Schlagwort-Archive: Europe

Ubuntu in Germany Column

Oscar is guilty of murder and so a worldwide chapter closes

(Editor: Alex Smit-Stachowski is a South African journalist and speaking in her column about the country of her birth. She had lived in Krefeld, in North Rhine-Westphalia/ Germany).

The Oscar Pistorius trial has been intertwined in my life since it began – I posted on Facebook on Valentine’s Day 2013 saying crime drove him to it (not knowing the whole story), discussed it with colleagues while watching the trial live from a work laptop in Germany and listened to the first verdict while packing for South Africa. Now I am working in Johannesburg as the second verdict delivers true justice. Small world…

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© Oscar Pistorius now found guilty of murder, as seen from South Africa.

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Ubuntu in Germany Column

We are all African!

(Editor: Alex Smit-Stachowski is a South African journalist and speaking in her column about the country of her birth. She had lived in Krefeld, in North Rhine-Westphalia/ Germany).

As attacks on fellow Africans continue here in South Africa, locals are voicing their upset by marching on the streets and collecting blankets and food for the displaced victims. Xenophobia is a difficult issue – neighbouring countries supported us during the Apartheid days and now must see how their citizens are being beaten to death by faceless angry mobs.

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© Ubuntu-Columnist Alex Smit-Stachowski returned home at the end of 2014 to South Africa – the land of her birth. She is observing and commenting the current xenophobic attacks on foreigners from African countries – mainly in Durban. (Source: flickr/ United Nations Photo)

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Ubuntu in Germany Column

Make your mark when you cast your vote

(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).

Sunday was Africa Day and when those in Europe took to the voting stations, to cast votes in the European and communal elections. As a South African, the two recent elections have proved quite interesting. We should treasure our right to vote!

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© One of the parties in the communal and EU election is DIE LINKE and they promise no weapon exports to Africa – pertinent to a South African living in Europe.

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Ubuntu in Germany Column

And the Oscar goes to….

(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).

Valentine’s Day in 2013 dawned with the shocking news that the lithe, disabled sportsman, Oscar Pistorius had shot his blonde model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp dead while claiming he thought she was a robber out to hurt him. I wrote about the German media coverage at the time – now a year later, Europeans and ex-pats are glued to their TV sets or radios to keep up with the live trial.

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© Posed picture – In real-life I only listen to the live trial, while working frantically. Watching telly like this would be very dangerous for anybody during work hours! Totally impossible to watch and work – although it seems a few friends on Facebook are managing to do this.

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Ubuntu in Germany Column

Whites only as South Africa exhibits at Anuga in Cologne

(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).

It was like a throwback to Apartheid days. Visitors to the South African pavilion of the Anuga trade show, held in Cologne recently saw a sea of white faces. What has happened in South Africa since ’94 and with black empowerment? One single black person among the 40 exhibitors – that is shameful.

© Alex Smit-Stachowski with Doris Lily Mallaun of Great Heart of Africa behind her, at the Anuga Trade Show in Cologne.

© Alex Smit-Stachowski with Doris Lily Mallaun of Great Heart of Africa behind her, at the Anuga Trade Show in Cologne.

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Ubuntu in Germany Column

Germans face the heat in socks and sandals. An comparative analysis to South African weather behaviour

(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).

Heat wave! Germans seldom experience such sweltering summers as the one currently underway – hot winds from Africa blowing across the country and ice-cream sales at an all-time high. Yet how Germans deal with the heat and South Africans do, is quite different to each other.

© Heat Wave in Germany! Ubuntu-Columnist Alex Smit-Stachowski is analyzing how Germans and South Africans are dealing with the heat. (Source: flickr/ Bjørn Giesenbauer)

© Heat Wave in Germany! Ubuntu-Columnist Alex Smit-Stachowski is analyzing how Germans and South Africans are dealing with the heat. (Source: flickr/ Bjørn Giesenbauer)

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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