• Sangomas

    TRADITIONAL AFRICAN HEALERS

    Photo: Silvia Zanardi

  • The Energy Problem

    SOUTH AFRICA’S DEBATE ON ELECTRICITY POLICIES

    Photo: Gavin Fordham/freeimages.com

  • Speciesism

    THE DILEMMA OF HUMAN SUPERIORITY

    Photo: Marji Beach/flickr

  • Mandela Day 2015

    CHANGING THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER

    Photo: Lou Blanco

  • A Great Start for the Boks!

    BOKS FULL OF CONFIDENCE FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE 2015 RUGBY SEASON

    Photo: Maxime Mienné

  • Disaster Relief Project in Nepal

    PROJECTS ABROAD VOLUNTEERS HELP TO REBUILD A SCHOOL

    Photo: John Cullen

Online Articles

A Great Start for the Boks!

Boks Full of Confidence for the Beginning of the 2015 Rugby Season

Words Maxime Mienné

For their first game of the season, the Springboks faced the World XV comprising the best players in the world at the DHL Newlands Stadium, Cape Town. From beginning to end, the South African rugby team, coached by Heyneke Meyer led the game, barely allowing their opponents to score. In front of 27,000 fans, the Boks won the game by 46–10 and almost a year ago, the Boks won 47–13 against the same world class team in the same arena, bringing back bad memories to some, and good memories to others.

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Disaster Relief Project in Nepal

Projects Abroad Volunteers Help to Rebuild a School

Words Harry Kent & John Cullen

Two devastating earthquakes hit Nepal in April and May this year, leaving more than 8,700 people dead and 23,000 injured. The magnitude of this natural disaster on the infrastructure of the country was devastating and whilst the mentality of the Nepalese people is becoming more hopeful, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has indicated the setback could reverse the progress Nepal has made in education over the last 25 years.

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Tik Abuse

The Unrelenting Drug Affliction

Words David Transier

Tik, the local name for crystal methamphetamine, is an addictive central nervous system stimulant ruining the lives of thousands on the Cape Flats of the Western Cape. In fact, Ashley Potts from the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre (CTDCC) says that on average in 2013, 20% of school-going youth were actively using crystal meth.

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Cape Town Carnival 2015

A Day of Diversity

Words Nicolas Figueroa

‘The 2015 Cape Town Carnival was a resounding success,’ says Jay Douwes, CEO of the Cape Town Carnival Organisation Team (CTCOT). With a long year of planning and a budget of R15 million, more than 2,000 performers, 20 floats and puppets performed for approximately 55,000 people.

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Blogs

Mandela Day 2015

Changing the World for the Better

Words Catherine Garza

All of us should ask ourselves the question: Have I done everything in my power to bring about lasting peace and prosperity to my city and country? Nelson Mandela devoted 67 years of his life fighting for social justice and human rights, so it is only fair that the world shows their gratitude by devoting 67 minutes of their time on 18 July, his birthday, doing the same. ‘It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all, it is in your hands to make a difference,’ said Nelson Mandela in 2008 at his 90th birthday celebration in Hyde Park, London, passing on a lifetime of public service to the next generation. It was after that year that the UN General Assembly established Nelson Mandela International Day.

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Uplifting the Community

Helping the Needy Through Surfing

Words Chrisjan Bredenkamp

The surf project in Muizenberg has seen huge improvements over the past few months. The project has grown to such an extent that staff (visible by their Projects Abroad yellow rash vests) are catering for groups of up to 15 individuals, all having full access to surfboards, body boards and wetsuits.

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A Day of Sports & Fun

Because smiles are contagious

Words Melike Sevim

Volunteer, Melike Sevim organised a sports day for 50 kids from the township of Capricorn. The event was held in Zandvlei, Muizenberg, a lovely green area perfect for energetic kids and volunteers.The purpose of the sports day was to introduce the kids to different sporting codes and sporting activities, thus encouraging extramural play outside of the drug and criminal environment they are accustomed to in the townships.

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Surf Project

Making Waves With the Youth

Words Harry Wise

Considered the birthplace of surfing in South Africa, Muizenberg is an upmarket suburb of Cape Town with a long sandy beach. It’s the perfect setting for beginners and advanced surfers and it’s also the venue for the Projects Abroad surf project.

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A Great Start for the Boks!

For their first game of the season, the Springboks faced the World XV comprising the best players in the world at the DHL Newlands Stadium, Cape Town. From beginning to end, the South African rugby team, coached by Heyneke Meyer led the game, barely allowing their opponents to score. In front of 27,000 fans, the Boks won the game by 46-10 and almost a year ago, the Boks won 47-13 against the same world class team in the same arena, bringing back bad memories to some, and good memories to others.

Mandela Day 2015

All of us should ask ourselves the question: Have I done everything in my power to bring about lasting peace and prosperity to my city and country? Nelson Mandela devoted 67 years of his life fighting for social justice and human rights, so it is only fair that the world shows their gratitude by devoting 67 minutes of their time on 18 July, his birthday, doing the same. 'It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all, it is in your hands to make a difference,' said Nelson Mandela in 2008 at his 90th birthday celebration in Hyde Park, London, passing on a lifetime of public service to the next generation. It was after that year that the UN General Assembly established Nelson Mandela International Day.

Disaster Relief Project in Nepal

Two devastating earthquakes hit Nepal in April and May this year, leaving more than 8,700 people dead and 23,000 injured. The magnitude of this natural disaster on the infrastructure of the country was devastating and whilst the mentality of the Nepalese people is becoming more hopeful, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has indicated the setback could reverse the progress Nepal has made in education over the last 25 years.

Building a Community Through Surfing

The surf project in Muizenberg has seen huge improvements over the past few months. The project has grown to such an extent that staff (visible by their Projects Abroad yellow rash vests) are catering for groups of up to 15 individuals, all having full access to surfboards, body boards and wetsuits.

Tik Abuse

Tik, the local name for crystal methamphetamine, is an addictive central nervous system stimulant ruining the lives of thousands on the Cape Flats of the Western Cape. In fact, Ashley Potts from the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre (CTDCC) says that on average in 2013, 20% of school-going youth were actively using crystal meth.

Cape Town Carnival 2015

‘The 2015 Cape Town Carnival was a resounding success,’ says Jay Douwes, CEO of the Cape Town Carnival Organisation Team (CTCOT). With a long year of planning and a budget of R15 million, more than 2,000 performers, 20 floats and puppets performed for approximately 55,000 people.

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.

Housing the poor

We all dream of owning our dream home. We plan, save and look forward to the day we can call a house our own. However, for most people who live in the Mitchell's Plain area in Cape Town, four walls and a roof can remain a distant dream.

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.