White Sou:- A‘rica has changed since the end of apartheid `here are many different communities in South Africa today. Most have a ily recently had the opportunity to affect South African life. For example, black South Africans did not gain the right to vote until 1994.
While South Africa has changed since the end of apartheid, there is still a big gap between the rich and poor. The rich are still mainly white, and the poor are mainly black.
This gap is also still large in education. Crime is a big issue, as is HIV/AIDS. Attempts to close the gap between ethnic groups is proving a slow and difficult process.
However, progress has been made. Most people’s lives are better than they had been during the apartheid years.
Many more people have homes with running water and electricity. The HIV/AIDS crisis is finally coming under some control, and life expectancy is once again rising.
Pride Many things could have gone wrong in the change from apartheid to democracy. Some people thought that civil war, when two or more groups within a country fight each other, might happen. However. the changeover happened fairly peacefully, and most South Africans are proud of that.
Looking forward In South Africa today, most young people know their history, but understand that things have changed and will continue to do so. There is genuine pride in South Africa, and a hope that theirs will be—even if it is not yet—the most free arid open-minded country in the world.
Festivals and national holidays Festivals are celebrated throughout the year in South Africa. The Prickly Pear Festival is held in late February or early March in Nelson Mandela Bay. It is a day when everyone celebrates traditional South African food. The famous National Arts Festival takes place in Grahamstown in June, and the Hermanus Whale Festival is in September. In 2010, 130000 people turned up to see the whales in their natural setting!
Food The different backgrounds of South African people are shown in the number of different cooking styles found around the country.
Sweet, spicy curries are common in Cape Malay, and a popular European dish is a stew called potjiekos, cooked in a traditional three-legged pot. In KwaZulu Natal you can eat bunny chow, an Indian-style curry served Ina hollowed-out loaf of bread. Tripe is popular particularly with black South Africans. Tripe is made horn the stomach tissues of cows, sheep, and other animals. Water sports Good weather means that South Africans enjoy trips to the coast and visiting national parks. Golden Mile beach in KwaZulu Natal is protected by shark nets, so that people can safely swim and surf.
Some people go diving and get to see sharks up close.
The staple food for poorer families is pap, which is a type of porridge, and stew. Pop is made from mealies, another word for corn.
Morogo is a combination of different types of green leaves, including beet leaves, which are boiled and served with pap. Meat is popular throughout South Africa. Mopane worms, fried locusts, and clued meat called biltong are sometimes eaten as snacks.