Tag South Africa

Everyday South Africans and their bicycles

Upon viewing the new Shakira World Cup song’s video, an African historian friend of mine tweeted “Planning to cringe all month w/ South Africa standing in as the ‘real Africa.’ Drums + Feathers anyone?” Hopefully the soccer coverage will dig a bit deeper than that, or at least provide the world with a few urban African cliches to balance out the rural ones. On a more positive note, I really like these portraits of South African cyclists, which are paired with interviews about the pictured bikes and (as if they hadn’t won my heart already), Google Maps pinpointing each photo’s exact location. The photographers are raising money to publish a hardcover book of the portraits.

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Originally published at culture-making.com.

Where the White things are: Visiting a town of Afrikaner separatists

To the vast majority of South Africans, Hendrik Verwoerd is hardly a martyr. As the apartheid government’s Minister of Bantu Education, Dr. Verwoerd in 1953 took over and dismantled the church school system that had educated men like Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, stating that the benefits of European education were utterly wasted on non-whites.