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Dilek explores the social problems in South Africa

South Africa is known for its spectacular landscapes, interesting safaris, abundant culture, Nelson Mandela, and unfortunately Apartheid. It was a gruesome racist institution that began in 1948. It ended 24 years back, travelers can still see the impacts of Apartheid in this gorgeous country. Dilek is one of those travelers that got see that for herself. In this post; Dilek explores the social issues in South Africa and discusses their unfavorable results. She likewise shows us ideas on experiencing the charm of South Africa and its culture.

Social Concerns in South Africa: Why South Africa?

I have actually constantly wanted to go to Africa. I have a buddy, Mishka Daries, from Cape Town who I learnt more about from work. I asked about the area and what I might do there. She told me that I might trek, swim, scuba dive, paraglide and do a safari. I said yes I’m going!While in SouthAfrican journey, I visited Cape Town, Simonstown, Cape Point, Stellenbosch and Kleinmond. I didn’t always take a trip alone during my journey there. I had locals good friends who traveled with me. Safety in Cape town differs according to the locations visited. There are areas where you certainly require to travel by cars and truck with a local because the criminal activity rate is extremely high. The residents understand exactly which locations to avoid.

Social Issues in South Africa: Impressions of South Africa and the African Continent in general

Upon arriving South Africa, I was instantly impressed by the landscape, the different tones and tones of the mountains (it was as if they were from another world), the color of the Atlantic Ocean, the freshness of the air and many of all, the liveliness of the people.

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However, I was also disturbed when I saw the Khayelitsha area, a ghetto where black South Africans live. The locals live in confined, unclean conditions. They were required to move there at the beginning of the Apartheid Program in 1948 and still live there. What puzzles me is that there are also colored people in the government who are expected to have power. What are they doing there to end this predicament? Apartheid is the sad history of oppression that has actually led to lots of present problems. From 1948 till 1994 the white South African government had an organized plan to separate its individuals based upon race with an effort to ensure white superiority. White and Colored areas were separated by law. Non-whites were removed of all political flexibilities and were given a bad education. As I took a trip through South Africa I discovered that the separation by race is still ongoing in so many levels.

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A monument of South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize winners; William De Klerk, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Albert Luthuli, and Nelson Mandela(from left to right)

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Because I didn’t learn more about Apartheid in school, I had a great deal of concerns about apartheid and other social concerns in South Africa, after my journey: Why did it start? What were the struggles? Who were the primary activists? How is the present situation and why are there still problems there?

South Africa: Culture, Food, Language, and Travel

Here are some South African and Cape town schedule pointers to get you started:

South African Food

The standard South African food has a great deal of Malaysian and Indonesian influence. A meal that all tourists or travelers should attempt prior to leaving South Africa is having a South-African grill or braai (Typically meat). See Why South African Braais are much better than BARBEQUE. You need to also attempt the tasty traditional dessert, Cape Malay koeksisters. The Cape Malay Koeksisters are sticky spicy deals with comprising of milk, ginger, cinnamon, butter, and coconut. They should not be mistaken for the other South African Koeksisters which is of Dutch influence.

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South African Language

The main language of South Africa is English. Nevertheless, there are numerous other languages spoken there; Afrikaans, Xhosa, Tsonga, Southern Soweto, Swati, and much more. South Africa has actually a”created”language called”Afrikaans”. Because South Africa was a former Dutch then a British colony, the language seems like a mix of Dutch and English.

South African Tourism

Every traveler has to take the cable television car to Table Mountain to enjoy the view of Cape Town. And an absolute must is to go to Cape Point, the location where the Indian Ocean satisfies the Atlantic Ocean. You can go to see the whales in Hermanus, bear in mind there are seasons for whale sighting. Hike in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve and check out South Africa’s many beaches.

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Impacts of Islam in South Africa

I would consider South Africa a Muslim friendly country. There a lot of Halal places to eat specifically in Cape Town. I advise Mariams Kitchen.

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It wasn’t simple to find mosques to hope in the city center however you can check here for info on mosque places in South Africa. I observed that the spiritual discussion exercises in the so-called “blended faith”or “mainly Muslim ” areas. In other areas, it may be tough to notice Islamic history.

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The first mosque developed in South Africa in 1794 by the exile Tuan Guru

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Habibia Sofie Mosque -most significant mosque in Cape Town

What surprised me in Cape Town was the presence of a Muslim cemetery. While roaming across the cemetery I saw that First names were Islamic/Arabic names and the surnames were western names. The explanation for this is that Muslims from Malaysia and Indonesia were brought as servants by ship. The Malay and Indonesian slaves took the last names of their masters or they were called according to the month they came to the Cape Town harbor. An example of such a name is Mohammed April.

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Prior to my South African trip, I never knew that Malaysian and Indonesian people were likewise among the slaves in South Africa. I thought that it was just dark-skinned Africans. My regional friends there informed me how Islam came to Cape Town. Tuan Expert, an Indonesian exile, composed the very first Quran from memory while he was in prison. Today his household still has this Quran at home. The very first mosque was integrated in South Africa in 1794 by the exiled Tuan Guru who brought Islam to South Africa. Another prominent figure is Abubakr Efendi, an Ottoman scholar. He was sent in 1862 by Sultan Abdulaziz to Cape Town to develop an ottoman theology school. He developed the Islamic education of the South African Muslims. In 1880, he passed away in Cape Town.

Inspiring individuals in the Muslim and South African community

This power woman was my host here in Cape Town. Her name is Nazreen Salie and she is a Heritage activist and an International halal occasions agent. She founded her business Cape Malay Consultants in 2006 that aims to present the South African culture to the world. Nazreen represents Malaysia in South Africa for events and companies such as the Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS), Halal Fiesta ASEAN (HalFest ASEAN), Malaysia International Islamic Lifestyle Secretariat South Africa (MILE ), OIC’s Muslim World Biz. Nazreen dedicates her life to making individuals familiar with the history of South Africa which people never ever forget what happened throughout the Apartheid Regime. I joined the Women’s Forum of the Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa. They were preparing donations for kids and infants to be sent to the Refugee Camps in Haran & Kilis in Turkey. Another fact that shocked me is that the Muslims here in Cape Town have a neighborhood watch together with non-Muslims. They would even view each other’s houses throughout Friday prayers and on Sunday throughout the service. I met Shanaaz Ebrahim Gire, a previous reporter. She is an Aid worker at Islamic Relief.

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She also teaches field personnel and donor receivers journalism in order to share genuine stories with the beneficiaries. Another power Female I fulfilled in Cape Town was, Fatiema Haron Masoet, daughter of Imam Abdullah Haron R ahimullah. Imam Abdullah Haron was apprehended and tortured by the Apartheid Regime in jail and passed away on the 27th of September in 1969. Imam Abdullah Haron devoted his life for equality amongst races, females & youth empowerment. He likewise battled against the Apartheid Regime. His child Fatiema Haron-Masoet keeps his legacy alive by committing her life to continue the Imam Abdullah Haron education trust to educate the underprivileged across South Africa. The killing of the Imam”composed by Barney Desai and Cardiff Marney reflects the life of Imam Abdullah Haron.

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Dilek and Itumeleng

I went to the previous jail on Robben Island, where anti-Apartheid activists were kept, tortured and eliminated; among them Nelson Mandela, who invested 18 years on this Island. I was honored to learn more about Itumeleng, a previous prisoner who now works as a guide. He informed me that him working as a guide in the previous prison had a major influence to conquer his psychological trauma.

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There is still a method to heal the injuries of the Apartheid Program in South Africa. One action would be that trainees find out the full true story of what their grandparents and moms and dads went through and how to handle this circumstance so that it will never ever happen again.

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The cell of Nelson Mandela.

Social Issues in South Africa: Final Thoughts

What satisfied me (landscape, individuals, activities) about South Africa are the important things that made me like the country. I especially enjoyed the colorful Bo-Kaap area, and taking pleasure in some revitalizing air by the Indian Ocean.In South Africa, the 27th of April is the legal holiday, “Freedom Day”. I did not notice any flags nor shields that told the public that it is freedom day or why individuals have to keep in mind Freedom Day. For those who don’t understand: on the 27th of April 1994, colored individuals were permitted to vote the very first time in South Africa. I believe everybody must know this about South Africa.

About Dilek Yücel

Dilek Yücel, born and raised in Vienna/Austria, finished her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Medical Computer System Sciences at the Vienna University of Technology. After her graduation, she worked as a Research Assistant at a nationwide technology institute. Dilek taught mathematics and computer sciences at secondary school level while being a youth coach. She also finished a Project Management course, became a qualified Gender and Diversity trainer and signed up with the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship Programme at Cambridge University in the field of innovative entrepreneurship and social sciences. Currently, she works as a Project Manager in Turkey’s English-speaking public broadcaster TRT WORLD. Being an activist Dilek defends level playing fields in the education system and withstands women’s discrimination, Xenophobia, and Islamophobia.


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