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Find the latest news, announcements, stories of grace and some opinion pieces here. Please note that not all guest contributions reflect the views of the organisation but help to contribute to a larger conversation. We value any feedback. 

The Women I Know

In keeping with International Women’s Day that was celebrated at the beginning of the month, I’d like to tell you about the women I know…
 
The Social worker who day after day comes into work smiling. Her job is to help those disregarded by society, put their lives back together.
The friend who moved to Cape Town to start a new life, after being cheated on and basically thrown from her house.

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#FirstWorldProblems

Our lives come to a standstill with load shedding: phones die, no wifi, no traffic lights working, we buy dinner – because, cold food. And we make sure everyone knows we have load shedding.
 
Life becomes difficult.
Last week, Japie Krige, the Manager at Tshepo Community Development Initiative spoke on RSG (100 – 104FM) about being homeless: at Tshepo we service and help the homeless community to incorporate into life, again. Or for many, for the first time.
 

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This eco-system

I’m not sure when we became so entitled.
 
We deserve. We can. We have.
I just watched a short video on the protection of the sea turtle in Watamu, on the Kenyan coast. The eggs are laid and take two months to hatch. It is said that only one in a thousand will survive into adulthood.

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Our day-jobs

I read a Facebook message that hit be right between the eye. Normally Facebook is a blur of images, community groups, service delivery issues and a quirky memes in between.

This Facebook post was a short sermon about how when we live a life to celebrate God, it doesn’t matter what we do for a living.
 
I don’t necessarily like my job: I’m good at it and I have ten years’ experience in the field, but I can now, ten years later, think of other career paths that might be more suitable.
 

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The people who believe in us

We all have people who believe in us, who support us, who offer us comfort and love when life happens.

The people who love us, love us, despite of what they know about us.
The ones that makes us feel loved, wanted and ok.
 
We at Tshepo, work very hard, to be that place for the individuals that walk through our door.

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Rain season

The rain, to me, means peace. It means grace. It means my prayers have been answered. It means our dams get fuller.
 
I climb in my car, run into my apartment and know for sure that I will have a warm, dry bed to sleep in at night.
 
For the homeless, rain means issues: more than they already have…
It means not necessarily having a dry bed.
It means they have nowhere to go to stay dry.

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#ChristmasCelebration

With the festive season upon us, it’s all about giving…
We spend our days giving our time to our employer,
Giving our energy to our pets or partners when we get home.
Giving our money to a gym we hardly visit or
Giving our money to a fantastic cup of coffee… because, well, we like it.

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One Small Step for Man…

It takes one: just one man, one story and one success to put a smile on my face and hope in my heart…

Mias is close to retirement, but he has no plans of actually retiring. With a new part of his life just starting, he has got all kinds of plans: he wants to still work, make a life for himself.

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A day in the life of an NPO

The needs list of an NPO is never-ending.
 
Peanut butter, jam, bread, coffee and pap for the soup kitchen.
A lady that can sew.
Rain for the vegetable garden outside.
Cars that come to the car wash.
A decent couch for the reading centre.
Showers for our soup kitchen attendees.
People to buy the organic veggies from the garden.

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Moses from Malawi

I spend two weeks in 2015 in Malawi, not getting far unfortunately, as I fell ill. What I do remember of the country, is the vast open spaces and it’s friendly, inviting people.   Moses is no different. He greets me with a kind smile.   I had to wait a long time to...

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Random Acts of Kindness: Dischem Foundation and 702 Talk Radio

A shower is a human thing. It’s being clean and presentable. It is, to a large part, a perception: someone who is clean is perceived to be a ‘better’ person.   A shower is a big thing, if you don’t have it.   Japie tells me he and Theki walked past Chika, a recycler,...

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Dili from Peddie

Dili has a deep voice, we talk underneath a tree, traffic buzzing in the background.   Dili has been in Joburg since 1980. In my mind he now is a Joburger.   Phumlelo Dili, originally hails from a small town in the Eastern Cape called Peddie, just south-west of Bisho,...

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Elijah and his ethics

Elijah is friendly and we chat during lunch time.   Originally from Zimbabwe, he has been in South Africa since 2004.   A driver John, who he worked with, brought him to Tshepo. He was told that Tshepo will be able to help him find work.   He started working at Tshepo...

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Looking in

Theki, the Social worker at Tshepo, tells us about a man which came into Tshepo to wash his face. He sat down as he didn’t know who to speak to. Theki walked past, and started talking to him.   He has been a drug addict since he was 15 and had recently run away from...

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The carpenter

I catch Devana sitting down, eating lunch. He is a busy man.   Diambu, better known as Devana, is originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has lived in South Africa since 2005 and says he come here because of political unrest in the DRC.   Devana...

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Life skills on a Wednesday

Tshepo is a hive of activity on a Wednesday morning. Actually Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It's soup kitchen.   Theki, the Social Worker at Tshepo Community Development Initiative gathers the soup kitchen attendees every Wednesday morning for a life skills lesson....

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Meet Simphiwe and his plant boxes

Simphiwe is a serious man; he speaks with his hands, as he tells me his story.   He hails from a small town in Mpumalanga, Malelane. Simphiwe was raised by his grandmother and wanted to be a doctor growing up, like his paternal grandfather.   He sold fruits and...

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Meet Raymond

Raymond is everyone's right hand man at Tshepo Community Development Initiative. He coordinates, harvests and generally gives a helping hand to anybody walking into Tshepo.   Raymond came to South Africa with the aim to escape poverty but also saw it as an opportunity...

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