Wednesday, January 12, 2011


“South African Flag.” National Flag. January 12th

Mjekula,Luvuyo. “Still Hungry”” . Hungry still eating expired food. January 12th

Sapa. “Importance of Land.” Community's platinum bid delayed. January 12th

“Political Cartoon”. Lesson Plan South Africas New Birth of Freedom. January 12th-First found in “The Star” Newspaper in Johannesburg.

“My Greatest Fear.” .Zashow #047. January 12th

South African Flag

The flag was first used on April 27th 1944 and it was designed by Fred Brownell. The colors represent all the different elements that represent South Africa. Each color or color combinations represent different things to different people. They don't represent something specific. The 'V' form and the single horizontal band to the outer edge represents and the coming together of diverse people and places within South African and it represents them unifying together.

Still Hungry

Recently in Cape Town, South Africa there are a few poor neighborhoods who have started hiding and eating rotten or expired food. They are so desperate for food that they will eat almost anything. Eating this rotten food has sent around 100 people to the hospital. Community leaders went in and removed all the expired food to keep the people safe. It is said that the people continued eating this food because they had not yet experienced the sickness that they can experience from it.
There is a direct connection from the book to this article. When Kumalo comes home from Johannesburg he realizes that there is no milk and all the little children are getting sick. He knows that there is a shortage of food and that he needs to do something to help his people. If he doesn't then they will end up eating rotten food that will make them sick, and they probably don't have the treatment to help them get better quickly.
"Tixo, give us rain, we beseech Thee, that we may plough and sow our seed. And if there is no rain, protect us against hunger and starvation, we pray Thee"

Monday, January 10, 2011

Cry, The Beloved Country

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"Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or a valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much."

The younger generations are inheriting the problems that we have caused with the land, we have mistreated and over used and if they get to attached to it there is a great chance that during their life it will be gone. Not only with the land but they must deal with social and political issues. They will be the ones doing the final "clean up" from apartheid. They will fix the mistakes from the black and the white people.

The Light Will Come

"Ndotsheni is still in darkness, but the light will come there also. For it is the dawn that has come, as it has come for a thousand centuries, never failing. But when that dawn will come, of our emancipation, from the fear of bondage and the bondage of fear, why, that is a secret."

This is a really powerfully quote that i think can relate to many things. It says that the people of South Africa know that they will eventually be free and not have to live in fear but they just don't know when their relief will happen. For most people, having faith that "the dawn will come" is the only thing that keeps them hoping for a better life and a better future. So all people can do is wait and hope and survive until they can be relieved. Ndotsheni is in darkness because all the young people are leaving to find something more, which is giving the village not much hope. All the children are getting sick and they aren't wealthy enough or powerful enough to change that. All they can do is hope.