South Africa’s talismanic conviction in being united in diversity - the ke e: xarra ke of its coat of arms - is the central strand that runs through Ruben Richards’s book, Bastaards or Humans - the unspoken heritage of coloured people. A “celebration of difference is the one thing we can do, in ways that very few other nations can dream of doing”, he writes. In South Africa, it is the coloured community more than any other that embodies “the bloodlines of the entire world”.
WITH a jangle of bracelets and a charming hint of gravel in her voice, Wendy Fine flings her arms up in an expansive gesture to declare that, in world opera today, South Africans are the best. Hers is not the overblown brio of a dizzy publicist, but the considered judgement of one of the leading performers on the world stage of late 20th century opera - even if many today are not aware of it.
When, on September 4, 1939, Jan Smuts exulted in - only narrowly - winning the parliamentary vote to reject prime minister JBM Hertzog’s neutrality motion and take South Africa into World War II on Britain’s side, he sealed his place in world affairs and his affection in the heart of a man who was once his enemy on the Boer War battlefield. General Smuts’s motion that the Union refuse to adopt a policy of neutrality in the war was carried by 13 votes - 80 to 67.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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