1 History 1.1 Prehistoric
1.2 Dutch and Xhosa in the Cape
1.3 British colony
1.4 First and Second Boer Wars
1.5 Union of South Africa
1.6 Apartheid, its end and aftermath 2 Politics
5 Flora and fauna
9 Culture 9.1 Languages 10 Crime
13 See also
14 International rankings
16 External links
profile: South Africa(BBC)
"Diversity is a key feature of South Africa, where 11 languages
are recognised as official, where community leaders include rabbis and
chieftains, rugby players and returned exiles, where traditional healers
ply their trade around the corner from stockbrokers and where housing
ranges from mud huts to palatial homes with swimming pools.
The diverse communities, however, have not had much representation for
long..." OVERVIEW | FACTS | LEADERS | MEDIA
Africa's post-apartheid struggle(BBC)
"South Africa's voice of conscience, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has
questioned why respect for the law, and even life, is missing in a country
still struggling to move on from the days of apartheid.
Desmond Tutu said levels of poverty were a powder keg
As if to reinforce his message, the country's annual crime statistics
have shown a sharp rise in some areas of violent crime..."
Working-class white people, most of them Afrikaans-speakers, are going through an intense crisis in South Africa
This is one of 80 white squatter townships in country where families live in poverty, with little food or running water
Seeking to undo years of racial inequality, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) government introduced laws that promoted employment for blacks and aimed to give them a greater share of the economy
This, along with the global financial meltdown, has meant many white South Africans have fallen on hard times
Vuvuzela: The Buzz of the World Cup
"Deafening to fans, broadcasters and players, the ubiquitous plastic horn is closely tied to South Africa’s soccer tradition...
South African fans play the horns to spur their favorite players into action on the field."" (smithsonianmag.com)
What's behind Anyone But England?
"As the World Cup kicks off, many football fans from the UK's celtic nations say they will support ABE - Anyone But England.
Why does this inflame so much passion on both sides?" (BBC)
US warns of World Cup terrorism in South Africa
"The US government has issued a travel alert warning its citizens that South Africa faces a heightened risk of terrorism during the World Cup...
South Africa has mobilised thousands of specially trained police to deal with fans' safety."
- with a VIDEO (BBC)
Baboons a 2010 Soccer World Cup Problem- a lesson plan
"Authorities in South Africa are trying to overcome a potential problem in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup Finals - baboon-jacking." WARM-UPS : THE WORLD CUP / WORLD CUP PROBLEMS / SOCCER / FOOTBALL / BABOON (breakingnewsenglish.com)
Soccer Lingua worksheets Mini-books Flags Numbers 0-20 on red football shirts Activités proposées sur le site Primlangues World cup schedule Songs Zakumi - The mascot Games Activités en ligne Activités interdisciplinaires
Audio slideshow: Long walk to freedom "It is 20 years since the South African authorities agreed to free Nelson Mandela - the man who would lead the struggle to end the country's
policy of racial segregation, and create a multi-racial democracy.
Using the BBC archives, see how he left behind his cell of 27 years, to become South Africa's first black president." (BBC)
Celebrating Christmas in South Africa
"In South Africa, Christmas is not celebrated in the same way as in England.
Corinne, a 58-year-0ld South African living in England, tells us about this difference." (audio-lingua.eu)
My World Cup Country- a worksheet Click on TOPIC/THEME / Football (soccer) resources (primaryresources.co.uk)
Lesson plans :
"Mandela Day is on 18 July. This integrated skills lesson plan for upper-secondary students looks at Nelson Mandela's life and explores some of themes surrounding South Africa during apartheid." (teachingenglish.org.uk)
World Cup English "The World Cup has begun in South Africa and our Premier Skills website has a Word Cup English section during the tournament, in which you can follow Barclays Premier League stars through blogs, quizzes, games and video." (British Council)
Grammar: 2010 World Cup- a lesson plan
Level: High elementary / Pre-intermediate
Time: Approx. 60 minutes
Objective: To present and practise the first conditional using the topic of the World Cup
Key skills: Speaking, writing
Page 3 of the document :
P = played (nombre de matchs joués)
W = won (nombres de matchs gagnés)
D = draw (nombres de matchs nuls)
L= lost (nombre de matchs perdus)
For = for (nombre de buts marqués)
A= against (nombre de buts encaissés)
PTS = points (nombres de points match gagné = 3 points, match nul = 1 point, match perdu = 0 point).
British Man To Live With Venomous Snakes- a lesson plan
"David Jones, 44, hopes to spend 121 days in a room with 40 of the world’s deadliest snakes. His slithery companions will include deadly adders, cobras and green and black mambas..."
WARM-UPS : WORLD RECORDS / CRAZY / COMPANIONS / SNAKE (breakingnewsenglish.com)
English Lesson Plan on Racial Discrimination Day
"March 21 is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
It commemorates a tragedy that happened in the town of Sharpeville in South Africa on this day in 1960..." - a text with activities (eslholidaylessons.com)
- a web quest about Martin Luther King, Gandhi and Nelson Mandela (4ème
à 1ère) (Chloé Thivin - Isère)
Tsotsi "is a 2005 film directed by Gavin Hood and produced by Peter Fudakowski. It is a adaptation of the novel Tsotsi, by Athol Fugard and a South African/UK co-production . The soundtrack features Kwaito music performed by popular South African artist Zola as well as a score by Mark Kilian and Paul Hepker featuring the voice of South African protest singer/poet Vusi Mahlasela... Because his mother is dying of a terminal disease, David (Benny Moshe) runs away from an abusive father and lives with other homeless children in a series of large concrete construction pipes. A few years later, David, who now goes by the name Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae), is the leader of a gang which includes his friends Butcher (Zenzo Ngqobe), Aap (Kenneth Nkosi) and Boston (Mothusi Magano)..."
"Nelson Mandela is remembered for his legacy in fighting apartheid and helping South Africa seek healing and forgiveness. But what exactly was apartheid? We break down its roots and what it was like for South Africans living under the discriminatory policies." (YouTube)
The Legacy of Apartheid - "Results of Apartheid and pockets of where it still exists in South Africa." (schooltube.com)
Nelson Mandela - A brief biography of Nelson Mandela's life. (YouTube)
Audio Slideshow : Nelson Mandela at 90
"The world statesman celebrates his 90th birthday on Friday 18 July 2008.
As a lawyer and activist he campaigned against South Africa's apartheid regime.
Accused of trying to overthrow the government, he spent nearly 30 years in prison.
After his release in 1990, he went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and to become his country's first black president... Includes radio archive and interviews..." (BBC)
Poverty History - Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela urges us to "Be The Great Generation" and calls world leaders to act at the G8 summit and not to hesitate. "Poverty is not natural, it is man-made." (YouTube)
'The Boers have got my daddy' "'The Boers have got my daddy
My soldier Dad;
I don't like to hear my Mammy sigh,
I don't like to see my Mammy cry;
So I'm going in a big ship
Across the raging main,
And I'm going to fight the Boers, I am,
And bring my Daddy home again!'" Listen to the song. (nzhistory.net.nz)
- the lyrics
: "In my whole life,
My whole life
I've got a dream
Too many people
Why do you like it?
Hey you rasta man
Hey European, Indian man
We've got to come together as one"
African reggae star shot dead "His albums Slave, Prisoner and Together As One saw
him gain first national, and then global, recognition.
Three years ago his 1989 anti-apartheid hit Together as One, which
calls for world peace and harmony, was voted one of
Africa's top 10 songs by BBC readers and listeners." (BBC)