest…. here in Cape Town, I feel ,we have ‘over enthusiastic , we are a party , yes’’…..call me crazy but it is pre season party time and Cape Town, or just moi ,really, is on go slow….I am loving the mountain time…you knowwwwww…………..I mean I am still wondering how the Hamilton Russell’s ‘whale season was….I mean with a pinot noire that has NY City crits in a tizzz and me begging….darling ,,,begging,,,woooo hooo … for a nother….there lies their vines in the Hemel en arde valley just moments away from Hermanus……Hamilton Russell…all etiquette of life’s palette…wine, olives , honey and pioneer wine making…and the hottest couple I have evaaaa seen…. ja

© Anthony and Olive Hamiltion Russell

© Hemel en Arde ..HERMANUS..Cape Town ...h & r wine est

The hills of Durbanville are alive with the sound of rock festivals….in fact the west coast is rocking the daisies….. this is the time that the rock and bands shine and show their final dress rehearsal for what is in store for the hottest season of film , fun, sex , shoots , sun and PAAAAAAAAAARTIES…… Cape Town has in store…. yeah baby….I am inspired….

And I have thrown my not tooooooooooooooo perrrrrrfect bodaaaay into a strip of big bay beach, Blouberg…love the imprint of table mountain on my horizon,,,,, when my winter ish ‘’ not Camps Bay body ready’’ body wishes a vit D …..KISSSSS …., maaaaaa doll…. I thought it rather awtstanding maa doll….hmmmmm….

© big bay beach blouberg

Oh ja, there was the launch of Elle Macpherson’s lingerie…..yep…. had the chika’s coming out of a jet to a huge crowd in an airport hanger…..now we are talking!!!!!! Now that is HOTTTTT!

I smell the creative juices arriving soon……. on my Cape Town shores…..we have a great season in store for you…and I have a huge surprise in DEC ….I have a new door that will open and amaze your visual mind…… more than even I dreamed…watch this space…I know…signed a shhhhhh contract….how kak is it for me!!!!! I want to blaaaa blaaa all night long, baby!!!!Yeeee haaaa!

Well darlings ….voila la news ….so far….

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

Love always, Sam Pegg


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Fashion and Lifestyle Column by Sam Pegg

Fashion and Lifestyle Column from Cape Town started

The German gateway to South Africa, SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste, is happy to welcome in our German-South African team top model Sam Pegg as our Columnist for Fashion and Lifestyle.
Each month, Sam from Cape Town will let us participate in her life and South African lifestyle.
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September Edition, Part I:

I am Sam Pegg……Sam I am… me, moi, …model ……..photographer…..actress…national of my ………and your shores….   I travelled, modelled and shot in most of the world, over……….. And here I rest…Cape Town….I am….

Welcome to paradise and the jungle…babeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey…this place boggles my mind…..Cape Town in a movie set of location and flair….I mean this place is biatchin……

Ok ……..the whales are out at the moment and let me tell you there is something so beautiful about watching the hugest mammals re creating….they are daunting…. HUGE and ……..wowwwwwwwww… ok I spotted them in Glencaine , Hermanes and Kommetjie…..ok, I was minding my own biz, like I do… by the way…the long beach guest house in Kommetjie, is just a fab gem….I mean really …if I was a small company with an klein budget, I would stay there…they have everything …drivers, cars, access to fab boats….even baby sitters [I loved that!!] …..ok and beaucoup oysters and bubbles on arrival….maybe just for moi..Hmmm…

© Langebaan strandlooper 2010 t m harsant

© Langebaan strandlooper bar 2010 T M Harsant

Ok round 2….the flowers on the west coast are out…maaaa dolllllll…. ok I love Langebaan…Kraal bay…..Geelbek restaurant for west coast /Malay cuisine…..the church in Churchhaven……. I could get married in it, it is soooooooo pretty…ok……. maaaaaaaaaaaybe….. then there are my great friends, Dee and Janice…Dee had been instrumental in two restaurants and more…. in Langebaan, that today hold her great, food foundation, structures and conservation in this ‘bay’…pearly and Friday island [ask for the fillet with mustard or pepper sauce…yummmmm]…there guest house, Jades, is great and serves the bay well. I get the penthouse room and just roll with it…..the west coast, the all…windsurf, kite surf and all the other stuff, surf…… I…..ok….. the water in the national park, kraal bay side is sooooooooooooooooooo warm and I play island girl , island girl [the flowers are out in the park now and there is sooooooo much wild life, worth a visit!!] and I swim in warm lagoon water temps….ok!!! And this is the best break from the city [1hr drive] you can get …when the party/shoot gets toooooooooooooooooooooo much! …… Warm salt water, a detox must….helllllo!

© Standlooper 2010

© Standlooper langerbaan main resturant T M Harsant 2010

Then there is the famous strandlooper restaurant on the beach in Langebaan….my best. Janice and her ex started it 18 years ago and there has been little changes to the recipes since it opened…dude…you eat with mussel shells as your cutlery and the seafood and fire bakes breads and comfiture just keeps coming…alllllllllllllllllllll sea food you wish…like in stages…. and barbecued to perrrrrfection…I have never tasted anything like this..It is a set cover price and then just chow down as they say, here in Cape Town… eat my dear, eat!

Castings are picking up and the fashion location destination is opening its eyes…..come on African summer…..


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


Love always, Sam Pegg

 

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