November 6, 1994 |
Zulu, English, Xhosa and Afrikaans - plus seven other African languages. None is better than another, according to South Africa's post-apartheid constitution, and all must be treated fairly. That might be politically correct, but it has turned the 800-foot transmitting station of the South African Broadcasting Corp. into a modern-day Tower of Babel. It is not uncommon, for instance, to watch a news show in which one anchor speaks Afrikaans and the other Zulu, while newsmakers are interviewed in their native languages without translation.
March 17, 2011
Carel Boshoff, 83, the founder of South Africa's whites-only, separatist town Orania, died of cancer Wednesday. Dr. Boshoff founded the privately owned town of 900 people, in South Africa's northern province, in 1991 as South Africa transitioned from a white-ruled apartheid government to a democracy. Orania's goal was to preserve the culture of Afrikaners, one of South Africa's white minority groups. Its residents speak Afrikaans, sing traditional folk songs, attend the Dutch Reformed Church, and celebrate Afrikaans holidays.
March 20, 1998 |
In the early 1960s, when Mlungiseleni Malgasi was a teenager, the South African government was erecting the racial walls of segregation, the system known as apartheid. Blacks such as Malgasi were relocated to neighborhoods of shacks, far from whites or their mixed-race neighbors, who were classified as "colored. " One day Malgasi's father took his family to the Old Apostolic Church, a colored congregation in this arid plateau known as the Great Karoo. He had the entire Malgasi clan rebaptized.
May 6, 1990
We shall see how long it lasts, the search for common ground that - even in the historic photographs from Cape Town - was so nobly expressed by Nelson Mandela and South Africa's president, F.W. de Klerk. That the two leaders sat down at all last week, of course, was unprecedented, the white supremacist government having snubbed the leadership of the black majority for 78 years. There are those - both black and white - who do not wish the two men well. White conservatives stalked out of Parliament.
July 22, 1986 |
With its Afrikaans newspapers breathing defiance, the Botha Government turns an unblinking eye on the pre-election political posturings in the U.S. Congress. If the current Senate debate over tougher sanctions sounds pretty confused, with even the most vocal critics of the South African Government wondering privately how much good, if any, declaring economic war against South Africa will do, the South Africans don't act confused at all. As a matter of fact, Pretoria defines the terms of the Senate debate better than the senators themselves do. It asks, if Congress votes to sock it to the Botha Government, as it seems of a mind to do, what then?
July 30, 1996 |
I've seen enough field hockey in the last week to last a lifetime. I didn't even know men played field hockey until South Africa Broadcasting Corp. began its coverage of the Atlanta Games. But South Africa has one of the 12 men's teams contending for Olympic gold, and suddenly the players of an obscure sport have become national television stars. It's one of the charming aspects of SABC's Olympic coverage that sets it apart from American broadcasts. South Africans get to see the Olympics in their raw, unedited form.
August 31, 1990 |
Robert van Tonder stands on the sloping lawn of his ranch house, staring across the rolling emptiness of the high veld. "Politics is not a game for pansies," he says. "It's a struggle for power. " The founder and leader of the fledgling Boerestaat Party, van Tonder is the reigning thinker of South Africa's right wing, the author of 10 books, including political tracts and volumes of Afrikaans poetry. His most famous, a 90-page pamphlet called Boerestaat, caused a furor with its publication in 1977 arguing for a reinstatement of the old, Afrikaner republics as a solution to South Africa's troubles.
December 4, 2012 |
Dorothy Miller-Clemmons, 55, who worked in early-childhood education in the Philadelphia School District for 19 years, died Monday, Nov. 26, in Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse of a bone ailment. Born in Jeppe Township, Johannesburg, South Africa, Mrs. Miller-Clemmons was raised in Bosmont after her family was forcibly removed from Jeppe because of apartheid. She earned her bachelor's degree in Afrikaans and Nederlands languages from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in 1981, after attending the University of the Western Cape for a year.
October 18, 1990 |
The formidable knot of existentialist drama that Athol Fugard wrote in Boesman and Lena remains stubbornly tied in the Philadelphia Drama Guild production at the Annenberg Center. This is the first play to be staged by Mary B. Robinson as artistic director of the producing organization. The play resists her weak efforts to make it into the vibrant document for our time that it should be. In the dead air of the Zellerbach Theater, Fugard's homeless couple are stranded without rescue.
May 9, 2001 |
The South African living room onstage at the McCarter Theatre is described in the program as comfortable, but it scarcely looks that way: Its furnishings consist entirely of a long table, some accompanying wooden chairs, and a single small armchair with a side table and lamp. Comfortable is a relative term, to be sure, but the only people likely to apply it to this abode would be monks. Yet if Susan Hilferty's ascetic set is something of a misrepresentation, so is the enterprise it serves.