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tv   The Travel Show  BBC News  August 5, 2018 1:30pm-2:01pm BST

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it ahead, it will be hot and dry. it will be more unsettled with rain and cooler weather later in the week. hello this is bbc news. the headlines... the president of venezuela says an attempt has been made on his life using drones carrying explosives. it happened during a live televised speech in the capital, caracas. the president has blamed columbia. "no place for antisemitism in the labour party" — jeremy corbyn releases a video on social media to try and allay concerns. 20 people have died after a vintage plane crashed into a mountain in switzerland. the crash happened on a range to the east of the country. the government is publishing its plans to change organ donation in england to an "opt—out" system from 2020. at present, donors have to sign up to the nhs register. children's entertainer, barry chuckle — one half of the chuckle brothers — has died at the age of 73. his comedy partner and brother, paul, said he'd lost his very best friend. now on bbc news,
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it's time for the travel show. this week we are in south africa. as the country marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of former south african president nelson mandela. i will be injohannesburg, finding out how the city is reinventing itself, and visiting one of the most spectacular regeneration projects in africa. it's something that was built for the few, and it has been repurposed now and is finding its feet is something for the many. and i will be trying out some home cooking with mandela's personal chef. i am making the simplest meal you have ever had in your life. the one that mr mandela used to love to eat it. plus, i will be hotfooting it down to cape town to meet the young ballroom dancers topping to shape
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the future of the rainbow nation. the amazing thing about seeing the born—free generation, which is, they don't really know how it feels to feel or see segregation. i am in johannesburg, the largest city in south africa, as the country celebrates 100 years since the birth of its most famous son, nelson mandela. jo'burg is where he found his feet as an anti—apartheid activist, and it is the place he called home once again following his
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release from prison. situated in the north of the country, the city grew at a startling rate after the discovery of gold in 1886. scores came from across africa and beyond to seek their fortune. but while many white prospectors got rich, the black workers suffered in poverty. in the late 1940s, inequality became law under the notorious apartheid regime, which lasted for nearly 50 years, until mandela was elected president. by that time decades of industrial decline and international sanctions had damaged johannesburg's economy and crime was widespread. the city came to be known as one of the most dangerous places on earth. but in recent years there has been a drive to change all of that, and previously abandoned neighbourhoods like this one are now
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on the tourist trail. maboneng has been described as one of the most successful urban renewal projects in the world. a network of coffee shops and street art. artists from south africa and beyond have come to transform the city's buildings. and the revival isn't limited to urban areas. this is another example of an open space that used to be considered dangerous. this trail runs right through the heart ofjohannesburg, and since its revitalisation it attracts more than 4,000 visitors each weekend. luckily the authorities realised that they needed to get jo'burg back in the mix, so there has been various initiatives, starting from the city centre, cleaning it up, getting security in place, and the trail is basically the continuation of the process. because you get out of the city
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centre, you've got this beautiful green lung that residents and tourists can use. visitors can see a strong security presence on the trail, and they are encouraged to use a specially created mobile app that can raise the alarm in case of emergency. perhaps the most visible symbol ofjohannesburg's regeneration, though, is in berea, 80 miles away. ——, a few miles away. towering over the skyline is the continent's largest residential skyscraper, ponte city. at more than 500 feet tall with an iconic circular design, ponte offers stunning views over johannesburg. now tourists can visit a converted apartment on the 52nd floor. all right, good morning, everyone. welcome.
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my name is frank. before i get into the history of the building, what do you guys know about the building? what are some of the stories you guys heard of the building? quite a lot of poverty, but fantastic views. also, we heard it is very cool to see the whole ofjohannesburg and see a bit more. we like to provide context for this building that we use, the reason we started here, this building played a huge part in the history ofjo'burg. dlala nje, the social enterprise that operates the tour, is run by a former resident. i spent three and a half years of my life in ponte. i moved here in 2012 after doing a story on, what is this infamous landmark on the johannesburg skyline? ponte opened its doors in 1975. it was built for the top 1% of society. there were saunas, wine cellars.
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this actually was the first floor of a 3—storey apartment. wherever this building finds itself, it has always been very cosmopolitan. during apartheid the government didn't want black people to partake in certain sectors of the economy and imported a lot of skills. so what you had was a lot of german engineers mixing with portuguese artisans, anybody like immigrants, expats, coming here and just making a life for themselves. very, very diverse. what it resulted in was a lot of racial mixing as well. the foreign residents brought with them more liberal values and less regard for the apartheid laws. according to nicholas, the government reacted by cutting off services to the building. as many white residents left for the suburbs, ponte‘s fortunes declined. no running water, no electricity.
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this is when you hear the really crazy stories that we were brought up on injohannesburg in the ‘80s and ‘90s, about this building being the place where angels fear to tread, you know? because quite literally, it was just a horrible place. no—go territory? exactly. it is just unbelievable to think of everything that has happened here. it is a real haunting feeling down here. my parents moved in here before i was born. what year was that? my parents moved here “119911. 1994 until 1998. staying here was dangerous, staying in the building or if you were visiting. people would rob people in corridors, the lifts were not working. they were staying on the third floor. it wasn't until the late 2000s that the building was cleared and renovated. how would you say things have improved now? truth be told, when my friend told me that the building is nice
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and stuff i would be like, no, i'm not coming. later i was like, damn, i want to come back here. now it is home to a diverse range of people, including migrants from all over africa. but some have criticised dlala nje‘s tours. initially we were criticised for creating something akin to poverty porn. the fact of the matter is, people live in silos in south africa and people don't necessarily know how the rest of south africa lives or indeed how inner—city johannesburg operates with so many different african migrants, cultures and identities. this is a chance to actually realise what is happening on the ground in your own city, in the city of god. the city eventually provided a safe place for the people
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who lived in the building, to pretty much go... this building has been through hell and back. and to me, ponte signifies, in many ways, the story of a democratic south africa, in terms of trying to find your identity since 1994. it is something that was built for the few. and it has been repurposed now and is finding its feet as something for the many. and if you are planning on coming here any time soon, here are some top tips from the travel show. if you are keen to find out more about nelson mandela's story, there is an app you can download called mandiba's journey, that traces his path through life around south africa. using the app you find places to stay around south africa, get tips on other attractions close by, and listen to audio guiding you through his story.
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if you are travelling further afield to the western cape you'll get a sideways take on south african history at the pieter—dirk uys theatre. that was the first phrase that nelson mandela taught me, "you snooze, you lose." his cross—dressing character evita was a thorn in the side of the apartheid regime during the 1980s, and used laughter as a weapon in the fight to free nelson mandela. i said to him, mr mandela, do you remember what i look like without hair? and he said, no. and i said, should i take it off? and he said, yes. so i took evita's wig off and he said, put it back on. and stars will come together in december to perform injohannesburg to celebrate the end of this special anniversary year. so far, beyonce, jay—z, chris martin and pharrell williams have all signed up. in an interesting twist, most tickets are free but to get one you will need to prove that you are doing something to make
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the world a better place. still to come on the travel show... i will be meeting the woman who cooked for nelson mandela for over 20 years. am i saying it right? i can't say it! and we meet the man taking the foxtrot to the townships. it is because of the dancing, we are all human. we are all south africans. dance is a universal thing. it is open for everybody. the blinkers must be taken off. so don't go away. when nelson mandela was released back in 1990, he pretty much went from prisoner to globetrotting hero and elder statesman overnight. one of the things he missed most when he travelled was a spot of home cooking. so i am off to meet the woman who was his personal chef 20 years.
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hi. nice to meet you. i have heard amazing things about your talents as a chef. so, talk to me, what are you going to make for us today? i am making the simplest meal that you have ever had in your life. in our language it's called umphokoqo. it is one that mr mandela used to love. he could not go a single week without eating this. he had to have this meal every week. yes. how i would do this. i would use maize meal, and then this is a sour milk. sour milk. it has to be sourfor him. so that when he eats it he must feel it in his mouth. so with water and salt, that's all, that's how easy it is. very simple. that's my kind of meal.
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let's go over to the stove. i will add bread and water. that is umphokoqo. am i saying that right? umphokoqo. i can't say it! i am just going to nod. tell me what it was like cooking for mandela, just in general? at the beginning ifelt intimidated, because i was going to cook for him. when i had to meet him, the first time i was shaking and i was shivering. i bet you were! but he was so warm to me. when he received me in his house he stood up for me and he shook my hand and he said to me, "i know you are a great cook, but can you cook our old home food?" that's when i said yes. i didn't even hesitate, because i knew that now this is myjob. and then i got thejob immediately. yes! apparently when he went to london,
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we don't send him with food, that we know, wherever he goes, in any country, but that particular year, that day, that week, hejust decided he's not going to eat, he's got a craving for his old home food while they were there already. then i got a call saying that we know you are off, you are home, can you please go back tojo'burg. and i had to cook this simplest dish for him. what i did, me and my colleagues, we had to wrap it up nicely, it looked like a present, and when we sent it to him we had to write the president's medication. and after that i was called that. i smuggled food to him. you smuggled his favourite dish into the uk. yes. the meal is about to be ready. exactly. that is how he used to say when he was sitting there waiting for this. is he doing what i am doing now? would he hover? i am going to try it.
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come on, it was one of mandela's favourite meals. i have to give it a try. laughter. that's quite yummy. mm. i can see why he liked it. i'm talking with my mouth full. to end this week, we're in the south of the country in cape town, famed for its spectacular coastline and dramatic landscape. the city has witnessed some of the most momentous events in the country's history. i have cherished the idea of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony. this beautiful, grand,
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and iconic building is at city hall. it is from that balcony that mandela gave his first speech after being released from prison. back then, this entire area was completelyjampacked with people either to catch a glimpse of him or hear what if he had to say. but almost a quarter of a century after the end of apartheid in 1994, i want to see how far these hopes for the rainbow nation have come. we are on our way to mitchells plain, a township in the suburbs of the city. in the past, people from areas like this would not have got many opportunities. but things are slowly changing, giving the next generation the chance for their talents to be recognised. at the neighbourhood dance studio, children aged as young as four are having their final rehearsals ahead of a prestigious ballroom competition. their footwork is impressive. former dance champion,
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arthurjacobs, open the school specifically to keep local kids off the streets. this is an area with one of the highest crime rates in the country. every day there is killings, drugs, guns. and our children lived among it even in their own environment, the housing environment — day by day they live in it. you take them from the street and you show them something better. you saw the little ones? idid. start with their first step. and then you saw the end result. what's your favourite dance move? the cha—cha. i saw you rocking the samba earlier. the jive. you were doing a really good tango earlier. i saw that. dancing is one of the most popular sports in townships, up there with football and boxing.
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perhaps more importantly, it's bringing young south africans from all backgrounds together. we try not to go for racism and saying you are black, you are white, we try to stay clear of that. it's because of the dancing and we are all human, we are all south africans. dance is a universal thing. it is open for everybody. the blinkers must be taken off. welcome to the african dance national championships. it's a new day and it's show time. a dazzling parade of sequins, lycra, and colour. we are here at the super serious national championships. people have come from all over the country to compete on this dance floor. there is so much excitement in the air. the guys are looking suave, the ladies are looking fabulous, but who's going to take home those trophies?
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the competition is fierce. 400 dancers from 27 studios all hoping that their foxtrots and sambas will lead them to victory. with more than 80 sections to get through, it is a huge operation. 89 and 117. for some of the younger kids from mitchells plain it's their first year competing. all that hard work pays off. hey, guys! hello! ah, you guys, you are melting my heart right now! although events like this are now a regular part of the calendar across south africa, it's sobering to remember that not so long ago, under apartheid, it was socially taboo for black and white couples to do
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together at a regular part. conditions like this would be unthinkable. i remember when we did ourfirst competition in johannesburg and we were the only black children dancing in the competition and we were a corner. i remember being invisible. i remember being a champion, knowing what it means to be a champion, but also not really being recognised. i remember them not knowing my name. but thankfully things are different for the generation born free of apartheid. i think the amazing thing about seeing the born—free generation, which is they don't really know what it feels like to see or feel segregation. we actually see couples that are dancing from two different, you know, a white boy and a black girl dancing together. and i think that's amazing. well done! no one would deny the country still has some way to go before fulfilling mandela's dream, but in their own small way, step by step, the young hopefuls here in cape town are doing their bit to carry his legacy into the future.
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sadly, that is all we have time for this week. join us next time when... mike reports from sarajevo, a city that is reinventing itself following the balkan war, which caused so much devastation in the 1990s. normally you would pay extra for a beautiful view of these hills, but for that very same reason it was one of the most dangerous spots to be in this hotel. oh my goodness. this is tiny. fancy taking a private plane without breaking the bank balance? we are in the air. cat looks at flight sharing on a day trip to northern france. welcome to france. and don't forget, you can keep up with us on social media, the details are on your screen now. until next time, from me, and the rest of the team in south africa, it's goodbye. evenin
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even in the south. that is your latest much of the uk as we head through the rest of the afternoon. blue skies rule, certainly three wales, central england and down towards the south but not for everyone. the further north and west through scotland we have got more cloud with outbreaks of rain so very different feel to the day here. that is because we're closer to this area of low pressure which is feeding in more cloud and also outbreaks of rain as good afternoon. the fine, dry conditions continue for much of the uk as we head through the rest
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of the afternoon. blue skies rule, certainly three wales, central england and down towards the south but not for everyone. the further north and west through scotland we have got more cloud with outbreaks of rain so a very different feel to the day here. that is because we are closer to this area of low pressure which is feeding in more cloud and also outbreaks of rain as you can see nicely from the satellite picture. sunny spells for northern ireland but grey skies the further north and west to travel. here in england and wales, plenty of sunshine once again and that is where we are seeing the highest temperatures. the heat focused on the south—east corner once again. 0utbreaks the south—east corner once again. outbreaks of the south—east corner once again. 0utbrea ks of patchy the south—east corner once again. outbreaks of patchy rain for scotla nd outbreaks of patchy rain for scotland and a bit cooler on the coast where we have the sea breeze. temperatures further north will be fresher 30 celsius the maximum this afternoon. a fine end to the day this 30 celsius the maximum this afternoon. a fine end to the day this and we will have low cloud and mist working its way into the south—west and up into wales. clear skies elsewhere it will be warmer. temperatures not dipping much lower than 30 celsius. monday morning gets going as it means to go on, mist and low cloud will clear quickly through south—west england and wales. more cloud through scotland, which will work its way into northern england
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and northern ireland too. northern scotla nd and northern ireland too. northern scotland will see something a bit brighter by the time the day is done. the sunshine in the south and east and that is where we see the highest temperatures, 31, possibly 32 celsius. tuesday, the weather front will tried to make progress but it will stall, introducing more cloud through england —— northern england but then it will start to fizzle out. patchy rain as well in the south—west. 0nce fizzle out. patchy rain as well in the south—west. once again, through central england on the south—east, it is going to be another fine, central england on the south—east, it is going to be anotherfine, dry day. plenty of sunshine again and temperatures rising, we could get to 32 celsius. a little bit fresher the further north you go. those fresher conditions will make inroads further south and eastwards as we head through the middle part of the week. it will start to go down, temperatures taking a tumble and it will turn unsettled. this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley.
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the headlines at 2:00. president maduro of venezuela has blamed right—wing opponents and colombia for what he says was an assassination attempt using drones carrying explosives. translation: there has been an attempt to assassinate me. i have no doubt that this all points to the extreme right in venezuela, in alliance with the right in colombia and that juan manuel santos is behind this attempt. i have no doubt. "no place for anti—semitism in the labour party". jeremy corbyn uses a video message to try to allay concerns. his deputy warns if the dispute isn't resolved, labour could disappear into a "vortex of eternal shame". adults in england will automatically become organ donors unless they opt out, under plans unveiled today just under 40% of people are currently signed up —
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