Kickboxing: A Matter of Discipline?

Kickboxing, Chantell Kotze argues, is a way of life that might keep young people from a downward-spiral of drug abuse. Recently, the young woman identified a need in her community and established a kickboxing gym with the support of a Cape Townian club. Young people from Parow’s low-income families receive classes for free. However, people from . . . → Read More: Kickboxing: A Matter of Discipline?

Deep Play! Drifting Mesmerizes Men

The air is loaded with a thick smell of burned rubber. Motors are droning and men stand around a circuit secured through concrete blocks and old tires. I have to blink when the cars swish. Rubber particles enter my eyes. This is the first official drifting race that takes place on the parking around a . . . → Read More: Deep Play! Drifting Mesmerizes Men

Shosholoza to the World Cup 2010: A Song Transformed

Today Shosholoza is one of South African soccer fans’ most popular songs. It was originally sung by African male migrants who were forced to leave their homes to work in the mines and industrial centers of South Africa. Under Apartheid it was impossible for Blacks to legally settle down in cities. Shosholoza alludes to the sound . . . → Read More: Shosholoza to the World Cup 2010: A Song Transformed

Fan Fest in Cape Town’s “Ghetto”

One of the five FIFA Fan Fests in Cape Town takes place in Swartklip stadium in Tafelsig, a neighbourhood located in Mitchells Plain, one of the largest townships in South Africa. The settlement was established in the 1970s under Apartheid. The ideology of racial segregation classified people who did not fit into the categories of either . . . → Read More: Fan Fest in Cape Town’s “Ghetto”

The time of the Wuwuzela: Kick Off in Khayelitsha

Mcendisi calls to ask me if I would go to the city center to watch the kick-off of the FIFA Soccer World Cup. Like most of his friends he does not have a car to go where tourists and fans from all over the world will celebrate the opening on this beautiful winter day. Mcendisi lives . . . → Read More: The time of the Wuwuzela: Kick Off in Khayelitsha

The World Cup in Town: Sick of Soccer!

George’s foster mother laments that the children will have longer holidays due to the Soccer World Cup. “We have a lot of Coloured people here in Cape Town. The youngsters will gang up! Gang – do you understand?” She gesticulates with her hands as if holding an imaginary ball. “They are like a pack of dogs, . . . → Read More: The World Cup in Town: Sick of Soccer!