News from South Africa

Apartheid Museum - Johannesburg

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about my expectations on information media in South Africa.

I deeply believe that Soccer World Cup is an important opportunity to focus our attention on a Country, a Continent that is like a puzzle of chances, and problems.

Fortunately, there are many people sharing this vision. That’s why it’s very difficult to collect all the news regarding social life published by hundreds of different media all over the world.

In this ‘mess’, I selected two news from different media: newspaper and internet. One is good, one is bad …

The bad news.

The Guardian reported that FIFA has been accused of banning the distribution of condoms in the World Cup stadiums. As The Guardian says “South Africa has the world’s largest number of HIV carriers, with an estimated 5.7 million people infected – about one in every five adults. There are around 1,400 new HIV infections every day and nearly 1,000 Aids deaths.”

So why cant’ Aids groups draw advantage from this worldwide interest in South Africa for a prevention campaign?

The good news

It comes from Italian association called UISP (Italian Sport Union), and it is reported by different Italian online sources: ANSA, italia-news.it, etc.

Created by UISP and dedicated to Nelson Mandela, the aim is to award those people strongly involved against all kinds of racism. Even though in South Africa  apartheid doesn’t exist anymore, unfortunately racism is still alive. And not only in South Africa.

The ceremony will be significantly held at Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.

Shoot4Change by Nicoletta Di Tanno

Together with this award, the Italian UISP will present the Antiracism World Cup, a soccer championship that will be hosted at Casalecchio di Reno (7-11 July).

Photographers by Shoot4Change will be the ‘voices’ of this tournement!

South Africa and 2010 Soccer World Cup

From tomorrow many of us will spend our time watching Soccer World Cup 2010, that will be held in South Africa.

This is the most important soccer competition, and it represents a unique opportunity of investments and economic incoming, as well as an important showcase for the whole country.

I hope that all the people that are working there (journalists, tv operators, photographers, ecc.) and even the supporters coming from all over the world will be able to tell us not only about some soccer matches.

I hope they will be the witnesses of social life, focusing their (and our!) attention on a Country, a Continent that need a deep awareness from all of us.

G. Perottino/Insidefoto - all rights reserved

Following the good example given by varous NGO as Doctors without Borders and AMREF, we don’t have to miss the opportunity to talk about projects, life, needs of South African people.

As for the Rugby Championship in 1995, this is also an opportunity to fight against apartheid, that unfortunately is still alive.

If you’d like to tell something about your experiences in South Africa, don’t hesitate to use this blog!

Enjoy your championship and let’s have an alternate view of  2010 World Cup!

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Date:
Monday, June 14, 2010
Time:
2:00pm – 6:30pm
Location:
Waithaka Divisional Headquarters

Description

AMREF is partnering Africa Goal to screen World Cup matches live across Africa, starting in Kenya on June 11 and ending in South Africa on July 11.

The aim of the project is two-pronged: to bring the World Cup, on a large screen, to communities in remote or poor areas that do not have access to such an opportunity to view the matches, and to use the opportunity presented by the ready audience to deliver messages on HIV and AIDS. Africa Goal is partnering with local health organisations, and AMREF is one of those they would like to work with in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.

AMREF’s role is to organise the venues – such as a football field, or market ground – mobilise people to come and watch the match, and engage the audience in discussions and messages on HIV for about two hours before the screening in the form of talk, drama, music, question-and-answer sessions or other forms of presentation, or a combination of various forms. The Africa Goal team will provide the equipment, while AMREF organises the venue, mobilises the audience and delivers the health messages.

The first screening under this partnership will be in Dagoretti, and the match of the day shall be that between Japan and Cameroon. Children from the AMREF Dagoretti Child in Need Project will perform plays, poems and skits with a public viewing of Mapenzi Tamu and there after, a question and answer question for the audience based on the day’s performances.