Rooibos Tea and Dust describes travels across South Africa nearly twenty years after the release of Nelson Mandela. The author aimed to gain an understanding of how the former Afrikaner ruling elite are coping with their loss of status and power and how the sometimes erratic behavior of the elite of the African National Congress government is affecting all who live in democratic South Africa. He records both his feeling of pride at what has been achieved and his concerns about the antics of both right and left wing extremists.
The author traveled across parts of the country usually overlooked by tourists to gain an understanding of how effectively the wounds of apartheid have healed. He spoke to friends and family members who had supported the old regime, finding in some cases a remarkable willingness to acknowledge past wrongdoings. He also saw the extent to which reconciliation is affected by apartheid’s legacy of land ownership and the arrogant and shortsighted attitudes of some rural whites. Despite all the problems inherited from and still not addressed by the ANC government there appears to be an extraordinary optimism among most people who suffered under apartheid.
The author can trace his South African ancestry back 12 generations to the arrival in 1657 of a slave from India known to history as Groot Catrijn van Bengali, a fact that did not deprive him and most of the supporters of apartheid of their exalted status as whites.
|Keywords:||Humanities, Travels, South Africa|
Book: Print (Paperback). Book: Electronic (PDF File; 6.605MB). Published by New Directions in the Humanities, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing, Illinois.
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