Schlagwort-Archive: The German gateway to South Africa

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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Johannesburg -The City That Never Sleeps

„The City of Gold“ is also known as Jozi, Egoli or Joburg

(Editor: Bruce Ncube from Johannesburg)

Deutsche Zusammenfassung:

Bruce Ncube berichtet für „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ aus der Goldstadt – aus Johannesburg. Eine riesige Metropole, die viele Probleme einerseits und Chancen andererseits aufzeigt. Während ein Spaziergang im Stadtteil Hillbrow, in der Orange Farm oder in Sebokeng lebensgefährlich ist, erweisen sich Sandton und Diepkloof als gegensätzliche teure Pflaster der  Johannesburger Mittelschicht. Zudem ist diese Stadt auch die Heimat von vielen afrikanischen Flüchtlingen und dementsprechend kulturell betrachtet äußerst heterogen.

© Jozi at night (Source: Chris Kirchhoff/ MediaClubSouthAfrica.com)

I have been a keen follower of how culture has an impact on a growing nation. We are naturally ignorant when it comes to how we want a nation look like in the future. We are all about the „now“ factor.

We forget that the foundation we lay is ours and for those to follow. Today’s society is that of a mixture of different races, mixed traditions and beliefs. Johannesburg, popularly known as Joburg or Egoli, The City of Gold is a pure of example of this. The world has become one big oyster. Johannesburg has been and continues to be, without doubt, a leader in this regard.

I’m not one to dwell on the past a lot. Yes, Egoli has seen its fair share of problems but it has also seen a great amount of change especially in terms of culture and the society in general. It has become a multicultural haven. From the dusty streets of Orange Farm and Sebokeng, the new middle class development of Diepkloof aka DK, the corner joints of Hillbrow, which has seen a great deal of development, the ever so cultural streets of Yeoville to the Poshy suburbs of Sandton.

Egoli, also known as Jozi Maboneng, which Joburg City Lights, has become a diverse nation on its own, multilingual and a bee-hive of activity. I will take you through the streets of Jozi, the culture it possess, the love it so longs to spread to the whole world, the food, the places, the music, the landmarks, the politics, the celebrated individuals and that ordinary man on the ground who has a better view of his surroundings.

Jozi has evolved. You will get to see the inside of the city that is widely regarded as the Diversity Capital of the World. On a regular basis, I will take you through an amazing journey of exploring and learning. We will go to different places and events and give a profile of each. Pictorial illustrations will also be included.
You will see what makes this city tick. The ever so rich history will get you thinking.
Egoli, Place of Gold, Jozi Maboneng, KwaNyama Kayipheli, kphela amazinyo endoda (meaning a culturally superior place). Are you ready?

Follow me on Twitter @brucencube and www.beedestiny.wordpress.com.

Letzter Aufruf: Schreibwettbewerb/ Writing Contest

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Wir wollen deine Meinung zu Themen rund um Südafrika erfahren, ob deutscher oder südafrikanischer Bürger. Wie zum Beispiel dein schönstes Erlebnis im Kapland, deine Meinung zur Politik, deine Ansicht zu gesellschaftlichen Problemen, deine Erfahrungen mit weißen bzw. schwarzen Südafrikanern oder einfach nur deine Argumente, warum du Südafrika liebst oder gar kritisch betrachtest?

Schicke uns einfach ein Foto von dir und deinen Artikel natürlich bis zum 20. August 2011; max. eine halbe A4-Seite in Deutsch und/oder Englisch. Im Anschluss werden die einzelnen Beiträge auf „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ der Öffentlichkeit präsentiert.

Ab dem 01. September 2011 wird abgestimmt und der Autor des besten Artikels kriegt entweder

– eine vom südafrikanischen Krimiroman-Autor Andrew Brown selbst signierte und einzigartige Autogrammkarte ODER

– die Musik-CD der Band Sawubona, Songs of Good Hope.

Stichwort: „Mein Südafrika„, E-Mail: sdafrika2010@yahoo.de

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Zeitplan:

bis zum 20. August 2011: Abgabe von Beiträgen zur Aktion „Mein Südafrika“
 
 
21. August 2011 – 31. August 2011: Präsentation der Beiträge
 
 
01. September 2011 – 20. September 2011: Abstimmung
 
 
Ab 21. September 2011: Zusendung der Autogrammkarte oder der Sawubona-CD an den Gewinner

© Einzigartige Autogrammkarte von Andrew Brown

© Musik-CD: Songs of Good Hope, Band: Sawubona

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