South Africa: A Special Report

 By Nick Centore and Shanell Simmons

Soweto: Schools Help Fight Hunger

Soweto: Schools Help Fight Hunger

High levels of unemployment, underemployment and homelessness have led to an increase in the levels of poverty and hunger across South Africa. Educators recognize that hungry children do not concentrate well. With limited resources, Nghunghunyane Secondary School in Soweto provides learners with breakfast and lunch every day. For some learners, these will be the only […]

 By Rebecca Kerner

South Africa: Escape from Zimbabwe

South Africa: Escape from Zimbabwe

When the sun rose on Feb. 7, 2007, in Zimbabwe, 29-year-old Velempini Ndlovu said goodbye to his wife, Thandie, and took his 3-year-old son, Keith, to preschool. His second son, Kevin, was two weeks old and remained asleep. Velempini then went to the home of his cousin, Sindiso. He got in Sindiso’s Mazda minivan with […]

 By Lauren Hertzler

Soweto: School Has Too Many Students and Too Few Teachers

Soweto: School Has Too Many Students and Too Few Teachers

Imagine a learning environment where classroom windows are cracked, doors are broken, desks are vandalized, and bathrooms are dark and unsanitary. Imagine a learning environment where learners shiver in cold classrooms in the frigid winter months, cram next to each other to share desks and frequently wait for hours for their teacher who may not […]

 

South Africa: Temple University On Location

South Africa: Temple University On Location

A team of Temple University students are working in South Africa with Professor Shenid Bhayroo of the Department of Journalism to produce a series of multimedia stories. The team’s reflections can be found here at https://sites.temple.edu/shenid/category/travelogue/ The team will spend the next five weeks traveling throughout the country, producing stories from various cities and towns […]

 By Lauren Watson and Lucas Rodgers

Soweto: Students Overcome Poor Facilities with Desire to Learn

Soweto: Students Overcome Poor Facilities with Desire to Learn

Nghungunyani Secondary School is home to 714 learners–many from working class homes and others from informal settlements throughout Soweto. Nghungunyani is located in Tshiawelo, a section at the western end of the vast Soweto township. Eighty four percent of the school’s budget is allocated to the staff’s salaries, leaving 16 percent to fix broken windows, […]

 By Becky Kerner, Nicholas Peterson and Caroline Martin-Tumasz

Soweto: School Tries to Overcome Poor Funding, Theft and Vandalism

Soweto: School Tries to Overcome Poor Funding, Theft and Vandalism

It was an early morning in the third week of July. The gates were unlocked to allow the students on the grounds. As the yard started to fill, the school became alive with energy. Youthful voices laughed and students embraced one another; this was the first day back after the three-week break between terms, and […]

 By Lauren Hertzler

Cape Town: Remnants of Apartheid from Yesterday and Today

Cape Town: Remnants of Apartheid from Yesterday and Today

This past weekend, nine of us traveled to Cape Town for a little getaway from Johannesburg. The flight takes an hour and a half, which is very comparable to a flight from Pennsylvania to Florida. We all had interviews Friday morning, so we didn’t get to Cape Town until later that evening. We all stayed at […]

 By Lucas Rodgers

South Africa: Education Isn’t Easy

South Africa: Education Isn’t Easy

School is a chore. This is an attitude shared by many young American students. Personally, I can’t recall being excited to go to school every day for most of my academic career. To a lot of American kids, school merely seems like a bothersome task that they’re forced into doing. However, in South Africa, school […]

 By Nicholas Centore

Johannesburg: Adult Stores in South Africa

Johannesburg: Adult Stores in South Africa

  Hustler Extreme is sandwiched between a tailor shop and family-oriented pub in a quiet strip mall in Linden. Hustler Extreme is an adult store located in a former apartheid-era white suburb, with schools and churches close by. As the apartheid system was being dismantled in the 1990s, adult stores began appearing around Johannesburg. These stores […]

 By Zachary Martin

Johannesburg: Rosebank Craft Market

Johannesburg: Rosebank Craft Market

The Rosebank Craft Market in Johannesburg is in a hectic, colorful and souvenir-packed retail space in the Mall of Rosebank. The Craft Market has many interesting curios, pieces of art and tourist kitch, and fascinating vendors. The first thing to note is if you are a shopper who likes to quietly walk around and inspect […]