Category: South Africa

Remembering Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and former South African president, died at his home in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95. I was fortunate to be in South Africa at the time, …
Man holding a slate headstone, about 40 cm by 30 cm, with words carved on it

A Tale of Two Cemeteries

In August 2011, I led a small group of American students on a study abroad program in South Africa. At the beginning of our trip we visited the Irene Concentration Camp Cemetery and Memorial near …

Strangers in a strange land

Maurice is round-faced, bespectacled, and jovial 27-year-old who works as a chef in a guesthouse in suburban Johannesburg. Since the guesthouse serves only breakfast, his working day here lasts only three hours. But his commute …

Little England on the Veld

Part Two of a series of three blogs entitled ‘Mobility, migration, multiculturalism, the monarchy, and me.’ Part One: My maternal family’s history in England and Wales, and their migration to South Africa. Part Two: The …