Monday, March 7, 2016

Global Connections South Africa: Day 1

Monday was the first official day of Global Connections South Africa.

We started the day with an exceptional sight visit with the Springbok's, the national rugby union team. We had presentations from several high ranking people within the organization, including the current president of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) Oregan Hoskin.

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It was a fascinating presentation for many reasons. But for me, the pervasiveness of "transformation" as part of the organization's strategy was really interesting.  Apartheid has cast a long shadow in this country. Mr. Hoskin gave a very personal presentation on his experience as a "coloured" growing up in apartheid South Africa and becoming the elected head of SARU.

After the Springbok's visit, we headed out to Stellenbosch to learn more about the South African wine industry. We had a presentation at the Kanonkop Wine Estates on building a lifestyle brand as well as a wine tasting.


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Then we were off to Anura for another tasting.

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And we closed the night with our Welcome Dinner at Helena's in Stellenbosch.

2 comments:

Barb Carusillo said...

I think I told you we had two international exchange students spend the summer when I was 16. One was the first ever "colored" that came over for that exchange program, a very lovely indian girl. That was back in 1974, and she had interesting stories to tell...

Barb Carusillo said...

Oh, yes, I meant to put in, she was from South Africa, had Indian (from India) ancestry. The other was from Brazil.