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Sounds of Africa Youth Exchange Camp 2014

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Submitted by Rowan on Mon, 23/06/2014 - 08:05

The Lions International Sounds of Africa Youth Exchange Camp 2014 is under way.

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Day 1 -  We just really spent the day re;laxing and getting to know each other as everyone started to arrive from the airport.
Once everyone had settled we headed off to Lion Marion's House for dinner.
Lions Marion (Wilro Park) and Denise (Clearwater) served us a delicious butternut soup for starters and then we had pancakes (with either mince or cinamon suger and lemon) and vetkoek (with either mince or jam) for main and finished off with some koeksisters.

Day 2 - We got up and had breakfast and then started with some vocal training (this is after all a camp about music and singing). After that we headed out to Soweto where we met up with Lion President Amos and Lion Midas from the Soweto Host Lions club for a tour of Soweto.
We started off at the Soweto Theatre were Amos gave us a brief history of Soweto and the theatre. We then headed into the theatre to look around. Next to the theatre is the ampitheatre were Zindzi Mandela gave her famous speech while her father Nelson Mandela (Madiba) was still in jail.
We then headed off to the Hector Peterson Memorial which goes through the events of the 16th June 1976 when the students in the area marched against being taught in Afrikaans. The march eventualy turned violent when the police opened fire. This moment was the defining moment in South African History where the fall of the appartheid system started.
After the Hector Peterson Memorial we drove past the Nelson Mandela house and head to the Soweto Towers (the old condensing towers of a decomisioned coal power station.) where they take people to the top and bungi jump between the two towers.
We were then invited to have a late lunch at a small restaurant in Soweto where after lunch they taught us how South Africans dance.
The Helderkruin Lions Club then hosted us for Dinner and we had a potjiekos and home made bread and then malva pudding for desert.
We then headed back to camp for a little bit more vocal training before turning in for the night.