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South Africa

Fellow Africans! My name is Grant, I am from South Africa. The 2010 world cup has been an exciting and joyful time for this country and continent. It has brought a unity that has never been seen in Africa. It has brought brothers and sisters from different, races, cultures, languages and countries together in celebration and in sorrow. Strangers have danced together and they have cried together. It has brought hope to the people of this beautiful continent.

In the second round all of Africa rallied behind the Black Stars from Ghana, and after the quarter final all of Africa mourned together with them.
Many of us were left angry and filled with hatred. And now that hatred threatens to steal our joy and to destroy our unity. But we cannot let that happen. We must fight for this new found hope.

Inspired by Bafana Bafana, the Black Stars and all of Africa I wrote a poem which we have made into a video. Please watch it and spread the word to anyone and everyone. We have stood divided for far too long, it’s time we stand together.

For we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed

Africa UNITE!!!!

Chakalaka – what's in a name?

Alana Bailey July 7, 2010 South Africa

Inspired by a question from Jeffrey Myers from Germany… “I am interested in learning more about the origin of the name “Chakalaka”. Could you please explain the origin (etymology) of the name of this delicious dish from South Africa?  Thanks so much for your time and help!”

Photo credit: iphilipp

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Riots at the G20 are justifiable – the global village is angry at greed

Lukhona Mnguni July 1, 2010 South Africa

This past weekend, 25-27 June 2010, we witnessed another catastrophe in Toronto, Canada, where global leaders met in the G20 summit and also in the G8 meeting. These riots that took place from angry protesters, which were anticipated, are estimated to have cost $1 billion on security alone; this excludes the damage caused to property. [...]

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Work permits for foreign truck drivers

Tarryn Pokroy Rietveld June 8, 2010 Visas & Immigration

It is important to note that as from 1 July 2010, the Department of Home Affairs has advised that they will no longer be permitting entry to foreign truck drivers unless they have work permits.  The Department has advised that any such foreign truck drivers will be required to have work permits, whether or not [...]

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Unite Mzansi, this is our time to shine

Lukhona Mnguni June 3, 2010 South Africa

“Ke nako” for us as a country to open up our arms and welcome the world to our shores. The time has come for us to let our homes be  homes to strangers if need be, but we need to open our hearts to generate warmth for our visitors through our undying smiles.

Photo credit: JoshuaDavisPhotography

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FW de Klerk speech to Cape Agri Employers

Editor June 1, 2010 South Africa

It would be a mistake to underestimate the emotional commitment of many black South Africans to the need for land reform. For them, the revolutionary struggle will not be complete until a substantial – and perhaps demographically proportional – area of South Africa has been restored to black ownership.
ANC statements on land reform almost invariably [...]

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31 May 2010 – the centenary of South Africa

Editor June 1, 2010 South Africa

This from the FW de Klerk Foundation…
We should remember 31 May 2010 because it is the centenary of the day on which South Africa, as we know it, became a country. Whether or not the Union was conceived in sin, whether or not the offspring was legitimate, there can be no doubt that the [...]

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South African cities should be encouraged to differentiate themselves

Guy Lundy May 31, 2010 South Africa

South Africans have a rather outdated tendency to think that all of its cities should be the same. As a result we judge Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and anywhere else in the country by the same criteria, and believe that all our cities should focus on the same industries, compete for the same kind [...]

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World Cup visa dispensation announced

Julian Pokroy May 24, 2010 Visas & Immigration

With the the 2010 FIFA World Cup fast approaching, it has become necessary to deal with some of the issues surrounding the entry of foreign nationals into South Africa who are entering the country as spectators of this wonderful event. In order to deal with the “special” dispensation under the Immigration Act, recently announced, it [...]

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No need to panic says Accelerate CEO

Guy Lundy April 21, 2010 South Africa

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is now so close that we came across a website the other day that measures the time until countdown in seconds (luckily there are over 4 million left).
As happens before every big event of this nature around the world, the country has gone into panic mode in the [...]

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