• Cape Town Carnival 2015

    A Day of Diversity

    Photo: Nicolas Figueroa

  • A Day of Sports & Fun

    Because smiles are contagious

    Photo: Melike Sevim

  • Design Out Crime

    Take Down the Walls and Gates

    Photo: courtesy of Open Architecture Network

  • Cape Town Carnival

    The Crossroads of South Africa’s Diversity

    Photo: Nicolas Figueroa

  • Surf Project

    Making Waves With the Youth

    Photo: Harry Wise

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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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Design Out Crime

Take Down the Walls and Gates

Words Harry Wise

One thing I noticed during my six-week stay in South Africa is how obsessed the media is with crime. Standing at Cape Town station and watching the news headlines on the television screens painted a decidedly scary picture: a famous rapper who was murdered; an Orlando Pirates footballer who was also murdered; and an abducted child who was found 17 years after she was kidnapped.

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Woman Zone

Bringing Women of the Mother City Together

Words Sara Sekine

One may be born male, female, gay, lesbian, white, black, coloured, Asian or European, but whatever the demographic or unique marker, we are all born from a mother. In a diverse world with ceaseless conflicts arising from misunderstandings derived from different cultures, it is comforting to know that everyone around the globe shares this commonality. This could be why women play a key role in promoting tolerance and bridging differences. Woman Zone, a non-profit group designed to bring together all women from the Mother City’s multi-coloured cultures, demonstrates how women can go beyond divisions and thrive.

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Human Rights Event

What Rights Do You Know You Have?

Words Harry Wise

To celebrate the fact it was Human Rights Day this week, Projects Abroad volunteers went into the centre of Cape Town to ask South Africans about the issue of Human Rights. Armed with whiteboards, pens and leaflets detailing 26 different human rights, volunteers set out to inform individuals about their constitutionally guaranteed human rights.

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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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Mzoli’s

One of the Coolest Spots in Cape Town

Words Irene Boerema

Located in Gugulethu, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, Mzoli’s is named after the owner, Mzoli Ngcawuzele who moved from selling meat in a garage, to owning a popular hangout spot in Cape Town. Every weekend, people flock to Gugulethu to visit Mzoli’s – it’s a butchery, braai restaurant and a nightclub all in one.

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Making a Difference

Organising a Food Drive

Words Alessandra Biafora

Where Rainbows Meet (WRM) was established in 2008 by Mymoena Scholtz and Michael Mjonono. The main goal of the project was to create an enclave of community support for the families in the townships of Vrygrond, Overcome Heights, Hill View and Lavender Hill. Local staff and volunteers cooperate every day to make this idea a reality by encouraging the community to take responsibility for their lives.

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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.

A Day of Sports & Fun

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.

Design Out Crime

One thing I noticed during my six-week stay in South Africa is how obsessed the media is with crime. Standing at Cape Town station and watching the news headlines on the television screens painted a decidedly scary picture: a famous rapper who was murdered; an Orlando Pirates footballer who was also murdered; and an abducted child who was found 17 years after she was kidnapped.

Cape Town Carnival

More than 2,000 performers brought the streets of Green Point to life at this year’s Cape Town Carnival. The festival’s theme was ‘Elemental: Celebrating fire, water, air, earth - the unstoppable forces that shape us and our environment’. The theme linked well with the invitation for 600 firefighters to join the event to mark their dedication and hard work battling the fires around the Cape Peninsula. The occasion was a ‘resounding success’ according Jay Douwes, CEO of Cape Town Carnival Organisation Team and attended by Mayor Patricia de Lille and the Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Rejoice Mabudafhasi.

Surf Project

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.

Human Rights Day March

On March 20, Where Rainbows Meet, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the development of the community of Vrygrond, organised a peaceful march in Capricorn to raise awareness about human rights in honour of Human Rights Day, 21 March. This day commemorates the Sharpeville massacres of 1960, when protestors demonstrating in the anti-pass campaign were shot by police resulting in 69 deaths and 180 injuries.

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.