Lantana is an area of Paarl known to be riddled with gangsterism. Over the years many lives have been negatively impacted and the community often lives in fear. Monte Christo Miqlat (MCM) runs a variety of empowerment programmes at the Tiffany’s Centre in Lantana, focusing primarily on sport, feeding, job creation and educational programmes to create social change. During 2016 the violence in the area became worse than ever and Aletia Grundling, CEO of MCM, [...]
Since Celeste Adonis was a little girl, her favourite pastime was going to the local rugby field with her uncle to play on the side-lines. She was raised by her grandparents in the small community of Groendal in Franschhoek. Most of the men in her family played rugby and she loved the sport, but Celeste played netball, a sport “more suited for girls”. On the odd occasion, she was allowed to join the boys in [...]
Ronald Frans is a remarkable man and a true example of how one individual can make a significant impact. Born a leader, supported by the community and empowered by partnerships. Modest beginnings Raised by his grandparents, Ronald grew up as the eldest of six children in the small coastal town of Mossel Bay. They all lived together in scheme houses that were given to them by the government whilst most of his friends stayed in [...]
Mandla Bula, an ex-offender and now a messenger of hope, was born in the township of Khayelitsha outside Cape Town. His life took a turn from gangsterism, drugs and violence to becoming a carrier of light and night manager at a guest house in Franschhoek.
Photo: Liezl Photography He was a little nine year old boy, when Heinrich Gabler lost his mother in a car accident. Her funeral was a turning point in his life. He had to bury his mother and to his devastation it was also the last time he would see his father. Heinrich, along with his older sister and two brothers, was then brought to House Andrew Murray (HAM), a Children’s Home in Wellington. Heinrich [...]