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This is a music video only and the most beautiful music!

This is the previous national anthem of South Africa, which still plays a part in our current national anthem and our history. This anthem is the most beautiful in the world. No other country’s anthem describes a country like this one. This is still the most popular to many South Africans as it came up at the top in 2013 as the most popular song for those who really see this as a poem that describes our country and its beauty. This has nothing to do with Apartheid – which is something the British instilled in South Africa by the way – and has brought the peoples of South Africa in the past – before the so-called Apartheid – together and still does so too. If you listen to the music in the video, you might get a few goosebumps and if you do, then you’re a pure South African. hehe

On Friday 31st May 1918, C J Langenhoven wrote this poem. First, he had only written the first three stanzas and the public then asked him for a 4th stanza. It was first published in 1921. Langenhoven then asked ML De Villiers to compose the music to it. The anthem was sung the first time on the 31st May 1928 during an official event. In 1932 a competition was written out by the FAK (Federation of Afrikaans Culture) and both the Afrikaans as well as the English public voted for this poem. On the 2nd May 1957 this became then the official anthem. On the 11th June 1957, the author’s right was transferred to the government and the following people attended: Langenhoven’s daughter, Engela Brummer, his bets vriend, Sarah Goldblatt and government officials: Adv CR Swart, TE Donges and Prime Minister,  Adv JG Strydom. DJ Opperman, one of South Africa’s national poets, described the anthem as a ‘swear of oath and prayer‘ by South Africans. 

The Call of South Africa

Ringing out from our blue heavens, from our deep seas breaking round;
Over everlasting mountains where the echoing crags resound;
From our plains where creaking wagons cut their trails into the earth Calls
the spirit of our Country, of the land that gave us birth.
At thy call we shall not falter, firm and steadfast we shall stand,
At thy will to live or perish, O South Africa, dear land.

 

In our body and our spirit, in our inmost heart held fast;
In the promise of our future and the glory of our past;
In our will, our work, our striving, from the cradle to the grave
There’s no land that shares our loving, and no bond that can enslave.
Thou hast borne us and we know thee. May our deeds to all proclaim
Our enduring love and service to thy honour and thy name.

 

In the golden warmth of summer, in the chill of winter’s air,
In the surging life of springtime, in the autumn of despair;
When the wedding bells are chiming or when those we love depart,
Thou dost know us for thy children and dost take us to thy heart.
Loudly peals the answering chorus: We are thine, and we shall stand,
Be it life or death, to answer to thy call, beloved land.

 

In Thy power, Almighty, trusting, did our fathers build of old;
Strengthen then, O Lord, their children to defend, to love, to hold –
That the heritage they gave us for our children yet may be:
Bondsmen only to the Highest and before the whole world free.
As our fathers trusted humbly, teach us, Lord, to trust Thee still :
Guard our land and guide our people in Thy way to do Thy will.

CJ Langenhoven

DIE STEM VAN SUID-AFRIKA

Uit die blou van onse hemel, uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes waar die kranse antwoord gee,
Deur ons ver-verlate vlaktes met die kreun van ossewa.
Ruis die stem van ons geliefde, van ons land Suid-Afrika.
Ons sal antwoord op jou roepstem, ons sal offer wat jy vra:
Ons sal lewe, ons sal sterwe – ons vir jou, Suid-Afrika.

 

In die merg van ons gebeente, in ons hart en siel en gees,
In ons roem op ons verlede, in ons hoop op wat sal wees,
In ons wil en werk en wandel, van ons wieg tot aan ons graf.
Dee! geen ander land ons Iiefde, trek geen ander trou ons af.
Vaderland! ons sal die adel van jou naam met ere dra:
Waar en trou as Afrikaners – kinders van Suid-Afrika.

 

In die songloed van ons somer, in ons winternag se kou,
In die lente van ons liefde, in die Ianfer van ons rou,
By die klink van huw’liks-klokkies, by die kluitklap op die kis.
Streel jou stem ons nooit verniet nie, weet jy waar jou kinders is.
Op jou roep se ons nooit nee nie, se ons altyd, altyd ja:
Om te lewe, om te sterwe – ja, ons kom, Suid-Afrika.

 

Op U Almag vas vertrouend het ons vadere gebou:
Skenk ook ons die krag, o Here! om te handhaaf en te hou.
Dat die erwe van ons vaad’re vir ons kinders erwe bly:
Knegte van die Allerhoogste, teen die hele wereld vry.
Soos ons vadere vertrou het, leer ook ons vertrou, o Heer –
Met ons land en met ons nasie sal dit wei wees, God regeer.

CJ Langenhoven

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South Africa humiliate England
Eurosport – Sat, 22 Nov 19:06:00 2008

World champions South Africa pounced on another error-strewn performance by England to consign the hosts to a record 42-6 defeat at Twickenham.

 England v South Africa

First half tries from Danie Rossouw and Ruan Pienaar were added to after the interval by Adi Jacobs, Jaque Fourie and Bryan Habana as South Africa ran in five scores despite having a man sent to the sin-bin in either half.

“It was a brutal lesson,” Johnson said. “We created a lot of opportunities but the execution was poor.”

“It’s a real character week for all of us now. We can either pack it all up or come back and try to win the game. We have to bounce back and play our hearts out.”

England made a solid start to the match with Danny Cipriani giving the hosts a three point lead within a minute, but Pienaar quickly levelled up for South Africa when England were penalised for not releasing the ball at the breakdown.

Cipriani had a second chance to put England in the lead but his effort for the halfway line fell just short.

It was a decent effort from the young England fly-half but South Africa took the escape as a signal to run riot as England produced another error-riddled performance.

Roussow forced his way over for the first try after an attacking line-out for the hosts when the England defence was exposed.

Pienaar added the extras before single-handedly exposing England’s inexperience – Cipriani took far too long over a clearance kick allowing the Springbok to charge the ball down and run away for an unchallenged solo try that he also converted.

England once again found themselves penalised at the breakdown, allowing Pienaar to add another penalty to South Africa’s tally.

Cipriani recovered his composure enough to double England’s output in the first half but it was scant consolation to the hosts who were being dominated in all aspects of the game.

Things were to go from bad to worse though for England as, not only did they fail to put any points on the board while Tendai Mtawarira was in the sin bin, but they were also forced to defend frantically for the last 10 minutes of the half to keep the score down at 20-6.

There were better signs from England at the start of the second half as Ugo Monye and Delon Armitage, both bright points for England, strung some moves together. But again the final ball was a problem and the hosts were unable to capitalise.

South Africa quickly recovered though and Adi Jacobs scored their third try of the afternoon after a brilliant decoy run from Jean De Villiers had opened up acres of space for JP Pietersen.

Pienaar again added the conversion before kicking a third penalty when Nick Easter was caught playing the ball off his feet.

South Africa saw Conrad Jantjes sent to the sin-bin for a late shoulder charge on Armitage, after the London Irish man had already chipped the ball away upfield.

But again England failed to take advantage of the opportunity and the final 10 minutes will be some that Johnson will want to forget the most as South Africa ran in another two tries.

Fourie got the first by out-muscling Paul Sackey for a loose ball before running through to touch down unchallenged. Replacement Francois Steyn added the conversion before the Boks finished with a flourish working the ball across the field for Habana to cross over on the right wing.
Source: Yahoo http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/22112008/58/south-africa-humiliate-england.html

This report is from Yahoo…minute-by-minute and you should start reading it from the bottom:)

FT Referee Rose calls time on England’s misery and that concludes out coverage for now as well. Stick around for Wales v New Zealand in an hours time. England face the All Blacks next week of course in their final match of the year

80′ Steyn misses with his second conversion attempt but South Africa have already consigned England to their heaviest ever defeat at Twickenham

79′ It’s too easy now for South Africa as they work the ball across the field to Habana, who touches down on the right wing to add salt to England’s wounds

76′ Francois Steyn takes over from where Pienaar left off and adds the conversion. This is embarassing for England now

76′ TRY SOUTH AFRICA! Jacque Fourie sprints away with the loose ball after muscling Sackey off the ball. Armitage does well to track back and ankle tap Fourie but the South African does well to get back up and has an easy run in for the try

75′ Easter has the ball but he is driven back again and Cipriani spills the ball forward

75′ England now are within sight of the line as Monye breaks … Armitage is with him … he finds Shaw but England are hassled into touch

73′ South Africa break again as Burger gets within inches of the line but England’s defence stands firm this time and they turn the ball over

69’To their credit, England are still pushing for territory but again their passing is letting them down as a ball out wide to Sackey goes astray

66’Again South Africa push them back and Januarie turns the ball over before clearing downfield

65’England take the scrum and quickly get another – this time on the five metre line – when South Africa are penalised

64’Armitage breaks for England … he could be on here for the try … he chips through but Conrad Jantjies shoulder charges the London Irish man after the ball has gone and he is off with an immediate yellow card. Shocking from the South African

63’PENALTY SOUTH AFRICA! Pienaar doesn’t miss chances like that – he thumps the ball between the posts and South Africa have 30 points at Twickenham

62’Easter is penalised for going in off his feet and South Africa hav another chance to extend their lead – again

60’Monye picks up the ball and looks for something positive again but he is driven back a good five metres and that just sums up England’s day

58’England decide to go for the corner and push for the try – they are forced back but Danny Care again is almost away. The ball finds it’s way out to Cipriani, whose pass out wide is shocking. He is having a horrible day. All that needed was a simple pass to Flood, who had Sackey outside him, but Cipriani put the ball into the middle of nowhere and it dribbled out into touch

57’Rossouw then adds another horrible tackle on Nick Easter – really very high with one arm before grabbing Easter’s head with the other arm. England have the penalty

56’Monye and Armitage are the two highlights for England today as the former is on the receiving end of a horribly high tackle from De Villiers

50’Pienaar, unsurprisingly, adds the extra two points and the Boks are well and truly in control of this match over every inch of the park

50’TRY SOUTH AFRICA! De Villiers provides a brilliant decoy run off the back of a line-out, to create acres of space for Pietersen, who offloads to Jacobs for the third try of the afternoon

47’Sackey is in acres of space on the right wing but the pass out wide to him is a poor one and he has to stop dead to pick it up off his feet and South Africa turn the ball over before Pienaar clears down field. How did England not score there?

46’Sackey picks up a loose ball on the right wing but he is dragged down five metres out – England recycle the ball across the pitch to the left wing where they get within milimetres of the line with Danny Care

45’Monye makes a great break down the left wing making a good 30m or so after receiving the ball from Armitage. Habana brings him down but England still have possession

44’A high ball causes havoc as De Villiers puts a lot of pressure on Armitage at the back … but England escape when South Africa knock on

43’Care on the break as England look to make a better start to this second half

41’Second half underway at Twickenham .

..40+2There is the half-time whistle and England have held on to remain just the 14 points down! They really need to come out firing on all cylinders after the break if this match is to be turned around. It’s been a furious first half, go grab a brew (or a beer if you prefer) and we’ll be back in about 15 minutes time40+1England turn the ball over again before Cipriani finds Monye, who in turn charges away on the right wing … he kicks upfield before being taken out and the ball has gone out on the full

40’The ball only goes as far as Habana but Care has chased his kick on and puts in a great tackle to stop the South African’s charge

39 ’90 seconds until half time should be called and England must not concede again as South Africa work throught the phases before Danny Care comes to the rescue to clear

37’Oh dear, oh dear – England are in all kinds of trouble as they spill the ball and Monye is forced to collect, run the ball back over his own tryline before being able to clear36’Pienaar has another chance to kick at the posts albeit from inside his own half. But his kick doesn’t quite have the distance and England escape

35’Another Cipriani kick bounces off a South Africa player and the visitors have possession back – with Januarie looking to fashion a move after a stunning, through the legs offload from Smit! South Africa are looking really confident now, and why wouldn’t they be?

34’Flood makes his first impression on the South African’s as he kicks upfield and chases himself. It doesn’t fall kindly for the Leicester man but Sackey is there to help tackle Pietersen, who has collected

32’Simon Shaw has also been brought off to be replaced by Tom Palmer and Martin Johnson is looked to address this bad start quickly which is a good sign

31’Flutey limps off but Flood will replace him and his right footed kicking game should just help Cipriani settle into his left footed game now

29’The referee has had enough of the penalties at the breakdown and Mtawarira has been sent to the bin for 10 minutes

28’PENALTY ENGLAND! Much better from Cipriani there as he holds his nerve to put another three points on the board with a solid kick from the right wing. Still 14 points in it though

26’It’s become really quite scrappy now as England desperately search for a way to get back into this match

24’PENALTY SOUTH AFRICA! A great kick from Pienaar from the left touchline and the visitors are beginning to run away with this

23’England are penalised once again for being off their feet at the breakdown and Pienaar will have another chance to extend South Africa’s lead

20’Care to Rees, to Haskell. Haskell finds Armitage on his outside and the London Irish man is away down the left wing … brilliant covering from South Africa as Pietersen and Botha shove Armitage into touch with just millimetres to go to the line

18′ Pienaar again adds the easy conversion kick and South Africa have 14 points from two trips into the England 22

18′ TRY SOUTH AFRICA! That’s just embarassing from England’s point of view as Cipriani, with 10 metres space to clear, sees his kick charged down by Pienaar, who then has an easy run in over the line for the Boks second try

16′ Pienaar adds the straight-forward conversion and South Africa have a seven point lead after just quarter of an hour

15′ TRY SOUTH AFRICA! Danie Rossouw receives the ball after a moment of brilliance from Januarie and the Springbok back rower touches down just to the right of the posts

14′ Scrum five to South Africa now as Pienaar tries to find his man on the right wing

12′ South Africa steal the ball from Haskell and make a break of their own – they’ve made it out of their own half. Bryan Habana with the ball and it’s great play from Sackey to get his fingertips on the ball and knock it out of the hands of the South African winger

11′ England pushing for the try line from a five metre scrum – they work the ball out wide through the hands of Cipriani, Rees, Haskell, Noon, Flutey

9′ Cipriani with a chance to put England in the lead again but it’s the kick is from the half way line and it doesn’t quite have the legs to get there 6′ PENALTY SOUTH AFRICA! Ruan Pienaar levels up for South Africa after England are penalised for failing to release the ball

2′ PENALTY ENGLAND! A great start for England as Cipriani quickly puts a simple kick in between the posts to snatch the early lead 1′ Here we go then – we’re underway at Twickenham for a replay of last year’s World Cup final …

14:23 Hello and welcome to Eurosport Yahoo’s LIVE coverage of England’s third autumn Test against South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA VS WALES



Images: uk.eurosport.yahoo.com
Fourie Du Preez… the latest addition to my Springbok-heroes! Where is Percy! I do miss you today Percy!! The score is now 13-3 …of course South Africa leading..so far…it’s half time now! GO BOKKE!! MWHUAH! to Jean De Villiers! 20-3 now. Hmmm….20-12…South Africa…come on! I’m not even aware of the existence of Habana in the team today…is he getting “old” or what! and Schalk Burger (having the same name and surname as my great grandad..but luckily not family!) you shouldn’t be in the team…firstly, get a good hair cut! (before playing as a Springbok again) and don’t be “all over the place”! Also, you have calmed down a bit, but you can calm down a little bit more…Game over! 20-15 and South Africa: you are not as good as you were before! Wales played a good game and Alan Powell (Wales) is a great player! Congrats South Africa!! Glad you won! but too many penalties! All the points Wales scored were just because of penalties!! No good, my favourite team!! and I guess you know it! But, at least you fought a great battle against Wales as they couldn’t score a try although they tried very hard. Well done to the Boks being there every time the players of the Wales-team thought “now is that moment”…and then you were there to tackle them!

Jean de Villiers

I have a few countries’ National Anthems here for you too…South Africa’s in Afrikaans, then in English, then the new Anthem of SA…in all the official languages of SA- 11 of them!! -..then the British/American anthems too. You can also listen to SA’s in both languages.
Here are the words to Die Stem: written by C J Langenhoven

Uit die blou van onse hemel, uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes waar die kranse antwoord gee.
Deur ons ver-verlate vlaktes met die kreun van ossewa –
Ruis die stem van ons geliefde, van ons land Suid-Afrika.

Ons sal antwoord op jou roepstem, ons sal offer wat jy vra:
Ons sal lewe, ons sal sterwe – ons vir jou, Suid-Afrika

In die merg van ons gebeente, in ons hart en siel en gees,
In ons roem op ons verlede, in ons hoop of wat sal wees,
In ons wil en werk en wandel, van ons wieg tot aan ons graf –
Deel geen ander land ons liefde, trek geen ander trou ons af.

Vaderland! ons sal die adel van jou naam met ere dra:
Waar en trou as Afrikaners – kinders van Suid-Afrika.

In die songloed van ons somer, in ons winternag se kou,
In die lente van ons liefde, in die lanfer van ons rou,
By die klink van huweliksklokkies, by die kluitklap op die kis –
Streel jou stem ons nooit verniet nie, weet jy waar jou kinders is.

Op jou roep sê ons nooit nee nie, sê ons altyd, altyd ja:
Om te lewe, om te sterwe – ja, ons kom Suid-Afrika.

Op U Almag vas vertrouend het ons vadere gebou:
Skenk ook ons die krag, o Here! om te handhaaf en te hou –
Dat die erwe van ons vad’re vir ons kinders erwe bly:
Knegte van die Allerhoogste, teen die hele wêreld vry.

Soos ons vadere vertrou het, leer ook ons vertrou, o Heer –
Met ons land en met ons nasie sal dit wel wees, God regeer.

Here are the words to The Call of South Africa:

Ringing out from our blue heavens, from our deep seas breaking round;
Over everlasting mountains where the echoing crags resound;
From our plains where creaking wagons cut their trails into the earth –
Calls the spirit of our Country, of the land that gave us birth.

At thy call we shall not falter, firm and steadfast we shall stand,
At thy will to live or perish, O South Africa, dear land.

In our body and our spirit, in our inmost heart held fast;
in the promise of our future and the glory of our past;
In our will, our work, our striving, from the cradle to the grave –
There’s no land that shares our loving, and no bond that can enslave.

Thou hast borne us and we know thee. May our deeds to all proclaim
Our enduring love and service to thy honour and thy name.

In the golden warmth of summer, in the chill of winter’s air,
in the surging life of springtime, in the autumn of despair;
When the wedding bells are chiming or when those we love do depart;
Thou dost know us for thy children and dost take us to thy heart.

Loudly peals the answering chorus; We are thine, and we shall stand,
Be it life or death, to answer to thy call, beloved land.

In thy power, Almighty, trusting, did our fathers build of old;
Strengthen then, O Lord, their children to defend, to love, to hold –
That the heritage they gave us for our children yet may be;
Bondsmen only of the Highest and before the whole world free.

As our fathers trusted humbly, teach us, Lord, to trust Thee still;
Guard our land and guide our people in Thy way to do Thy will.

This is the official version of the national anthem, combining Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika and Die Stem / The Call of South Africa

Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,
Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.

Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika.

Uit die blou van onse hemel,
Uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
Waar die kranse antwoord gee,

Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom,
In South Africa our land.

God Save the Queen (standard version)

God save our gracious Queen,1
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen:
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen.
O Lord, our God, arise,
Scatter her enemies,
And make them fall.
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On Thee our hopes we fix,
God save us all.
Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour;
Long may she reign:
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice
God save the Queen.*

United States of America National Anthem: Star Spangled Banner

Oh, say can you see,
By the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed
At the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
Through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched
Were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare,
The bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night
That our flag was still there.
O, say, does that
Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free
And the home of the brave?

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