Schlagwort-Archive: Germany

Ubuntu in Germany Column

Experience true ubuntu when you use public transport in SA

(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).

Since returning to South Africa, I have been using public transport to get around. In my neighbourhood, I walk to the shops and enjoy the exercise but to get to work requires busses, metered taxis, TukTuks, the Gautrain and a great deal of patience. Besides getting where you need to be, you also experience true Ubuntu – up close and personal.

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© The Sandton sunset taken from a Metro bus one afternoon. (Pic by A Smit-Stachowski)

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Ubuntu in Germany Column

Tackle deep-seated racism or the SA economy will suffer

(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).

South Africa has experienced a wave of racist incidents showing the deep-seated white opinions and insecurities. It began with Durban estate agent Penny Sparrow, spread to Johannesburg with ex-‘Idols’ host and DJ Gareth Cliff and onto Cape Town as advertising executive Nicole de Klerk got fired for racist comments.

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© Multiracial beach at Muizenberg in Cape Town. If only all of South Africa was as harmonious… (Picture by Alexandra Smit-Stachowski)

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Ubuntu in Germany Column

South African protests show a healthy democracy well worth investing in

(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).

Germans have watched the South African recent public marches with interest and wondered, “What is going on? Is South Africa falling apart? Should I worry about investing there?” Being in the centre of the action, as a South African who recently returned from life in Germany, I can say that all the protest is a healthy sign of a thriving democracy growing in a barren global landscape.

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© Picture by Alexandra Smit-Stachowski: Recent protests in South Africa are healthy and show a thriving democracy. I took this picture balancing on a rubbish-bin while facing the EFF marchers, numbered at 40,000 who had just approached Sandton. The South African police kept a close watch.

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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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„Wir waren arm, aber voll mit Liebe“

Im Interview mit Nomfusi Gotyana, Sängerin aus dem südafrikanischen Port Elizabeth

(Autor/ Editor: Ghassan Abid)

Deutsche Interview-Zusammenfassung:

Nomfusi Gotyana hat es geschafft, der Armut zu entkommen. Sie wuchs in ärmlichen Verhältnissen auf, erlebte aber viel Liebe innerhalb ihrer Familie. Mit der Musik hat sie sich eine Existenz geschaffen, inspiriert vom Leben Miriam Makebas und Nelson Mandelas. Die Südafrikanerin ist stolz auf ihre Herkunft, weiß jedoch, dass viele Dinge am Kap noch bewerkstelligt werden müssen. Egoismus, Machtkonzentration und Habgier der politischen Klasse erschweren den Wohlstand für die Gesellschaft. Als Protagonistin im Film „Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom“ ging ihr Gesicht weltweit um die Welt. Bildung sei, so Gotyana in Anlehnung an Mandela, das Mittel zur Armutsbekämpfung. Mit Deutschland, ihrer zweiten Heimat, verbindet sie eine besondere Beziehung. Einerseits schätzt sie ihre tanzbegeisterten Fans, andererseits ist die Veröffentlichung ihres dritten und zugleich ersten internationalen Albums mit einem Münchner Produzenten im Frühjahr 2015 geplant. Gotyana singt in ihrer Heimatsprache isiXhosa und Englisch. Im neuen Jahr wird sie erneut in Deutschland auftreten und womöglich auch nach Berlin kommen.

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© Die südafrikanische Sängerin Nomfusi Gotyana stammt aus ärmlichen Verhältnissen. Sie ist in einem Township bei Port Elizabeth aufgewachsen und musste mitansehen, wie einzelne Familienangehörige an der Krankheit AIDS starben – unter anderem ihre Mutter. Darauf hin entschloss sie sich zu einem neuen Lebensabschnitt in Kapstadt. Mit der Musik hat sie sich ihre Existenz geschaffen.

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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

Anuga Trade Show in Cologne:  Photo essay on South African exhibitors

(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).

The Anuga Trade Show in Cologne is the largest trade show for the food service and catering market in the world. Alexandra Smit-Stachowski visited the South African pavilion and spoke to a few exhibitors.

© The Anuga Trade Show was held in Cologne recently. The South Africa Pavilion saw 40 exhibitors offering a wide range of products from sorbet sushi to ready-made African fast food.

© The Anuga Trade Show was held in Cologne recently. The South Africa Pavilion saw 40 exhibitors offering a wide range of products from sorbet sushi to ready-made African fast food.

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