Archive for: June 2016

“The Most Powerful Weapon” Chapter 7

The Partnership Continues In 1990 apartheid began to fall apart in South Africa. Following President Botha’s resignation, Fredrik Willem de Klerk took office. In a surprise move, de Klerk unbanned the African National Congress and other Black political parties, ended the Land Act and released political prisoners, including Nelson...

“The Most Powerful Weapon” Chapter 3

From Shanty Towns to the President’s Office Through the 1980s, people around the world rallied behind the Free Mandela movement and pressed universities, corporations and governments to divestment from the Apartheid government and South African companies. Activists focused on Universities because they have investment portfolios that contribute to the...

“The Most Powerful Weapon”

Introduction Two universities 8,660 miles apart were under protest by their students for the same reason. On one campus, students demanded freedom and were met with smoke bombs and rubber bullets. On the other, students demanded accountability and joined a movement. The common enemy was apartheid and the role...

Political Prisoners

By: Stephanie Ebbs “Robben Island was a prison for political dissidents. It was not on any maps of Cape Town, despite being visible from high altitudes in the area. It was a place you were sent to disappear.” Political prisoners were resilient despite mistreatment under apartheid In the limestone...

Black Diamonds

By: Elliott Stam Cape Town is a city of contrast. Heavy fogs drift over the coastal metropolis in the early hours, only to retreat after an ample dose of South African sunshine. Hot days taper off into chilly nights; raindrops meet the sunlight to form arcing rainbows. Parallels can...
signature-white

© 2017 Center for the Digital Globe