South Africa society

In Afrikaans and English. "The Afrikanerbond originated in 1994 as a result of the Afrikaner-Broederbond." Background, constitution. "Although membership of the Afrikanerbond is limited to those whose mother tongue is Afrikaans, and who accept the Bible as the fundamental guide to life, non-members are most welcome to co-operate with us if they have a contribution to make."

The Big Issue (Cape Town)
"The Big Issue is a socially responsible organisation which enables willing, unemployed and marginalised adults living in South Africa to take responsibility for their own lives through a developmental employment programme." Web site of the print entertainment, popular culture magazine. Has excerpts from articles such as gay Cape Town, selling of crocodiles, an interview with a former death row warder. The magazine is sold in South Africa by the homeless.

Behind the Mask - on Gay and Lesbian Affairs in Africa

Cape Town Area Muslim Network
Announcements only list for people living in the Cape Town area interested in topics relevant to Muslims. Notices will include introductions to Cape Town area Islaamic schools, organizations, and masajid, notices of regular Halaqas, lectures on Islaamic topics, and Muslim Student Association (MSA) events at area universities. Part of the network. To subscribe, send e-mail to:
In the BODY of the message put: subscribe capetown-net

Cape Town Heritage. Cape Connected
Travel information, NGO directory, Cape Town's history from prehistory to the present, includes photographs (no captions). Site maintained by volunteers and by African Dawn Touring. Patrons include the former Mayor of Cape Town. [KF]

Cape Town Tourism
Official site for tourism to Cape Town and the Western Cape. Cape history, maps (city centre, province) find hotels by ratings. Based in Cape Town, with over 2000 tourist industry members.

China Monitor (Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Monthly publication of the Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Full text articles on-line in PDF. No. 21, August 2007 is on The Chinese Community in South Africa (27 p. in PDF). No. 17, April 2007 is on China's involvement in African Infrastructure (20 p. in PDF).

Comedy Club
Interviews with comedians, satirical articles on political, social issues in South Africa. performance schedules.

Community Agency for Social Enquiry (C A S E)
An NGO research agency which "focuses on socio-economic and policy research from a development-oriented perspective, in support of the democratic transformation of South Africa." Describes their programs and publications. Based in Braamfontein, South Africa.

Diners Directory for South Africa
"The diners directory is an online portfolio for various restaurants / food establishments in South Africa."

Ananzi - Society & People
Mail & Guardian Jump Start -

District 9
Rotten Tomatoes Review - " Genre master Peter Jackson produces this science-fiction film, the directorial debut of Neill Blomkamp. In District 9, South Africa has become a haven for refugees--from outer space." "Far from your average monster debauchery or invasion extravaganza, District 9 operates as an allegory for apartheid, xenophobia, corporate malfeasance, gentrification, and the dog-eat-dog nature of living in poverty under hostile and oppressive conditions."

Eloquent Elegance; Beadwork in the Zulu Cultural Tradition
Maintained by Dr Hilgard Stanley Schoeman. Includes A brief history of the Zulu Nation, A brief history of Traditional African Bead Craft, The Zulu Beadwork Language (Technical), How to get hold of true Zulu Beadwork. There are illustrations of Traditional Necklaces, Adornment of the head, Adornment of the chest, waist and lower body, Adornment of the limbs, Items worn by Izangoma (specialists in traditional magic).

Site to connect Southern Africans in North America, provide advice on scholarships, finances, etc. Includes a directory of organizations for Southern Africans in North America. Based in Duluth, Georgia.

Gaiter, Colette - The Natural Order of Things
Site designed by Colette Gaiter (Associate Professor of Design, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN.), requires Flash and Shockwave to view. Dr. Gaiter compares life in post apartheid South Africa and for African Americans in the U.S. Features the Masimanyane Women's Center in East London, an ANC Women's League rally, a women's farming project near Umtata, etc. [KF]

GAL - Get a Life - Site for South African Students
A humorous rendering of current events in Southern Africa by South African students for young South Africans (16-26). Created by 20-something South Africans. Includes campus, sports news, how-to guides, travel, entertainment, education financial aid sources, a chance to spend a day with celebrities people in the media, politics, or business. Has links to South African higher education institutions.

Discussion list to facilitate discussion on gender-relations issues primarily, but not exclusively, in South Africa. To subscribe, send email to:
In the Message area put: subscribe gennet

Goldstuck (Arthur) - South African Urban Legends
Sample chapters from Goldstuck's books on urban legends. Lists of his other books and links to his interests in South African business, computers, music, sports, etc.
South African portal for the majority population. News from SAPA, sports, lifestyle, entertainment, business, careers and travel. From Safika Online.

Knights of Malta
The Brotherhood of Blessed Gerard is the relief organisation of the Knights of Malta in South Africa. Site briefly describes their projects - nutrition scheme for infants, a hospice for the sick, a club for the elderly, a rural pre-primary school.

Kuper, Leo - Papers 1952-1966
There is an online Inventory of the Leo Kuper Papers microfilmed by CAMP, the Cooperative Africana Microform Project, based at the Center for Research Libraries in Chicago. Kuper, a South African sociologist, conducted interviews with over 100 South African black professionals (including lawyers and articled clerks) in the 1950s/early 1960s for the book, An African Bourgeoisie.

Larrabee, Constance Stuart - South Africa 1936-1949
Photograph exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art (Washington, D.C.) Larrabee "worked as a professional photographer in South Africa until 1950. Her aesthetic eye is apparent in the exquisite black-and-white images that document the lives of African peoples in both rural and urban settings."

License Plates
Photos and explanations about African automobile license plates

Madam and Eve
Famous South African cartoon strip commentary on South African society. Database of citations to the cartoons in books, searchable by keyword. Free computer wallpapers. [KF]
Site of South African writer, Mark Mathabane, author of "Kaffir Boy," "Kaffir Boy in American," "African Women," and "Love in Black and White." Has the full text of opening chapters of his books. Describes life in Alexandra township under apartheid. Mathabane lives in North Carolina and is available to speak on campuses, etc.

Mokae, Zakes
About the South African actor Zakes Mokae, a biography, his TV and film work. Iain Fisher has a university honours degree in Computer Science and a masters MBA degree and works for IBM. [KF]

Outright (Cresta, South Africa)
Site only works in Microsoft Internet Explorer. "...a fashion and life style magazine for gay, lesbian, bisexual...people of all races..."

The Paideia Project On-line
Proceedings of the 20th World Congress of Philosophy, Boston, Massachusetts, 1998. Includes full text papers on Philosophy in Africa (Polygyny in Africa: A Male's Post-Original Sin or Rejection of the Primeval Monogyny and Affirmation of Sexual Inequality, by Zekeh S. Gbotokuma, Ubuntu: An African Assessment of the Religious Other, by Dirk J. Louw.)

Rainbow Nation. The Global South African Community
Travel, News, Directory, Business, Shopping, Forums, Recipes, Columns, Immigration Visas. Directory of clubs and societies worldwide, a South African recipes forum, columns by expatriate South Africans.

Rhodes University. Department of Philosophy (Grahamstown, South Africa)
Publishes the journal, Philosophical Papers.

RSA Overseas - South African Ex-pat's
Section on South African slang words and phrases. People database, discussion forums. Culture, history, South African cuisine. Site based in Arlington, Virginia. [KF]

Rumba-Kali Home of African Hip Hop
Covers hip hop groups from Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Zaire, Zimbabwe. Has examples of  South African graffiti. Site by Rahh Records of Leiden, Holland.

SAIMMIG.CALS - Southern African Migration Discussion Group
Discussion email list started by Jonathan Klaaren, while at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, Univ. of the Witwatersrand, on legal and policy issues related to Southern African migration/immigration. To subscribe send email to:
In the message area put: subscribe saimmig.cals
Or send email to:

SANCO, South African National Civic Organisation
SANCO Address -
Address by the SANCO General Secretarty, Mbongeni Ngubeni, to the 1997 5th South African Municipal Workers Union National Congress. [KF]
Barchiesi, Franco, "Delivery From Below, Resistance From Above, Electricity and the Politics of Struggle for People's Needs in Tembisa" -Full-text article from Debate: voices from the South African left (No. 4, 1998) about the SANCO Tembisa branch.
Simunye SANCO and the Southern Development Trust - "SIMUNYE SANCO was formed as a business arm of SANCO in the Western Cape. It holds an interest of 50% in the company with Southern Developmemt Trust holding the rest of the interest. The Company seeks to exploit all empowerment opportunities, including Government privatization projects or awarding of licenses,..." [KF]

Site for the NGO sector in South Africa. Has an NGO directory, PRODDER. Provides Website Design, Hosting, Database Design for civil society organizations. Offers internet training, information communication technology (ICT) strategic planning, linux local area networks setup. Based in Johannesburg.

Scouting Association, South African
History, activities, issues of their newsletter, links to South African scout group web pages, material on the issue of admitting girls. The scout movement was founded by Robert Baden Powell. [KF]

South Africa in Transition - UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism
Eight students at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism reported from South Africa March 1999 on AIDS, water shortages and supply, Pieter-Dirk Uys' voter education tour, car jacking, domestic abuse against women, crime, hairstyles, gay and lesbian society. [KF]

South Africa Yearbook 1995
The full text of the long established annual reference work (formally called South Africa Official Yearbook). Published by the South African Communication Service, Pretoria. Reproduces each chapter of the book (except for sports). Has a chapter on "Arts, Culture, Religion."

South African Embassy, Washington, D.C.
The Embassy in Washington, D.C. has arts and culture information with links to sites such as wine pages.

South African National Scrabble Players' Association, SANSPA
Information on the national championship and other competitions, the history of organised Scrabble in South Africa, hints to improve your Scrabble game.

South African San Institute
"...about the ‡Khomani San of South Africa and a case study of SASI’s cultural resource work with this San community. The ‡Khomani San are an indigenous people of the southern Kalahari Desert, located in Siyanda District, Northern Cape Province, South Africa."

South African Sociological Association
Based at the Department of Sociology, Rand Afrikaans University, P.O. Box 524, Auckland Park, 2006, South Africa. Sponsors an annual congress, publishes a journal, Society in Transition, and the SASA Newsletter (issues online), has links to related sites.

Southern African Migration Project
A research programme to facilitate the formulation of new policy initiatives on migration in Southern Africa and to promote awareness of the role/contributions of foreign immigrants of African origin in South Africa. The project is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, CIDA. Partners include Queen's University (Canada) and the Institute for Democracy in South Africa, IDASA. Has the full text of some articles and reports.

Statistics South Africa (formerly the South African Central Statistical Service)
Official site. Has the 1996 population census, statistics in brief (housing, literacy, tourism, labour, agriculture, mining, trade, prices, etc.), economic indicators (consumer price index, etc.), special reports (labour, electricity, mining, demography, medical, crimes, transport, tourism), victims of crimes survey, unemployment report, earning/spending by households, gender statistics.

[Suzman] Caroline Suzman
Suzman is a Johannesburg freelance photographer. Photographs of South African life, Alexandra township, the Miss Gay South Africa contest, the Miss South Africa contest, preparations against farm attacks. Suzman has worked for the The Sunday Times and The Mail & Guardian. She is a member of World Picture News photo agency in New York.

"...a gritty and moving portrait of an angry young man living in a state of urban deprivation. Set amidst the Johannesburg township of Soweto, Tsotsi traces six days in the life of a young gang leader who ends up caring for a baby accidentally kidnapped during a car jacking. This dramatic event will drive Tsotsi into an unexpected relationship with this baby where he will discover the true meaning of adulthood, love and life. The soundtrack features several tracks by South African Kwaito (South Africa's hip-hop) legend, Zola, including his most acclaimed hits Mdlwembe, It’s Your Life, Bhambatha as well as other Kwaito/hip-hop musicians." Audio clips, movie trailer. Nominated for Best Foreign Film for the 2006 Academy Awards.

University of Stellenbosch. Department of Scoiology
Has the full text of some Occasional Papers:

  • Occasional Paper no. 2 Bekker, S. 1996. Culture and development in South Africa. A case study addressing tenure and common property systems in the Durban Functional Region.
  • Occasional Paper no. 6a Bekker, S., Cross, C. and Eva, G. 1999. En waarheen nou? Migration and settlement in the Cape Metropolitan Area (CMA).
  • Occasional Paper no. 7 Sharp, J. with Badstuebner, J. and Broadbridge, H. 1999. Land invasion and informal settlement. A case study of Monwabasi Park, Khayelitsha. Report to the Legal Resources Centre, Cape Town.
  • Occasional Paper no. 8 Bekker, S. and Leildé, A. with Cornelissen, S and Horstmeier, S. 1999. Identity construction "from above": The Western Cape Province as case study. An interim report on research into emerging provincial identities in the Western Cape.

Uys, Pieter-Dirk - Evita and Co in Z.A.
Site of the famous satirist, Pieter-Dirk Uys.

Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research (WISER)
Its research programs are: Law, Criminality and the Moral Logics of Everyday Life; Meanings of Money and Cultures of Economic Rationality; Rethinking 'Race'; Cultures of Sexuality and Power; The Limits of the State. Based at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Working Group of Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa, WIMSA
NGO working to help the San, who are "sometimes still referred to as ‘Bushmen'". Concerns the San living in Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, and Angola. Free on-line publications - intellectual property rights, education, youth, cultural rights, annual reports. Links to related sites. Based in Windhoek, Namibia.