4 July 2016

My Persepctive on Globalisation


Playing in Soweto.2014. Dlamini Street, Soweto. Own photo
A home at the entrance of Soweto, South Africa.2014. Own Photo.

Cindy and Sam arrived at their workplace, where they'll be spending 8 hours, of everyday, for six weeks, working. They noted an interesting observation to me, that they "felt uncomfortable" being the only white individuals amongst a sea of black students, as well as that our roofs lacked insulation and double-paned windows, but, for all intensive purpose of this post, I'll probe into their initial experience.


Globalisation (the ability for concepts, information, languages, speech and individuals to be freely distributed across borders due to the connectivity of the contemporary world)  is a massive global trend right now. This blog is a perfect example of it. I'm in South Africa, and you, are somewhere else, reading these specifically arranged symbols, and understand them. For example, when I click 'post' on this side of the Earth, someone else can receive it at the other end, within a matter of milliseconds. How's that for globalisation?




This trend of globalisation is aided by our ability to hop onto a stream-lined, pointed-nosed machine that goes against the wind and upwards- aerplanes. Due to globalisation, we have the ability to be at the furthermost geographically located country in the world, in only a matter of hours. Hence, recently, I knew of two female students, from the United States of America, which were offered an opportunity to spend their summer vacation working in South Africa. They practically tip-toed off the aeroplane in fear of where they'd landed. They are 12 835 km away from their home, approximately, and outright terrified.
Taken from the rooftop of one of Johannesburg's oldest building. 2015. Own Photo
According to 2011 South African Census results, South Africa's African population makes up 79.2% of our country's demographic. Therefore, if you gathered 10 random South African's into a room, at random, the chances of having at least 7 Africans with you, is very, very likely. Cindy and Sam are both white and come from a country where 'African American's only make up 12,2 5 of their country's demographic- that's at least 1 black person, in a randomly selected roomful of 10 individuals. Hence, arriving at work everyday brought on feelings which were uncomfortable and set them off on edge slightly as daily routine back home did not usually involve direct interaction with so many people who weren't their race. Cindy and Sam arrived in South Africa with their own indoctrinated prejudices and misconceptions, but that's the power of globalisation.

Both ends of a rainbow. 2016. Road trip to Cape Town. Photographer: Harry T

Now, picture Cindy and Sam disembarking from their Lufthansa flight, arriving in South Africa, for the first time...but ten years into the future. Globalisation could have done two things by this point in time- either boost the image of our country, or break it down; Ten years from now, two females arriving to my country, from overseas, could disembark  thoughtlessly. Our interconnected world can be used to highlight our countries' differences, but create tolerance and then acceptance and then celebrate our diversity. Imagine two individuals, disembarking from an aeroplane, excited to interact with people which hey would not have interacted with back home, whether it be blacks, whites, Indians, Asians or alien. Globalisation, in this instant, could be positively used to minimize our differences and maximise our understanding of "the other".

Conversely so, globalisation could tear apart our country due to the instability of our economy. Money is constantly and exponentially being vacuumed from our economy leaving locals jobless and stuck, because our weak currency will make us inescapable. Therefore, ten years from now, two students could step foot into our country, and not have a University campus to intern at because our infrastructure would have broken down to such a detrimental degree.

My only hope, is that globalisation helps to break down misconceptions and re-build correct ideas of the country which has built the person I am- a person who is able to have positive interactions with all races, all tribes, all individuals of any ethnical background, the poor and the wealthy.


Cindy and Sam will leave South Africa in the next four weeks with shattered fragments of their prejudices due to their positive experiences in South Africa.

I'm 99.9% sure that you, reading this, have a prejudice towards something or someone (Ironically, that's me being prejudice). However, through this blog, through globalisation, I am going to show you my country; the good and the bad. But, when you've come to live in this country for as long as I have, the ugly becomes beautiful. The stereotypical image of the young boy being cradled by his compromising mother, becomes beautiful- revealing something about humanity.

My final thought is this; Why do we fight our differences? Why from a young age are we taught to go against difference- instead of celebrating them? Why aren't we open to explore and enjoy any type of difference between ourselves and another? There are more similarities to be 'toasted to' than differences to be torn down.

Untitled. 2015. Garden Route, South Africa. Photographer: Harry T

The above and below shown photos have been taken by either myself or by my incredible amateur photographer-uncle, Harry. Please meander through these visuals of my country. Note the ugliness and the beauty and then the beauty in the 'ugly'.

Here is my country, through four eyes, two individuals and one camera:
Brushstrokes of Blue Sky. August, 2015. On a road trip to Cape Town. Photographer: Harry T

Parachuter. 2015. Rand Air Show. Photographer: Harry T



Cape Town, South Africa. 2015. Photographer: Harry T

A Seal at Sea Point.2015. Cape Town, South Africa. Photographer: Harry T

7 planes in Parallel...well, almost.2015. Rand Air Show. Photographer: Harry T

Seagull at Sea Point.2015. Cape Town, South Africa. Photographer: Harry T


V & A Water Front. 2016. Cape Town, South Africa. Photographer: Harry T


Cape Town, South Africa. 2015. Photographer: Harry T


Cape Town, South Africa. 2015. Photographer: Harry T


Cape Town, South Africa. 2015. Photographer: Harry T

En Route to Cape Town, South Africa. 2015. Photographer: Harry T

Orlando Towers. 2014. A drive into Soweto. Own Photo.

Picking our own strawberries. 2014. Own Photo.

Red Truck in Soweto. 2014. Soweto, South Africa. Own Photo.

Spaza Shop.2016. Photographer: Harry T

Yellow Trains.2015. Newtown, South Africa. Photographer: Harry T


'Say Cheese'. 2014. Dlamini Street, Soweto. Own Photo.

Ellen and uMama wakhe. 2014. Dlamini Street, Soweto. Own photo.

In the Middle of Nowhere.2016. South Africa. Photographer: Harry T


Unknown. 2015. A bus to Cape Town. Photographer: Harry T

Far from home. 2016. South Africa. Photographer: Harry T


Endangered Baby Rhino. 2015. Kruger National Park, South Africa. Photographer: Harry T














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