People helping people

The staff of one of the ‘soup kitchens’ in Nuwerus, a suburb of our village: Napier, Western Cape, South Africa.

28 Volunteers with a multicultural background are engaged in feeding about 500 of the poorest people in our village. They all are very grateful for donations from private people, businesses and the farming community of Napier. From left to right: Wilbur Adams, Johanna Jaars, Lena Volkers, Sabine Arends and Nita Arends.

Here some additional pictures of people helping people. Lockdown Humanity in the first degree:

Wonderland

As mentioned in the previous posting our village (Napier, Western Cape, South Africa) has talent. There are many initiatives to bring different communities/cultures (‘heritage’ of Apartheids syndrome’) together. One of these is the annual production of a theatre play. Two years ago it was ‘Cinderella; last year ‘Peter Pan’ and recently ‘Wonderland’ (based on Alice in Wonderland). And … it was a spectacle!!!

The productions are all privately funded (forget about politics: -promises, promises …..) and numerous volunteers involved in dress- and decor making, styling, make up, etc. etc.

Napier is a small town (village if you like) in the heart of the Overberg region; small but with a big heart. There are a few things in which the village is in the top of South Africa. Nowhere in the country are there so many working community initiatives per capita as in this village and, also because of that, it is statistically the safest pace in the Western Cape (also thanks to preventive measurements of the local police in co-junction with communities).

Anyway: it is ‘Wonderland’ in Napier. Here a selection of images (low light 1600 ISO, A 5.6 S between 0.5 and 1/60)

Portrait 17 (end)

In portrait photography I have a different approach to each individual person.

The portraits are made during the audition for the play ‘Peter Pan’ in which people from different cultures in Napier, South Africa participate.

The juggling vicar (‘dominee’):

 

Post Overberg Fires

The past few weeks a surface with the surface of the Cape Peninsula (Cape Town) went up in flames in the Overberg. It did not get into the national news for the journos/editors in the Mother City seemingly think that South Africa ends at the Hottentots Mountains 50 km East of Cape Town ( 😀 ). News in South Africa is very relative by the way. Good (investigate) journalists who go the extra mile are nowadays a rarity but that’s another story. Anyway I just made a photo-collage of the destructive fires. All property and agricultural crops/livestock saved; thanks to the (local) fire fighters amongst them numerous volunteers; all provided with food and drinks by other local people. In our village a team of 5+ volunteers kept themselves busy buttering bread (etc.) and distributing it to the several spots where the fire fighters were in action. That’s what I call ‘community spirit’. Yes; it’s there in South Africa: people of different walkabouts standing together for a common goal. If only the politicians could follow that example…. 😉

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Sundowner at the Blue Moon

This week we enjoyed virtually every day, with camera in hand, a different sunset at different locations in and around our village. Just for the sheer fun I tell you that Stanford is THE Sunset Capital (Sundowner Capital if you prefer) of South Africa 🙂 . Here last night’s sundowner at the Blue Moon community just outside the village. Quite a few pictures; just click the thumbnails to enlarge.

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The ‘Baardskeerdersbos’ Art Route

Today we visited 4 of the 19 participating artists of the Baardskeerdersbos Art Route. Baardskeerdersbos is a small hamlet somewhere in nowhere in the Overberg in the Western Cape, South Africa. This artist community organizes annually the Art Route attracting visitors of all walks of life and from all over. The pictured sculptures are the work of ‘multi-disciplinary’ artist Niel Jonker.

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The 'Baardskeerdersbos' Art Route

Today we visited 4 of the 19 participating artists of the Baardskeerdersbos Art Route. Baardskeerdersbos is a small hamlet somewhere in nowhere in the Overberg in the Western Cape, South Africa. This artist community organizes annually the Art Route attracting visitors of all walks of life and from all over. The pictured sculptures are the work of ‘multi-disciplinary’ artist Niel Jonker.

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Images in one impression

Remember me going to the Graduation Ceremony of the pre-primary school in a nearby location (township) in South Africa? Well here is what I distilled from the few hundred pictures I made. It’s about children and the joy people have despite severe poverty. And also about a community leader as one of the many who made it all possible. There is not much written history about the different tribes in South Africa and certainly not much from books is known to people in communities like this. But they inherited a story-telling culture and history flows in one or another way from generation to generation. Not the history of facts but a history of ancestry and spirituality. Due to influences of modern times the cultural heritage is threatened with ‘uprooting’ leaving people without knowledge about their cultural background and without hope, without future….