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Karoo Kulcha

Some video thoughts from the heart of South Africa's Karoo region.
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This video shows positives and negative things about the Karoo region. It shows you just how a regular day in South Africa is for them. The vidoe also shows how people go on about there lives while in poverty and these harsh conditions.

 

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South Africa

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Ruled by a white minority government for forty-five years,
     South Africa enforced a legal racial separation called apartheid from 1948
     until the National Party lost control of the country in 1994. Arguably the
     most powerful nation in Africa, a slowdown in the manufacturing and mining
     sector caused the country to enter a recession in 2009. The population of
     South Africa is estimated at 49 million. Black Africans make up 79 percent
     and include such peoples as Zulu, Xhosa, Northern and Southern Sotho,
     Tswana, Shangana-Tsongo, and Swazi. Whites make up 9.6 percent of the
     population and are of Dutch, French Huguenot, German, and British descent.
     People known as the Cape Coloureds, of mixed white, Hottentot, and other
     African, Indian, and Malay descent, make up 8.9 percent. Now it obvious
     South Africa's government is corrupt just by paying attention to the
     statistics. The whites are considered the minority, they only made up 9.6%
     worth of the country and they ruled the government for forty-five years.
     The government was discriminating the blacks and being unlawful and unfair
     towards them. 

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Karoo Boy: Troy Blacklaws: 9780156030656: Amazon.com: Books

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Karoo Boy [Troy Blacklaws] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers. After a freak accident, Douglas's twin brother is dead, and his family's fragmentation begins.
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Karoo boy is a novel about a boy named Douglas who had an
     identical twin named Marsden. A day when they were playing cricket with
     there father, a freak accident happened during the game. There father
     pitched the ball high up in the air while Marsden was blinded by the
     sunlight and the ball him in the head and sadly killed him. An from that
     day forward Douglas never felt complete without Marsden always being with
     him. Douglas father couldn't get over the guilt with killing of his own son
     and looking at Douglas he saw Marsden as well and it was to hard for him so
     decided to leave. Then his mom decided to also pack up there stuff and move
     to Klipdorp, in the semi desert Karoo region. At his new school, Klipdorp
     high the kids didn't like him and gave him dirty looks because he was
     different, Douglas was a boy that is long haired while the other boys have
     shaved heads. While living in Kildorp he had trouble with getting along
     with everybody and only made friends with Marika and Moses.

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Cricket's Importance to South Africa

Cricket's  Importance to South Africa | Karoo Boy : South Africa | Scoop.it
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South Africa ranking in Test cricket: No1. South
     Africa's ranking in ODIs: No1. South Africa's ranking T20 internationals:
     No1.It's an unprecedented show of ranking dominance, but in the case of the
     two limited-overs formats, the No1 spot is something that's regarded with
     indifference in the South African camp. Being Test No1 was long a goal for
     a side that had been together for a long time. The challenge in the
     five-day format is to hold on to the position. In south Africa cricket is a
     very popular sport.

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An equality test for the able-bodied.

An equality test for the able-bodied. | Karoo Boy : South Africa | Scoop.it
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Oscar Pistorius tells a story of his time at
     boarding school in South Africa. One night his fellow pupils hid his
     prosthetic legs and then poured lighter fluid over his metal bedside
     locker. They woke him with shouts of "fire, fire" and watched from behind
     the door as he scrambled in vain on the floor for his missing limbs.
     Express surprise to him over his treatment by a group he describes as
     "friends" and his reply is certain - all he wants is to be treated as they
     would treat anyone. All he has ever wanted as a sportsman is to be treated
     equally.

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