History UsefulNotes / SouthAfrica

2nd Dec '17 3:18:25 AM Wariolander
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The Republic of South Africa is situated at the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin southern tip of Africa]] and comprises nine provinces. Bordering on Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland, and completely surrounding Lesotho, it formed part of the British Commonwealth until it became a republic in 1961, but continued to implement the segregationist laws collectively known as the Apartheid system until 1994, when Nelson Mandela was elected president in the country's first democratic elections. Its capital cities are Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town, which are recognized respectively as the executive, judicial and legislative capitals (i.e., a separate city for each branch of government). [[note]] Contrary to popular belief, Johannesburg is not a national capital, but the capital of Gauteng Province and the seat of the Constitutional Court. It is, however, very close to Pretoria.[[/note]]

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The Republic of South Africa is a Southern African country situated at the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin southern tip of Africa]] and comprises nine provinces. Bordering on Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland, and completely surrounding Lesotho, it formed part of the British Commonwealth until it became a republic in 1961, but continued to implement the segregationist laws collectively known as the Apartheid system until 1994, when Nelson Mandela was elected president in the country's first democratic elections. Its capital cities are Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town, which are recognized respectively as the executive, judicial and legislative capitals (i.e., a separate city for each branch of government). [[note]] Contrary to popular belief, Johannesburg is not a national capital, but the capital of Gauteng Province and the seat of the Constitutional Court. It is, however, very close to Pretoria.[[/note]]
21st Nov '17 2:50:28 AM Laqueesha
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South Africa hosted the [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup 2010 FIFA World Cup]], which was widely regarded as a resounding success and has proved to be a landmark event for the country - its only truly unfortunate outcome was to instill in the world at large a [[MemeticMutation perverse fascination]] with the South African custom of blowing into plastic horns called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl5iQFKygxw "vuvuzelas"]] during matches. [[note]]Which is also stange to many South Africans (prodominently those who didn't watch soccer previously).[[/note]] South Africa is also a big cricketing nation, and their rugby team, the Springboks, is rather good too (being somewhere in the international top 5 at any given time). JRR Tolkien was born in this country. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Juw0yZHjG1Q this video]], taken at an international rugby match, demonstrates the essential problem of a national anthem, the first part of which expresses the hope of black people for freedom and dignity, and the second half of which is a remnant of the former Afrikaans-language national anthem. In a predominantly white setting, some people sing along with ''Sikele i'Africa'' out of politeness and necessity. But look at what happens when the tempo and language switch to ''Uit die Blou van onse Hemel...'' Even the ''players'' start grinning and singing with more fervour. [[note]]The commentator puts this down to a PA system failure. But you can't help reflecting if the crowd had wanted to sing along with the whole thing, they'd have done so more noticably right from the start. And watch the black member of the crowd who very obviously is ''not'' singing along with "Die Stem" and who looks uncomfortable. [[/note]]

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South Africa hosted the [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup 2010 FIFA World Cup]], which was widely regarded as a resounding success and has proved to be a landmark event for the country - its only truly unfortunate outcome was to instill in the world at large a [[MemeticMutation perverse fascination]] with the South African custom of blowing into plastic horns called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl5iQFKygxw "vuvuzelas"]] during matches. [[note]]Which is also stange to many South Africans (prodominently those who didn't watch soccer previously).[[/note]] South Africa is also a big cricketing nation, and their rugby team, the Springboks, is rather good too (being somewhere in the international top 5 at any given time). JRR Tolkien was born in this country.

[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Juw0yZHjG1Q this This video]], taken at an international rugby match, demonstrates the essential problem of a national anthem, the first part of which expresses the hope of black people for freedom and dignity, and the second half of which is a remnant of the former Afrikaans-language national anthem.anthem used during the Apartheid era. In a predominantly white setting, some people sing along with ''Sikele i'Africa'' out of politeness and necessity. But look at what happens when the tempo and language switch to ''Uit die Blou van onse Hemel...'' Even the ''players'' start grinning and singing with more fervour. [[note]]The commentator puts this down to a PA system failure. But you can't help reflecting if the crowd had wanted to sing along with the whole thing, they'd have done so more noticably right from the start. And watch the black member of the crowd who very obviously is ''not'' singing along with "Die Stem" and who looks uncomfortable. [[/note]]
28th Aug '17 1:46:19 PM kazokuhouou
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8th Jul '17 10:43:33 AM nombretomado
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South Africa has allowed same-sex marriages since 2006. Also, according to TheOtherWiki, South Africa was the first nation in the world to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in its constitution. Contrast with most other countries in Africa, especially UsefulNotes/{{Uganda}}.

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South Africa has allowed same-sex marriages since 2006. Also, according to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, South Africa was the first nation in the world to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in its constitution. Contrast with most other countries in Africa, especially UsefulNotes/{{Uganda}}.
2nd Jul '17 4:06:26 PM AgProv
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* ''Literature/TheFirstRuleOfSurvival'' deals with the complexities of policing in post-apartheid South Africa and the problems the nation is experiencing in deciding what sort of a police force it wants and needs; it is seen through the eyes of white Afrikaaner officers who began in the service prior to 1994 and who realise they are seen as unwanted hangovers from the old regime. The politics and infighting in the police service are given prominence, set in a wider South African contxt of racial groups jockrying for position in the new state.

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* ''Literature/TheFirstRuleOfSurvival'' deals with the complexities of policing in post-apartheid South Africa and the problems the nation is experiencing in deciding what sort of a police force it wants and needs; it is seen through the eyes of white Afrikaaner officers who began in the service prior to 1994 and who realise they are seen as unwanted hangovers from the old regime. The politics and infighting in the police service are given prominence, set in a wider South African contxt context of racial groups jockrying jockeying for position in the new state.
2nd Jul '17 4:05:50 PM AgProv
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* ''Literature/TheFirstRuleOfSurvival'' deals with the complexities of policing in post-apartheid South Africa and the problems the nation is experiencing in deciding what sort of a police force it wants and needs; it is seen through the eyes of white Afrikaaner officers who began in the service prior to 1994 and who realise they are seen as unwanted hangovers from the old regime. The politics and infighting in the police service are given prominence, set in a wider South African contxt of racial groups jockrying for position in the new state.
22nd Jun '17 4:16:25 AM AgProv
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South Africa hosted the [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup 2010 FIFA World Cup]], which was widely regarded as a resounding success and has proved to be a landmark event for the country - its only truly unfortunate outcome was to instill in the world at large a [[MemeticMutation perverse fascination]] with the South African custom of blowing into plastic horns called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl5iQFKygxw "vuvuzelas"]] during matches. [[note]]Which is also stange to many South Africans (prodominently those who didn't watch soccer previously).[[/note]] South Africa is also a big cricketing nation, and their rugby team, the Springboks, is rather good too (being somewhere in the international top 5 at any given time). JRR Tolkien was born in this country. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Juw0yZHjG1Q this video]], taken at an international rugby match, dmonstrates the essential problem of a national anthem, the first part of which expresses the hope of black people for freedom and dignity, and the second half of which is a remnant of the former Afrikaans-language national anthem. In a predominantly white setting, some people sing along with ''Sikele i'Africa'' out of politeness and necessity. But look at what happens when the tempo and language switch to ''Uit die Blou van onse Hemel...'' Even the ''players'' start grinning and singing with more fervour. [[note]]The commentator puts this down to a PA system failure. But you can't help reflecting if the crowd had wanted to sing along with the whole thing, they'd have done so more noticably right from the start. And watch the black member of the crowd who very obviously is ''not'' singing along with "Die Stem" and who looks uncomfortable. [[/note]]

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South Africa hosted the [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup 2010 FIFA World Cup]], which was widely regarded as a resounding success and has proved to be a landmark event for the country - its only truly unfortunate outcome was to instill in the world at large a [[MemeticMutation perverse fascination]] with the South African custom of blowing into plastic horns called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl5iQFKygxw "vuvuzelas"]] during matches. [[note]]Which is also stange to many South Africans (prodominently those who didn't watch soccer previously).[[/note]] South Africa is also a big cricketing nation, and their rugby team, the Springboks, is rather good too (being somewhere in the international top 5 at any given time). JRR Tolkien was born in this country. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Juw0yZHjG1Q this video]], taken at an international rugby match, dmonstrates demonstrates the essential problem of a national anthem, the first part of which expresses the hope of black people for freedom and dignity, and the second half of which is a remnant of the former Afrikaans-language national anthem. In a predominantly white setting, some people sing along with ''Sikele i'Africa'' out of politeness and necessity. But look at what happens when the tempo and language switch to ''Uit die Blou van onse Hemel...'' Even the ''players'' start grinning and singing with more fervour. [[note]]The commentator puts this down to a PA system failure. But you can't help reflecting if the crowd had wanted to sing along with the whole thing, they'd have done so more noticably right from the start. And watch the black member of the crowd who very obviously is ''not'' singing along with "Die Stem" and who looks uncomfortable. [[/note]]
22nd Jun '17 4:15:36 AM AgProv
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South Africa hosted the [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup 2010 FIFA World Cup]], which was widely regarded as a resounding success and has proved to be a landmark event for the country - its only truly unfortunate outcome was to instill in the world at large a [[MemeticMutation perverse fascination]] with the South African custom of blowing into plastic horns called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl5iQFKygxw "vuvuzelas"]] during matches. [[note]]Which is also stange to many South Africans (prodominently those who didn't watch soccer previously).[[/note]] South Africa is also a big cricketing nation, and their rugby team, the Springboks, is rather good too (being somewhere in the international top 5 at any given time). JRR Tolkien was born in this country. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Juw0yZHjG1Q this video]], taken at an international rugby match, dmonstrates the essential problem of a national anthem, the first part of which expresses the hope of black people for freedom and dignity, and the second half of which is a remnant of the former Afrikaans-language national anthem. In a predominantly white setting, some people sing along with ''Sikele i'Africa'' out of politeness and necessity. But look at what happens when the tempo and language switch to ''Uit die Blou van onse Hemel..." Even the ''players'' start grinning and singing with more fervour. [[note]]The commentator puts this down to a PA system failure. But you can't help reflecting if the crowd had wanted to sing along with the whole thing, they'd have done so more noticably right from the start. And watch the black member of the crowd who very obviously is ''not'' singing along with "Die Stem" and who looks uncomfortable. [[/note]]

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South Africa hosted the [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup 2010 FIFA World Cup]], which was widely regarded as a resounding success and has proved to be a landmark event for the country - its only truly unfortunate outcome was to instill in the world at large a [[MemeticMutation perverse fascination]] with the South African custom of blowing into plastic horns called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl5iQFKygxw "vuvuzelas"]] during matches. [[note]]Which is also stange to many South Africans (prodominently those who didn't watch soccer previously).[[/note]] South Africa is also a big cricketing nation, and their rugby team, the Springboks, is rather good too (being somewhere in the international top 5 at any given time). JRR Tolkien was born in this country. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Juw0yZHjG1Q this video]], taken at an international rugby match, dmonstrates the essential problem of a national anthem, the first part of which expresses the hope of black people for freedom and dignity, and the second half of which is a remnant of the former Afrikaans-language national anthem. In a predominantly white setting, some people sing along with ''Sikele i'Africa'' out of politeness and necessity. But look at what happens when the tempo and language switch to ''Uit die Blou van onse Hemel..." '' Even the ''players'' start grinning and singing with more fervour. [[note]]The commentator puts this down to a PA system failure. But you can't help reflecting if the crowd had wanted to sing along with the whole thing, they'd have done so more noticably right from the start. And watch the black member of the crowd who very obviously is ''not'' singing along with "Die Stem" and who looks uncomfortable. [[/note]]
22nd Jun '17 4:15:02 AM AgProv
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South Africa hosted the [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup 2010 FIFA World Cup]], which was widely regarded as a resounding success and has proved to be a landmark event for the country - its only truly unfortunate outcome was to instill in the world at large a [[MemeticMutation perverse fascination]] with the South African custom of blowing into plastic horns called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl5iQFKygxw "vuvuzelas"]] during matches. [[note]]Which is also stange to many South Africans (prodominently those who didn't watch soccer previously).[[/note]] South Africa is also a big cricketing nation, and their rugby team, the Springboks, is rather good too (being somewhere in the international top 5 at any given time). JRR Tolkien was born in this country.

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South Africa hosted the [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup 2010 FIFA World Cup]], which was widely regarded as a resounding success and has proved to be a landmark event for the country - its only truly unfortunate outcome was to instill in the world at large a [[MemeticMutation perverse fascination]] with the South African custom of blowing into plastic horns called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl5iQFKygxw "vuvuzelas"]] during matches. [[note]]Which is also stange to many South Africans (prodominently those who didn't watch soccer previously).[[/note]] South Africa is also a big cricketing nation, and their rugby team, the Springboks, is rather good too (being somewhere in the international top 5 at any given time). JRR Tolkien was born in this country.
country. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Juw0yZHjG1Q this video]], taken at an international rugby match, dmonstrates the essential problem of a national anthem, the first part of which expresses the hope of black people for freedom and dignity, and the second half of which is a remnant of the former Afrikaans-language national anthem. In a predominantly white setting, some people sing along with ''Sikele i'Africa'' out of politeness and necessity. But look at what happens when the tempo and language switch to ''Uit die Blou van onse Hemel..." Even the ''players'' start grinning and singing with more fervour. [[note]]The commentator puts this down to a PA system failure. But you can't help reflecting if the crowd had wanted to sing along with the whole thing, they'd have done so more noticably right from the start. And watch the black member of the crowd who very obviously is ''not'' singing along with "Die Stem" and who looks uncomfortable. [[/note]]
11th Jun '17 1:24:46 PM nombretomado
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South Africa hosted the [[TheWorldCup 2010 FIFA World Cup]], which was widely regarded as a resounding success and has proved to be a landmark event for the country - its only truly unfortunate outcome was to instill in the world at large a [[MemeticMutation perverse fascination]] with the South African custom of blowing into plastic horns called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl5iQFKygxw "vuvuzelas"]] during matches. [[note]]Which is also stange to many South Africans (prodominently those who didn't watch soccer previously).[[/note]] South Africa is also a big cricketing nation, and their rugby team, the Springboks, is rather good too (being somewhere in the international top 5 at any given time). JRR Tolkien was born in this country.

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South Africa hosted the [[TheWorldCup [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup 2010 FIFA World Cup]], which was widely regarded as a resounding success and has proved to be a landmark event for the country - its only truly unfortunate outcome was to instill in the world at large a [[MemeticMutation perverse fascination]] with the South African custom of blowing into plastic horns called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl5iQFKygxw "vuvuzelas"]] during matches. [[note]]Which is also stange to many South Africans (prodominently those who didn't watch soccer previously).[[/note]] South Africa is also a big cricketing nation, and their rugby team, the Springboks, is rather good too (being somewhere in the international top 5 at any given time). JRR Tolkien was born in this country.
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