Traditional South African Culture
August 9, 2006 Wednesday 3PM CT
This hour on Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders, Jean Feraca and her guest talk about how traditional South African culture inspired and informed the struggle against apartheid.
- Sivuyile Manxoyi, a member of the Xhosa tribe of South Africa, where he is the science and communications officer at the Astronomical Observatory
- Janet 8/11/06: "I listened to the show. There was much reference to the value of people to people interaction. We in our culture do not have that to the degree to be useful. Called 'social capital' (book BOWLING ALONE). Our culture will only turn around by the people like Jean being willing to discuss concepts and actions that are necessary. We do not have enough social capital bcause we do not have PLACES where this can occur, like 'lighted schoolhouse,' etc. Our education system is a military system that indoctrinates in separateness and gives 'credit for time' rather than 'credit for education.'"
- Elizabeth 8/10/06: "Thanks for such a lovely program (about South Africa). It was lovely, informing, enriching and exciting. Your guest reminded me of all the time I spent in Grahamstown , a small town in the Eastern Cape. You have to be there to feel intensity of oneness of the people. I was impressed with their ability to talk to one another. I always felt welcome , their smiles and gregarious laughter.
"There are movies that have been made in South Africa, check Tsotsi or Yesterday. I think Yesteday captures the beauty and greatnes of these peoples traditional culture. Watch the women doing their laundry, listen to their singing as they are busy with their chores. Look at what they do when they meet one another, their willingness to share even with the strangers, (not here in Milawakee). Your guest Sivuyile talked about forgiveness, watch the main character in the movie, how she forgives and treats her husband who had been abusive, how she forgives those who were discriminating against her.
"I wanted to hear more about their songs especially the battle and freedon songs. I wanted to hear more about ceremonies that is where you see the generosity, the we are together mentality and willingness to share of these people.
"I know for sure that South Africa is where I will settle, live and die. I wish our people (African American) can have a taste of the life of these people. Is there a way this brother can address school kids?"