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Archive for February, 2011

soweto_soc_fans_6.jpgMy Dog ate my blog is an interesting way of e-learning, in this case based in Usa. Its writers noticed Go2010!, and asked us to try writing something about our topics…they’re welcome, and so the one below is their first post, signed by Jeff Norman, a guest blogger for My Dog Ate My Blog, and a writer on earning your online psychology degree for the Guide to Online Schools.’

 

Spain garnered the majority of press headlines from the FIFA World Cup tournament that took place last year. And for good reason — the Spaniards’ victory in the championship round was the country’s first ever World Cup win. Spain’s great finish also unfortunately marked a metaphorical dimmimg of the spotlight on the country that hosted their success, South Africa. Johannesburg, diamonds, apartheid, and Nelson Mandela being South Africa’s primary keywords, some might feel that the country’s decision to host this massive event did little to alter the world’s perception of the nation. The fact that this was the first WC ever to take place in S.A., in all of Africa for that matter, remains the most salient detail of South Africa’s 2010. This article looks to shine a light on what is new and what is of import in South Africa, nearly a twelvemonth after its inaugural World Cup hosting.

 

Let’s commence with that beautiful sounding instrument that melodicized its way into millions of international hearts, the vuvuzela (note sarcasm). Any adoration of this loud and obnoxious horn-like sounder seems to have remained in South Africa. Still, the fans of many countries took to the vuvuzela as a way of making it known that their team loyalty was, well, loud. Vuvuzelas stateside successfully made their way into the zeitgeist, landing appearances on nearly every nightly news broadcast and even a comic stint on Saturday Night Live. It might not be the most glamorous way for Johannesburg to slip into Americana, but it’s for sure an indelible one.

 

The people of South Africa took full advantage of exposure the World Cup inevitably brought on. Superstar siren Shakira composed one of YouTube’s biggest sensations in its history, with her effervescent tournament theme “Waka Waka.” The song’s styling and video made an attractive vehicle for traditional South African rhythms and dance to export themselves en masse to millions of viewers. But despite the increased attention to S.A.’s culture externally, it also seems that the country’s populace saw the World Cup as an occasion to turn inward as well.

Throughout the matches, the post-apartheid flag could be seen waving with more pride than ever before. All indications seemed to depict a South Africa that had successfully turned its back on the senseless bigotry brought on by apartheid decades prior. Word has it that before this tournament, only black South Africans participated in football with any real verve. Now, after the WC has concluded, citizens of all colors have taken to the patch and made the game their own. This societal shift and sense of freedom can be summarized in one elusive but always popular idea: democracy.

 

Long before the World Cup, Oprah brought South Africa into American popular media, as the country was the location for the uber-powerful figure’s first-ever school. Now it looks as if South Africa, after the games, is schooling the world on what toughness, and togetherness, really mean.

 

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  • Silvio e Jacob, destini incrociati?

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    La vicenda di Silvio Berlusconi, e ciò che sta vivendo l’Italia in questo momento, si presta apparentemente a immediate analogie con la recente storia del Sudafrica. Jacob Zuma, attuale capo del governo, ha avuto il suo bel daffare con la giustizia, e solo al termine di un controverso dibattimento in tribunale ha potuto liberarsi da pesanti accuse originate, anche in quel caso, da vicende a contenuto sessuale.

    Le analogie, per ora, si fermano qui. E cominciano le differenze. All’epoca del giudizio, Zuma non era – ancora – uomo di Governo, benché lo sarebbe diventato a breve e questa circostanza secondo molti ha finito per incidere sul giudizio stesso. Al di là di questo, Zuma non ha rifiutato l’aula di tribunale: si è prestato al rito e, in base agli atti, ne ha avuto ragione.

    Se il percorso sarà uguale e contrario, da ora in poi, il premier italiano in carica si sottoporrà al rito abbreviato cui è stato chiamato, magari ne uscirà sconfitto e tornerà allo status in cui Zuma era prima del suo; qualcosa ci dice, però, che non andrà così. Del resto, la china dei due paesi, sembra proprio rivolta in direzioni opposte. E per rifarsi gli occhi sul belpaese, forse all’estero non resterà davvero che guardare foto di veline, meteorine, e starlette varie.

     

    Big five in Milan

    fuoribit.bmpBig clash-days for SA in Italy: Sa touristic board is broadcasting giant images of moving big five over 5 famous sights of Milan, where hundred of thousands of people are gathering until sunday for the BIT (Italian main touristic fair). Many bloggers commented in positive and impressive way this show-ad; meanwhile, some glamour magazine-web sites are filled with banners announcing a game, whose prix is a 5-friends-trip in SA.

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  • Il leone, il bufalo e la Madunina

    Offensiva turistica sudafricana in Italia, in questi giorni. L’ente di promozione turistica sta proiettando in queste ore gigantesche immagini dei big 5 in movimento su altrettanti, celebri monmenti e palazzi di Milano, sede fino a domenica della BIT (il più importante evento fieristico del turismo in Italia). L’offensiiva viaggia anche sul filo con il concorso “porta cinque amici in sudafrica”, che ta girando sui siti di alcune riviste glamour.

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    In questo periodo vanno molto le uova di cioccolata, in vista della pasqua. Ma puoi trovarci pasticche contro il mal di testa, o voucher-regalo per l’ingresso a catene di fast food. Expatshop è un caso molto eterogeneo di e-commerce: si propone come il luogo ideale per i sudafricani che vivono all’estero, e che vogliono fortissimamente rifornirsi di cose di casa…Non è nato da molto, ha cavalcato facebook ed ora ha pure attivato un blog (in questo caso senza grande seguito, per la verità). Non è niente di particolarmente rivoluzionario, però sembra che stia funzionando e merita di esser segnalato. Anche perché se cercate qualcosa di simile e italiano, che non sia strettamente legato ad un settore in particolare (cibo), i risultati non sono molto lusinghieri. Guardate qua, oppure qua

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  • In these days you can find Beacon eater eggs over there, or Grandpa Headache powders, or gift-vouchers for fast food. We’re talking about expatshop, a special kind of e-commerce web site: it’s a very special resource for southafricans who live abroad, and who are looking for something coming from their country. It’s quite young, runs over Facebook, and recently opened a blog too. Nothing really revolutionary, but it seems to work, and that’s why we mention it. If you look for something italian like that, not focused on food, it’ll be hard to find something really fine..

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  • Vendesi auto. Nel 2015

    A proposito di Brics, e di automobili…Il Boston Consulting Group ha recentemente incluso il Sudafrica in un gruppo di 8 paesi nei quali entro il 2015 si assisterà al maggior spostamento di famiglie dalle fasce più basse di reddito a quelle “medie”. In particolare, il rapporto “Winning in emerging market cities” stima in un milione le famiglie sudafricane in ‘emersione’, e prevede che queste accresceranno in modo esponenziale i consumi di benessere, salute, istruzione, autovetture. Per queste ultime, in particolare la stima di crescita è di circa il 29 per cento. Qualcuno ha voglia di aprire un concessionario a Cape town?

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