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  • 1. The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, SowetoSome cool South African Youth Hostels images:The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, SowetoThis is the view of the medical facility looking south from Healthcare facility Footbridge inDiepkloof , Soweto in the province of Gauteng, South Africa. The bridge spans thePotchefstroom Roadway at the north of the medical center. The healthcare facility’s entrancegates are at the position of marker A on this map. Potchefstroom is a town lying about 110 kmsouthwest of Soweto.As can be seen from this Street View, the construction described in the yellow notice on thephoto has been finished and the entrance is open once more. The StreetView additionallyshows that bridge itself has actually been covered over since we were there in 2007 when itlooked much more like this.The Chris Hani Baragwanath Healthcare facility is reputedly the biggest hospital in the globe,occupying 173 acres, with 3200 beds and 6760 personnel members. There’s an aerial view ofthe site here. The hospital was opened by the then Prime Minister, Jan Smuts on 23 September1942. It was the middle of WWII and six years were to pass prior to the seeds of apartheid wereto be grown by Smuts’ successor, Daniel Malan. Throughout the opening ceremony, Smutsstated that after the war the Imperial Military Medical facility, Baragwanath, as it was then called,would be used for the Black population of the Witwatersrand. In the meantime the medicalfacility would be treating the war casualties. At first they were mainly from the Center Eastcommand but, to the end of the war, the medical facility began to specialize in tuberculosisclients, both from the Center East Command and from the Far East Command.The hospital was built alongside the site of a hostel founded by John Albert Baragwanath(1842-1928), a Cornishman who had emigrated to South Africa in the 1890?s. He was born in 1/4
  • 2. Falmouth, but the family members’s roots were in Towednack near St Ives. There are stillBaragwanaths in South Africa. Check out about them here, here and right here.In 1948 Smuts’ United Party was defeated by the National Party led by Malan. A couple of yearslater, South Africa left the British Commonwealth. This made” Imperial” an inappropriatesummary so the establishment was relabelled Baragwanath Medical facility. Check out evenmore about the history of the medical center right here and about how it is in the present dayhere. In 1997, the medical center, already by then one of the biggest on the planet, wasrenamed the Chris Hani Baragwanath Medical center in his memory. Nowadays it accepts morethan 2 thousand customers daily. About half of them are HIV positive.It’s stated that, in his time, Chris Hani was the most popular member of the leadership of theANC after Nelson Mandela– specifically amongst the poorest neighborhoods. He was born asMartin Thembisile Hani, the fifth of six youngsters, on June 28, 1942 in kuSabalele in theTranskei (now the Eastern Cape). That region was the place of origin of lots of other leaders ofSouth Africa’s protest motions– names such as Nelson Mandela himself, Walter Sisulu,Clarence Makwetu, Bathandwa Ndondo, Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela, Steve Biko and MatthewGoniwe were all born in and around the Eastern Cape.Chris Hani went to Lovedale school and went on to study literature at the University of Fort Hare. When 15 he enrolled with the ANC Youth League and engaded in protests against the BantuEducation and learning Act. After finishing, he enrolled with Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armedwing of the African National Congress (ANC). In 1963 he was exiled to Lesotho where he wasthe target of assassination efforts. He obtained military exercise in the Soviet Union and, afterserving in the Rhodesian Shrub War in just what is now Zimbabwe, he transferred to the ANC’shead office in Lusaka, Zambia coming to be head of Umkhonto we Sizwe.In February 1990, President F.W. de Klerk revealed the lifting of the bans on the ANC, the PanAfricanist Congress (PAC), the South African Communist Party (SACP) and thirty-one otherorganizations which, unitl then, had been declared to be illegal by the apartheid regime. Soonafter, Chris Hani went back to South Africa and took over from Joe Slovo § as head of theSACP in 1991. He supported the suspension of the ANC’s armed battle in favor of negotiations.On 10 April 1993, Chris Hani was executed by a Polish far-right immigrant named JanuszWalu?, who shot him in the head as he stepped out of his automobile. Walu? ran away thescene, however was detained soon afterwards after Hani’s neighbor, a white female, called thepolice. Clive Derby-Lewis, a senior South African Conservative Party M.P., who had actuallyprovided Walu? his pistol, was additionally apprehended for complicity in Hani’s murder.Derby-Lewis was attempted and sentenced to death for his duty in the assassination but thesentence was commuted to life imprisonment when capital punishment was banned in 1995.In June 2010 Derby-Lewis obtained parole on the grounds that he was over 70, and wasentitled to parole in regards to South African law for having served in extra of 15 years in prison.In November 2010, Derby-Lewis’ lawyer stated that Derby-Lewis was receiving treatment forskin cancer and prostate cancer, hypertension, and for a gangrenous spot in his leg. TheCorrectional Services department reported that a choice on his parole could possibly be 2/4
  • 3. announced in early December. As at March 2011 I do not understand whether such anannouncement was made.The Diepkloof area of Soweto has associations with Alan Paton, the author of the inspirationalpublication Cry, the Beloved Country that was composed in 1946 while the writer was exploringEurope and America. Smuts was still Prime Minister of South Africa while the publication wasbeing written however by 1948, when the book was released, the National Party had actuallywon power and the seeds of Apartheid were being sown. There is a mention of the hospital inthe book.Paton was born in 1903 in Pietermaritzburg capital of exactly what was then Natal and is nowKwaZulu-Natal. He was the Principal of the nearby Diepkloof Reformatory from July 1935 toJune 1948. In Diepkloof– Representations of Diepkloof Reformatory, Clyde Broster, seniorEnglish master at Rondebosch Boys’ Senior high school, Cape Town, has selected someextractions from Paton’s works that were motivated by his time at the Reformatory. First in thecollection is To a Small Boy Who Died at Diepkloof Reformatotory– a poem in memory of a6-year-old pupil of the Reformatory. I rely on that such a boy, should he have actually offendednowadays, would be much more humanely treated. Additionally in the publication is a poignantshort tale about a boy called Ha ‘cent spent time in the Reformatory in the very early 1940s. Itcould be read in full right here. It’s just a few web pages long– however it’s well worth reading.Alan Paton perished in 1988– simply prior to the ANC Government took power. He had regularlyopposed the apartheid routine and many of his specified beliefs are now enshrined in SouthAfrica’s Expense of Rights.A couple of days prior to very first writing this in January 2009 I had actually heard the updatesof the death of Helen Suzman, an excellent South African dissident with Lithuanian Jewishancestry. Suzman was born in Germiston in the Witwatersrand in 1917 and first got in the SouthAfrican Parliament in 1953 as a member of the fast-declining United Party. She later switched tothe Progressive Party which ultimately came to be the Progressive Reform Party. At one phaseSuzman was the only woman– and the only member opposing apartheid– in the South AfricanParliament. Suzman typically asked questions in parliament about abuses of civil rights. On onesuch celebration, a cabinet minister hollered at her “You put these concerns simply toembarrass South Africa overseas.” She responded “It is not my concerns that embarrass SouthAfrica– it is your responses”. Her Progressive Reform Party was one of those which merged tobecome the present-day Democratic Alliance (South_Africa), now (February 2009) the officialopposition party in the South African Parliament. Helen Suzman stood beside Nelson Mandela,the country’s very first black president, when he signed the new constitution in 1996.Joe Slovo (1926-1995) was an additional excellent South African dissident with LithuanianJewish origins. His household emigrated to South Africa in 1934 when he was eight. He joinedthe SACP in 1942 and in the early 1960?s was important in forming an alliance between theCommunists and the ANC. In 1963 he was exiled and lived in Britain for a while. In was selectedgeneral assistant of the SACP in1984 and returned to South Africa in 1990. He perished ofcancer in 1995. A settlement east of Cape Town has been named after him.In case you’re asking yourself, the Motorizr Z3 is (or perhaps was) a smart phone. 3/4
  • 4. Images of some of individuals described in this description can be seen in my remark below. Others could be seen by clicking on the appropriate links that follow. A few of the links contain extra info: Chris Hani Jan Smuts Daniel Malan Nelson Mandela and Helen Suzman (scroll down to see four relevant images) Walter Sisulu Clarence Makwetu Steve Biko F.W. de Klerk Janusz Walu? Clive Derby-Lewis Alan Paton Joe Slovo Robert Cutts, bob@winton.me.uk This description was first integrated in June 2007 and has been revised and increased several times since. The present version dates from March 2011. Image published: June 2007 (approx) 500th view: 4 September 2009 1000th view: 4 November 2009 1500th view: 11 January 2010 2000th view: 16 March 2010 2500th view: 24 May 2010 3000th view: 27 August 2010 4000th view: 20 February 2011 5000th view: 14 June 2011 6000th view: 6 November 2011 7000th view: 30 March 2012 8000th view: 28 August 2012 More information on South African experience at : http://southafricanexperience.com/the-chris-hani-baragwanath-hospital-soweto/ 4/4Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org)