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Africa 2007 Itinerary - South Africa

Johannesburg — Monday February 5

Traveled to Sandton, Johannesburg. 

Johannesburg — Tuesday February 6

In the morning we went to the Apartheid Museum and the Regina Mundi Church. We ate lunch at the Basiea Diner.

After lunch we went on a tour of Soweto and visited the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum

In the evening we talked with Furman grad Dale McKinley. Dale, the US-born son of Southern Baptist missionaries, grew up in rural Rhodesia. He spoke about the myth that South Africa had a peaceful transition to democracy. He also explained why South Africa's economic system changed after independence. Finally, Dale spoke about the potential of new social movements in South Africa.

Johannesburg — Wednesday February 7

In the afternoon we had class time with Furman faculty

Evening meeting with Michael Sachs, an economist in support of ANC who provided explanation for ANC's neoliberal approach to economic policy. 

Johannesburg — Thursday February 8

  We spent the whole day in Orange Farm, a former township area on the outskirts of Johannesburg. We met with the Orange Farm Crisis Committee and other grassroots activists and talked to them about the issues they and their communities are facing.

Katie Ballentine explained how racial identities have been addressed by the ANC.

Derek Gleason presented about the British defeat at Isandlwana in 1879 and how the battle has since been politicized. 

Erica Giovanni spoke about the politics of Zulu ethnic nationalism. 

Johannesburg — Friday February 9 

  We went to Pretoria and toured the Voortrekker Monument 

Ulundi — Saturday February 10 

  We left Johannesburg for Ulundi in Kwazulu-Natal.

In the morning, Noah Woodiwiss spoke about the violent transition in power in South Africa during independence.

Christina Henderson explained the Africa Renaissance and why South Africa is associated with it.
Jennifer Ward explained the state of the women's movement in South Africa and its main issues.

On the way, we stopped at Shakaland for lunch, a very touristy destination, but a source of some very good food.
On the bus, Molly Kirk spoke about Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. 

Ulundi — Sunday February 11 

Today we explored Ulundi. In the morning we went to Emakhosini monument which honors past Zulu kings. Afterwards we talked to people in a nearby village and experienced their way of life.
For lunch, we went the compound of a member of the Zulu royal family. After an introductory ceremony, we had a brai and a sheep was slaughtered in our honor. 


Ulundi — Monday February 12

  Pat Rundgren guided us through the Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift battlefields. We explored historical narratives and their relationship to identity construction through examining perspectives of exactly what did happen on these battlefields.

In the afternoon we had class time with Furman faculty.

Daniella Fergusson spoke about sustainable development in urban South Africa.

Gary Guth also made a presentation about the committees in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. 

Durban — Tuesday February 13 

  In the morning we met with the Mayor of Zululand who gave us a tour of the government building and showed us the old provincial government building.

Then, we drove to Durban. We met with Laurence Piper, Professor of Political Science of the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg. We talked about Zulu nationalism and contemporary relations between Zulus and the ANC. 

Durban — Wednesday February 14

In the morning we met with Margaret Daymond, emeritus professor of literature at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, and Lauretta Ngcobo, author of And They Didn't Die. During the meeting, we discussed Ngcobo's book with both Ngcobo and Daymond.

In the afternoon we had class time and then went to the beach!

Christina Correnti spoke in the evening about whiteness and how the definitions of whiteness changed after the ANC came to power in South Africa. 

Cape Town — Thursday February 15

We flew from Durban to Cape Town with South African Airways.

We met with Patrick Bond and talked about the limitations of ANC's neoliberal economic program.

Cape Town — Friday February 16 

  We spent the day at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Boulder's beach. After lunch at Seaforth restaurant, we went to a penguin reserve.

Megan Remmel spoke about Thabo Mbeki and his seemingly outlandish statements on HIV/AIDS in South Africa. 

Cape Town — Saturday February 17 

  In the morning, some students climbed Lion's Head Mountain and others visited District 6, which was an area of one of the most famous forced removals that took place during apartheid. We shopped at a gigantic street market afterwards.

After lunch, we visited Robben Island which was where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. 

Cape Town — Sunday February 18 

  We spoke to Richard McGuire, editor of the main soccer (football) magazine in S.A., about World Cup 2010 and had class time

We also attended a church service in Luanda Township

In the evening, we went to Spier Vinyards 

Cape Town — Monday February 19

We finished much of our academic work. We spoke to Melissa Steyn about identity. Afterwards we spoke to Johann Rousseau about Afrikaner identity. Then, we went to the University of Cape Town and talked to Peter Anderson about the history and geography of Cape Town.

Later, we had two student presentations by Christ Bradt and Traver Toole.

Chris spoke about how well the ANC has protected the environment.

Traver gave an overview of pop music in South Africa. 

Cape Town — Tuesday February 20

  We climbed Table Mountain today!

In the afternoon, we took a boat cruise from the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Town. We had dinner at the Africa Cafe. 

Cape Town — Wednesday February 21

We flew back to Johannesburg and left for Dulles in the afternoon.

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