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‘Township’ is a planet for aliens

A few days ago, Bizcommmunity, an online platform for writings about, amongst other things, content about media, PR and advertising in South Africa (though you wouldn’t say by the 1996-era site design) published an article riddled with stereotypes. “The township is no longer a foreign land far away and its story is no longer one of the haves and have-nots,” writes one Danette Breitenbach. But the narrative Ms Breitenbach weaves here is not hers alone.

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Using Soccer to Teach about Rights

Pulling a bright green bib over her school uniform, 13-year-old Likhona Blanket prepares to join her team of seven female football players on a bumpy patch of grass in a school yard in one of Cape Town’s poorest communities.

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Football leaves legacy of hope in Namibia

WINDHOEK – Throughout the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, organisers have insisted that the legacy of the event goes far beyond the sporting spectacle. In the dusty streets of a Windhoek township, Deon Namiseb believes this is true.

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How 16 June ignited the nation’s creative imagination

Not only did the Soweto Uprising mark a radical shift in consciousness, it also sparked a renaissance in black South African cultural creativity, writes Mphutlane wa Bofelo.

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Heroes of Khayelitsha: football from the townships

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG – “There is much excitement amongst our boys. The World Cup is taking place for the first time in Africa and is something every South African can be proud of, especially for young people”. Siphe Dlala is an extraordinary trainer. He isn’t in charge of the big players who will step on to the football fields; he is in charge of boys who come from Cape Town’s largest township, Khayelitsha.

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World Cup 2010: Flying the flag in Soweto, SA

A street in Soweto has taken heed of the call to support the 2010 World Cup, and is proudly flying the participating countries’ flags. Joburgers have been hit by the World Cup buzz and they are flying their flags to show their delight at South Africa hosting the greatest soccer show in the world.
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