Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story

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Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story

Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story

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The wealth was all in the hands of the 'Whites', while the labour was done by the 'Blacks' who worked long hours for little pay and lived under apalling conditions.

When they come to another village, they walk quickly so as to not attract the attention of the police because policemen in this area are often corrupt. Reading it, I am so impressed how Naidoo has tackled a very brutal and disturbing topic and made it accessible, while thought provoking, to children. I actually almost have up on it because this first time I tried reading it I got confused by the characters and went to sleep! I read this book with my year 5 class in a multicultural school, who were shocked and amazed that such discrimination against people based on race happened so recently.In a social studies or history class, Journey to Jo’Burg could be used to compare and contrast the history of South Africa with that of the U. At the back there is a copy of a letter banning the book's import, which gives greater impact to comprehending the extent of governmental corruption. I’d like to thank the author as it deals with a unjust piece of history in a sensitive way through the experiences of people most affected, something that is often missing in history. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (French former tennis player) has no apparent relation to South Africa (I think I assumed he had).

What makes this book an international piece of literature is that it is about another country, South Africa, written and published in English. Their mother is able to get time off, beginning the next day, to take her children home and help Dineo.Fortunately they were ok and it was a lovely read, but it left me with a deep sense of sadness for every domestic worker in South Africa. It is a really simple and heartfelt story that contains powerful subject matter for children to explore and discuss in the classroom. Frightened that their baby sister, Dineo, will die, 13-year-old Naledi and her younger brother, Tiro, run away from their grandmother to Johannesburg to find their mother, who works there as a maid. The dangers and massive injustices inherent in that system are mentioned and then, weirdly, glossed over quickly, and the ending is a little too pat and trite. The opulence of the white "Madam's" house contrasts starkly with the reality that Naledi and Tiro face - that their baby sister is suffering from starvation, not an incurable disease.

As well as inspiring powerful writing on characters from a different era, it has helped to draw discussions with some of today’s issue as we have made comparisons with the student uprising ‘Times of Fire’ described in the novel and the riots that took place in London in 2011. Reading the class reader for year 6, this is a good book to start the conversation on what segregation is and to help kids to be deeper thinkers - i think the teacher says for them to be introspective.After her father’s death, her mother, Mma, has had to work in Johannesburg for money for the family. The story highlights the dangers and adventures the children encounter along the way and the challenges they face in South Africa at the time. Here, they meet a girl named Grace, who helps them find their mother and offers to let them sleep at her house for the night. It was only at university in Cape Town that I too really became aware of the inequalities we and generations before had to endure.

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