Sindy Peters
Sindy Peters
[Education & Training] On her bike, Aphiwe Goge is unstoppable. The cyclist speeds through the pump track with coolheaded strength and razor-sharp focus. She’s here to win. Flying past the other cyclists, Goge commands the course. And she’s only 13 years old. Goge was hooked on riding the moment her grandfather taught her to balance on a set of wheels. Taking her talent to a bike park, Goge discovered unprecedented freedom to boost her skills. Now, she’s breaking the barriers to cycling with South Africa’s first black female mountain biking team.

Read Aphiwe Goge's full story here.
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Sindy Peters
Sindy Peters
[Education & Training] The clay horse towers over its creator. A life-sized artwork, it embodies the natural prowess of the galloping animal. Vincent Da Silva’s sculptures are testament to his deft handiwork. Though frozen in time, the statues have a movement to them. Unlike the smooth marble figures of ancient Greece, Da Silva’s art is cast in bronze and flecked with blemishes from his tools. With his textural monuments, the artist reflects a freethinking philosophy.

Read Vincent da Silva's full story here.
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Sindy Peters
Sindy Peters
[Education & Training] The clay horse towers over its creator. A life-sized artwork, it embodies the natural prowess of the galloping animal. Vincent Da Silva’s sculptures are testament to his deft handiwork. Though frozen in time, the statues have a movement to them. Unlike the smooth marble figures of ancient Greece, Da Silva’s art is cast in bronze and flecked with blemishes from his tools. With his textural monuments, the artist reflects a freethinking philosophy.

Read Vincent da Silva's full story here.
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Sindy Peters
Sindy Peters
[Education & Training] Jean-marc Johannes designs his own rules. On his skateboard, he carves a playground out of the city of Cape Town. “No one can define my capabilities but me,” Johannes says. His attitude is his eternal win. But it comes with a background of crashes and falls – one that goes much deeper than failed tricks on a board. Johannes initially wanted to be an athlete. But traditional sports just didn’t give him enough space to move. So at the age of nine, Johannes turned to skateboarding and took control of his destiny.

Read Jean-Marc Johannes' full story here.
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Sindy Peters
Sindy Peters
[Education & Training] Athol Williams’ life is a story of triumph. Growing up in Mitchells Plain during apartheid set him back from the start. In the township built to accommodate victims of forced removals, residents endured inferior resources at every level, from their housing to their education. The latter was about more than just separation – the aim was to keep people of colour from learning and progressing. But Williams has never been one to be left behind. At every opportunity, he took matters into his own hands. “I realised that to beat the system, I would have to take personal responsibility for my life and my own education,” Williams says. His starting point? The humble book.

Read Athol Williams' full story here.
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Sindy Peters
Sindy Peters
[Education & Training] Bolekwa Salusalu has no hands, but she sews every single day. The 62-year-old is a designer and creator of immaculately stitched wedding dresses, traditional outfits, and school uniforms. Draped around her modest studio are a range of colourful garments, each pattern more interesting than the next. Her friend Luluma Mnyute is perpetually bowled over by Salusalu’s talent. “Bolekwa, without hands she has done this!” Mnyute says. Salusalu works tirelessly to provide for her family from her home in the Eastern Cape, but she does it with style.

Read Bolekwa Salusalu's full story here.
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Sindy Peters
Sindy Peters
[Education & Training] The bell rings at the end of the day at Ikaya Primary School, and a carnival arrives. Multi-coloured ribbons fly above the dull concrete. A group of girls jump and twirl in the middle of the courtyard. The hard floor outside isn’t the ideal place to rehearse gymnastics, but it’s all they have. The team approach each practice with enthusiasm. Their teacher, Pinkie Yolisa, cheers them on. She is convinced that despite their lack of resources, their talent can be honed. “Sweat and hard work is the only way to victory,” Yolisa says. That and her secret weapon – improvisation.

Read Pinkie Yolisa's full story here.
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Sindy Peters
Sindy Peters
[Education & Training] As a young boy, Isaac Boshomane loved cars, motorbikes, even tractors – any vehicle that moved. He wanted to know what made them work. With his inquisitive nature, he saw how people took their cars to backyard mechanics, only to have them come back with more problems. Then it all fell into place for Boshomane: he was going to become a mechanic, one who solved problems instead of causing them.

Boshomane trained at a technical college, but struggled. The course was theory heavy, without enough practical application. Yet Boshomane pushed through, and opened his own business, Kgabo Cars. High unemployment in his community of Soshanguve left many young people without purpose. So Boshomane started sharing his skills with them on the weekends, and eventually opened his own training centre.

Read Isaac Boshomane's full story here.
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Sindy Peters
Sindy Peters
[Education & Training] Hillbrow is a neighbourhood clouded by misconceptions. It’s had many lives over the years, from being a segregated area during apartheid to becoming the mix of nationalities and cultures it is today. Over time, it has developed a reputation for crime and violence. For Gerard Bester, it’s home. “There are many negative stories about Hillbrow,” he says. Bester uses theatre as a safe space for children to overcome issues they face, such as xenophobia and drug abuse. On stage, they take back the narratives surrounding their town.

Read Gerard Bester's full story here.
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Sindy Peters
Sindy Peters
[Education & Training] Chalk-covered hands grip neon holds. Legs stretch across ledges to keep balance. One slip and you drop the ground. But the frustration of falling only fuels Glenn Moncrieff’s motivation. There’s a peak to reach – it’s just a matter of figuring out the route. He knows all too well the obstacles that come with climbing. Moncrieff has been doing it for 10 years, and relishes the process. “The unpredictability and challenges of a climbing wall mirror life,” he says. Because of this parallel, Moncrieff is showing the ropes to vulnerable youth.

Moncrieff cofounded the NPO DreamHigher to bring climbing to children living on the street. The sport requires resources and access. By opening it up to kids in Cape Town, Moncrieff is bridging social divides.

Read Glenn Moncrieff's full story here.
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Sindy Peters
Sindy Peters
[Education & Training] The township of Masiphumelele is nestled between the rolling hills of the Cape Peninsula. This is where Songezo Jim restarted his life after loss. Orphaned at the age of 14, the road ahead didn’t look good. “I kind of felt hopeless in a way,” Jim says. Until one day, the Cape Town Cycle Tour riders flashed past his house. “I didn’t even know how to ride a bicycle,” Jim says. Yet something stirred inside him. Inspired, Jim picked up the sport and started racing towards a better path.

Read Jim's full story here.
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Sindy Peters
#EntrepreneurMonth: Jewellery SMME incubator looks to develop, support local startups

#EntrepreneurMonth: Jewellery SMME incubator looks to develop, support local startups[Sindy Peters] SLJI is an NGO that aims to create economic opportunities for emerging jewellery businesses from historically disadvantaged communities...

Posted 8 months ago | Like
Eugene Yiga
Why Book Dash produces beautiful, proudly African storybooks

Why Book Dash produces beautiful, proudly African storybooks[Eugene Yiga] Book Dash is a non-profit organisation on a mission to make sure every child in South Africa owns 100 books by the age of five...

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Sindy Peters
#5ForChange: Connecting, equipping, inspiring - enke helps SA's youth make their mark

#5ForChange: Connecting, equipping, inspiring - enke helps SA's youth make their mark[Sindy Peters] Founded in 2009 by international volunteers Tom Walsh, Philippa (Pip) Wheaton and Kathryn Maunders, enke enables young South Africans who are passionate about driving social change to become the masters of their own destiny and make their mark.

Posted 9 months ago | Like
Sindy Peters
#5ForChange: CRSP dsgn tackles injustices around edtech with LCERT

#5ForChange: CRSP dsgn tackles injustices around edtech with LCERT[Sindy Peters] CRSP dsgn is one of this year's five beneficiaries of the 5 For Change black tie event set for Saturday, 27 October, at The Station in Newtown, Joburg...

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Sindy Peters
#5ForChange: OLICO Maths Education makes maths make sense for SA learners

#5ForChange: OLICO Maths Education makes maths make sense for SA learners[Sindy Peters] Maths intimidates a lot of people. Even into adulthood many of us shudder at the mere mention of trigonometric identities...

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Sindy Peters
ACSA helps disadvantaged airport communities take flight

ACSA helps disadvantaged airport communities take flight[Sindy Peters] ACSA, looking to drive social upliftment within the poverty nodes surrounding its nine airports, has invested heavily in supporting disadvantaged individuals from these communities...

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Sindy Peters
#YouthMonth: GirlCode seeks to narrow tech industry gender gap with AWS

#YouthMonth: GirlCode seeks to narrow tech industry gender gap with AWS[Sindy Peters] Initially launched as a hackathon specifically for women, GirlCode has flourished...

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Shan Radcliffe
Pizza Hut changes pizza boxes into reading boxes

Pizza Hut changes pizza boxes into reading boxes[Shan Radcliffe] The Pizza Hut African Literacy Project launched in Cape Town yesterday, in collaboration with the READ Educational Trust - marking the first leg in the pizza franchise's mission to get more of Africa's children reading.

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Sindy Peters
Flight Centre Foundation looks to tackle poverty through education

Flight Centre Foundation looks to tackle poverty through education[Sindy Peters] The Flight Centre Foundation aims to break the cycle of poverty through education, running a number of relevant programmes...

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