Author Archives: Esha Rajendran

South Africa: Trains, Boycotts, and HIV

New Train – The Shongolo The Shongololo is part of a 201 billion-rand ($18.8 billion) rail overhaul and expansion plan aimed at boosting exports of coal, manganese and other commodities from Africa’s biggest economy. The train, whose name means millipede in Zulu, carries 200 coal wagons and can haul 16,800 metric tons of coal at… Continue reading

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Abstract: South Africa

South Africa is one of the strongest supporters and members of the African Union. Because of their strong belief in the right to self-determination and their history with regards to this issue, South Africa will support the secession of Katanga from the DRC to Tanzania. South Africa advises that a vote be held in the… Continue reading

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South Africa: Platinum Strike Continues, More Corruption, Protests on the Rise

Platinum Strike Continues The platinum strike will soon be the biggest stoppage in the country’s mining sector since the end of apartheid in 1994, and it now threatens the viability of the industry. The strike has economic implications as well as political implications. Shareholders are growing concerned at the prospect of losses as almost half… Continue reading

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Long Walk to Freedom – Discussion Questions 2

1. How did the shooting at Sharpeville change the situation in South Africa? And how did Mandela and the ANC respond? 2. Mandela talks about the “idealistic picture of the egalitarian nature of African society” and his own experience when he was in disguise as a servant. How did his experience challenge this idealistic picture?… Continue reading

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South Africa: Tension with Nigeria and Rwanda

South Africa and Nigeria The South African police have been accused of brutality against a Nigerian man in Capetown. Video of the attack was recorded and posted on several social media sites, angering the Nigerian government. The Nigerian government has said they will make sure justice is served and has contacted the South African government…. Continue reading

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Long Walk to Freedom – 1

1. When learning of Mandela’s childhood we see the tradition of having both an English and African name. What other examples of tension between British and African culture do we see? 2. We see that Mandela struggles at several of the educational institutions he attends, including the school where he studies law. He fails his… Continue reading

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South Africa: DNA Law, Miner Killed, Deporation Case

DNA Law A new law in South Africa will expand a state DNA database used to fight crime. The new law will force police to take samples from convicted offenders as well as suspects in crimes ranging from homicide to theft. Police are receiving training in this new method of collecting genetic evidence. There is… Continue reading

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South Africa: Broken Promises, Nuclear Energy, Anti-Discrimination Laws

Broken Promises The first election after the death of Nelson Mandela will be held May 7th. As the nation reflects on its history and the promises made by Mandela’s own party, the African National Congress, which has ruled since independence and never lost an election. However, the culture of protest has returned to South Africa… Continue reading

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South Africa: Gold Mine Fire, Political Mergers, and HIV/TB Treatment

South Africa Gold Mine A fire took place in a gold mine west of Johannesburg. Eight miners were found dead, another eight were found unharmed, but one miner is still missing. The cause of the fire is still not clear. South Africa is the world’s fourth largest gold exporter and the largest platinum exporter. Platinum… Continue reading

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No Longer at Ease – Discussion Questions 1

1. Clare and Obi appear to have some similarities (both studied in England, both are Ibo) and we see the beginnings of their relationship. However we also see them disagreeing several times. What could their relationship represent and what does it mean for their future? 2. The use of different languages appears to be very… Continue reading

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