For Educators: Anti-Apartheid Movement

Activity 2: Where is South Africa?


Materials Needed:

Maps of Africa (pdf) and South Africa (pdf)
Brochures from South Africa Embassy or travel agencies about the country
Computers for research
5-6 Poster boards (one for each group)

Distribute copies of the map of the continent of Africa and a map of South Africa to each student. With the students, identify where South Africa is located on the continent of Africa. Next, look at the map of South Africa. Ask the students to name what cities, regions, geographic elements like oceans, rivers, etc. and neighboring countries that they see on the map.

Research: Fact Finding about South Africa

Following the map study activity, arrange the students in small groups and share with them the brochures and other travel information you could gather about South Africa. Assign each group a fact to research using the brochures or the Internet. For example:

Group 1 – Population
Group 2 – Natural Resources
Group 3 – Current Leader(s) of the country
Group 4 – Economic Wealth of the country and who benefits the most from it
Group 5 – Education and Health

Students can organize their findings with the research organizer worksheet. Encourage the students to use the Internet for additional information. Sources for student research:

Compare and Contrast:
After the students have completed their fact finding of South Africa today, ask them to compare the country’s social, political and economic status of today versus what it was like from 1960 to 1994. South Africa History Online is a rich resource of information to support the students' comparative study. Direct the students to focus on the Politics and Governance page. It features information about South Africa political events, legislation, freedom movements, the people, and timelines of events that occurred from the 1920s to 1994.

Poster and Oral Presentation: South Africa Past and Present:
Provide poster board, glue and scissors for each group. Ask the students to create a poster display illustrating the results of their research. Encourage them to use the travel brochures and images from the Web to create a poster display. Following the completion of their research, invite each team to give an oral presentation about what they have learned and share their poster display.

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