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The south african context

  1. 1. THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONTEXTWhat do you know of South Africa? The official news is that it ranks among theten top tourist destinations in the world – and deservedly so. What draws peopleto this country? In groups research and share discoveries of the beaches,mountains and game reserves, the extraordinary natural beauty alongsideluxurious accommodation and fantastic cuisine that attracts tens of thousands ofvisitors to the country each year.With the collapse of the racist apartheid policies in the early 1990s and thesuccessful transfer from white minority to black majority rule, these pleasures cannow be enjoyed fairly guiltlessly.But there is another South Africa.TASKOver half the population lives below the poverty line – many on just a $1 aday.A quarter of the population is unemployed.More than a fifth (21%) of the adult population is infected with HIV/Aids andthousands of children grow up orphaned due to the premature deaths oftheir parents.Despite a rapid house-building programme over the last decade it still hasmany of its people living in shantytowns and squatter camps in sheltersconstructed from scavenged scrap.Violent crime, though falling, still costs the lives of over 20,000 people ayear - and armed-robbery, car-jacking, rape and aggravated burglary arethe stuff of everyday anecdote.Some or all of these are the painful legacies of 50 years of racism, discriminationand neglect and also of the miseries in many other parts of Africa - that makeSouth Africa an economic magnet and its townships an incredible melting-pot ofnationalities and cultures.1. Research these statements about South Africa and discuss which mightbe true?2. Suggest what some consequences of each problem might be?3. How do you think Tsotsi has been influenced by the South Africancontext?4. Link your findings to at least one character in the filmPerhaps start by consulting these websites:http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/sf.html.http://www.guardian.co.uk/southafrica/story/0,,1691481,00.htmlhttp://www.southafrica.net/

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