Daily Archives: January 15, 2017

Day 10: Maboneng

Today we went to visit Maboneng. Maboneng is an arts quarter in the downtown area of Johannesburg that has been renovated and in a certain way gentrified in the last 8 years. This has been mostly through the efforts of a single developer that is trying to bring back life to the city. The result has been wonderful, this is now a neighborhood where young people are moving in and businesses are flourishing. Many people from the city are coming to visit its arts shops, markets and restaurants.

We spent the morning and early afternoon in Maboneng walking around the neighborhood, eating great international food, and browsing through the market and artsy stores. Everyone said it was a very happy day. Here are some photos they wanted to share.

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Day 9: Visit with Ancients

Today we also had the lovely opportunity to have dinner with Pippa Armerding ’86 and Meghan Casey ’04. Pippa hosted our whole group for dinner at her house in Johannesburg and we had dinner and enjoyed catching up with both ancients and their families. It was a great opportunity to see how Porter’s ties continue bringing us together in every corner of the world.

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Day 9: Africa Land of Opportunities

Today was Africa Land of Opportunities day. On this day the African Leadership Academy opens its doors to outside visitors and spends the day discussing a relevant topic for progress in Africa.

This year’s topic was Women Rising. The day begun with music and dance performances followed by a panel of African women entrepreneurs who shared their views about the needs of women in Africa. Then everyone attended different workshops covering important topics about the reality of African women. The workshop topics ranged from health and education to entrepreneurship and involvement in sciences. Our own Melissa Arnold and Santiago Enrique ran a workshop about how girls learn.

The whole day was a happy celebration and a recognition of the potential of this continent. Here are some photos shared by the girls.

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Day 8: Apartheid (II)

Friday was a very heavy and emotional day. It took us a while to unpack everything that we saw at the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill old prison. In a long day we learned about the struggle for a large part of South Africa to find their freedom. We also learned about the human toll that it took for that to happen. At the Apartheid Museum we were fortunate to meet with the father of Won Sun Mbengeni, one of our faculty leaders from ALA. He told us firsthand about his involvement in the anti-apartheid movement and his suffering through it. A very intense day for all of us.

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