Destination: South Africa: Cape Town
From Deborah Calmeyer, co-founder of Roar Africa
“You have probably heard of the terrible attacks against refugees and immigrants from other African nations residing in South Africa. The most recent attacks started in the Johannesburg township of Alexandra and spread to other low-income neighborhoods and informal settlements. They have caused a number of deaths and the displacement of thousands of people.
The actions have been condemned locally and abroad. Although the government was criticized for acting slowly initially, there has been significant progress. On May 21st, President Thabo Mbeki authorized the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to provide the South African Police Service (SAPS) with the logistical support it needs to stabilize the situation. The situation is being brought under control and 400 arrests have been made.
If you are considering a visit to South Africa, be aware that the problems were localized. You will not be in any of these areas on a Roar Africa trip. The South African Tourism Board is re-assuring all potential foreign visitors that it is safe to visit South Africa and that the incidents of attacks are contained in very small areas of our beautiful country.
The US Embassy issued a travel alert for South Africa on May 21st. It is a fair account of the situation. It does not advise against traveling to South Africa, but warns American citizens to be aware of the possible dangers which are confined to isolated locations and informal settlements. There have been no further reports of any violence at this point.
Our thoughts are with all those affected.”
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