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Why? / Hoekom?

Mei 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

A brief explanation on why I run without shoes.

(Afrikaans hieronder)

“There are no pills for stupidity,” a colleague said the other day when she heard I am running the Comrades barefoot to help the Durbanville Children’s Home.

She may well be right. So why then run 87 km without shoes?

Because I can, or at least, I think I can.

Let us be honest. My quest is a selfish one. I want toe be able to show myself I can.

What is more: I am extremely privileged. I am healthy and, thanks to Tim Noakes, now lean and mean like I was in my youth.

I earn a good salary doing a job I love.

I have a wonderful, supportive family. My kids worry about brandnames I am reluctant to pay for, they are not worried about their next meal, not even their education.

So?

So: Running to me is a celebration.

And bare feet? Well, to be honest, I like being barefoot. People who are close to me know that I love being without shoes. One day, after doing a lot of research, I left my shoes at home during a training run. That was it.

It was the members of my Club, Celtic Harriers, who urged me to turn this quirk into something useful. I offered my services to the Children’s Home and, well, now I have to prove that I can actually do it.

I am not the fastest, nor the first to do the race without shoes.

In fact, I am just one of nearly 16 000 people who are going to start at 05:30 on Sunday morning, running hill after hill after hill.

Why the Children’s Home?

They do amazing work. I have been associated with them for more than ten years already and I donate money to their work on a monthly basis. But my contribution falls far short of what they need.

They do not merely institutionalise kids. They have homes in which the kids live in family units. They send the kids to good schools. They allow the kids to do sport. They make the kids understand that is possible to live a normal life.

I have met some beautiful, bright kids there.

So?

I am one of the 16 000 people who will need your thoughts on Sunday. When I hit Harisson Flats and my legs do not want to go anymore, I am going to tell myself there are friends out there who are shouting for me. I will appreciate you then.

I am not special. I am very ordinary and extremely privileged.

I have chosen to be a champion for extraordinary kids who are less privileged that I am.

I need nothing from you other than your thoughts – which I will cherish, I promise.

The kids in the Durbanville Children’s Home are very special and they need much more help than I can provide. For them I ask donations, for them I ask that you sign up for their newsletter. For them I ask: If you can, please donate non-perishable food? They desperately need it.

Here is more information.

Nou die Afrikaans: Hoekom kaalpoot?

“Daar is geen pille vir onnoselheid nie,” het ‘n kollega die ander dag gesê toe sy hoor ek hardloop die Comrades kaalvoet om die Durbanville Kinderhuis te help.

Sy is dalk reg. So hoekom dan 87 km sonder skoene hardloop?

Want ek kan; of, ten minste, ek dink ek kan.

Laat ons eerlik wees. My poging is selfsugtig. Ek wil aan myself ek kan.

Wat meer is: Ek is baie bevoorreg. Ek is gesond en, te danke aan Tim Noakes, nou weer skraal soos in jeugjare.

Ek verdien ‘n goeie salaris met ’n werk wat ek baie geniet.

Ek het ‘n wonderlike, ondersteunende familie. My kinders is bekommerd oor handelsmerke waarvoor ek huiwerig is om te betaal, hulle is nie bekommerd oor hul volgende maaltyd nie, ook nie eens eens hulle opleiding nie.

So?

So: Om te hardloop is ‘n viering van dit wat goed is.

En die kaal voete? Wel, om eerlik te wees, ek verkies dit so. Mense wat my goed ken, weet dat ek lief is daarvoor om sonder skoene te loop. Eendag, nadat ek ‘n klomp  navorsing gedoen het, los ek toe my skoene by die huis en gaan oefen. Dit was dit.

Dit was die lede van my klub, Celtic Harriers, wat my aangemoedig om hierdie vreemde streep vir iets nuttigs te gebruik. Ek bied toe my dienste aan die Kinderhuis en, wel, nou het ek ’n rede om te bewys dat ek dit kan doen.

Ek is nie die vinnigste nie, en ook nie die eerste een om die wedloop te draf sonder skoene nie.

Om die waarheid te sê, ek is maar een van byna 16 000 mense wat Sondag om 05:30 gaan wegspring en dan heuwel op heuwel op heuwel gaan uitdraf.

Waarom die Kinderhuis?

Hulle doen wonderlike werk. Ek is al vir meer as tien jaar betrokke en skenk ‘n som geld aan hulle op ‘n maandelikse basis, maar my bydrae skiet ver te kort van dit wat hulle nodig het.

Hulle institusionaliseer nie kinders nie. Hulle het huise waarin die kinders woon in ordentlike gesinseenhede. Hulle stuur die kinders na goeie skole. Hulle laat die kinders aan sport deelneem. Hulle laat die kinders sien ​​dat dit moontlik is om ‘n normale lewe te lei.

Ek het al ‘n aantal pragtige, slim kinders daar ontmoet.

So?

Ek is een van die 16 000 mense wat julle gaan nodig hê. Wanneer ek Harisson Flats tref en my bene nie meer wil nie, gaan ek myself vertel daar is vriende wat vir my skree. Ek sal julle dan baie waardeer.

Ek is nie spesiaal nie. Ek is baie gewoon en baie bevoorreg.

Ek het egter gekies om ‘n spreekbuis te wees vir buitengewone kinders wat minder bevoorreg is as ek.

Ek het niks van julle nodig anders as aanmoediging nie, wat ek sal koester, ek belowe.

Die kinders in die Durbanville Kinderhuis is egter baie spesiaal en hulle het baie meer hulp nodig as wat ek op my eie kan voorsien.

Vir hulle vra ek skenkings. Vir hulle vra ek: Teken in op hulle nuusbrief. Vir hulle vra ek: As jy enigsens kan, skenk asseblief nie-bederfbare kos? Hulle het dit dringend nodig.

Hier is meer inligting.

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Die ATKV-Liedjieslypskool

Mei 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

Die jaarlikse ATKV-Liedjieslypskool het op Donderdag 21 Mei 2015 ’n hoogtepunt bereik by die Slanghoek-konferensiesentrum neffens die Goudini Spa.

Pedro Kruger, wat aan die hoof was van die projek, sê die pragtige omgewing was deel van die sukses. ’n Mens kon nie anders nie as om begeesterd te voel wanneer jy op die stoep sit en oor die vallei uitstaar.

Hier is Pedro saam Anna Davel. Albei het die deelnemers gehelp met hulle werk.

Die ander aanbieders was Jaconell Mouton, Simon Witbooi (hierbo, bekend as Hemelbesem), Douw Steyn, Babette Viljoen en Olga Leonard.

Jaconell het die meeste deelnemers begelei.

Van die begin af is die deelnemers bekendgestel aan klank- en mikrofoontegnieke.

Die rooi tapyt is uitgerol vir die spogaand.

Videopnames is gemaak, die ATKV het reeds van die deelnemers gehelp om hulle musiek amptelik te registreer by SAMRO sodat hulle intellektuele regte beskerm kan word.

En hier volg die deelnemers.

Remy Alard

Francis Brown

Jaco Nel

Nico de Beer

Daphne Arendz

Reynard Karstens

Oswald Johannes

Jaco Smit

Carlyn Fransman

Herman Kleinhans

Nashraam Samuels

Sumarie Uys

Whaden Johannes

Jak de Priester het ook ’n draai gegooi en opgetree.

Die hoogtepunt van die aand was toe Pedro Kruger aangekondig het die ATKV gaan nie meer ’n professionele liedjieskrywer betaal om ’n temalied vir hierdie projek te skryf nie, dié lied is reeds geskryf – deur Daphne Arendz. Haar lied “Die song wil my nie los nie” is tydens die slypskool geskryf en was onmiddellik ’n treffer onder al die deelnemers. Anna Davel het dit in die geheim ingestudeer en opgevoer.

Japie Gouws, die besturende direkteur van die ATKV-groep, het ná die tyd die organiseerders geluk gewens met die gehalte wat ons die aand gehoor het.

Hierdie twee manne het rede om te glimlag. Links is die hoofbestuurder: ATKV-kultuurprojekte, Gerrie Nel, en langs hom is Morné van Staden, die projekbestuurder van die ATKV-Liedjieslypskool.

Hier is Japie Gouws, Adv. Johan Kruger, Visevoorsitter van die ATKV-direksie, en sy gade, asook die uitvoerende direkteur: kultuur, Dr. Danny Titus.

Sela. Hou die name hierbo dop.

Solms Delta het die wyn geborg.

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A mobile library donated to farm kids: “They deserve it all.”

Mei 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

(Afrikaans below)

On 14 May 2015 I attended the opening of a new mobile library that will service nine primary schools in the Rawsonville District.

There are more than 5000 books in the library and ten computers to provide internet access to users.

– Nine primary schools get served by the library

– More than 1 000 students will now have access to the books and the internet

This massive project was sponsored by Du Toitskloof Wines and  Douglas Green.

 

A trained librarian accompanies the truck. Her name is Anneline Syfers and she used to be a farm worker’s daughter who was given the opportunity to study.

Zille officially opened the library on May the 14th. As you can see in the picture, the press was in attendance.

It all started with this man, a cyclist. His name is Marius Louw and he is the CEO of Du Toitskloof Wines.

Marius has been involved in the construction and upgrading of a number of schools in the Rawsonville valley.

One day he stopped to ask a number children sitting by the roadside whether their homework was done?

“No, sir,” they said, “there are no books at our school.”

Marius realised how true that was. Things we accept as a given is simply not available in the rural farming communities.

He turned his bicycle around, rode home and, like so many times before, began calculating to see how he and his company could help.

The problem, said Louw, was that he might have had the money for a single school library, but what about the other schools? Besides, a library without a trained librarian would soon fell into disuse, or even get destroyed.

That was why he decided on a mobile library, but even for a rich company, it was impossible to finance such a large project on their own.

Tim Hutchinson, executive chairman of DGB, came to the rescue and offered to provide the money Du Toit’s Kloof Wines did not have.

DGB is a huge company and Douglas Green is one of their trade marks.

Fair Trade accreditation

Both Du Toitskloof Wines and Douglas Green are Fair Trade accredited. That means that they adhere to internationally accepted and regulated labour practises and that they have to pay their labour force according to internationally accepted norms.

Both companies have done enormous good over the years.

DGG is active in many other communities and is the main sponsor of the Johannesburg Children’s Home.

Here are a few projects that Du Toit’s Kloof Wines funded over the years.

– Day care centers for children

– A mobile clinic

– A primary school

– A bus service

– Scholarships for a kids going to high school and for tertiary education

– Literacy projects for adults

– Continuing education to the community about their health and safety

“They deserve it all,” say Bernard Kotze (Brand Manager of Du Toitskloof Wines) and  Marius Louw (CEO of Du Toitskloof Wines)

Why do they do all of this? Here is a quote from the press release sent out by Du Toitskloof Wines after the opening of the mobile library: “Things that other children take for granted, such as illustrated children’s books, computers and a comfortable chair to sit on while reading, will now be available at these schools on a regular basis. We really believe that there is potential among the children at the schools in our region. The library aims to empower the kids with the kind of insight, vision and creativity that they would need to go out into the world. They deserve it all.”

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Afrikaanse lesers: ’n Baie meer volledige, Afrikaanse weergawe van hierdie artikel sal binnekort verskyn in Maandblad Zuid-Afrika. Teken gerus in, dit is die moeite werd en nie baie duur nie. (Ingrid het laat weet dit sal in die Junie-uitgawe verskyn.)

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Franschhoek Literary Festival 2015

Mei 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

I was the official photographer at the Franschhoek Literary Festival. It was hard work, but so much fun. Following is a somewhat random selection of the pictures I took.

Wamuwi Mbao, the SLiPnet coordinator

I have no idea what her name is, but she has a great smile.

This woman too allowed me to take her picture, but did not stop to give her name.

Marianne Thamm and PJ Powers

One of the more successful participants in the fashion debate

Ann Donald, FLF Director

Marlene van der Westhuizen

PJ Powers on stage

Porcupine Ridge, one of the main sponsors of the FLF

Ellen van Schalkwyk demonstrates the age-old technique of awarding literary prizes

The thirst-quencher, Porcupine Ridge

Not a cockroach, no, a portable microphone

Zapiro

Marita van der Vyver

Tom Eaton, big in stature, big in hair and big in personality – with a companion to match!

Tony Leon in Pink

Kenny Kunene

Richard Poplak

Ken Barris

Look closely, even the toilet guard is reading!

Shado Twala

Darrel Bristow-Bovey

Jonathan Jansen, what a man!

Thando Mgqolozana, because he had us all running around for more pictures! BooksLive says he managed to upstage Kenny Kunene. You go, bro!

Sacred cows make large targets, says Zapiro

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

Eusebius McKaiser

A beautiful couple

Karina Szurek

Hugh Masekela

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Soos familie

Mei 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

Ek was vanaand by die Book Lounge waar Ena Jansen ‘n verhoog gedeel het met Sindiwe Magona en Antjie Krog. Dit het gehandel oor Ena se nuwe boek Soos familie, stedelike huiswerkers in Suid-Afrikaanse tekste. Ek kan nie wag om te begin lees nie, want die gesprek was so interessant.

Selfs beurtkrag kon nie die atmosfeer demp nie.

Drie formidabele skrywers op een verhoog.

Dit is ‘n dik boek, maar Ena sê sy het hard gewerk daaraan om dit soos ‘n storie te laat vloei. Dit is nie ‘n swaar teks om te lees nie.

Ena teken Dan Sleigh se boek.

Joan Hambidge en Ena.

Die gesprekke ná die tyd is altyd interessant. Hier is Suzanne Hotz saam met Sindiwe. Suzanne vertel toe oor haar eie ma: “She broke through the colour barrier long before it was fashionable, but she never managed to break through the class barrier.”

Pamela Pattynama, Ena se lewensmaat, is ‘n akademikus in eie reg.

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Die invloedrykste tien boeke die afgelope 90 jaar?

Mei 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

Netwerk24 het drie groot uitgewers gevra om die tien invloedrykste boeke in Afrikaans te kies. Hier is die resultate:

Niemand het my gevra nie, maar ek het tog die speletjie gespeel. Ek gaan dit ook nou plak, want oor vier en twintig uur gaan dit al weer verander… Myne is in alfabetiese volgorde. Kommentaar?

21 deur Jan Rabie

Daarmee steek ek die wonderlike werk van Abraham de Vries, Hennie Aucamp en ’n gros ander in die rug, maar hier was ’n sterk, kragtige stem wat ook polities beduidend was. Dink aan “Droogte”.

By fakkellig deur Karel Schoeman

Hoe val ’n mens apartheid aan sonder om ooit ’n swart mens te betrek?

Dogter van Jefta deur Antjie Krog

Daarmee steek ek Eybers en baie ander in die rug, maar watter kind ken nie Krog se gedigte nie? ’n Mens sou natuurlik ook onthou dat Annesu de Vos ’n sterk debuut gehad het, Loftus Marais, ag, so baie. Maar ek hou by Antjie, want hier is ’n bundel wat ook die godsdiens begin uitdaag het.

Griet skryf ’n sprokie deur Marita van der Vyver

Sommer. Lekkerlees en letterkunde meng. Vroue geniet seks. Vroue praat oor seks. Fantastiese intertekste, ’n baie, baie slim boek wat op geweldig baie vlakke beteken.

Kennis van aand deur André P. Brink

’n Direkte aanval op die establishment, boonop een van Brink se beste stories. Ek vermoed Die swerfjare van Poppie Nongena moes eintlik ook my lys gehaal het.

Loeloeraai deur CJ Langenhoven

Hoeveel ander wetenskapfiksie bestaan daar? Leon Rousseau en Fanie Viljoen het dit weer reggekry. Hierdie boek het ons egter anders laat dink, veel verder as die eng grense van ons klein wit republiek.

Sewe dae by die Silbersteins deur Etienne Leroux

Nog ’n boek wat die establishment tromp op geloop het. Dit het ook soveel intertekste…

Toorberg deur Etienne van Heerden

Magiese realisme het gemaak dat die establishment die skaamfamilie in hulle boesems en skole toegelaat het. Ek was mal oor Casspirs en Campari’s, maar ek dink Toorberg se invloed was groter.

Triomf deur Marlene van Niekerk

Die Afrikaner is toe nie so heilig nie…

Die ysterkoei moet sweet deur Breyten Breytenbach

Natuurlik. Daar was baie digters wat nuwe rigtings aangedui het, maar hierdie een… dit ook het die establishment baie hard geskop.