Written 27th September 2019. It feels so impossible to grasp the capacity we may have in our lifetimes to impact the world positively and uniquely, and to keep conscious of our choices, our contributions, and the moments of happiness that remain endlessly within our grasp when we shift our expectations and perspectives. I know I … More Contrasts
This week I’m grateful for… Waking to the splendour of dawn, and the delights of an early morning swim to greet the day. Sleeping peacefully to the rhythm of the ocean. Excited anticipation of the many planned adventures and travels in the year ahead. Catching up with a very dear friend, using the convenience of … More Gratitude
First published on the Association For Rural Advancement (AFRA) website. As we watched and recorded over 90 Labour Tenants and supporters march to the Land Claims Court in Randburg, Johannesburg, on Friday 29th January, I found myself awash in a whirl of emotions. Hope, elation and anxiety all swirled along with the familiar songs and chants, … More Labour Tenants Rising Strong
Today was another beautiful winter’s day – the sun shining, a gentle breeze blowing in through my office window, the bustle and laughter in Reception drifting through as background chatter. I was sitting at my desk, working on a report, when my phone rang. The instant I heard the stress in the voice of the … More Loss, grief, life, and maintaining our humanity
The National Gender Summit, convened by the South African Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) with the support of a number of partners from a variety of sectors, came to an end on Friday with a draft Programme of Action (the “Programme”), and a Declaration. The draft Programme was pulled together from the discussions and break-away … More Charting the Way Forward
I am thoroughly loving Shazam: as soon as I hear I song I like, I can whip out my phone, open the app, and nine times out of ten it will pop up the name and artist of the song within seconds. One of the best things about being back in South Africa is all … More SA All The Way
In 2003, as part of my Honours degree in Gender Studies, I submitted a dissertation entitled, ‘Lip Service? Women and the Communal Land Rights Bill.’ Within this, I analysed the ways in which the proposed Communal Land Right’s Bill could affect women if it were to be implemented, and the limited degree to which is … More Still Lip Service?
I mentioned previously that I had found my journal from 1998 when we finished unpacking our storage boxes recently. On sifting through some of the boxes when we first moved back to South Africa from London just over six months ago, I also found my travel journal from 2000, the year I turned 18, started … More Words from the past
It seems logical that my first post after a month away from my blog should be an update. I am still unwell and undiagnosed (more about that later), and the trip to South Africa was difficult health-wise but otherwise very positive, and full of wonderful connections and exciting visions of the future.
Sunday 26/06/11 I am sitting in Cape Town International Airport, waiting to board my flight home. I haven’t written anything since I was coming in to land here four days ago; I haven’t even had a chance to read through what I wrote then.