South Africa/Südafrika/E/D

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Memories of South Africa M.+F.Ramsauer
Memories of South Africa M.+F.Ramsauer

Due to the fact that President Obama has just held a very important speech in front of the NAAC (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and  that the great man Nelson Mandela celebrated his 91st birthday yesterday,  I would like to write something about South Africa.


Fill the following words into the gaps:

a  Africa  African  against  democratically  had  he  in  May  Nelson  not  prison  We


This famous sentence comes from ____________ Mandela who was inaugurated on ______ 10, 1994, as the first ____________________________ elected president of South Africa. ____ know that Mandela had been ____ prison for 27 years because ____ had fought with the ANC, ______________ the Apartheid regime in South ____________ and that when he left ____________ in 1990 his purpose was ______ to take revenge for what ______ happened to him and his ______________ people, but to work for __ Democratic South Africa


Here below is the legendary foto taken by Nzima in 1976, showing the dying Hector Pieterson in the arms of Makhubo and Antoinette, Hector’s sister running alongside. The boy was killed by one of the policeman shooting at the children.

This is the very famous picture about that tragic event in 1976./Das is das sehr berühmte Foto von 1976, das an jenes drammatische Ereignis von 1976 erinnert.

Fotos:Franz Ramsauer

In 1976 there was a demonstration going on, which at the beginning was peaceful, against the introduction of Africaans ( a descendent of Dutch) in the schools, because most of the pupils didn’t know that language. Besides the hero Nelson Mandela there is, for example, Steve Biko, who fought without using violence, in the sense of Gandhi, against the Apartheid system. He died in police custody on September 12, 1977 after suffering brain lesion caused by the application of force on the head.

( The  following touching video “A story of hope” about Steve and South Africa.)
Auf Deutsch:

Zur Gefängnsinsel “Robben Island”, wo Neslon Mandela oder Steve Biko inhaftiert waren hat man uns auf unserer Reise durch Südafrika gesagt, dass man Nelson Mandela damals die Flucht aus jenem Gefängnis empfohlen hatte, ihn aber damit nur in eine tödliche Falle locken wollte.

And now please enjoy South Africa and its nature despite the fact that you are not there:

Und nun geniesst die Natur von Südafrika und beschreibt die Bilder.

In the Kruger and Hluhluwe National Parks. In den Nationalparks.

Describe the pictures:Fotos: Franz und Martina Ramsauer

Ergänzt die Endungen mit: em  en  er  es


Die Erfahrungen, die ich in dies____ Parks, in eng____Kontakt mit d____ Natur machen durfte, gehören zweifellos zu den schönst____ in mein____ Leben. Die viel____ Tiere, wie Elefanten, Nilpferde, Nashörner, Krokodile, Giraffen oder Vögel aller Art zu beobachten, war einfach ein ganz speziell____ Erlebnis. Oft waren wir früh am Morgen unterwegs, wenn es noch dunkel war. Wir durften jedoch unsere Jeeps nie verlassen, um die Tiere nicht unnötig zu stören. Zuletzt möchte ich noch hinzufügen, dass die Lodges, in den____ wir in dieser Abgeschiedenheit logierten einfach unsagbar schön waren.


Beschreibt die Fotos:

This is in Soweto, hometown of the black people of Johannesburg:

"We should not give the Natives any academic education. If we do, who is going to do the manua labour in the community?" JN le Roux, National Party politician, 1945.
“We should not give the Natives any academic education. If we do, who is going to do the manual labour in the community?”
JN le Roux, National Party politician, 1945. (Zitat auf Deutsch: “Wir sollten den Einheimischen keine Akademische Ausbildung geben. Wenn wir das tun, wer wird dann die körperliche Arbeit im Lande machen? ” Non dovremmo dare una formazione academica agli indigeni. Se lo facciamo chi farà i lavori manuali in questo paese?”

Fotos:Franz Ramsauer

Describe the people on these fotos/ Beschreibt die Leute auf diesen Bildern:

(Put the verbs in the past into the present and vice-versa.)

Soweto, the township south west of Johannesburg was one of the places where the black people were accomodated,especially after 1886 when gold was found and the Africans had to work in the mines. After the introduction of apartheid in 1948 removals from the cities became more and more important.

We crossed  Soweto by car and in part it was heartbreaking to see the poverty but, of course, we were also shown many areas where life seems to be of very high level. We saw, for example, the luxurious villa of Winnie Mandela, Mandela’s ex-wife.


Fotos: Franz Ramsauer
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What does come to your mind when you look at the picture here above?

Was kommt euch in den Sinn, wenn ihr das obige Foto betrachtet?

There is so much to say about South Africa, maybe another Time more?

Es gibt so viel zu sagen über Südafrika, vielleicht ein anderes Mal mehr?

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