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#Taken in 1986 after the death of Samora Machel - A Luta Continua.

Aluta Continua is a Portuguese (not Afrikaans) saying meaning “The struggle continues”. The correct wording of the phrase is actually “A luta continua, vitória é certa” meaning, “The struggle continues, victory is certain”. However, it has been corrupted over the years and is more likely to be written: “Aluta Continua, Victoria Acerta”.

Amis voyageurs,

Encore un bon plan pour partir à l'autre bout du monde! L'afrique du sud, un pays incroyable, et un régal pour les yeux.

Afin de ne pas se sentir dépayser ou de ne pas etre trop perdu vous pouvez aller chez Michel Laforet ( Reserve Mopaya) à l'entreé du parc Kruger!

Cet amoureux des animaux vous recevra comme si vous faisiez parti de la famille, il vous proposera des Safaris incroyables (big five) et du bon vin sud Africain!

Un lieu incontournable au parc Kruger pour tous les français…


Son petit fils ( 12ans) Arthus que vous pourrez croiser fin Décembre se fera un plaisir de vous faire visiter la réserve de Mopaya qu'il connait comme sa poche.

N'hésitez pas à les contacter…


Hugh Masekela - Coal Train Live

“There’s a train that comes from Namibia and Angola. There’s a train that comes from Zimbabwe and Zambia. There’s a train that comes from Malawi , from Mozambique and Swaziland. There’s a train that comes from Botswana ,from Lesotho and the whole hintherland of Southern Africa. And this train carries in it young and old men of African origin who come and work on conscription , contracts in the gold and mineral mines of of Johannesburg and its surrounding metropoli. Deep deep down in the underbelly of the earth where they are digging and drilling for that mighty shiny evasive stone or when they dish mish mash mush food into their iron plates or their iron shovel. Or when they think about their loved ones as they are sitting in their funky filthy flea ridden barracks. They think about their lands and herds that were taken away from them. And when they hear that chu chu train screaming and puffing in the far of horizan. They always curse and cuss the coal train that brought them to Johannesburg ‘STIMELA!’ ”

#I had a conversation with a Zambian friend of mine and we were discussing the well kept secret of the inheritence of migrant labour in Southern Africa. As the monologue by Hugh Masekela illustrate the mining industry gave birth to mass migration by men to industralised mining centres. Not only man from the rural landscapes of South Africa but in the surrounding countries as well. What was left behind was women being head of their household , and when they too migrated for labour,  the elders and children where left behind fend and raise for themselves.Sadly the “conventional" family system was and still is broken , a cycle continues.

MANY LIVES: 150 years of being Indian in South Africa

This book, spanning the 150 years since the arrival of the first Indian indentured labourers in Natal, illustrates the power of photographs. Its lens is wide as it captures the social, the economic, the political, and the religious. It invites readers to see beyond images to the human experience in the photographs.

While the focus is broad, this collection of over 700 photographs does not ignore life’s minutiae. The strength of the book lies in the interweaving of big events with the everyday as the photographs are brought to life with well researched vignettes that provide context and meaning. As it explores the many lives of Indian South Africans, this collection challenges the partitioning of identity, while acknowledging its pull and protective presence.

The story is a beguiling one that will provoke feelings of nostalgia, dissonance and intrigue, anger and hilarity, as the pages peel back history to reveal stories of passion and pain, the ordinary and the courageous.

‘MANY LIVES: 150 years of being Indian in South Africa’ is a book by Goolam Vahed, Ashwin Desai and Thembisa Waetjen. It is published by Shuter (2010).