History UsefulNotes / SouthAfrica

28th Feb '18 6:46:22 PM kazokuhouou
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* In ''Film/CSATheConfederateStatesOfAmerica'' it's mentioned that South Africa at one point was the only country willing to trade with the Confederate States after an embargo was placed on the CS.
12th Feb '18 1:17:59 AM jormis29
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* ''Film/BloodDiamond'' brings us real-life South African Arnold Vosloo, playing South African colonel Coetzee. He even speaks Afrikaans at some points in the film.

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* ''Film/BloodDiamond'' brings us real-life South African Arnold Vosloo, Creator/ArnoldVosloo, playing South African colonel Coetzee. He even speaks Afrikaans at some points in the film.
10th Jan '18 6:54:56 PM Wariolander
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* Outer Heaven from the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series is based in South Africa, specifically 200 km north of Galzburg.
1st Jan '18 12:51:43 PM Wariolander
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* A number of South African firearms tend to appear a lot in movies and video games, particularly the Striker/Protecta (Which isn't actually used that much in real life outside of South Africa itself and Israel) and the MGL-140 (Which is actually used by the US military, as well as various police forces around the globe).
23rd Dec '17 11:31:07 AM nombretomado
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The concept of race in post-Apartheid South Africa is complex and fluid. In addition to black South Africans, which group comprises eighty percent of the total population and contains members of multiple ethnic origins and language groups, there is a considerable minority of white South Africans, who may be of Dutch, British, French Huguenot, Israeli, Greek, Portuguese or German descent, and who remain affected by the English/Afrikaans divide. There are also coloured [[note]]the term 'coloured' is not derogatory in South Africa. [[/note]] South Africans, who may be, inclusively, of white, black, Indonesian, Malaysian, Javanese, Arabic and/or Indian descent, and who have an extremely rich and diverse cultural heritage as a result, being mostly Afrikaans-speaking and having a high percentage of Muslims. There are also substantial immigrant groups of Indians, whose ancestors arrived in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century as migrant workers, and of people of Arabic descent, not to mention a Chinese population of around 100,000. There are also nearly 150,000 refugees, the majority from sub-Saharan Africa (and several million illegals); many come from UsefulNotes/{{Zimbabwe}}. Contrary to the image most media would portray, racism is still widespread. Recent controversies surrounding racism include prominent politician [[JerkAss Julius Malema]][[note]](former leader of the ANC's youth wing until the party expelled him, he now leads the hard-left Economic Freedom Fighters party)[[/note]], who sings a song called "Shoot the Boer" at rallies[[note]]"Shoot the Boers, they are rapists, shoot them, the cowards ...". [[SarcasmMode Nice "reconciliation" there, buddy]].[[/note]]. Afrikaaner folk singer Bok van Blerk also stirred up controversy with several songs celebrating the Boer War and the Boer people's heroic doomed struggle with the British. These were seen by black politicians as coded incitements to the white race to rise up and restore TheApartheidEra. One anthem celebrating Boer War leader Koos de la Rey, with the chorus "who will lead the Boer people now?", was taken up as a rallying song by far-right nationalist and racist groups and was banned from SA radio and TV. Defenders of van Blerk pointed out he is no racist, and anyway they saw no sign of the "Kill the Boers!" song being banned from public performance as a racist incitement. Controversy continues. Recent years have also seen an upswing in xenophobic prejudice, the chief target of this being the refugees (although its debatable whether you can blame racism for the anti-refugee riots, seeing as in many cases the refugees and rioters were even from the same tribe)[[note]]There are several examples, but the one that comes to mind is the Shona, the largest ethnic group in Zimbabwe.[[/note]].

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The concept of race in post-Apartheid South Africa is complex and fluid. In addition to black South Africans, which group comprises eighty percent of the total population and contains members of multiple ethnic origins and language groups, there is a considerable minority of white South Africans, who may be of Dutch, British, French Huguenot, Israeli, Greek, Portuguese or German descent, and who remain affected by the English/Afrikaans divide. There are also coloured [[note]]the term 'coloured' is not derogatory in South Africa. [[/note]] South Africans, who may be, inclusively, of white, black, Indonesian, Malaysian, Javanese, Arabic and/or Indian descent, and who have an extremely rich and diverse cultural heritage as a result, being mostly Afrikaans-speaking and having a high percentage of Muslims. There are also substantial immigrant groups of Indians, whose ancestors arrived in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century as migrant workers, and of people of Arabic descent, not to mention a Chinese population of around 100,000. There are also nearly 150,000 refugees, the majority from sub-Saharan Africa (and several million illegals); many come from UsefulNotes/{{Zimbabwe}}. Contrary to the image most media would portray, racism is still widespread. Recent controversies surrounding racism include prominent politician [[JerkAss Julius Malema]][[note]](former leader of the ANC's youth wing until the party expelled him, he now leads the hard-left Economic Freedom Fighters party)[[/note]], who sings a song called "Shoot the Boer" at rallies[[note]]"Shoot the Boers, they are rapists, shoot them, the cowards ...". [[SarcasmMode Nice "reconciliation" there, buddy]].[[/note]]. Afrikaaner folk singer Bok van Blerk also stirred up controversy with several songs celebrating the Boer War and the Boer people's heroic doomed struggle with the British. These were seen by black politicians as coded incitements to the white race to rise up and restore TheApartheidEra.UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra. One anthem celebrating Boer War leader Koos de la Rey, with the chorus "who will lead the Boer people now?", was taken up as a rallying song by far-right nationalist and racist groups and was banned from SA radio and TV. Defenders of van Blerk pointed out he is no racist, and anyway they saw no sign of the "Kill the Boers!" song being banned from public performance as a racist incitement. Controversy continues. Recent years have also seen an upswing in xenophobic prejudice, the chief target of this being the refugees (although its debatable whether you can blame racism for the anti-refugee riots, seeing as in many cases the refugees and rioters were even from the same tribe)[[note]]There are several examples, but the one that comes to mind is the Shona, the largest ethnic group in Zimbabwe.[[/note]].
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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** The ''WesternAnimation/Ducktales2017'' reboot decided to split the difference and made Flintheart a Boer ''pretending'' to be Scottish in order to one-up Scrooge.
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.
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