I’m not white

That’s what I used to say to people whenever I was trying to make them understand that I was neither South African, nor a rich tourist. It was funny seeing their puzzled faces wondering what I was on about. But I had a reason to say it, which I tried to explain to them. You see, I am an immigrant in Ireland but I have almost never felt excluded. Definitely not because of the colour of my […]

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apartheid

Apartheid is an Afrikaans word that means separateness, and was a system of racial segregation that governed South Africa for nearly fifty years, until 1994. It was officially made law by the Afrikaaner-led National Party in 1948, but it was the continuation of injustices already happening in the country for decades. Its main aim was to protect the white domination of non whites in every aspect of life. White South Africans thought of themselves as superior and, […]

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Kayamandi

[foogallery id="433"] Kayamandi is a township located near Stellenbosch, the second oldest city in South Africa after Cape Town. Stellenbosch is a small town famous for its university and because it is surrounded by many vineyards, all over the hills and mountains, due to its very fertile soil. Everyone in this country seems to think that Kayamandi is a very dangerous place, but I must say that, although I have been here only a week and have […]

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voluntourism

I must admit, I didn’t know anything about voluntourism before going to South Africa. After all the research I have done on the topic, I still don’t feel comfortable with it. To me there is a very clear distinction between volunteering and tourism. That’s why, at the beginning of my stay in South Africa, I just couldn’t understand what was going on. I didn’t know how to react when I was repeatedly encouraged to travel, enjoy myself […]

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Sustainable Development Goals in South Africa

On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like me and you. Do you want to get involved? You can start by learning and telling everyone about them. Here’s  […]

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