South Africa: Introduction

"If  white South Africa were a separate country, it would rank in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) league table as 24th in human development terms – just below Italy and Spain but above Portugal.


In stark contrast, black South Africa would rank 123rd in the world – very much below Botswana, Gabon, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zimbabwe." (p.20-21)



Adebajo, A., et al. (2007) 'Introduction', in Adebajo, A., Adedeji, A. & Landsberg, C. (eds.) South Africa in Africa: The Post-Apartheid Era (Scottsville: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press) 17-39.

Panorama of Cape Town and its amazing mountain backdrop
Panorama of Cape Town and its amazing mountain backdrop

I spent just over two weeks in the Western Cape in 2012. These pages are my attempt to understand contemporary South Africa through that visit, my photographs and subsequent research.  I have since then been a volunteer with Jikeleza Dance helping to fund raise and support staff from in home in the UK. We have also taken on a fairly major role supporting one family living in Cape Town's townships.

There are all sorts of different ways to browse and read the pages here - using the drop down menu above or following links I have put in. I hope you find it interesting.

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