Unit 6
3 • Neighbourhoods, cities and villages

South Afri...cans
South African Flag

How can street art help unify post-Apartheid South African cities?

A mural paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, 2018.
A mural paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, 2018.

Your final project

Address the city council of Johannesburg in order to discuss the future art policy of the town.
Let's go!

IDIOM of the week!

Get the picture

IDIOM of the week!
Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013) was the first democratically elected president of South Africa. He ended Apartheid, racism, poverty, and tried to get rid of inequalities. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. He was a great source of inspiration not only for the people of South Africa but also for the world (July 18th was adopted Nelson Mandela International Day in 2009). Do you get the picture?

On your way to the task - Step 1

Choose a famous South African street artist for a commissioned work of art.
Activity 1

Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.

Unequal scenes, Durban, South Africa, by Johnny Miller, 2016.

Let's learn!

Memory game battle

Memorise as many words from the mind map as possible. In turns with your neighbour, compete by giving a word. A word can’t be given twice!

Get ready!

Voir les réponses
Look at the vocabulary lists
and match each box with one of the following titles:
  • conveying a message
  • educating
  • neighbourhoods
  • a sense of belonging


Look at the picture.
a. What worlds does this photo oppose?

b. Why did the photographer take his photo from a drone?


  • separate /ˈsɛpərət/ (adj)
  • fence / barrier /ˈbærɪə/ (n.)
  • golf course (n.)
  • poor / destitute (n. or adj.)
  • township / settlement (n.) /ˈsɛtəlmənt/
  • wealthy / rich (n. or adj.)
  • dry / dusty (adj.)
  • divide /dɪˈvaɪd/ (v.)
  • live on top of each other (v.)

Brainstorming question

What do you know about Apartheid?
Voir les réponses

Watch the video about Johnny Miller.

Workbook p. 32

a. What is the link between the unequal scene project and Apartheid?

b. What is Johnny Miller's hope?

c. Why is the above photo his favourite?

Discuss the brainstorming questions.

Read the idiom of the week. With the photo and the note, guess its meaning and rephrase it.

Step 3

Create a flyer for an association or a festival.
Activity 3
Activity 4

Brainstorming question

Do you believe art can make a difference? Why or why not?

Unifying South African cities thanks to street art

  • draw people’s attention (v.)
  • make people aware (v.)
  • protest / provoke / denounce /dɪˈnaʊns/(v.)
  • support a cause (v.)
  • tackle /ˈtækəl/ an issue / a question (v.)

  • active participation (n.)
  • community (n.)
  • social cohesion / social engagement (n.)
  • belong to (v.)
  • build confidence (v.)
  • empower /ɪmˈpaʊə/ (v.)
  • involve / unite /ˈjuːnaɪt/ / gather (v.)
  • pay tribute to (v) / legacy /ˈlɛgəsɪ/ (n.)

  • dull / poor (adj.)
  • legal / illegal (adj.)
  • safe / unsafe (adj.)
  • crime / damage /ˈdæmɪdʒ/ (n.)
  • district (n.)
  • fence / boundary (n.)
  • graffiti / mural /ˈmjʊərəl/ (n.)
  • neighbourhood / area /ˈɛərɪə/ (n.)
  • vandalism /ˈvændəlɪzəm/ (n.)
  • ban (v.)
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  • citizens / residents / inhabitants (n.)
  • passers-by / onlookers (n.)
  • contribute to (v.)
  • educate / inform / teach (v.)
  • exhibit /ɪgˈzɪbɪt/ / display (v.)
  • inspire /ɪnˈspaɪə/ (v.)
  • collaborate (v.)
  • rejuvenate /rɪˈdʒuːvəˌnɛɪt/ / revitalise /ˌriːˈvaɪtəˌlaɪz/ / brighten up / improve (v.)

Step 2

Post a comment on a graffiti website.
Activity 2
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