Nthabiseng

They say that dynamite comes in small packages. Nthabiseng is a matric student at Olievenhoutbosch Secondary School. She has a sparkle in her eye, a bounce in her step and quite a story to tell. Pastor Daniel who comes through to do an outreach to the highschool students once a week asked me to please…

Peet

Pango Camp Stories 3 ( Pangocamp is a white squatter camp on the outskirts of the greater Mumsieville township in Krugersdorp. 300 predominantly white people were moved here when the Red Ants forcibly evicted them from Coronation Camp in 2014) Peet has a firm handshake and is wearing a cool Ferrari shirt. ” Peet Vorsters…Jack…

Ricky

Pango Camp Stories 2 ( Pangocamp is a white squatter camp on the outskirts of the greater Mumsieville township in Krugersdorp. 300 predominantly white people were moved here when the Red Ants forcibly evicted them from Coronation Camp in 2014) Serena sits on her mommy’s lap holding a fizzer. The red dirt makes it difficult…

Desmond

Pangocamp Stories 1 ( Pangocamp is a white squatter camp on the outskirts of the Mumsieville Township in Krugersdorp) Desmond sports a knitted beanie and has the hands of a mechanic. He was obviously working on a car before coming to talk to me. ” I am a qualified mechanic – have been since 1987….

Irene

We all look at the world with our own worldview lenses…our culture, our background, our race…like it or not, all these affect how we think, look and judge others. This weekend I went to visit Pango Camp – a white squatter camp on the outskirts of the larger Munsieville Township in Krugersdorp. I realized that…

Fani Ketso

In honour of gardening day on October 9th….let me introduce you to Fani Ketso What makes Fani stand out on the street is a sign around his neck boasting cute colourful cartoon pictures of vegetables and flowers. He shows me a plastic tub with little plastic bags of neatly organized seeds which he sells to…

Franci

When I started this page I wanted to feature a mix of people: people with inspirational stories, people with struggling stories, happy stories and sad stories. There have mostly been struggling stories, but today I want to throw someone into the mix because I find her one of the most inspirational people I know. Her…

Elijah

    Every Fourways resident will know the man I’m featuring today – He sits on the corner of Fourways Boulevard and Cedar Road, and he is there rain or shine, in a wheel chair – sometimes with an umbrella, sometimes without….want to know his name? His name is Elijah. Elijah has been on my…

Bongani

I’ve seen Bongani a few times while driving up Leslie Road. Earlier today he was wearing a red Christmas hat which caught my eye, and this afternoon as I drive past, I spontaneously decide I’m going to chat to him. I park my car and walk up the road to meet him. ” Do you…

Christopher

As a young man, Christopher never thought that his job would be handing out pamphlets, but that is what he ended up doing. He worked under a mechanic in Zimbabwe for 2 years and came to South Africa looking for a job in a mechanic’s workshop. Instead of working in his dream trade, he has…

Brendon

The sign advertising ‘Biltong’ intrigued me . A little canopy with tables neatly set out. I stop on the way to pick my kids up from art lessons. One lady has just gotten into her car with a few paper bags of biltong, and another three customers stop to buy while I’m chatting to Brendon….