34 Years of exposure in Southern-Africa with grassroots development focus.
Johannes Meintjes
Volunteer tourism: What's wrong with it and how it can be changed
With exposure to Africa to the north of South Africa since 1981, I can relate to the best intentions of short term outreach and voluntourism. Perhaps the criticism should be laid at the doors of the international and Africa church communities, NGO's and government agencies who have the means and power to yeast meaningful change yet mostly, in Africa, fail to show fruit that last. Why, for example, is it excessively difficult to bring meaningful change to exploited Conflict Mineral villages in North and South Kivu (DRC), and to isolated villages along the Congo River. There, even the best intended voluntourism makes no dent at all, except to create unrealistic expectations and much longing by the locals after one's departure.
Posted on 20 Nov 2017 16:01
Johannes Meintjes
Food security to top SADC meeting agenda
As a humble ground level social entrepreneur in Southern-Africa since 1981, I remain a bit distrustful regarding the top down process which does not empower the bottom billion in Africa. I have had an "affirmative action" partner for two years, and we break no ground in our offer of extension services and conservation farming in support of advertised SA government and provincial or metro faming projects for ground level communities. Funds and projects just disappear ...
Posted on 23 May 2017 10:46
Johannes Meintjes
Promoting a general history of Africa
The history of Africa, and also the history of the church in Africa, are not well researched, recorded or published.
Posted on 10 Jan 2017 00:59
Johannes Meintjes
Urbanisation is a tool for development
32 years of ground level experience in Southern and sub-Sahara Africa and efforts to encourage a truly relevant and sustainable socio-economic moddel from the bottom-up, agrees with the real observations of burgeoning cities and squatter communities in Africa. While cities do facilitate technology and concentrated opportunity, a depopulated rural society cannot maintain the balance for clean water, clean air, environmental conservation and organic agriculture. I am still trying to find the most suitable and facilitating socio-economic model and tenacious international partners to overcome the rural development challenges and marginalized societies in Africa.
Posted on 18 Apr 2016 14:05
Johannes Meintjes
Barbaric stock theft on the increase
The lack of moral fibre in South-African society, next to the absence of a moral compass amongst many leaders, are perhaps the first obstacle in kerbing rampant crime and jeopardizing food security.
Posted on 4 Aug 2015 16:37
Johannes Meintjes
Disadvantaged SA creatives get a boost onto the career ladder
Indeed the channels, routes and networks that provide opportunities must be improved. Too often the "disadvantaged" are the result of tremendous disparities or obstacles between top and bottom, rural and city, nothing and abundance, desire and carelessness, pleas and arrogance.
Posted on 13 Jul 2015 13:56
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