• Lucid Dreams

    Create your own dreamscape

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  • The Cost of Drug Prohibition

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  • Truth & Reconciliation Commission

    Interpret to break silence

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  • A Road Paved With Hope

    A refugee’s journey from Alrasheed to Matthew Benjamin

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  • Black Music

    Overcoming barriers in South Africa

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  • Mining the Wild Coast

    The clash between modernisation & tradition

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Rocking the Daisies

An Eco-Friendly Festival for Music-Loving People

Words William Dodd

Rocking the Daisies (RTD) celebrated its 10th birthday with a bang – four days and three nights of one massive, non-stop party. People of all shapes, sizes and colours turned up to celebrate their common love of music and fellowship alongside others in the vibrant rainbow nation.

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Education for the Future

Developing New Teaching Methods for Generation Z

Words Abbiramy Anpalagan

Education is the key to reducing poverty and inequality as well as promoting growth of the economy. It is one of the most crucial aspects for the development of a country, and for many the way to a better life. But does the classroom really prepare youngsters for the future? Especially if we consider that the teaching method in today’s schools was designed for a totally different kind of student.

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Pride Shelter Trust

Protecting the LGBTI Community in Crisis

Words Mallory Haag

To those who are newly homeless or shocked by a negative incident or situation, the road to recovery is arduous and bleak. To those people who also happen to be LGBTI, the crisis is made worse by societal pressures. With a 61% disapproval rating for homosexuality in South Africa according to a study done by the Pew Research Center and homelessness at 33.6% according to Statistics South Africa, it is clear that shelters like the Pride Shelter Trust are incredibly necessary. Since 2011, when its doors first opened, the Pride Shelter Trust has worked to give a home to those in need of temporary assistance.

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West Side Story

Fugard Theatre’s Classic Rendition

Words Mallory Haag

West Side Story, the classic Broadway musical based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, has come to Cape Town, specifically to the Artscape Theatre. The charming 1950s production is about star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria who are members of rival gangs, the American Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Both gangs battle to gain control of what used to be the Jets’ territory.

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Blogs

Projects Abroad Holiday Programme

Four Weeks of Smiling Faces

Words Jana Uellendahl

It is the best season of the year – a season called holiday. Everybody is excited to spend time with the special people in their life. Whether you choose to hang out at the beach or amble around the shops – when it’s vacation your time is your own. For some children, school holidays can be filled with blank days, with nowhere to go, especially if both parents are working. That’s where the Projects Abroad holiday programme comes in!

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Quiet Nobility

Living a Life That Inspires Others

Words William Dodd

I think as you reach the end of something, you begin to look back. Throughout my whole time in South Africa, I’ve kept my gaze forward – focusing on the future, what work there is to be done. Throughout these final weeks, however, I’ve turned my gaze and begun to look back.

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The Heritage Day Journey

Recognising Where We Come From & the Journeys that Brought Us Here

Words William Dodd

This past Thursday we celebrated ‘Heritage Day’ in South Africa by hiking Cape Town’s famous Table Mountain. Heritage Day is a public holiday meant to bring people together, across all spectrums, to celebrate our differences, and at the same time faithfully recognise that we’re all in this together. The idea behind all of this is to remember where you come from, what makes you unique to your walk of life, and celebrate what got you to where you are now – South Africa.

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Growing Up in a Polygamous Family

The Story of Burundian Siblings

Words Hazuki Takeshita

When you think about polygamy in South Africa, an image of President Jacob Zuma immediately comes to mind. The president has married six times and currently has four wives and more than 20 children. Also, in 2010, 90-year old Kenyan polygamist, Ancentus ‘Danger’ Akuku passed away leaving 100 wives and nearly 200 children. But how do the children of polygamous families experience polygamy? I interviewed a Burundian brother and sister, Amy and Patrick (both are false names), who were raised in a polygamous family and now live in Cape Town.

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Quiet Nobility

I think as you reach the end of something, you begin to look back. Throughout my whole time in South Africa, I've kept my gaze forward - focusing on the future, what work there is to be done. Throughout these final weeks, however, I've turned my gaze and begun to look back.

Rocking the Daisies

Rocking the Daisies (RTD) celebrated its 10th birthday with a bang - four days and three nights of one massive, non-stop party. People of all shapes, sizes and colours turned up to celebrate their common love of music and fellowship alongside others in the vibrant rainbow nation.

The Heritage Day Journey

This past Thursday we celebrated 'Heritage Day' in South Africa by hiking Cape Town's famous Table Mountain. Heritage Day is a public holiday meant to bring people together, across all spectrums, to celebrate our differences, and at the same time faithfully recognise that we're all in this together. The idea behind all of this is to remember where you come from, what makes you unique to your walk of life, and celebrate what got you to where you are now - South Africa.

Growing Up in a Polygamous Family

When you think about polygamy in South Africa, an image of President Jacob Zuma immediately comes to mind. The president has married six times and currently has four wives and more than 20 children. Also, in 2010, 90-year old Kenyan polygamist, Ancentus 'Danger' Akuku passed away leaving 100 wives and nearly 200 children. But how do the children of polygamous families experience polygamy? I interviewed a Burundian brother and sister, Amy and Patrick (both are false names), who were raised in a polygamous family and now live in Cape Town.

Education for the Future

Education is the key to reducing poverty and inequality as well as promoting growth of the economy. It is one of the most crucial aspects for the development of a country, and for many the way to a better life. But does the classroom really prepare youngsters for the future? Especially if we consider that the teaching method in today's schools was designed for a totally different kind of student.

A Walk Through the Pan African Market

Long Street spices up the centre of Cape Town with its international flavour. The popular hangout allures visitors from across the globe. Highlighted in a pale yellow hue, the Pan African Market stands among restaurants, bars, coffee shops and stores that attract Capetonians in addition to tourists.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hip-Hop Dance

‘Release your energy in a positive way.’ That’s the role of hip-hop dance according to award winner Emile Jansen, pioneer of hip-hop dance in South Africa and founding member of Black Noise and creator of Heal the Hood organisation. For Emile, dancing is all about letting off steam, but in a creative way. Growing up during the apartheid era made dancing extremely important because it was a free-style activity you could do without being characterised by the colour of their skin. ‘It’s all about your skill. It’s not about how rich you are or the colour of your skin, it’s about the skill you bring to the floor,’ Emile says.