Home Sweet Home

These pictures show how millions of South Africans are housed. To avoid misunderstandings: it’s NOT the homestead of South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma. This guy has always been very privileged … šŸ˜‰ …; most probably never stayed in a shack (well I did and it was quite an experience. Everything there except electricity and a …

Early this morning in the informal settlement

One could surely say that an informal settlement is a kind of eco village. What you see is shacks build of used materials. Old poles, corrugated steel, driftwood, cardboard, old doors … you name it. And the wall paper …. old magazines, newspapers, etc. It’s a harsh life. No electricity or sanitation in the shacks …

Mandela Day in the village

Today we celebrated Mandela Day at the pre-primary school Funimfundo in informal settlement Die Kop near our village. For 67 (+) minutes around 20 volunteers from all walks of life worked in the garden or were engaged with improving the plumbing. And the children? They had their afternoon nap (more or less, see pics) and …

Greetings from an extraordinary pre-primary school

The children are not as shy as head-mistress NonkosinathiĀ to pose in front of the camera and yet, sitting on a swing, she feels like one of her ‘students’. Funimfundo (Xhosa for ‘Seeking Knowledge’) is an extra-ordinary pre-primary school in the informal settlement Die Kop just outside our village. The school is privately funded via the …