Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Jean E. Burger & Gerad F. O'Shea
Play is an integral part of the human condition, and in this way, play in South Africa is not unlike play in other parts of the world. The types of play activities that children and adults engage in are diverse, yet in many cases are similar to common games played throughout the world. In a country like South Africa, plagued with severe political and social hurdles, play illuminates the complex nature of the country and its people. Access to play facilities has not yet fully integrated since the end of apartheid. For example, wealthy cities such as Cape Town feature state-of-the-art indoor rugby arenas and are more likely to have safe playground facilities. Poorer townships lack such facilities, and children play games with sticks, rocks, ...