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White People poverty in South Africa

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, July 11, 2010 at 10:37:41 :: South Africa

The Big Picture blog has an interesting topic about White People Poverty in South Africa:

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"Poverty within white South Africa
When stories are told about African poverty, race often seems to play a large part. Based in Senegal, Reuters photographer Finbarr O'Reilly (previously featured here for his work in DR Congo) traveled to South Africa earlier this year and visited one of a growing number of squatter camps populated mostly by Afrikaners - white South Africans - to document their stories and help show that, despite the fact that impoverished blacks in the region far outnumber whites, poverty is a human issue, not necessarily racial. O'Reilly: "While most white South Africans still enjoy lives of privilege and relative wealth, the number of poor whites has risen steadily over the past 15 years. Researchers now estimate some 450,000 whites, of a total white population of 4.5 million, live below the poverty line and 100,000 are struggling just to survive in places such Coronation Park, a former caravan camp currently home to more than 400 white squatters. Formerly comfortable Afrikaners recently forced to live on the fringes of society see themselves as victims of 'reverse-apartheid' that they say puts them at an even greater disadvantage than the millions of poor black South Africans."" From the Big Picture blog.

Statue of Nelson Mandela, Cape Town, South Africa

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The 9 cities hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 12, 2010 at 15:19:29 :: South Africa

The 2010 Fifa World Cup Football games will take place in 10 stadiums in 9 of the largest cities in South Africa.

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- Johannesburg: 2 stadiums - 3,900,000 inhabitants

The Economic Center of South Africa and Africa is a huge and busy city located in the Gauteng province. Johannesburg-Prétoria's metropolitan area is one of the largest in the world, with more than 10,000,000 inhabitant.
Johannesburg is often wrongly considered as South Africa's capital city. It is not. Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa.

Johannesburg Stadiums:

* Soccer City: 94,700 seats.
* Ellis Parc Stadium: 62,567 seats.

- Cape Town: 1 stadium - 3,500,000 inhabitants

Cape Town (Afrikaans: Kaapstad, Xhosa: iKapa) is the second-most populous city in South Africa, and the largest in land area, forming part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality. It is the provincial capital and primate city of the Western Cape, as well as the legislative capital of South Africa, where the National Parliament and many government offices are situated. Cape Town is famous for its harbour as well as its natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom, including such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Cape Town is Africa's most popular destination for tourism.

Cap Town Stadium:

*Green Point: 66,005 seats.

- Durban: 1 stadium - 3,500,000 inhabitants

Durban (Zulu: eThekwini) is the third largest city in South Africa, forming part of the eThekwini metropolitan municipality. It is the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal, the largest city on the east coast of Africa and is famous as the busiest port in Africa. It is also a major centre of tourism due to the city's warm subtropical climate and beaches.

Durban Stadium:

*Moses Mabhida Stadium: 69,957 seats.

- Pretoria: 1 stadium - 500,000 inhabitants

Pretoria is a city located in the northern part of Gauteng Province, South Africa. It is one of the country's three capital cities, serving as the executive (administrative) and de facto national capital; the others are Cape Town, the legislative capital, and Bloemfontein, the judicial capital.

Pretoria Stadium:

*Loftus Versfeld Stadium: 49,345 seats.

- Port Elizabeth: 1 stadium - 850,000 inhabitants

Port Elizabeth (Xhosa: Ebhayi; colloquial Afrikaans: 'Die Baai') is one of the largest cities in South Africa, situated in the Eastern Cape Province, 770 km (478 mi) east of Cape Town. The city, often shortened to PE and nicknamed "The Friendly City" or "The Windy City", stretches for 16 km along Algoa Bay, and is one of the major seaports in South Africa. It is also referred to as Africa's Watersport Capital.

Port Elizabeth Stadium:

*Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium: 46,082 seats.

- Bloemfontein: 1 stadium - 370,000 inhabitants

Bloemfontein (Dutch for "spring of Bloem (bloom)", "flower spring" or "fountain of flowers") is the capital city of the Free State Province of South Africa as well as one of the nation's three capitals, the judicial capital. The city's Sesotho name is Mangaung, meaning "place of cheetahs" and became part of the Mangaung Local Municipality in 2000. Bloemfontein is popularly and poetically known as "the city of roses", owing to the abundance of these flowers and the annual rose festival held there.

Bloemfontein Stadium:

*Free State Stadium : 45,058 seats.

Helicopter flight in Capetown - View on Table Mountain and Lion's Head; Cape Town, South Africa

- Rustenburg: 1 stadium - 400,000 inhabitants

Rustenburg (Afrikaans and Dutch: Town of Rest) is a city of 395,761 inhabitants (2001 National Census) located at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountain range in North West Province of South Africa. It is one of the official host cities of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, being in close proximity to Phokeng, capital of the Royal Bafokeng Nation, where the Royal Bafokeng Stadium is located.

Rustenburg enjoys a sub-tropical climate with maximum temperatures around 16°C during winter and 31°C during summer.

Rustenburg Stadium:

*Royal Bafokeng Stadium: 44,530 seats.

- Nelspruit: 1 stadium - 110,000 inhabitants

Nelspruit is situated in northeastern South Africa. It is the capital of the Mpumalanga province (formerly Eastern Transvaal). Located on the Crocodile River (known as the Krokodil in Afrikaans), Nelspruit lies about 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of the Mozambique border and 330 kilometres (205 miles) east of Johannesburg. The nearest township is KaNyamazane, a few kilometres east of Nelspruit. In October 2009, the city was officially renamed Mbombela by the South African government, the same name as the local municipality of which it is part. But the new name has come with confusion because the city will still be referred to as 'Nelspruit' during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and therefore the name will take some time to catch on.

Nelspruit Stadium:

*Mbombela Stadium: 43,589 seats.

- Polokwane: 1 stadium - 570,000 inhabitants

Polokwane, meaning "Place of Safety", is a city in the Polokwane Local Municipality and capital of the Limpopo province, South Africa. It is also widely known by its former name, Pietersburg.

Polokwane provides access to various nature and wildlife viewing opportunities for ecotourists. The Polokwane Bird and Reptile Park is home to over 280 species of birds. The Polokwane Game Reserve houses various South African species of wildlife, birdlife, and plants in an unspoiled bushveld environment. The Moletzie Bird Sanctuary protects rare birds like the Cape Vulture. The Modjardji Rainforest holds the largest concentration of indigenous cycads in the world, and Cheune Crocodile Farm provides a place to learn about the life of crocodiles.

The city is considered the premier hunting destination in South Africa.

Polokwane Stadium:

*Peter Mokaba Stadium: 45,264 seats.

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The Springboks and the Webb Ellis Cup

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 21, 2007 at 10:27:22 :: South Africa

On Saturday October 20th, 2007, The Springboks, the South Africa national male rugby union team, defeated defending champions England 15-6 to claim the World Cup Webb Ellis Trophy for the second time of their history (first time was in 1995).

The Springboks (or Springbokke in Afrikaans and Amabokoboko in Zulu), are now the reigning Rugby World Cup champions and they have ascended to the number one position in the IRB World Rankings. The Springboks did not compete in the first two World Cups in 1987 and 1991 due to anti-Apartheid sports boycotts of South Africa. The team made its World Cup debut in 1995, when the Republic of South Africa hosted the tournament. The Springboks defeated the All Blacks 15-12 in the 1995 World Cup final, which is now remembered as one of the greatest moments in South Africa's sporting history. The Springboks just emerged as victors in the 2007 World Cup final over England, preventing England from becoming the first team to defend a title.

Helicopter flight in Capetown - View on Table Mountain and Lion's Head; Cape Town, South Africa

The Webb Ellis Cup

The Webb Ellis Cup, also referred to as the "Webb Ellis Trophy", is the main prize of the Rugby World Cup. The trophy is named after William Webb Ellis, who is often credited as the inventor of rugby. The trophy is silver gilded in gold and has been presented to the winner of the world cup since the first competition in 1987. It has been held by New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England.

The 38 centimetre trophy is gilded silver and is supported by two cast scroll handles. On one handle there is a head of a satyr, on the other there is head of a nymph. On the face of the trophy, the words International Rugby Football Board and below that arch The Webb Ellis Cup are engraved.

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Cape Town and the Table Mountain

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, May 14, 2007 at 08:08:07 :: South Africa

Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway to take a ride to the top. The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.

Capetown flat-topped Table Mountain overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa

The main feature of Table Mountain is a level plateau approximately 3 kilometres (2 mi) from side to side, surrounded by steep cliffs. The plateau, flanked by Devil's Peak to the east and by Lion's Head to the west, forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town and its Table Bay harbour, and together with Signal Hill form the natural amphitheatre of the City Bowl.

Beautiful countryside in the Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town, South Africa

The highest point on Table Mountain is towards the eastern end of the plateau and is marked by Maclear's Beacon, a stone cairn built in 1865 by Sir Thomas Maclear for trigonometrical survey. It is 1,086 metres (3,563 ft) above sea level, about 19 metres (62 ft) higher than the cable station at the western end of the plateau.

Table Mountain is a National Park where hiking, rock climbing and caving are very popular amongst locals and tourists.

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UNESCO World Heritage

South Africa, Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 17, 2012 at 03:43:28

Location Northern Cape, South Africa
Coordinates S28 36 0 E17 12 14
Property 160,000 ha
Date of Inscription 2007

Brief Description ( )

The 160,000 ha Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape of dramatic mountainous desert in north-western South Africa constitutes a cultural landscape communally owned and managed. This site sustains the semi-nomadic pastoral livelihood of the Nama people, reflecting seasonal patterns that may have persisted for as much as two millennia in southern Africa. It is the only area where the Nama still construct portable rush-mat houses (haru om ) and includes seasonal migrations and grazing grounds, together with stock posts. The pastoralists collect medicinal and other plants and have a strong oral tradition associated with different places and attributes of the landscape.

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Butter tree, Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape

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South Africa, Vredefort Dome

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 17, 2012 at 03:37:22

Location Northwest and Free State provinces, South Africa
Coordinates S26 51 36 E27 15 36
Property 30,000 ha
Date of Inscription 2005

Brief Description ( )

Vredefort Dome, approximately 120 km south-west of Johannesburg, is a representative part of a larger meteorite impact structure, or astrobleme. Dating back 2,023 million years, it is the oldest astrobleme yet found on Earth. With a radius of 190 km, it is also the largest and the most deeply eroded. Vredefort Dome bears witness to the world’s greatest known single energy release event, which had devastating global effects including, according to some scientists, major evolutionary changes. It provides critical evidence of the Earth’s geological history and is crucial to understanding of the evolution of the planet. Despite the importance of impact sites to the planet’s history, geological activity on the Earth’s surface has led to the disappearance of evidence from most of them, and Vredefort is the only example to provide a full geological profile of an astrobleme below the crater floor.

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Vredefort crater

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South Africa, Cape Floral Region Protected Areas

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 17, 2012 at 03:31:02

Location Western Cape Province, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Coordinates S34 10 0 E18 22 30
Property 553,000 ha
Date of Inscription 2004

Brief Description ( )

A serial site – in Cape Province, South Africa – made up of eight protected areas, covering 553,000 ha, the Cape Floral Region is one of the richest areas for plants in the world. It represents less than 0.5% of the area of Africa but is home to nearly 20% of the continent’s flora. The site displays outstanding ecological and biological processes associated with the Fynbos vegetation, which is unique to the Cape Floral Region. The outstanding diversity, density and endemism of the flora are among the highest worldwide. Unique plant reproductive strategies, adaptive to fire, patterns of seed dispersal by insects, as well as patterns of endemism and adaptive radiation found in the flora, are of outstanding value to science.

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Finbos, Cape Floral Region Protected Areas

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South Africa, Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 17, 2012 at 03:24:06

Location Northern Province, South Africa
Coordinates S22 11 33 E29 14 20.004
Property 28,169 ha
Date of Inscription 2003

Brief Description ( )

Mapungubwe is set hard against the northern border of South Africa, joining Zimbabwe and Botswana. It is an open, expansive savannah landscape at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers. Mapungubwe developed into the largest kingdom in the sub-continent before it was abandoned in the 14th century. What survives are the almost untouched remains of the palace sites and also the entire settlement area dependent upon them, as well as two earlier capital sites, the whole presenting an unrivalled picture of the development of social and political structures over some 400 years.

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Mapungubwe Hill, Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape

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Lesotho, South Africa, Maloti-Drakensberg Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 17, 2012 at 03:17:20

Location Lesotho, South Africa
Coordinates S29 45 55 E29 7 23
Property 249,313 ha
Date of Inscription 2000

Brief Description ( )

The Maloti-Drakensberg Park is a transboundary site composed of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park in South Africa and the Sehlathebe National Park in Lesotho. The site has exceptional natural beauty in its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks, and golden sandstone ramparts as well as visually spectacular sculptured arches, caves, cliffs, pillars and rock pools. The site's diversity of habitats protects a high level of endemic and globally important plants. The site harbors endangered species such as the Cape vulture (Gyps coprotheres) and the bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus). Lesotho’s Sehlabathebe National Park also harbors the Maloti minnow (Pseudobarbus quathlambae), a critically endangered fish species only found in this park. This spectacular natural site contains many caves and rock-shelters with the largest and most concentrated group of paintings in Africa south of the Sahara. They represent the spiritual life of the San people, who lived in this area over a period of 4,000 years.

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uKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park Amphitheatre, uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park Sehlabathebe National Park

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South Africa, Robben Island

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 17, 2012 at 03:09:28

Location Western Cape Province, South Africa
Coordinates S33 47 60 E18 22 0
Property 475 ha
Date of Inscription 1999

Brief Description ( )

Robben Island was used at various times between the 17th and 20th centuries as a prison, a hospital for socially unacceptable groups and a military base. Its buildings, particularly those of the late 20th century such as the maximum security prison for political prisoners, witness the triumph of democracy and freedom over oppression and racism.

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Prison, Robben Island Table Bay, Robben Island

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South Africa, iSimangaliso Wetland Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 17, 2012 at 03:02:14

Location KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Coordinates S27 50 20.004 E32 32 60
Property 239,566 ha
Date of Inscription 1999

Brief Description ( )

The ongoing fluvial, marine and aeolian processes in the site have produced a variety of landforms, including coral reefs, long sandy beaches, coastal dunes, lake systems, swamps, and extensive reed and papyrus wetlands. The interplay of the park's environmental heterogeneity with major floods and coastal storms and a transitional geographic location between subtropical and tropical Africa has resulted in exceptional species diversity and ongoing speciation. The mosaic of landforms and habitat types creates breathtaking scenic vistas. The site contains critical habitats for a range of species from Africa's marine, wetland and savannah environments.

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Hippopotamus, iSimangaliso Wetland Park Lake St. Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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South Africa, Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 17, 2012 at 02:51:59

Location Gauteng, Limpopo and North-west provinces, South Africa
Coordinates S24 9 30.996 E29 10 36.984
Date of Inscription 1999

Brief Description ( )

The Taung Skull Fossil Site, part of the extension to the site inscribed in 1999, is the place where in 1924 the celebrated Taung Skull – a specimen of the species Australopithecus africanus – was found. Makapan Valley, also in the site, features in its many archaeological caves traces of human occupation and evolution dating back some 3.3 million years. The area contains essential elements that define the origin and evolution of humanity. Fossils found there have enabled the identification of several specimens of early hominids, more particularly of Paranthropus, dating back between 4.5 million and 2.5 million years, as well as evidence of the domestication of fire 1.8 million to 1 million years ago.

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Plovers Lake, Cradle of Humankind Malapa Fossil Site, Cradle of Humankind

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