Posts Categorized: Politics

Yikes.

(No pictures or the use of phones were allowed during Parliament sessions) Even after hearing how crazy parliament is from my TA and Professor, I was not prepared for what I saw and experienced during our class trip to the South African Parliament. We had the privilege of seeing different ares of parliament buildings and… Read more »

Justice Under a Tree

Upon arriving to Johannesburg, I could feel an immediate difference in the atmosphere of the city. While Cape Town felt more California-esque, Johannesburg felt more like the bustling cities of Chicago and New York City back home in the US. Endless mountains were replaced with a skyline filled with towers – although it has nothing… Read more »

The Power of Language in South Africa

After spending time all over South Africa, we have been exposed to many of South Africa’s eleven official languages. On our first day in South Africa (way back in March!) we were of course first exposed to Afrikaans, the Dutch-like language commonly spoken in the Western Cape. However, throughout our time here we have also… Read more »

#OPENSTELLENBOSCH… but is it actually closed?

On one of our museum trips, we watched a short documentary about the Soweto Uprising. We had the opportunity to watch real footage of students protesting a mandate from the apartheid government that instruction in Soweto schools be given in Afrikaans — in a community where Afrikaans was not predominantly spoken. Language in this case… Read more »

“Winter” Is Coming?

So the other day, I was talking to a few other people in the program about our upcoming trip to the Garden Route (along the southern coast of the country). We were wondering about the weather in that area, and I found myself saying pretty naturally, “Well it’s south of here, so it’s probably a… Read more »

The Sun Sets On Our Journey Abroad

Sejal Shah, Public Healthand Development  in South Africa, Spring 2014 Tonight I say goodbye to a charming country, one that has opened its heart and welcomed a stranger. It hasn’t dawned upon me yet that I will no longer see the mountain peak right besides my dorm that sparkles in the rain and glows in the sunlight…. Read more »

Revelations in the Museum

Rebekah Williams, Public Health and Development in South Africa, Spring 2014 We’ve been quite busy here finishing up exams (yes those do in fact actually exist here). But before our exam season started we traveled to Johannesburg for a four-day trip before flying to Kruger. To be quite honest our time in JoBurg wasn’t filled… Read more »

It’s Hip to be Squ[hair]e

By Matt Guerrieri, Global Healthcare Technologies, Winter 2013 Dreads, afros, bangs, bobs, corn rows, crew cuts, mohawks, fauxhawks, rattails, mop tops, mullets, braids: if hair means anything- and trust me, it does- Cape Town’s hair says that this city is trendy.  In a country desperately grasping at national unity, Capetonians proudly express their individuality on… Read more »