Sangoma Baba Liefa of Shoshanguve in homemade traditional attire dancing in celebration of his ancestors *
Here’s a link to an article I wrote in 2011 for the blog at Oxford Dictionaries:
In the post I look back over some important lexical items in South African English (SAE) in the apartheid era from the viewpoint of the early twenty-first century, and then at some of the words that emanated from the early rainbow-nation years.
Some of the SAE words I work into the story are:
- grand apartheid, securocrat, warlord and qwasha from the late apartheid period, and
- rainbow nation, TRC, black diamond and tenderpreneur from the early democratic period
The TRC was the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up in the mid-1990s to hear testimony about injustices committed during apartheid. You can find out more about the TRC at this website of the Department of Justice of the South African government.
A black diamond is a middle class black professional or businessperson in the post-apartheid era.
A tenderpreneur is a well-connected person who amasses wealth by securing contracts and tenders, by implication illicitly, from the government.