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Kunjani (hello in Africaan-from Jenny S.)! My (Sal) first experience on South Africa came during 7th-8th grade back in Battle Creek Middle School. We had an assignment to write our concerns (freeing Nelson Mandela)on the South African Apartheid to Rev. Jessie Jackson. I got a letter back, which contained an "print" autograph picture of Jessie Jackson. Being a young teen at the time, I thought this was cool to get a autograph picture by a distinguished political figure at that time.

I would later learn about the ongoing developments and political changes after writing a letter as a homework assignment. Being able to write a letter dealing with the political situation of South Africa gave me an interest to follow closely on the current changes.

UMM Connections

My first South African I met was a Taiwanese born and raised in this country. I though it was very odd, which I never though of Asians living in this African continent. I would then later meet a British college student born and raised in this country. He would rather be called "South African" instead of British as he corrected me one time.

Just chatted with a good friend today (Saturday, August 11th of 2007)...

Jenny lives in Orange Grove (Region 3 of Johannesburg)

Sony Ericcson

Reccomended Resources



"We’re all missionaries’
Morris Sun Tribune Published Wednesday, December 27, 2006
" In June, Dave Taffe was serving as a delegate for Faith Lutheran Church at the Southwestern Minnesota Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Synod Assembly in St. Peter. During the two-day assembly, Bishop John Anderson would pop into meetings and run through a tight five-minute PowerPoint presentation about South Africa, HIV/AIDS and the work that needed to be done in the Synod's "Sister Synod" in South Africa.
"He was pushing the bigger picture," Taffe said. "It definitely helped me draw the bigger picture. We're all missionaries."
Another subject that arose at the assembly was planning for an upcoming trip to South Africa. The trip weighed on Taffe's mind. He started thinking about it almost constantly, and a week after returning from the assembly he approached his wife Cindy about his reoccupation.
Dave Taffe, of Morris, was among a 17-person Minnesota Evangelical Church in America delegation to visit South Africa in November to learn more about what can be done about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country. Taffe reviews a photo of beds donated to a proposed care center in Eschowe, near South Africa’s eastern coast.
"I told her, 'I think I've experienced a calling,' " Taffe said. " 'I've been sitting on this for a week and I can't get it out of my mind. I'm thinking I'm going to do it.' "
Taffe became one of 17 people for about a half-dozen synod churches who embarked on the South Africa trip in early November. Even now, Taffe said the impact it’s had on his frame of mind, on his life, aren't easy to talk about.
At a time when HIV/AIDS are almost an afterthought in the United States -- for example, the University of Minnesota is expected to close its AIDS research program because funding has dried up -- South Africa has seen entire generations of people wiped out by the disease. Fighting it requires changing political, cultural and economic forces that are so deeply ingrained Taffe and others can see almost no solution.
Most Americans remain blissfully ignorant of the scourge that rages through populations in South Africa, and Taffe and his trip cohorts are aiming to change that, at least in this region of Minnesota.
"This is out there, if you don't turn your back on it," Taffe said. "And I think I was turning my back to it -- you know, the Sally Struthers ads ... I'm not going to pay 40 cents a day. I wasn't looking for a life-changing experience -- I'm not going to sell all my clothes and toys and donate everything I have. But I found you can do something."
Off the edge of the earth
Taffe and the group left in early November and landed in Cape Town, South Africa. They spent a couple days in the cosmopolitan capital, adjusting to the time and culture changes.
Cape Town had everything for a comfortable and stimulating lifestyle, and the group did some sightseeing, including a trip to the cell where the iconic Nelson Mandela spent years in confinement.
As sobering as that singular event was, Taffe spent the time wondering what the group was doing there. Was this really the way to make a difference as a missionary in the fight against HIV/AIDS?
The group then flew to Durban, a port city on the Indian Ocean on South Africa's eastern coast. Suddenly, the real trip had begun.
"There are big cultural differences between Cape Town and Durban," Taffe said. "Once I left the (Durban) airport, I didn't have control over anything and I could feel it."
Members of the group fanned out with host families in the South African countryside, some of them on their own. Given the culture, Taffe said he sometimes didn't know if he would be picked up two hours before an appointed time or two hours after it.
He was put up in a home that housed 17 people. The countryside was enveloped in fog much of the time. Taffe has journal entries of the three days spend in that environment and he still hasn't been able to reread them.
"It took two weeks before I could talk about those three days and some of the negative experiences," Taffe said. "I felt like I stepped off the edge of the earth. They were beautiful people, it was a beautiful place if you could have seen it. But I was out of my element and it was hard."
Taffe didn't recognize it at first, but the itinerary was a calculated move by Harvey Nelson, a Litchfield pastor who has spent considerable time working in Africa.
"At one of my low points during the trip, I was thinking, 'Harvey, you should have told us more about this and what we could expect,' " Taffe said. "And then it kind of hit me -- 'Harvey, you fox, you knew how to do this.' "
The goal was to get the group thinking about what all were up against in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Taffe recalled visiting an area called District 6, from which more than 60,000 people were displaced prior to the fall of apartheid in the mid-1990s. The land had been part of the city and declared a slum, but now still remains vacant because the people don’t feel right about redeveloping it.
In the rural areas, poverty forces many men to leave for extended times to work in the cities. Prostitution is rampant, Taffe said, and the men then return to their homes and spead HIV/AIDS to wives, who in the male-dominated society, have no realistic way to avoid engaging in unprotected sex. Taffe said women laugh when asked if they use condoms. Many men believe HIV/AIDS is witchcraft, and HIV/AIDS testing is often a taboo; knowledge that a person had been tested could get them fired from a job or -- worse -- physical abuse, Taffe said.
"You could feel the hierarchy, from top to bottom, even in the church," Taffe said. "There's one whole generation that's gone because of AIDS. You've got grandparents taking care of six-year-olds, and you have six-year-olds taking care of babies. Future doctors and lawyers are being buried. You can't change the culture of the grandparents but you can save the kids. They need a safe haven and that might be the church."
The ‘ABCs’ of AIDS fight
Taffe gritted his teeth when he talked about supressing the urge to get "politically mad" about the situation. From a Western perspective, it's difficult to comprehend a population that seemingly cannot grasp the "ABC" concept -- abstinence, behavioral change, condomization -- that is being pursued in South Africa. Even the church isn't pushing hard on the use of condoms, Taffe said.
"It's not just about getting money over here, it's not just getting drugs over here," Taffe said. "A cure ain't coming. The church needs to do it. The church needs to set the policies."
After their solitary visits in the countryside, the group reconvened in the compound of the bishop of the diocese, which is the equivalent of a U.S. synod. They heard about Taffe’s visit to a site where people were trying to develop a care center, which would serve the terminally ill and provide a place for orphaned children and a senior center. Taffe developed a rudimentary business plan for a six-person council attempting to get the care center operating.
All members of the six-person care center council had been hit by HIV/AIDS, losing brothers, sisters, cousins and others.
Taffe was the lone American in the delegation to visit the proposed care center, and he promised the council he would mention the project to the bishop. That would be just another item on the bishop’s busy schedule, which was constantly full with weddings and funerals. Taffe said the church cemetery was covered in fresh graves.
"That told it all right there -- all those fresh graves," Taffe said.
There's no exact way to gauge how many people are infected in South Africa, but Taffe said his closest estimate is 35 percent. Poverty and illiteracy compound the difficulty of fighting HIV/AIDS, if they aren't the root cause of the problem. Lagging women's rights, a lack of economic stability and myriad cultural obstacles remain ahead, but there are positive signs, Taffe said.
After visiting the dilapidated building that is the hoped-for home of the care center, the local group had a dinner and a service of singing and prayers. Men, women, children, all joining together and at least temporarily breaking down the hierarchy that impedes so much progress.
Taffe said he went from one of his low points to a high point in that day.
Now home, the group will gather again in Litchfield in early January to talk about their experiences, and Taffe said he is preparing to speak to groups in the area about what he's witnessed.
"I got educated and overwhelmed," Taffe said. "When we left, people said, 'It would be nice if you could come back, but if you can't come back it would be nice if you leave your heart in South Africa.' I thought, 'I can't leave my heart in South Africa, it'll destroy me.' But I think we all did."
Taffe’s photo of the care center’s board of directors visiting the building in which they want to establish the care center for terminally ill AIDS patients, orphaned children and senior citizens.
Thousands of children, many the ages of these kids that Taffe photographed in Emeni, South Africa, are growing up without parents who have died from AIDS.
Hospitals, like the South African facility shown here, are fighting to combat a disease to which people have been slow to react because of cultural, religious and economic factors.

Related Sites:

  • Issues: Sex-Aids, from Goodnews UMM


    South Africa Documentary

    "Promo for full-length documentary on post-apartheid South Africa, by Layla Halfhill "


  • Dioceses and Parishes, The Catholic Internet- and E-Mail-Directory of Southern Africa

  • St. Anthony, parish that my friend (Jennifer C.-met Oct 07')'s mom attends
  • Harvest Christian Church, in Port Elizabeth
  • Macedonia New Life Church

  • No Limits Mime

    "Macedonia New life Mime mime No limits by isreal and New breed alive in south africa...Awesome"
  • South African Local Churches on the Web
  • Cities

  • City of Johannesburg

  • Related Sites:
    ' No-one could have imagined the repercussions when an unemployed miner found a stone bearing traces of gold here in 1886, an event that led to the discovery of the world’s richest natural treasure trove.
    People flocked to the Johannesburg area from all ends of the earth, and the open pastoral landscape changed almost overnight. Shantytowns sprang up and were rapidly transformed into modern concrete cities. Johannesburg became ‘The Gold Capital of the World’, and the entire country was catapulted into an economic boom. "
    "is the largest and most populous city in South Africa. The city is affectionately known as Jo'burg,Joeys Jozi, JHB or iGoli by South Africans. Johannesburg is the provincial capital of Gauteng, the wealthiest province in South Africa, and which has the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa. The city is one of the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the world, and Africa's only officially designated global city (classified as a gamma world city). While often assumed to be South Africa's capital, Johannesburg does not form one of South Africa's three capital cities. Johannesburg does, however, house the South African Constitutional Court - South Africa's highest court."
    MapQwest, city map
    Orange Grove Services:
  • Flower Shops
  • Economy

  • JOb 4 U
  • Education


  • Boston City Campus

  • School Manager: Mbongeni Sibusiso Mthupha
    *friend (Jenny Suping) attends here

    Money Gram South Africa-Consumer Protection in South Africa
    "Make sure the person or company you are sending money to (or who you are sending money on behalf of) is someone you know and trust. Please also keep the information relating to your transaction confidential. Once the money has been paid out to the person you name as the receiver, cancellation or refund is no longer possible. If you need to cancel or change a transaction, please call MoneyGram or contact the MoneyGram agent that sent the transaction for you."

    Related Sites:
    Hoax e-mail man sentenced 18/08/2007 11:45 - (SA) news24
    "Johannesburg - An information technology specialist has been given a suspended prison sentence for his role in the ANC's hoax e-mail saga, the Saturday Star reported.
    Funi Madlala co-operated with the Inspector General of Intelligence in the matter and was given three months behind bars, suspended for three years. "

    South African Fraud Service



  • Joyce Meyer Ministries 2007 Tour, in Johannesburg from Oct 12th-13th 2007
  • SALT 2007, in University of the Free State, Bloemfontein
  • Government

  • South Africa Government Online
  • -Police

  • South African Police Service

  • South Africa House

  • "Fraud Alert!
    It has come to the attention of the South African Police Service that unsolicited letters, faxes and e-mails are being sent all over the world by fraudsters, purporting to be senior government officials from South Africa or officials within our central banking institution, the South African Reserve Bank. In such unsolicited correspondence most commonly sent out, the fraudster will claim to have over inflated government contracts, thus generating a personal profit. The recipient of the unsolicited correspondence is offered a reward of between 10 to 30% in return for help in smuggling the money out of the country.
    These types of letters are an "Advance Fee Fraud", or what is more commonly known as "419-Letter-scams""


    British colonization


    Epedimics in South Africa

    "This video clip shows how Newsong Church sent physicians to investigate and document the AIDS and tuberculosis epidemics that are plaguing the people of South Africa."


  • Afrikaans, from ethnic harvest
  • Zulu
    "is a language of the Zulu people with about 10 million speakers, the vast majority (over 95%) of whom live in South Africa. Zulu is the most widely spoken home language in South Africa (24% of the population) as well as being understood by over 50% of the population (Ethnologue 2005). It became one of South Africa's 11 official languages in 1994 at the end of apartheid."


  • African National Congress
  • Go 2 Africa
  • Safari Now
  • Miscellaneous

  • Info Please

  • " The San people were the first settlers; the Khoikhoi and Bantu-speaking tribes followed. The Dutch East India Company landed the first European settlers on the Cape of Good Hope in 1652, launching a colony that by the end of the 18th century numbered only about 15,000. Known as Boers or Afrikaners, and speaking a Dutch dialect known as Afrikaans, the settlers as early as 1795 tried to establish an independent republic.
    After occupying the Cape Colony in that year, Britain took permanent possession in 1815 at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, bringing in 5,000 settlers. Anglicization of government and the freeing of slaves in 1833 drove about 12,000 Afrikaners to make the “great trek” north and east into African tribal territory, where they established the republics of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State."

  • Wikipedia

  • "South Africa has experienced a different history from other nations in Africa as a result of early immigration from Europe and the strategic importance of the Cape Sea Route. European immigration started shortly after the Dutch East India Company founded a station at (what was to become) Cape Town in 1652. The closure of the Suez Canal during the Six-Day War exemplifies its significance. The country's relatively developed infrastructure made its mineral wealth available and important to Western interests, particularly throughout the late nineteenth century; then, with international competition and rivalry during the Cold War. South Africa is an ethnically diverse nation with the largest white, Indian, and racially-mixed communities in Africa. Black South Africans, who speak nine officially-recognised languages and many more dialects, account for slightly less than 80% of the population."


  • Capital Christian Ministries International

  • "We are positioned and empowered by God to make a difference on the continent of Africa. Capital Christian Ministries International (CCMI) is mobilizing and equipping a great ministry team of Covenant Partners and Missionaries who are shining the light of our Christ on a continent whose potential is gradually unfolding."
  • Christian network links for Southern Africa,
  • Elim Ministries, in Fish Hoek (near Capetown)
  • Hope for the Nations, linked from Love Mercy in Port Elizabeth

  • *referred through Assist's article on IHOP 24/7 Prayer
  • Iris Ministries, based in Mozambique, but has 2 locations in SA
  • Joy Ministries, a Pentecostal / Charismatic Church in Kensington-Johannesburg
  • Love of Christ Ministries, "established for the newborn and abandoned babies"
  • Lutheran Hour Ministries
  • Rhema Ministries, in Johannesburg
  • Serving In Mission

  • "SIM missionaries are involved in a variety of ministries including evangelism and church planting, discipleship, Christian education, theological education, and leadership development. There is a specialist ministry which focus on international students, as well as work at a hospital and a children's home. Work among miners is being handed over to local church partners. A variety of HIV/AIDS projects are being run in cooperation with church partners, encompassing prevention, home-based care, and care for orphans. In 2003, SIM began helping the Zion Evangelical Ministries of Africa (ZEMA) to teach the Bible to leaders of African independent churches"
    *cool educational video
  • Church Denominations in South Africa Kerkverbande in Suid Afrika
  • Music

  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a grammy award group

  • "raise the spirit higher" was the theme for their 2005 tour that went through UMM's CAC Convocations event on Saturday, March 5th 2005
    -Learn Zulu -Information of the group
    "Joseph Shabalala, founder and lead singer of Ladysmith, received the source and inspiration for the harmonies of the group in dreams and visions of a heavenly choir, tutoring him on the music and movements that make Ladysmith unique. "Gospel Songs," a 2-CD compilation of Ladysmith's spiritual music, underscores the special power, spiritual effect and hope their music created during the turbulent time of apartheid in South Africa. Joseph was touched by apartheid when his brother was killed by an off-duty security guard. He at first thought it was a message from God to stop singing, but as time went by a spirit came to him and said, "This is your gift from God-carry on." The 33 beautiful spiritual songs on these two CDs reflect the joy, peace and harmony of Joseph's music and encourage people to come to God, "Where He will help you." All Ladysmith's shows end with the message of "Go in peace, love and harmony." We might not understand the words of the songs, but the feeling, heart and purpose speaks out powerfully, loud, clear and filled with hope. An inspiring collection from a legendary group!"


  • Sunday Times, from South Africa
  • Persecution


    "Christians around the world have experienced persecution from the very beginning. This song is nkosi its from an old tape called Freedom is Comming released by Fjedur. The song originated in south africa during apartied"


  • University of Pretoria

  • A friend from Zambia that went to UMM attend here!


  • World Time Server, 7 hours ahead of (Minnesota-Central Day Light Time)
  • Travel


  • Cheap Flights, from Minneapolis to Durban around $1,000 min
  • South African Airlines
  • Tips, from Iris Ministries

  • "Currently, South African Airways departs Washington DC Dulles daily at 5:20 p.m. and arrives Johannesburg, SA at 3:30 p.m. the next day. Remember, during the fall and winter, Southeast Africa is 7 hours later than Eastern Standard Time. That's 15 hours, 30 minutes non-stop. All three return flights stop for refueling and crew change either on Sal Island, Cape Verde or Dakar, Senegal. South African Airways currently departs both New York JFK and Washington DC Dulles. Delta Airlines has initiated a route from Atlanta to Johannesburg. Delta from Atlanta and South African from JFK stop both directions for refueling and a crew change."

  • Lonely Planet, travel info
  • South Africa
  • Welcome to South Africa
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