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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).
World’s largest conservation area founded in Southern Africa

A vast transfrontier park of almost 450 000 square kilometres, stretching over five Southern African countries and connecting 36 national parks and other managed areas, has been signed into being.The biggest conservation effort ever, it includes some of the most breathtaking protected areas on the planet, and will stretch over parts of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.Once fully operational it will be roughly the size of Sweden.The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area was legally established on the last day of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) conference held in Luanda, Angola, in August 2011. The signing followed a feasibility study initiated by the five participants in 2006.The implementation of the conservancy is overseen by the Peace Parks Foundation, with the help of integrated development plans (IDPs) to ensure that the process unfolds smoothly. Zimbabwe and Zambia have completed their IDPs, while Angola’s is nearing completion.IDPs for Namibia and Botswana will get underway before the end of 2011.“It’s the largest protected tourism zone in the world,” an official from the 15-nation SADC announced at the time of signing the deal.
Zambia's Sata in Angola apology for 'rebel treachery'

Zambia has apologised to neighbouring Angola for committing “treachery” by backing ex-rebels who fought the Luanda government during the civil war.

Newly elected President Michael Sata said he had sent an envoy to Luanda to apologise to the president.

In the 1990s, Angola had accused Zambia of backing the ex-rebel group Unita - a charge Lusaka denied at the time.

The move by Mr Sata is the latest policy shift by Zambia since he won elections last month.

Mr Sata said he had despatched independent Zambia’s first President, Kenneth Kaunda, to apologise to Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos.

‘Backing Savimbi’

“I have sent him as my envoy to go and personally apologise to the president,” Mr Sata said, as he received the credentials of Angola’s new ambassador, Balbina Malheiros Dias Da Silva.

He said Zambia - during the rule of Mr Kaunda’s successor, the late Frederick Chiluba - had committed treachery by backing ex-Unita rebel leader Jonas Savimbi.

Angolan forces killed Mr Savimbi in 2002, ending a brutal civil war that had raged since independence in 1975.

Mr Chiluba’s government repeatedly denied that it backed Mr Savimbi.

Mr Sata took office in September after beating his predecessor, Rupiah Banda, in elections.

He vowed to curb corruption and shake-up the political system.

He has already cancelled the sale of one of the country’s banks, Finance Bank, to First Rand of South Africa.

Mr Sata is also demanding an apology from neighbouring Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika after he was detained and deported from the country in 2007.

His deportation followed allegations that he was plotting a coup in Malawi - a charge he strongly denied.