Steering by the Stars: Being young in South Africa; By Mamphela Ramphele.Sixteen teenagers grew up in Crossroads, Cape Town Cape Town or Capetown, city (1991 pop. 854,616), legislative capital of South Africa and capital of Western Cape, a port on the Atlantic Ocean. It was the capital of Cape Province before that province's subdivision in 1994. , in the 1990s. A decade later they find themselves in markedly different circumstances. Bulelwa is a self-confident young woman with a good career; Bulelani is completing a tertiary education Tertiary education, also referred to as third-stage, third level education, or higher education, is the educational level following the completion of a school providing a secondary education, such as a high school, secondary school, or gymnasium. . But Phalo has been killed in a gang fight and most of the others are unemployed. What has made the difference?
As someone who herself rose above straitened strait·en
tr.v. strait·ened, strait·en·ing, strait·ens
a. To make narrow.
b. To enclose in a limited area; confine.
2. beginnings to achieve great success, Mamphela Ramphele Mamphela Aletta Ramphele (28 December 1947 - ) is a South African academic, businesswoman and medical doctor and was an anti-apartheid activist. She is a current trustee on the board of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York. has a passionate interest in our young people, the risks they face and the strategies they use to overcome them. In Steering by the Stars, she allows youths to speak for themselves--what emerges is the raw truth about being young and black in urban South Africa.
Tafelberg, Cape Town 2002