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Soccer & the Apartheid regime

June 30, 2010 by Victoria Rowe No Comment

Soccer in South Africa dates back to the 1860s, when the British soldiers would play matches against the civil servants; this was then taken to the townships of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria, and was usually played by barefoot children that were below the poverty line. Due to the apartheid none of our players ...

Wedge Classic 2010

June 28, 2010 by Victoria Rowe No Comment

After all the hype from the World Cup, the wedge classic is back on for the June/July holidays!! We guarantee that there will be lots of fun things to do during the build up of the Wedge Classic which will be starting on the 5th running through to the 11th. The briefing for the competitors ...

Babalas

June 27, 2010 by Victoria Rowe No Comment

As you know, we often run a party bus, either on a Wednesday night or a Friday night, that’s when things are happening in town. Well on Friday night our party bus was much more exciting as it was my birthday. mmm. This is the best excuse to be able to drink tequila without anyone ...

Questions & Answers for World Cup 2010

June 24, 2010 by Victoria Rowe 4 Comments

These questions about South Africa are actual questions posted on a South African Tourism Website. Answered by the website owner (great sense of Humour this guy!). Q: Are there any ATMs (cash machines) in South Africa ? Can you send me a list of them in JHB, Cape Town , Knysna and Jeffrey’s Bay? ( ...

What does Bafana Bafana mean?

June 22, 2010 by Victoria Rowe 2 Comments

Bafana Bafana, is a Zulu world that means boys boys and was coined by three Sowetan sports reporters in 1992. It has an endearment meaning. As regards to the use in the national team, some South Africans growing up in the townships with elders like fathers, uncles and brothers would owned soccer teams. Because most ...

Fatboy Slim

June 19, 2010 by Victoria Rowe 3 Comments

Fatboy Slim will be performing at Vegas In Plett (VIP) on Monday 21st June 2010 tickets will be available for R100 at the door for all guests staying at Starling Village Backpackers. We will run a party bus from Starling to Surf Cafe at 8:30 then to Chefs bar for a quick drink and off ...

South Africa’s colourful headgear the Makaraba

June 18, 2010 by Victoria Rowe No Comment

A makaraba or makarapa, is the artfully created headgear of the South African soccer fans, not only do they wear the headgear the locals also support their teams by wearing the teams colours. The word makaraba is taken from the local word for miner’s hard hats. Originally the term was used to describe workers who ...

Youth Day and FIFA World Cup 2010

June 16, 2010 by Victoria Rowe 3 Comments

The 16th June in South Africa is Youth Day and commemorates the start of the Soweto riots of 1976, initially sparked by a government edict that all instruction in black schools would be held in Afrikaans. The iconic picture of Hector Pieterson, a black schoolchild shot by the police, brought home to many people within ...

South Africa vs Mexico

June 13, 2010 by Victoria Rowe 1 Comment

We where all here at Starling Village Backpackers to witness South Africa vs. Mexico for the World Cup soccer match that opened the tournament. With both teams scoring one goal, each ending after overtime periods at 1-1. The South Africa vs. Mexico game featured several thrilling moments for the thousands of fans in attendance and ...

World Cup 2010 Concert

June 11, 2010 by Victoria Rowe 2 Comments

The South Africa 2010 party got under way last night, it was a joyous, colourful and truly African spirit. The Concert was held in Orland Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, which is the home of iconic club side Orlando Pirates, the concert featured a host of stars including Shakira, Alicia Keys, K’Naan and the Black Eyed ...