South Africa, Africa

South Africa is known for its diversity and eleven official languages are recognized in its constitution. English is the most commonly spoken language in official and commercial public life, however it is only the fifth most spoken home language. On 31 May 1961 the country became independent from England. It has three capitals: Pretoria (administrative), Bloemfontein (judicial), and Cape Town (legislative). Homosexuality is legal and South Africa's post-apartheid constitution was the first in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. On 1 December 2006 South Africa made history by becoming the fifth country in the world and first in Africa to legalize same-sex marriage. However, homophobia still runs high. 

 

 

For Gays and Lesbians Apartheid is Alive and Well

Last night on PBS a drama titled ‘Endgame’ was broadcast nationwide that focused on the intense and delicate negotiations in South Africa in the late 1980’s that brought down apartheid and brought a new dawn of democracy in that tormented country. It was a gripping drama of real life brought close up with cameras, script… Read more »

Gay South Africa

Intro: From international pariah under apartheid to world class human rights leader, South Africa has made the most remarkable turn-around of any country in the 20th century. Lesbigays are protected by a new constitution and now celebrate true and equal diversity with other minorities. Also see: Gay South Africa News & Reports 2000 to present… Read more »

  South Africa – Johannesburg (1)

Modern human beings have inhabited South Africa for more than 100,000 years. At the time of European contact, its indigenous peoples reflected migrations from other parts of Africa. Two major groups were Xhosa and Zulu peoples. The discovery of diamonds and later gold in 1886 triggered war, as the Boers and the British fought for… Read more »

  South Africa – Johannesburg (2)

South Africa has three capital cities: Cape Town, the largest of the three, is the legislative capital; Pretoria is the administrative capital; and Bloemfontein is the judicial capital. Johannesburg is the unofficial financial capital of the country. The discovery of diamonds and later gold in 1886 near the city turned it into a massive boom… Read more »

  South Africa – Johannesburg (3)

Although Johannesburg is not a capital city it is the powerhouse of South Africa where life is bold, varied and definitely an adventure. South Africa has three capital cities: Cape Town, the largest of the three, is the legislative capital; Pretoria is the administrative capital; and Bloemfontein is the judicial capital. There are numerous comfortable… Read more »

  Northern South Africa

The South African coast stretches 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) and borders both the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Modern human beings have inhabited South Africa for more than 100,000 years. European settlement expanded during the 1820s as the Boers (original Dutch, Flemish, German and French settlers) and the British 1820 Settlers claimed land in the north… Read more »

  Southern South Africa

The South African coast stretches 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) and borders both the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Modern human beings have inhabited South Africa for more than 100,000 years. European settlement expanded during the 1820s as the Boers (original Dutch, Flemish, German and French settlers) and the British 1820 Settlers claimed land in the north… Read more »