As of this morning, details of my accommodation as well as placement were posted on my projects abroad page.
So here they are:
My Host Family
I will be staying with a family in the Pinelands area of cape town. Pinelands is a 10-15 minute drive from downtown Cape Town. While the area itself is considered a “coloured” suburb, there are many different types of racial backgrounds as a result of Cape Malay slaves brought in from all over the world.
Afrikaans is the most commonly spoken language in this neighbourhood, so maybe I will learn a phrase or two while I’m gone.
As for the family and the house. Apparently they are on the wealthy side, and have a security alarm, pool and the room where I will be staying has a separate entrance from that of the house.
It looks like I will be staying with another housemate, which is exciting as I’ll hopefully have someone to peruse around Cape Town with.
They have 4 children, COUNT ‘EM FOUR!
The oldest is an 8 year old, and one of them is a new baby.
From the description on the site they sound like very nice people, and I’m already excited to taste the curry that they are “known for”!
It looks like I’ll be working on one of Cape Towns tabloid style newspapers, The Daily Voice.
While a quick google search came up with very little but articles about the paper, There is a run-down of their type of coverage on my Projects Abroad page:
The Daily Voice is the most widely read newspaper in Cape Town. During apartheid, the freedom of press and free thinking was severely restricted, that is why the Daily Voice, gives “voice” to those previously restricted to writing and free spech. The Daily Voice is quite a sensationalist newspaper, however the stories written are all true! The majority of the Daily Voice’s readers tend to be people living in the townships in a lower socioeconomic status as this paper is focused on these area’s news and daily happenings.
However, here is an in-depth article about tabloid style newspapers in Cape Town:
I’ll be doing what a normal intern does; shadowing professional journalists and going out to some of the townships (where this paper focuses their attention, as this is their audience) and hopefully conducting interviews on my own to write articles.
The good news is that I’m not expected to dress up, the bad news is that I’m not required to dress up as we’ll generally be heading into townships and I’ll need to fit in.
From everything I’ve researched and been told about Cape Town, the biggest concern is going into townships. That unless I’m with someone who knows exactly who to talk to, or exactly where to go and how to act, I should never go there.
These are the poorest of the poor areas, and while I have a chance to learn a lot about what really ails Cape Town, I’m terrified because these townships are where the highest concentrations of crime exist.
In conversation with a teacher of mine who is originally from South Africa, he hopes that I’ll be able to get past the top layers of what it means to be South African, and learn a lot about South African media.
There is a possibility that I could use this internship towards my mandatory school one, so as not to be as stressed about finishing it next year for marks, but having fun while in placement in Toronto.
There is also a possibility that I could use my experiences and contacts that I make in South Africa to write my magazine article in Convergence on New media in South Africa and what kinds of problems, if any, they are facing.
There’s nothing left for me to do to prepare for this, but get myself in an open-minded, sponge-like state of mind.
For the rest of May I’m going to read as much as possible about Cape Town and South Africa, and learn a lot about townships and their government.
(Of course… there is still lots of shopping to be done…)
30 Days and counting…