• Greening Nyanga

    Creating Parks & Vegetable Gardens for the Community

    Photo: Paul Marcus Reiter

  • Fresh Start with New Gear

    Students Enjoy the Opportunity to Surf

    Photo: Sara Sekine

  • The War of Words

    A Film Review on ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’

    Photo: flickr/Kendra Miller

  • Job Searching Online?

    Be Careful, It May be a Scam!

    Photo: Kim Barlow

  • Surf Project

    Learning to Work with Patience

    Photo: Melike Sevim

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Greening Nyanga

Creating Parks & Vegetable Gardens for the Community

Words Paul Marcus Reiter

Deep within the township of Nyanga in Cape Town lies an oasis. An enticing green place amidst a sea of concrete, tin and brick, the contrast with its immediate surroundings is stark. Yet this oasis is not a natural occurrence, but moreover the result of the concerted efforts of a few highly-focused individuals, supported by an enterprising community organisation. The Greening Nyanga Project is a relatively new branch of Etafeni, a community programme in the township of Nyanga.

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The War of Words

A Film Review on ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’

Words Jonathan Rebmann

Propaganda is an old word. It’s first documented in the 17th century. Pope Gregory XV founded the Congregation for Propagating the Faith. This group of cardinals had the task to deal with church affairs in non-Catholic countries. Later the word shifted into a political term. And today it has more than once reached the cinematic world.

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HintHunt

The Great Escape Game

Words Paul Marcus Reiter

You have sixty minutes. You’re excited, a little anxious perhaps. Your companions appear so too. The room is small. It adds to your self-confidence, though perhaps also to your doubt. The clock begins to count down. You begin frantically exploring your surroundings. Your brain switches up a few gears. Will you make it out in time?

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Open Streets

Re-Working the Streets of Cape Town

Words Melike Sevim

On a perfectly sunny day with a slight breeze blowing, cultures of different kinds in the form of talented groups of dancers and singers gathered in the streets of Cape Town to transform the streets into a melting pot of art and music. On the 18 January this year, the fourth Open Streets event took place in Bree Street, with the first being held in 2013. The concept was adapted to Cape Town by Marcela Guerrero Casas from Colombia, and a group of volunteers who set up Open Streets as a formal non-profit organisation.

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Blogs

Fresh Start with New Gear

Students Enjoy the Opportunity to Surf

Words Sara Sekine

Looking at their shining smiles in the water with bright yellow wetsuits and surf boards under their arms, no one could guess that many of the students have troubled home life. But it doesn’t seem to matter when they’re having a surf lesson. The waves provide a welcome escape as well as a good workout – and hopefully an opportunity for growth.

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Job Searching Online?

Be Careful, It May be a Scam!

Words Alessandra Biafora

Everybody knows how difficult it can be to find a job nowadays, especially if you are young and without any work experience. The internet is the fastest way to search for job opportunities however, sometimes the reality is that these advertisements are nothing more than fake job opportunities. In other words – a scam!

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Surf Project

Learning to Work with Patience

Words Melike Sevim

The aim of the Projects Abroad surf project is to work with children and young adults who would benefit from an outdoor activity, which nurtures self-esteem and growth. Part of the process is to identity suitable groups to participate in the programme. One of these groups is Vredelus House, a juvenile women’s prison in Elsies River.

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Riding the Wave of Change

The Surf Project Gets an Upgrade

Words Lena Asberg

From a distance you see the new rash vests, bright yellow shirts with the Projects Abroad logo on the back. If you dig deeper, there are many more changes to come for the surfing volunteers. Meschak Bugaye, the temporary manager of the surf project, envisions a total restoration of the surfing programme in the near future.

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Greening Nyanga

Deep within the township of Nyanga in Cape Town lies an oasis. An enticing green place amidst a sea of concrete, tin and brick, the contrast with its immediate surroundings is stark. Yet this oasis is not a natural occurrence, but moreover the result of the concerted efforts of a few highly-focused individuals, supported by an enterprising community organisation. The Greening Nyanga Project is a relatively new branch of Etafeni, a community programme in the township of Nyanga.

Fresh Start with New Gear

Looking at their shining smiles in the water with bright yellow wetsuits and surf boards under their arms, no one could guess that many of the students have troubled home life. But it doesn't seem to matter when they're having a surf lesson. The waves provide a welcome escape as well as a good workout - and hopefully an opportunity for growth.

The War of Words

Propaganda is an old word. It's first documented in the 17th century. Pope Gregory XV founded the Congregation for Propagating the Faith. This group of cardinals had the task to deal with church affairs in non-Catholic countries. Later the word shifted into a political term. And today it has more than once reached the cinematic world.

Job Searching Online?

Everybody knows how difficult it can be to find a job nowadays, especially if you are young and without any work experience. The internet is the fastest way to search for job opportunities however, sometimes the reality is that these advertisements are nothing more than fake job opportunities. In other words - a scam!

Surfing Project

The aim of the Projects Abroad surf project is to work with children and young adults who would benefit from an outdoor activity, which nurtures self-esteem and growth. Part of the process is to identity suitable groups to participate in the programme. One of these groups is Vredelus House, a juvenile women's prison in Elsies River.

HintHunt

You have sixty minutes. You're excited, a little anxious perhaps. Your companions appear so too. The room is small. It adds to your self-confidence, though perhaps also to your doubt. The clock begins to count down. You begin frantically exploring your surroundings. Your brain switches up a few gears. Will you make it out in time?

Aquila Private Game Reserve Safari

I had never been on a safari before, and after a month in Cape Town, planning and organising various tours and excursions, I finally found the time to experience a safari adventure! Located in the historic town of Touws Rivier, in a valley between the Langeberg and the Outeniqua Mountains in the Karoo, my roommate, Melodie and I hopped into a taxi that took us to the Aquila Private Game Reserve.

Building & Community Project

When visitors arrive in Cape Town, one of the first things they are told is to be careful of going into the townships. Unfortunately, South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world, with more than 36% of the population unemployed. The poorest 10% of the population are only able to contribute 1.2% to national revenue whereas the richest 10% contribute 51.7% of this revenue, according to statistiques-mondiales.com. Add to this the fact that the urban population is relatively high (62% in 2012; which is more than the international average of 52%, according to the same source), it is no surprise to see hundreds of makeshift houses on the drive from the airport to town. These shacks, composed of sheet metal and other materials, form what look like small cities, and such a densely packed population often brings about violence and crime.

High School Dropouts

President Jacob Zuma recently said that education is the government's number one priority, and it should be, because along with the celebration of the good matric results of 2013 came the shocking revelation that out of the 1,261,827 pupils who started Grade 1 in 2002, 699,715 of them dropped out of school before their final exams in Grade 12 last year.

A City of Sports

It is the oldest city in South Africa, nestled between the mountains and the ocean, but not only is Cape Town a tourist haven; it is a mecca for sports. In fact, the province of the Western Cape is home to several of the continent's most historic and legendary stadiums - from the largest and most famous Cape Town Stadium, to the smaller, and less famous, Philippi Stadium.

Roller Derby

Roller derby might look like a bunch of girls racing on roller skates and violently bashing into each other, but going to an actual 'bout' (the correct term for a game) makes you realise that it is slightly more complicated than that.

At The Biscuit Mill

Hopping off at Salt River Station, a 10 minute stroll takes one to a world of wonder; sights and smells that leave the mouth salivating and the wallet unavoidably lighter. The Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill is where all who enjoy the quirky, the quaint and the unquestionably delicious should spend their Saturday mornings.