A week of learning and ‘unlearning’ with global activists in South Africa...

Having just spent one of the most thought provoking weeks of my life in Boschendal, undoubtedly the most picturesque place in Cape Town, I am feeling somewhat inspired and enthralled by the stories and the experiences of some (in my opinion) of the world’s most amazing activists.

At the convening of Social Change Initiative fellows there was such a wealth of information and a lot of what we thought we knew was all unpacked and most of it ‘unlearned’ in that week...

Reclaiming Their City.....

After a quick look around GreenMarket early this morning it was back to the NU offices for various interviews the first with Hopolang.  She gave me a brief on Tafelberg and Bromwell Street, Reclaim the City and the current occupations at both Tafelberg and Woodstock.  Believe me when I say a 100 page blog would NOT do the amount of work NU, Reclaim the City and the residents have put in over the past six months, I am however, going to try and give you a quick brief time-line of what has happened since Sean and

How The Other Half Live.....

I spent the first half of my Sunday lunching with some of the Shia Ismaili community  (a branch of Shia Islam) who were celebrating the diamond jubilee of their leader Aga Khan. Sali, Phumi's wife, is part of the congration here in Johannesburg and today completed a weekend of celebrations to which she very kindly offered me along to.

Township Life....

I had the pleasure of spending the day in a township of Kew-Thema located a few miles outside a district named Springs. Phumi explained Kew-Thema was named after an anti-apartheid activist Selope Thema and was established in 1951.  Black Africans were 'resettled' from Payneville because it was considered by the apartheid government to be 'too close' to a white town. It is where she and her family grew up, her mother Regina and auntie Samelia still live there and gave me an insightful history to the South Africa they have known for over 70 years....

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