Cape Town, Day 1

Monday, March 6

Springbok and SA Rugby, seems like a pretty good way to start our South Africa visits. Andy and Hans were gracious hosts, and we got our first exposure how rugby and race have been connected forever.  We ended the day at the opening reception at the Butcher Shop, where we also met Gabriel and Darius.  What are your takeaways from your experience today?

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Rooma and the “war jersey”

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10 Responses to “Cape Town, Day 1”

  1. Caley Says:

    I think learning about SA Rugby and their troubling past concerning race was a great introduction to the country as a whole. It was fun to play some games, but more importantly the experience got me thinking about race and how businesses are having to change their structure to accommodate new race regulations.

  2. Phil Says:

    SA Rugby was our first glimpse at the racial issues that still influence South Africa today. What stood out for me was the anti-apartheid movement in the lates 60s/early 70s. The Springbok team bus was highjacked at one point and driven into several cars, as well as tennis balls filled with explosives being thrown thrown on the field in protest.

    I realized during this visit that although South Africa had come a long ways since apartheid, race was and still is a large issues that continues to plague the country.

  3. Samantha Frapart Says:

    SA Rugby was a fascinating introduction into Cape Town, specifically as race relations are such a pivotal part of understanding South Africa’s political and economic state. It is clear that, regardless of what the museum attempted to illustrate, the post-apartheid race relations between white and blacks is still unstable. Our guide had mentioned that the Springboks have a goal to build a team made of 50% Blacks in the next two years, and I’m interested to see how the makeup of SA rugby will represent the changing political climate for Blacks.

  4. Sam Says:

    I spent a decent amount of time touring the museum the previous day, so it was nice to go back and focus on exhibits we skipped, or to rethink what we had seen with the context provided by Andy. Obviously, the racial dynamics in sport are drastically different than in the US (e.g. racial quotas for rugby and cricket), and it was interesting to see Andy and Hans grapple for the right words when describing the progress the organization and the sport still must make by 2019.

  5. John Says:

    I loved SA Rugby! Andy was so helpful articulating the vision for the museum and the challenges that a post-unification South Africa still faces. Symbolism seems to play an equally large role as practicality, and this was our first glimpse into the country’s immensely complicated racial politics.

  6. Linda Says:

    SA Rugby Museum was a great way to start the trip. I got an overall understanding of the evolution of race relations in South Africa concurrent with the evolution of rugby in the country. I felt that I missed some of the awe an actual rugby fan might experience when seeing legends and artifacts of the sport, but it was eye-opening nonetheless. This was the first place I realized that South Africans don’t pump the A/C like we do in the US.

  7. Bill Quach Says:

    I took particular interest in the Springbok visit after presenting on SA Rugby prior to our trip. I questioned whether I overemphasized the racial significance rugby played in SA, but was pleased to see that Springbok museum made the same emphasis throughout their exhibition. I enjoyed the opening dinner at the Butcher Shop and was amazed by the fast pace of the meal. It was also interesting to see the reaction of many by the white fleshed undressed sweet potato during the meal–it was a deviation from the butter and marshmellow laden orange sweet potatoes of Texas!

  8. Tyler Says:

    Getting the chance to walk through the SA Rugby museum was very cool for me. I knew almost nothing about the sport before this tour, and I felt like I had a solid grasp of the fundamentals by the end of the day. The timeline outside of the building that displayed the disunion and then unification of the national rugby teams through apartheid was especially interesting. At their best, sports really can bring people together.

  9. Garry Ferguson Says:

    Monday, 6 March: After two long flights which connected in London, I finally arrived to Cape Town to meet up with the venerable John W. Greeley. From the airport, we scurried to the Pepper Club Hotel and Spa to ready ourselves for the day’s activities. I quickly hit the shower, located an iron, and became ready to rock, as it were. The South Africa Rugby Union was first up. There, I quickly learned how pervasive the political climate was in South African culture and how the effects of Apartheid still loomed over the country despite it having occurred more than 20 years prior. The day was a blur after that. I think I spent most of my time overcoming jet lag and indulging in sush’ (FYI: “sush'” is the abbreviated form of sushi) before finally capping the evening at the Butcher Shop.

  10. Parnali Says:

    SA Rugby was a great and very real experience into the insights of Cape Town’s business culture. I was thankful that Andy spoke so candidly about the history and prevalence of racism, as it set the tone for our remaining expectations in South Africa. I was also extremely impressed with the technological advancements in the museums – from the photo booths to the interactive games to the audio capabilities (Andy could begin and end audio tours from his ipad) it was certainly one of the most impressive museums I had visited.

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