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Facilitating brave spaces

Where are the Brave Spaces? For a long time, i have spoken about creating 'Safe Spaces' for conversation. But someone said something this past weekend that has caused me to shift my thinking on that. Because surely what we need are Brave Spaces where people will come and engage deeply and leave changed. The idea of a Safe Space is one where you can be vulnerable and honest and feel free to share yourself [...]

By |2020-11-02T10:07:46+02:00Nov 2nd, 2020|inspire-ations, stories|0 Comments

Life during Lockdown: meet Alexa Russell Matthews

It's been so good hearing from different people during our Life during Lockdown series. It is the chance of my friend Alexa to finish it off for now: Alexa is a mom to two busy boys, wife to a great guy and a social worker.  Being outside makes her happiest but her big passion really is that people know that they matter.  What has lockdown been like so far? It’s been a juggle: of [...]

By |2020-05-11T07:56:33+02:00May 11th, 2020|South Africa, stories|2 Comments

Life During Lockdown: Meet some of the Botha family

As we continue with the Life during Lockdown series, we have another response from some younger responders. My mate Link Botha got hold of me with the responses from some of his kids: We are going to hear from Shannon Botha [15], Taylor Botha [13] and Kate Botha [11]: Question 1: What has your experience of lockdown been so far? Taylor: So far it's been quite nice. I have found myself able to relax [...]

By |2020-05-08T09:08:54+02:00May 8th, 2020|South Africa, stories|0 Comments

Life during Lockdown: Meet Kat Gensicke

The stories about Life during Lockdown continue to come and today we have the reflections and experiences of Kat Gensicke: My name is Katharina Lindiwe Gensicke and I am a 23-year-old, German-South African social developmental activist and student working in the digital education sector. [1] What has been your experience of lockdown so far? I live at home with my parents, younger brother and 2 dogs. Fortunately, I am still be able to continue [...]

By |2020-05-07T06:55:56+02:00May 7th, 2020|South Africa, stories, thorts of other people|0 Comments

Life during Lockdown [as a child]: Meet Mika’il and Batman

Welcome to Life during Lockdown with a bit of a twist. i asked some parents to post the same questions to their children and here are some of their responses: My friend Beben Cadman sent this: my nephew Mika'il's response. He is six: Question 1: What has your experience of lockdown been so far? Good, lot of stuff to do at home. Question 2: What are some of the ways that you have felt [...]

By |2020-05-07T07:01:33+02:00May 6th, 2020|South Africa, stories, thorts of other people|0 Comments

Life during Lockdown: Meet Beauty Bokwani

Hey everyone and welcome to another episode of Life during Lockdown where Beauty Bokwani will be telling us a little bit about herself and her experiences. Let's start with her bio:My name is Beauty  Bokwani. I'm the owner of Zoe Educare in Extention  13  Belhar. I love to tell stories; writing children's stories memoirs, and poetry.Question 1: What has your experience of lockdown been so far?"My fellow South Africans..."  This was how the president introduced [...]

By |2020-05-06T08:50:20+02:00May 5th, 2020|South Africa, stories|0 Comments

Life during Lockdown: Meet Irma Oosthuizen

As we start a new week we still have some more Life during Lockdown posts. Today we have Irma Oosthuizen who is going to answer the 4 questions from her perspective: My name is Irma, and I am a wife, mom, accountant and sometimes I feel like my inner child is more out than in. Question 1: What has your experience of lockdown been so far? I work from home, and my husband is [...]

By |2020-05-06T09:06:25+02:00May 4th, 2020|South Africa, stories|0 Comments

Life during Lockdown: Meet Yvonne de la Rey Smith

As we continue with our series looking at Life during Lockdown, let me invite Yvonne to introduce herself: My name is Yvonne (de la Rey) Smith and I am a wife, mother, aunt, daughter, sister, friend, educator, motivator, awakener, comedian, singer and general everything! [1] What has been your experience of lockdown so far? It was very daunting at the onset. I did not know what to expect – I am a planner by [...]

By |2020-05-06T09:02:59+02:00May 1st, 2020|South Africa, stories|0 Comments

Life during Lockdown: Meet Kerzia Chetty

Continuing the series on Life during Lockdown, let me introduce you to my friend, Kerzia Chetty, in her own words: My name is Kerzia Chetty and I am a mom, wife and businesswoman.  Question 1: What has your experience of lockdown been so far? My experience of the lockdown has been nothing short of a personal nightmare! I know that when I say that, I say it loaded with privilege but that is my [...]

By |2020-05-06T08:58:09+02:00Apr 30th, 2020|pain and Hope, South Africa, stories|0 Comments

Life during Lockdown: Meet Mary-Louise

Continuing a series inviting people to share some thoughts about Life during Lockdown: My name is Mary and I am a wife, mother of 3, social worker and data analyst. I work as a financial aid analyst in the welfare space. Question 1: What has your experience of lockdown been so far? For our little family, the lockdown experience has been a real reminder of our privilege. We have a large house with uncapped [...]

By |2020-04-30T07:45:09+02:00Apr 29th, 2020|South Africa, stories|0 Comments
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