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Hope for South Africa: From the Bottom Up

Last night tbV and i attended the end of year function - AGM and celebration - of the local non-profit organisation Bottomup. Who are Bottomup? i will let them introduce themselves to you in their own words: What is Bottomup?: Bottomup positions itself as a catalyst for organizational change in the under-resourced schools in the Grassy Park, Lotus River and Ottery area. We aim to apply an assets based approach, assisting schools to leverage their existing [...]

By | 2017-12-05T08:49:06+00:00 December 5th, 2017|heroes or heroic moments, inspire-ations, South Africa|0 Comments

Different strokes

So yesterday i visited my first ever stroke victim's support group.  i should perhaps clarify up front that i have not had a stroke. My friend Stephanie runs the group and invited me to come and check it out after i had an encounter with a stroke victim at the clinic she runs speech therapy at, which led to this status last week: i walked into a clinic today to drop a book off for [...]

By | 2017-08-15T12:25:30+00:00 August 15th, 2017|activities, heroes or heroic moments, inspire-ations|1 Comment

Niqabi Ninja: the horrible play you HAVE to see

Calling a play "horrible" doesn't sound like a great endorsement, but give me a moment. Last night my friend Megan and i went to watch my other friend Megan [Furniss]'s new directed play Niqabi Ninja [written by Sara Shaarawi] and i was blown away. Not surprised at all, because Megan directed it and so i go in with the expectation that it's going to be very good. But what i watched last night was brilliant. [...]

The day the internet played along

Yesterday it felt like the internet had a good day! We woke up to be informed that someone had started a crowdfunder on YouCare to raise money to pay the fine that Penny Sparrow received earlier this year. For being racist. The fundraiser didn't even try sugarcoat what she'd done or suggest she'd been wronged. It was merely to raise money to pay for the fine for her racism... But what a great day it [...]

Just One Story? The Pavement Bookworm

'Books are a very important part of my life. Books are my wealth and pay my bills. Books have a magic that keeps me going through hard times.' [Philani Dladla, The Pavement Bookworm, opening line] Meet Philani Dladla. You may have seen glimpses of his story that went viral a while back as a young man on a street corner selling book reviews to people. But yesterday morning i got to meet him. i was [...]

Meet my new friend, Mapula Diale

There is a vicious rumour going around that you can’t meet people on the internet. That is completely true and some of my best friends at the moment are people i have engaged with online and never [or only recently – hi Trevor Black!] met in real life… Sindile, Linde, Felicity and so many more of you can attest to that – while real life is better by far, until you get there, it is [...]

Happy Birthday to me: What I Want!

On Wednesday it is my birthday. i am turning 42 which, according to ‘The Hitchkhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s Douglas Adams is the answer to the question, ‘What is the Meaning of Life?’ That’s right, i am literally going to be The Meaning of Life… years old.  […]

The Greatest Story Ever Told

There is something about that story. Whether sitting watching a Veggie Tales ‘Drummer Boy’ Christmas with two of our nieces, or heading out at 11pm last night for a ‘midnight’ service at St John’s Parish in Wynberg, the heart of the story itself is just so loud and completely powerful that it gets me every time. i know that many of my friends don’t believe. […]

Reblog: Craig Stewart Audacious Hope speech

Yesterday at the Cape Town #ZumaMustFall march, my friend Craig Stewart, who helps lead the Warehouse in Wetton, gave an excellent speech and here, with his permission, is the transcript of what he said, along with the video link if you would like to see him saying it: This is the draft of a speech I gave at a Unite Against Corruption event in the Company Gardens on Dec 16 2015. The gathering was in [...]