August 15, 2016 |
How did I end up in South Africa? The travel bug bit me as a teenager. But when I recently retired from a long career, I wanted to travel with more purpose. Africa has always called to me, but I wanted to feel connected to a community. I stumbled upon Volunteers in Africa, and through them I connected with St. George's Home for Girls. My lodging was a hostel in Cape Town. It was basic, lively, and friendly. Bathrooms were down the hall, and my fellow residents were mostly less than half my age. I spent my mornings seeing the sights in Cape Town and my afternoons with the children of St. George's.
June 8, 2016
By Chris Coons Last week, I led a group of my colleagues on a trip to South Africa. Along with Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.), a hero of America's civil rights movement, and Kerry Kennedy, president of RFK Human Rights and daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, we traveled to South Africa to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the senator's historic "Ripples of Hope" speech at the University of Cape Town. On June 6, 1966, speaking to a nation struggling through the cruel injustices of apartheid, Kennedy began his speech by describing "a land in which the native inhabitants were at first subdued, but relations with whom remain a problem to this day; a land which defined itself on a hostile frontier; . . . a land which was once the importer of slaves, and now must struggle to wipe out the last traces of that former bondage.
October 27, 2015 |
Not a single word escaped the lips of Abdullah Ibrahim during his 90-minute performance at Montgomery County Community College on Saturday night. Perhaps that was intended to maintain the spell that the South African pianist/composer cast over the audience, which was mesmerizing; or it could just be his wont, given the fact that his six-piece band, Ekaya, was cued not verbally but through hints in the piano solos that bridged each piece to the next....
March 31, 2014 |
AGULHAS, South Africa - Going to the ends of the Earth holds a certain magic, especially when it's off the beaten tourist track. That was our goal. It would require more than 130 miles of driving from Cape Town to the tip of the continent; persistence, despite the local who insisted there was nothing worth seeing there; and a wee bit of courage. Popular perception touts the Cape of Good Hope as the end of the world. It is a stunning location of craggy cliffs, crashing waves, and the occasional ostrich on the Atlantic Ocean.
January 9, 2014 |
Two days from now, just before dawn, at the confluence of the Blue and White Niles in Khartoum, Bina Bilenky Trahan and more than 30 other intrepid souls will be pushing off from the Sudanese capital, heading for Cape Town, South Africa. Their trip will clock in at 7,363 miles and take them through nine countries, across deserts and mountains, in searing heat and subtropical cool. On bikes. And Bilenky Trahan will be doing the Tour d'Afrique - one of the most challenging organized cycling expeditions in the world - on an all-terrain touring bike with her name on it. Literally.
January 6, 2014 |
I blame it on the wine. My husband, Jon, and I were at a wine-themed fund-raising auction in spring 2008. There was a lot of wine, and we had tasted our fair share. At the end of the evening, we were chatting with friends near one of the silent-auction tables when it happened. A video montage of exotic animals cavorting across an African savannah caught Jon's eye. "No one has bid on it yet," he murmured softly. "Put our name down. " "What? Are you joking?" I practically shrieked. "Do it," he calmly replied.
July 2, 2013 |
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - President Obama challenged young Africans to shore up progress on the continent that rests on a "fragile foundation," summoning them to fulfill South Africa's beloved former leader Nelson Mandela's vision of equality and opportunity. Obama, in his own effort to carve out a piece of that legacy, announced a new U.S.-led initiative to double access to electric power across Africa. His remarks at the University of Cape Town capped an emotional day that included a visit to the Robben Island prison where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison.
July 1, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of protesters marched to the U.S. Embassy in South Africa on Friday in a peaceful protest against the impending visit by President Obama. The demonstrators opposed U.S. policy on Cuba, the war in Afghanistan, global warming, and other issues. The rally in Pretoria was organized by trade unionists and members of the South African Communist Party. The protesters want to raise public awareness and warn U.S. citizens about human-rights violations committed by the Obama administration, which includes the nonclosure of the Guantanamo Bay prison holding terrorism suspects, said campaign coordinator Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
April 19, 2013 |
ALONGSIDE retired Eagles giant Brian Dawkins and actual giant Dikembe Mutombo, formerly of the Sixers, Mayor Nutter announced Wednesday that Philadelphia will host an international conference in September on how sports can be an agent of positive social change. Beyond Sport, which is chaired by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, brings about 1,000 participants together each year to discuss the role of sports in community building. Recent locations have included London, Chicago and Cape Town, South Africa.
February 11, 2012 |
For the penultimate act of Die Antwoord's sold-out show at the Trocadero on Thursday, the self-described South African "futuristik, flame-throw-flow-freeking, zef rap-rave krew" approached the stage's edge. The muscular DJ Hi-Tek, having spun a masterful mix of beats through 70 lively minutes in a gruesome mask sporting huge front teeth, joined the pint-size, pixie-voiced blond rapper Yo-Landi Vi$$er, already flanked by Ninja (a.k.a. art-hop conceptualist Watkin Tudor Jones), her tall MC counterpart.