26 PICTURE ALBUM
Saturday, June 26
Steve: We spent the day at the Zulu Nyala Game Lodge,
relaxing and getting ready for our trip tomorrow to Kruger National Park.
We have found out that the drive is very long, and that the gates to the park
close promptly at 5:30PM. We need to work our way north through the small,
independent country of Swaziland, and have been told that the roads there
are often not in good condition. Additionally we face the risk of long waits
at both border stations (entering and leaving Swaziland), especially since
it is a weekend. All told, we could be looking at a drive of 10 hours, not
including unexpected delays. It looks like we'll be leaving at 5:00AM - ugh.
to a photograph from November near the end of our first trip, today we took
a picture of David and Paula to show the height difference between them. For
fun, we compared this with the picture in November, and another from almost
a year ago. It looks like someone has grown quite a bit (or has someone else
By tomorrow evening we should be in Kruger National Park, the last stop of
our entire trip!
With everything that we try to do during our free time, it has
been hard for Katie to draw as much as she would have liked. However, recently
she completed a set of three drawings that we have now posted in her album
on the web site. I have also included copies of them here.
David's Daily Dump: Apartheid. During our stay
here in South Africa, I have had the opportunity to learn about apartheid
and the problems this country had with segregation until the late 1900s. I
have read a biography of Nelson Mandela, and been able to visit Robben Island
where he was imprisoned for 18 years. I have also read, Cry, the Beloved
Country by Alan Paton. It has been very interesting for me to learn about
these people and South Africa's history while actually being in the country.
Here's a bit about what I learned
The long struggle for freedom in South Africa lasted until 1994 when the first
democracy was established. Throughout the 1900s, indigenous Africans were
discriminated against and treated badly by the European government. The government
separated the people into three categories. The British and Africaans (early
white settlers that mostly came from Holland, Germany and France) made up
the highest class. Asians, Indians, and Muslims made up the second class,
and the indigenous black Africans were part of the lowest group.
The government tried to separate these groups as much as possible, and created
separate toilets, benches, schools, buses, and restaurants. They even made
the colored and black people live in totally different parts of the cities.
In Cape Town, there was an area called District Six. District Six was cosmopolitan,
an area where many ethnic groups lived together in harmony. This didn't appeal
to the government and its apartheid policies, so in 1966 they classified District
Six as a white area. Non-whites were relocated and existing buildings were
destroyed. Fifty thousand people were moved miles away from the city into
shanty towns. We met a man who grew up in District Six and listened to his
story. He watched his home being bulldozed and moved out of the city with
his family. He now lives in the center of Cape Town, and is very glad that
things have now changed so much.
natives recognized the unfairness of their society, and formed organizations
such as the ANC (African National Congress) and PAC (Pan African Congress)
to win freedom for over 70% of South Africa's population. Leaders like Nelson
Mandela pursued their dreams of equality endlessly until 1994. These groups
were constantly winning support from the people, and organized boycotts, protests,
and strikes to fight the government. Although the government used force to
stop these events and killed many people, these organizations continued to
protest until things got out of hand. On the brink of civil war, the government
and the ANC negotiated in the late 80s and early 90s and finally established
a democracy. Nelson Mandela was voted as the first president, and served until
It's hard to believe that South Africa did not have a democracy until 10
years ago. I can't possibly imagine what it was like to live here twenty years
ago when the government was still supporting the policy of apartheid. Even
though non-whites are now free and treated equally, you can still sense the
apartheid that once existed. Many black people don't have the money to live
the same lifestyle as the white people. Miles and miles of land, filled with
shacks made of wood and tin, can be seen from the highway. It's really very
sad to see the living conditions of these people. The government has provided
electricity and plumbing for these shanty towns, and is building low income
housing near the city. The people we spoke to say that things are getting
better and that things will continue to improve for these unfortunate people.
I hope they are right.