Category: reflective post

  • nature & wildlife in South Africa

    Here you can see two galleries with some of the photos I took during my trips around the country. Just click on either image to see them full screen.

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Kayamandi

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]