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Slaves during slavery in the South. Photograph display on Gullah culture at Boone Hall Plantation.

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Slaves during slavery in the South. Photograph display on Gullah culture at Boone Hall Plantation.
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Boone Hall Plantation.
What is special about Boone Hall? It has a wonderful Virginian Live Oak alley which was planted from 1743 to 1843. The plantation has been continuously producing crops since 1681. It especially focuses on Gullah culture and the slave quarters with presentations by black Americans. Eight slave cabins (1790-1810) depict different aspects of Gullah culture and history. The plantation style homestead was only built in 1936 but the original house was built around 1700. It has beautiful flower gardens and the azaleas should be at their best. In the 1850s the plantation had 85 slaves with many involved in red brick production. Its main crops in early years were indigo and then cotton from the early 1800s. Its structures include the round smokehouse (1750); and the cotton gin factory (1853).

Gullah Culture and Language and Blacks in Charleston.
Gullah language is recognised as a distinct language and the black American population of coastal Sth Carolina and Georgia recognise themselves as Gullah people. But where did this culture originate? American historian Joseph Opala has spent decades researching the connections between Sierra Leone in Africa and Sth Carolina. A majority of the coastal black slaves arriving in Sth Carolina in the 1700s came from Sierra Leone where the area was known as the “Rice Coast” of Africa. The slaves brought with them the knowledge and skills for rice cultivation in Sth Carolina; their rice cooking methods; their West African language; their legends and myths; and their beliefs in spirits and voodoo. The Gullah people are thought to have the best preserved African culture of any black American group. Few have moved around the USA and black families in Charleston are now tracing their family history (and having family reunions with relatives) in Sierra Leone and Gambia, despite a break of 250 years in family contact! Many can trace their family links back to the Mende or Temne tribal groups in Sierra Leone. The Gullah language is a Creole language based on English but with different syntax more akin to African languages and with many African words and a few French words. The word Gullah is believed to be a mispronunciation of the African word Gora or Gola which came from several tribal groups in Sierra Leone. The direct links with Sierra Leone have been supported by the discovery of an African American funeral song which is identical to one sung by villagers in Sierra Leone.

The Gullah women in Charleston are also known for their weaving- the Sweetgrass basket sellers who can be found in several locations around the city. The skill and tradition of basket making came directly from Africa. And although they do not usually use the term voodoo the Gullah people believe in spirits and the power of roots, herbs or potions to ward off evil spirits or to snare a reluctant lover. If a spell is cast upon you can be “rooted” or “fixed” by this witchcraft and unable to resist the spell. This spiritual tradition is still strong and even whites in Charleston paint the ceilings of their piazzas blue to ward off old hags and evil spirits (and the colour is also meant to deter mosquitoes.)

In the city of Charleston about 18,000 of its residents were slaves in 1861. Large households often had 10 to 20 slaves to do gardening, the laundry, the cooking, the cleaning, the food serving, caring for the horses etc. Some households hired out servants to others for short periods and some households sold products produced by the slaves – dresses, other clothing, pastries, shoes, hats, horse shoes etc. Some slaves were musicians and played for their masters or were hired out for social functions to other houses; others were hired out with horse teams for transportation of others etc. So not all slaves worked as domestic servants. But there were also free blacks in Charleston. Often illegitimate children were freed upon their white father’s death and some slaves received small incomes if they had special skills and they could saved enough to buy their freedom. Eventually some free blacks became slave owners themselves by either purchasing slaves or by inheriting slaves from their white fathers. One of the wealthiest free blacks in Charleston in the Antebellum period was Richard DeReef who owned a wharf where he ran a timber business. He also owned a number of rental properties in Charleston. Richard was not a former slave. His African father with his Indian wife had migrated to Sth Carolina in the late 1700s when this was still possible. As his business grew Richard purchased slaves of his own. Despite his wealth Richard DeReef was considered a mixed race or coloured man and was never accepted into Charleston society. After the Civil War when the Radical Republicans from the North were overseeing/controlling Southern governments Richard DeReef was elected as a city councillor in 1868. That was the year that the new federally enforced state constitution allowing blacks to vote came into force. DeReef probably only served for a year or two. By 1870 the Ku Klux Klan was active and blacks disappeared from elected positions. When Northerners left Sth Carolina to its own devises in 1877, with the end of Northern Reconstruction, Sth Carolina stripped blacks of their right to vote by new state laws. Ballots for each of the usual eight categories of office had to be placed in a different ballot box. If any ballot was placed incorrectly all votes by that person were illegal. Later in the 1880s southern states brought in grandfather clauses- you could only vote if your grandfather did. This meant that slaves were not eligible to vote.

ON VOCAL SANCTIONS — edvard munch looks back through time as max headroom — not a scream, a full belly laugh of joy : ishootwindows, san francisco (2013)
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"on vocal sanctions and why the use of this technique is often spiritually reprehensible"

in the 21st century we have psychologically perfected the game of tag.

and vocal sanctions — controlled communication techniques — play a huge part in the silent war games of modern relationships.

last year, in august, two hugely important people imposed vocal sanctions against me.
and, i’m sure it’s been done before.
but neither one indicated it.

one just checked out completely and the other made an unspoken decision to "accept my calls", but not to make any in return (it turns out his reasons for imposing these vocal sanctions were because he had a new boyfriend but wasn’t brave enough to tell me and wasn’t supposed to be talking to me at all — LAME!!!! 🙂

since childhood, many of us have seen the saying — "talk only when you have to and never write at all". of course, this is the mantra of the lawyer, not the artist, the creator, the writer or any who have a truly open heart.

i think we all know that it is those who fear themselves who create fear in others.

so what are vocal sanctions and how can YOU use them to better your life? heheheh, just kidding, but sometimes i can’t help myself.

vocal sanctions take on many forms. therapists in all fields of mental health breakdown almost always encourage their "patients" (oh, come on, let’s just call them CLIENTS!!!!) to explore this strangely powerful field of communication control.

for instance, the silent treatment, an age old communication torture practice which can destablize and destroy children’s sense of self worth and ego has long been applied by parents and older siblings to smaller and more fragile and vulnerable children or siblings. this is just one of the many techniques and methods of delivering vocal sanctions.

when language and connection have been patternistically established through routine or repetition, that’s when vocal sanctions have the most power. as mentioned before, vocal sanctions are used to fracture relationships, so they "break" the normalized patterns. therapists claim that this is necessary, but they never take any responsibility for the fall out that "fracturing" causes instead of teaching methods for kind termination or gentle disassociation.

anyway, in order to use vocal sanctions, by decree, there must be a power imbalance in the relationship. vocal sanctions can be levied to either increase the disparity between two people or to exacerbate the tensions between people.

either way, vocal sanctions are a manipulative, crafted and premeditated response to the failings of the human condition. vocal sanctions are calculated and often never discussed before being imposed secretly. thus, a fracturing is made, but that fracturing is one which sneaks up like a fault-line on a southern california suburb development.

spiritually, this practice is for cowards.

the spiritual outcome and sorrow that comes from waging a vocal sanctions war against another human extends far beyond the intended victim. the impact of this technique, in undermining the ego of the person it is levied against, takes away from many people.

because vocal sanctions are spiritually immature and the direct result of modern "therapy teaching", which exults the separation of individuals and creates a cash market out of people’s life problems and their ability to see how they handle their life problems, the use of vocal sanctions is most likely petulant and comes from a place of hurt and unhappiness.

and often, like the AIDS epidemic in south africa, sanctions are more likely to be used to HIDE a much greater and deeper atroctiy.

the u.s. levied sanctions against south africa in the 80s and helped to redirect world attention away from the rapidly spreading and killer disease. by focusing attention on nelson mandela and freedom and bishop tutu, the world failed to see how AIDS was ravaging millions and millions of black africans sitting on some of the most coveted lands in the world…

so, too, vocal sanctions, when levied by the weak, or the hurt or the injured are generally a prime indicator that cowardice is the motivation.

personally, my ego being easily bigger than this building in the photo, i didn’t even notice that i had been vocally sanctioned. it has taken me nine months to come to the realization.

but i have a very busy life and can barely call myself back to say hi these days. so it took a long time to figure out that i’d been vocally sanctioned off.

and, oddly/honestly, of the two people that levied sanctions against me, i only want to hear from one. and yesterday, after finally having a meltdown, i realized that the sound of someone’s voice can be something we remember forever. and in not being able to hear a voice, one can wish for it like a favorite song.

and i miss your voice. but i respect your reasons for vocally sanctioning me. and i love you. and if all you can read are these words, i hope they sound like a voice in the back of your head. and i’m proud of you and happy for you in your new life that i know absolutely nothing about.

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Apartheid in South Africa

Apartheid literally translates as “apartness” from Afrikaans. Apartheid was a system of racial segregation that was enforced in South Africa from 1948 to 1994.

Racial segregation and the dominance of whites had been traditionally accepted in South Africa prior to 1948, but the general election of that year, Daniel F. Malan officially included the policy of apartheid in the Afrikaner Nationalist party platform, bringing his party to power for the first time. Although most white acquiesced in the policy, there was bitter and sometimes bloody dissension over the degree and stringency of its implementation.

Under apartheid, people were legally classified into a racial group – the main one being White, Black, Indian and Coloured – and were geographically, and forcibly, separated from each other on the basis of the legal classification. The purpose of apartheid was separation of the races, not only of whites from nonwhites, but also of nonwhites from each other, and, among the Africans (called Bantu in South Africa), of one group from another. In addition to the Africans, who represent about 75% of the total population, those regarded as nonwhites include those people known in the country as Coloured (people of mixed black, Malayan, and white descent) and Asian (mainly of Indian ancestry) populations.

The Group Areas Act of 1950 established residential and business sectors in urban areas for each “race” and strengthened the existing “pass” laws, which required nonwhites to carry identification papers. Other laws forbade most social contacts between those of European descent and others, authorised segregated public facilities established educational standards, restricted each group to certain types of jobs, curtailed non-white labour unions, denied non-white participation in the national government, and established various black African “homelands”, partly self-governing units that were nevertheless politically and economically dependent on South Africa.

The Black majority, in particular, legally became citizens of particular “homelands” that were nominally sovereign nations but operated more akin to United States Indian Reservations and Australian/Canadian Aboriginal Reserves. In reality however, a majority of Black South Africans never resided in these “homelands”. In practise, this prevented non-white people – even if actually resident in white South Africa – from having a vote or influence, restricting their rights to faraway homelands that they may never have visited. Education, medical care, and other public services were sometimes claimed to be separate but equal, but those available to non-white people were generally inferior.

The end of apartheid started in 1993 when a draft constitution was published , which guaranteed freedom of speech and religion, access to adequate housing and numerous other benefits, and explicitly prohibiting discrimination on almost any ground. Midnight on 26-27 April 1994 the old flag, which represented an all white nation, was lowered. The old national anthem was sung, followed by the raising of the “rainbow flag” and the singing of the other co-official anthem. Since then the day is celebrated as a public holiday in South Africa known as Freedom Day.

Apartheid was a reality for many South Africans!

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The Beneficiaries In South African World Cup

This is a session to be filled with star light of World Cup, even more the World Cup can be regarded as a war of commercial. In this grand feast, not only has the International Soccer Association and the South African World Cup Organization committee’s form, also has Puma, MacDonald and so on well-known brand, even more, Chinese enterprises have appeared in this grand feast, as well as “China made”.

As far as many people are concerned, the influence of South Africa World Cup is can not be ignored, only at the aspect of economy, that its income is quite objective. However, compared to the fact, this session of World Cup for South African, the payment was more than income. It is known to all, this time the more than 3.5 billion dollars has been invested by World Cup Organization committee, was the highest investment in the history of the World Cup. But this already went far beyond anticipated, it is said many local authorities of South Africa already were heavily in debt.

According to this data, many professionals analyzed and trusted the income of this World Cup of South Africa is going to be unsatisfactory. There was a study that total 32 pages to report the financial position of World Cup in South Africa, it reported the income of World Cup would not make up the payment of South Africa. What is more, there had the worker strike and the foreign tourist sharp decline. For the people’s health sake, the local government limited the number of foreign tourist, the number got to 1,000,000.

Who are the greatest beneficiaries? Perhaps FIFA, as the supreme governing body of world football, FIFA copyright by television has maintained a steady income. It is reported by data in 2009, the total profit of FIFA’s reached nearly 196 million dollars, and the financial income got to about 10 billion dollars. Just like a few of sports medias reported that FIFA was a “board”. Maybe Puma to be, in this World Cup, Puma as one of FIFA sponsor, supplied the equipment sets for some African teams or athletes, and achieved historical feat.

With political pointed out, in addition to show own influence of soccer in South Africa World Cup, the people’s expectations of its more a matter of fact that drives the economy of South Africa and the African continent to take off, but under the background that the global economy not yet out of recession, it could not say certainly that the economy of South African must be rised.

For Chinese people, Chinese football team could not participate in the World Cup that is quite disappointed. But you would see the Chinese shadow on the playground.

Looked at the whole playground, it was filled with Chinese elements. Vuvuzelas are popular with Africa’s fans, but the worry for many players, even had a prohibition about playing, in fact, mostly made in China.

Even more, including footballs were made in China. It is said a manufacture of Jiangxi that offered the “celebrate” that as the World Cup ball, China produced a total 12 million designated ball games and business, this was controversial.

To our surprised, Chinese sponsors with other world famous brands entered the large stage of World Cup. China Harbin beer can be seen in every World Cup’s match. They are the World Cup official sponsors, has also been in World Cup history first time presents the Chinese Enterprise’s name.

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South Africa

DAY 1: Cape Town- ‘The Mother City’
After reaching Cape Town you can book a hotel and rest for a while after a long journey. During the afternoon time you can move out for the city tour. There are many places which one can visit like the Parliament and the ‘Tuinhuis’ , St. Georges Cathedral, Company Gardens, and the Malay Quarter. You can also explore the Victoria and the Alfred Waterfronts.

DAY 2: Cape Town- visit ‘The Cape of Good Hope’
Next morning you can move for the whole day excursion to Cape Point and to the Cape of Good Hope. First we can visit the fishing harbour of Hout Bay and continue our drive to Chapman’s peak. On the way back, we drive along False Bay Coast and also visit the Jackass Penguins, and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

DAY 3: Mossel Bay- ‘Begin The Garden Route”
Next morning you can go to the Intercity coach to Mossel Bay via Swellendam. The Mossel Bay city tour also includes the Post Office Tree and museum. Here you can take an overnight stay.

Next day after the breakfast you can drive through the Wine Lands, which is also known as ‘The Little karoo’, then to the town of Oudtshoorn- this is generally known as the ‘Feather capital’ of the world. In the afternoon we learn about the ostrich birds and about their rearing. We can also go to the Cango Wildlife Ranch, where you can see the variety of animals. You will have to make an overnight stay at the Hotel.

DAY 5: Arrive Johannesburg ‘The financial capital’
Now you take a flight to Johannesburg and go for a city tour of Pretoria- which is at a distance of 58 Kms from Johannesburg. Pretoria is also referred as the ‘Garden city’ and is the administrative capital of the country. Other places to which one can go include Voortrekker Monument, Church Square, Kruger House, and the Union Buildings.

DAY 6 : Sun City ‘the Fun City’
Now move to Sun City here you can see the underground workings of a gold mine. After the short orientation tour evening can be utilized to explore this huge complex.

DAY 7: Sun City
Next day after the breakfast, you can enjoy for the whole day and involve into various entertainment activities here you can play at the casinos and enjoy various other ostentatious extravaganza shows.

DAY 8: Return
You can check out the hotel and transfer to Johannesburg International Airport the next day.

Author is an associate editor for International Holidays packages. Get all possible information about south africa tour packages and International tour packages. We also provide information about online hotel reservation, Holiday Packages in India and Flights Booking in India.

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Lyndenburg (Mpumalanga) on the way to Nelspruit, South Africa

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Lyndenburg (Mpumalanga) on the way to Nelspruit, South Africa
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Volunteer Africa, Asia or South America ? A few Handy Hints

It could be the first time you are away from home, travelled on your own or travelled out of the comfort of a package deal holiday but when you chose to volunteer africa, Asia or South America, it will be the first of many more adventurous trips. One very rewarding volunteer abroad program is volunteer teaching. There are a million possibilities about what could happen – good and bad. And, the likelihood is nothing will happen particularly if you travel with an organised party. However, just in case there are certain things that can be done as damage limitation. Here are a few pointers to help you get out of trouble while you are doing volunteer teaching or volunteer abroad research or simply travelling overseas:

Study your Area

Local Knowledge will help with volunteer teaching and adapting to a new environment. The obvious thing is read up on your chosen continent, knowledge is power and a whole load of cultural things will make much more sense if background reading is done.

Documentation Tip

Before you set off on your volunteering adventure take colour photocopies of all your documentation: passports, drivers licence, insurance documents and even bank cards. Leave a copy with someone you trust at home and send an email with all the details to yourself, that way you will always have your documentation numbers as long as there’s internet.

Useful Numbers

Ensure you have your banks international contact details and Iban or Swift codes. If you need to cancel any credit cards or receive a bank transfer because you have ran out of money you’ll have the details to hand. Also, take a contact number for the nearest consulate, your insurance companies contact number and your policy number. These are easy to get when at home but can be more difficult when abroad volunteer teaching in a remote village for example.

Useful things to Pack

It goes without saying that a first aid kit is a must when you volunteer africa or asia but three things that your first aid kit must include are water purification tablets, re-hydration sachets and anti-diarrhoea tablets, most medicines are available overseas but it’s important to carry at least two days worth of basic medicine as you might not be volunteer teaching in a town or city and therefore need medicine until you are able to visit a more urban area. It’s an opportunity of a life-time and once the travelling bug has bitten you will be planning your next adventure as soon as you have arrived home from your last.

Paul Collins is a travel writer and marketer he has completed several volunteer projects. So if you want to volunteer africa, asia, europe or south america or you’d like to know where to do volunteer teaching he’s your man.

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Flights to South Africa ? Cape Town Making Them Hot and Popular

Cape Town will be a serious contender when it comes to picking out the world’s most beautiful city. The phenomenal beauty of this majestic piece of land has ensured that there is never a dearth of tourists at Cape Town. People from every nook and corner of the world buy tickets on airlines just to witness the grandiose and the poetic scenery that is being offered by a city that lies at the very end of the African Continent!

Top Cape Town Attractions

The number of tourist attractions in Cape Town is cumbersomely huge – beautiful beaches, iconic mountain, manmade marvels, world class shopping spots and everything else under the sun – making it comprehensible why cheap tickets on flights to South Africa sell out as fast as greased lightning. Let us take a look at some of the top ones that ensure that travel operators around the keep on rolling out attractive holiday packages!

Table Mountain

Table Mountain will perhaps be at the top of any list that has something to do with Cape Town’s tourism. A World Heritage Site, Table Mountain is one big reason that most passengers on flights to South Africa are probably landing up in Cape Town! The magnificent mountain enchants many under its spell of beauty, grandiose and splendour. Travel to the top of the mountain via a cable car and take in the grand view of the city from the summit, and you will surely thank your cheap tickets on flights to South Africa for allowing you have such a majestic experience!

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

The celebration of South African flora – Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is incredibly popular tourist spot that just transports people into a land of peace and tranquillity. Check out the nature’s wonders that are bestowed upon in this wonderful country of South Africa. Apart from extremely rare plants, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden also features lovely streams and ponds that add to the visual appeal of these gardens. Go for a casual stroll or sit down to have a lazy picnic – the mesmerising are there to pamper, educate and enlighten you! No wonder, the number of botanists lining up to grab cheap flights to South Africa is increasing day by day!

Robben Island

Indeed cheap flights to South Africa are exceedingly popular but cheap is not a word that you will associate with Robben Island. ‘Intriguing’ is more like it! Robben Island is an incredible tourist spot that stands today as a symbol of a nation’s fight against discrimination and human rights abuses. The island runs a number of educational programmes that impart information on the apartheid era in South Africa. Playing a big past in bludgeoning city tourism, Robben Island ensures that those airline tickets you bought are surely worth every penny!

Experienced content writer and editor, Jack Olivor has been working with Southall Travel for 3 year. He is consultant and expert advisor on flights to South Africa, flights to Cape Town and writing various tips and advices on holidays and travel industry. Visit for more information about him.

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Maskandi Music Videos Amaqhawe Baba nawe Mama South African Music Mbaqanga

Maskandi music is growing rapidly in South Africa, who knew. Amaqhawe is a South African music group.

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South African music vomaseve (Dance Mix)

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