• Cape Town Spirit Fights
    Back the Fire

    Volunteer Wildfire Services Overwhelmed by Donations

    Photo: Sara Sekine

  • Hip-Hop Dance

    The Positive Effects of Breakdancing

    Photo: Nicolas Figueroa

  • Valentine’s Day Celebration

    A Special Evening for the Vrygrond Community

    Photo: Daichi Kawamura

  • Surf Project Sees Results

    Making a Difference in Young Lives

    Photo: Daichi Kawamura

  • 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

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Cape Town Spirit Fights Back the Fire

Volunteer Wildfire Services Overwhelmed by Donations

Words Sara Sekine

On Sunday, 1 March, the magnificent mountain range which makes the Cape Town peninsula so famous was shimmering with fire that looked like glowing lava. The fire started above Boyes Drive in the early morning. Authorities estimate that roughly 5,000 hectares have been affected.

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Hip-Hop Dance

The Positive Effects of Breakdancing

Words Nicolas Figueroa

‘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.

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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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Blogs

Valentine’s Day Celebration

A Special Evening for the Vrygrond Community

Words Daichi Kawamura

This February volunteers from Projects Abroad organised an amazing Valentine’s day event with their project partner Where Rainbows Meet (WRM). This occasion treated the community to a very special romantic evening, with good food, good company and good music.

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Surf Project Sees Results

Making a Difference in Young Lives

Words Alessandra Biafora

Smiles could not be dumbed down when the Ottery Education Youth Centre visited the surfing project in Muizenberg on Tuesday afternoon. The Ottery Education Youth Centre is one of many centres that provide programmes to educate criminal offenders on conflict resolution and alternatives to violence, among others. Many of the offenders come from very difficult realities where there is a lack of employment, education and other facilities. Gangsterism also unfortunately plays a predominant role in many of their lives.

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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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Cape Town Spirit Fights Back the Fire

On Sunday, 1 March, the magnificent mountain range which makes the Cape Town peninsula so famous was shimmering with fire that looked like glowing lava. The fire started above Boyes Drive in the early morning. Authorities estimate that roughly 5,000 hectares have been affected.

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.

Valentine's Day Celebration

This February volunteers from Projects Abroad organised an amazing Valentine's day event with their project partner Where Rainbows Meet (WRM). This occasion treated the community to a very special romantic evening, with good food, good company and good music.

Surf Project Sees Results

Smiles could not be dumbed down when the Ottery Education Youth Centre visited the surfing project in Muizenberg on Tuesday afternoon. The Ottery Education Youth Centre is one of many centres that provide programmes to educate criminal offenders on conflict resolution and alternatives to violence, among others. Many of the offenders come from very difficult realities where there is a lack of employment, education and other facilities. Gangsterism also unfortunately plays a predominant role in many of their lives.

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.

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.