South Africa 2017-07-31T15:29:41+00:00

SOUTH AFRICA

These are some of the recent posts that i and others have made to hopefully challenge and encourage and educate you as you try and figure out how to do life better in South Africa. Please feel free to share any of these posts that are helpful with people you think it might help to take one more step towards…

All Lives Smatter – a collection of thoughts about race, painting all people with the same brush and the need for whites to engage with whites

All White Lives Matter – a “Black Lives Matter for Dummies” kind of post

Ask before you leap [to conclusions] – a post looking at how we engage when we engage with others on race

8 Steps to help me become a better ally of my friends of colour – a short but helpful reminder

But pity the mutants – a painful look at how white people are able to feel more empathy for fictional characters and pets than black people

Entitlement with an “i” – a brief glimpse into the problem of entitlement in our country

If I were white, I’d have been able to breathe – guest post by Thandi Nkomo

Race with me – short video clips explaining race issues simply to white people

She turned to me and asked me if being an Umlungu was something i enjoyed.

The Better Black/Coloured/Indian – some friends share stories about the standard of whiteness that has been pressured on them

The queen, my dad, and Sarafina – guest post by Thandi Nkomo

Ways in which white people are better than black people [part I] – a very short post.

Ways in which white people aren’t better than black people [part II] – a more wordier post.

When someone with an African name gives you their “easier” English name.

When the offence is that you’re offended – looking a little deeper into entitlement in South Africa.

Dear South Africa… a letter from Terence Mentor

By | January 16th, 2018|Categories: inspire-ations, South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people|Tags: , , |

Dear South Africa,  Increase empathy. Kind regards, Terence P.S. Sorry, I’ve just realised that you may not know what I mean. Here’s the deal - it really shouldn’t need an explanation or a justification. I [...]

Dear South Africa… a letter from Dalene Reyburn

By | January 15th, 2018|Categories: inspire-ations, South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people|Tags: , , , |

Dear South Africa... Charles Dickens starts A Tale of Two Cities with this: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age [...]

Dear South Africa… a letter from Ntobeko Mzoli

By | January 12th, 2018|Categories: inspire-ations, pain and Hope, South Africa, thorts of other people|Tags: , , |

Dear South Africa, I would have liked to have more of an upbeat and hopeful letter to you but the reality, the real reality, is that we’re a country of deep division and intense trauma. [...]

Dear South Africa… ‘n brief van Jana Niehaus

By | January 10th, 2018|Categories: inspire-ations, pain and Hope, South Africa, things to wrestle with, thorts of other people|Tags: , , , |

Liewe Afrikanermense in Suid-Afrika, Ek het nou onlangs terug gedink aan ons laerskoolklas wat elke Vrydag na tweede pouse vir twee periodes (met ander woorde ’n volle uur lank) sangklas gehad het. Gegewe die spesifieke [...]

They called me Scuba Steve…

By | January 9th, 2018|Categories: adventures, fun, inspire-ations, silly things, South Africa|Tags: , , , , , , , |

So the Protea cricket team took on the Indians at Newlands in Cape Town this week - first of three tests. And we won convincingly, so that was fun. DRESSUP FOR NEWLANDS It has become [...]

Dear South Africa… a letter from Thandi Refilwe-Rose Nkomo

By | January 8th, 2018|Categories: inspire-ations, pain and Hope, South Africa, thorts of other people|Tags: , , , |

Dear South Africa, LOVE BLACK PEOPLE It only dawned on me recently, how we need this. Desperately need this. I cannot speak for all Black people, I cannot even speak for the majority of Black [...]

Dear South Africa… a letter from Thandi Gamedze

By | January 5th, 2018|Categories: inspire-ations, poems and other creativity, South Africa, thorts of other people|Tags: , , , , , |

My friend Thandi Gamedze is an exceptional poet and wordsmith and her 'Dear South Africa...' comes in the form of a poem Beloved South Africa, I bless you to let loose the oceans of tears [...]

Dear South Africa… a letter from Wayne Eaves

By | January 4th, 2018|Categories: inspire-ations, South Africa, thorts of other people|Tags: , , |

Dear South Africa: I wanted to write you a love letter, but it does not feel like a good idea right now. I want to write about hope but it just doesn’t feel like the [...]

Dear South Africa – Intro

By | January 3rd, 2018|Categories: inspire-ations, pain and Hope, reflections, South Africa, thorts of other people|Tags: , , |

Dear South Africa... And so the letter begins. A letter penned to a nation. Well, not 'penned' per say, because who does that anymore? Typed. A letter typed to a beloved country. But what type [...]

Poem: Less Miserable in 2018

By | December 30th, 2017|Categories: pain and Hope, poems and other creativity, South Africa, things to wrestle with|Tags: , , , , , |

We had a dream our lives would be... So different from this hell we're living So different now from what it seemed, Now... Life... Has killed The dream... We dreamed...   The dream to some [...]

Open Letter to School Principals in South Africa

By | December 6th, 2017|Categories: #NotOnOurWatch, pain and Hope, South Africa|Tags: , , , , |

Dear Principal, This week we have all been shocked and deeply dismayed to witness the Selborne College Class of 2017 scandal with the dog-faced Hector Pieterson photo incident. Another week, another SA school making the [...]

Hope for South Africa: From the Bottom Up

By | December 5th, 2017|Categories: heroes or heroic moments, inspire-ations, South Africa|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]