Wonder Woman: Desiree Ellis

Desiree Ellis will go down in history as the individual who made 2018 Banyana Banyana’s year to shine. South Africa stood up and took notice of the women’s national soccer team as they went...

Wonder Woman: Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

Of all the obstacles one has to overcome in order to complete one's degree, arriving at Graduation Day and being unable to receive one's much deserved certificate as a result of financial difficulties must...

Mission (I’m) Possible

  The inmates of Pollsmoor created a theater play that depicted the lives of inmates, highlighting their hopes and dreams outside of the crime that landed them in prison, subsequently becoming their identifier. It is...

For the love of the (human) race

This time last year Australian Nick Lawson was studying to become a nurse in Sydney and made ends meet as a part-time Uber driver. If you were to ask where one might find him...

Planting seeds of hope

Jesse Laitinen, founder of Streetscapes, explains that the idea around creating this project was to address the growing problem of homelessness in Cape Town. A problem that extends beyond the simple physical issue of...

Encounters of a Justice Desk hero

Some stories speak for themselves. The beauty of these stories lies in their rawness and authenticity. These stories are the stories that make you feel, but more importantly inspire you to act. Such a story...

Going for Gold: A story of not giving up

For those whose lives change overnight due to the loss of a limb or paralysis there is no going back to the old way of life. There is only finding a new normal. Juan-Claude Dittrich,...

Run Brightmore, Run

A long night of traveling was the prelude to the race he regrets losing on the 1st of July. Fatigue-riddled, sweat-drenched and heart-broken, he crossed the finish line of the Victoria Falls Marathon. He...

Beyond her (dis)ability: Tiny’s dream of becoming a social worker

It was a disheartening situation to be in. Her mother had passed. Social workers had taken her from her capable aunt. Her well-being was in the hands of inept caregivers. And some days would...

Creating for the future

When people see the clothing and accessories The Joinery produces, it is hard to believe they were made from recycled plastic bottles. When sisters, Natalie and Kim Ellis, started their ‘passion project’, it was out...

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