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Issue 9

thislife

FREE www.thislife.org.za

in search  of  meaning

How to  be  imperfect   and  still  enjoy  life

Teachers and  teens:

what they  really  think  

Green stuff

Deeply trendy   tapas

you’ll love

WIN!

Great prizes

How I forgave the  man  who  maimed  me

‘I HATE GETTING WET’

World champion  Kevin  Paul

stories of  hope      l    local  living    l    contemporary  faith


contents ON  THE  COVER *V]LYWOV[VZI`!;VU`H/LZ[LY*OHYSLZ)V\^LY

04    locallife  Trendy  tapas  and  other  local  joys 06     sportymoment  Paralympic  world  champion  swimmer    

Kevin  Paul  on  why  he  hates  getting  wet

08    schoollife  Teachers  and  teens  –  getting  inside  their  heads 14   foodielife  Grow  a  gourmet  herb  salad  –  and  eat  it!

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18    mylife    How  Olga  Macingwane  forgave  the  man  who    

maimed  her

24    reallife  How  to  be  imperfect  –  and  still  enjoy  life  

AND  THE  REST

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12    coolstories    Zizi  Sasepa  on  life  as  a  cleaner  in  Rondebosch 13     braailife    Local  lawyer  Grant  Clarke  on  protecting  his    

man-braai Â

17    artymoment3PTWPUN[OYV\NOPUÄKLSP[`HUKV\[[OL  

other  side

23    prayerlife    Ali  Bourne  talks  us  through  a  prayer  clinic    

run  at  a  Kenilworth  doctors’  surgery

26    hotmedia    Books  Capetonians  recommend 27     travelmoment  ‘Why  on  earth  did  I  go  to  Israel?’

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locallife

whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  new  in  cape  town?

thrill...

All  features  on  this  page  are  genuine   editorial  comment  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  thislife  does  not  do   advertorial  in  any  shape  or  form!

Š  Surfstore  Africa  Pictures  2013  

Local living

Stand-­up  paddling  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  easier  than  it  looks little  black  SUP  book

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Is  this  too  good  to  be  true?  

Âş.YLLUÂťM\YUP[\YLH[HYLHZVUHISL price  that  doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  take  its  lead   from  a  Seventies-style  tree-trunk   plaque?  Eco  Furniture  Design  in   ever-regenerating  Woodstock   VÉ&#x2C6;LYZHWWLHSPUNJVU[LTWVYHY` freestanding  furniture  made  from   local  wood,  either  grown  sustainably  or  recycled  from  dumps  and   old  buildings.   The  business  started  up  three   years  ago,  and  appears  recessionproof:  the  factory  is  now  operating  at  full  capacity.  Each  piece  of   furniture  is  unique  and  available  

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PUHJVU[LTWVYHY`Ă&#x201E;UPZOVYTVYL ÂşY\Z[PJÂťPM`V\WYLMLY This  is  a  company  with  a  heart   that  deliberately  trains  up  unskilled  people  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  another  tick  in  the   Âş*/66:,4,ÂťIV_*OPWWLUKHSL OV^L]LYP[PZUV[Âş>LÂťYLNHTLMVY most  things  but  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  do  very   elaborate  furniture,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;  says  owner   Peter  Haralambous.   ;OLSLHK[PTLPZJ\YYLU[S`Ă&#x201E;]L weeks,  and  apparently  the   furniture  is  worth  the  wait.  Go  to   www.ecofurnituredesign.co.za  and   read  the  glowing  testimonials.  

Finished  your  beach  book  but  think   the  waves  look  too  small  for  fun?  Have  a   SP[[SL:<7[OH[ÂťZHZ[HUK\WWHKKSL[V`V\ dear).  A  Hawaiian  invention,  SUPing  hit  SAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   shores  10  years  ago  but  is  now  catching  on   KV^UOLYLIPN[PTLZ\YWYPZL*HWL;V^U took  a  while!) This  is  one  of  the  easiest  watersports,   insists  Frenchman  Patrice  Hartmann,   director  of  Surfstore  in  Muizenberg,  one  of   several  companies  there  which  hire  out   boards  and  teach  novices.  An  hour  is  all   `V\ULLK[VSLHYU[OLIHZPJZOLZH`ZÂş(Z long  as  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  strong  enough  to  stand,  you   can  do  it.  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  simple  because  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  on   a  wide,  stable  board.  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  great  workout   MVYL]LY`Ă&#x201E;IYLVM`V\YIVK`LZWLJPHSS`[OL core.  But  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  gentle,  thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  no  damaging   impact  like  when  you  run.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ok,  so thislife  admits  a  faint  bias   towards  believing  sporty  men  with  lovely   French  accents.  But  what  Patrice  says   makes  perfect  sense,  and  there  are  fastgrowing  numbers  of  SUPers  out  there   WYV]PUNP[;OLQV`PZ`V\JHU:<7VUĂ&#x2026;H[ water  or  big  waves.  Boards  are  rentable   from  various  surfshops,  and  if  you  shop   around  you  can  rent  one  from  around   9KH`NVVKMVYHNYV\W[VZOHYLVY R300/week.  Urbanites  can  SUP  around   Cape  Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  canals  down  to  the  Waterfront,  and  there  are  even  mobile  companies   that  will  bring  a  SUP  to  you  on  the  beach.   thislife  thinks  it  looks  like  fun.  Are  you   game?

shop...

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locallife

eat...

Newly  opened,  La  Parada  feels  just  right.  A  

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  good  in  your   neighbourhood?  

large  but  amicable  town  eatery,  serving  Spanish   [HWHZJVÉ&#x2C6;LLHUKJVJR[HPSZHSSKH`SVUN

Let  us  know  on   thislifemag@gmail.com  

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With  their  heightened  sense  of  touch  and  listening  skills,  

Pictures  by  Allison  Foat

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Beauty  on  Dean  @  SureSlim  Wellness  Clinic:  

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sportymoment

judge  me  if  you  like Paralympics  world  champion  Kevin  Paul  on  ego,   comfort  food,  and  why  he  hates  getting  wet

as

a  17-­year-­old  schoolboy,  KEVIN  PAUL  won  gold  at  the   Beijing  Paralympics,  setting  a  new  world  record  as  he  

nailed  the  100m  breaststroke  winning  time.  Now  22,  he  has  just  

earned  another  gold  medal  by  winning  the  100m  breaststroke  race  at  the   Paralympic  World  Championships.  Born  with  Poland  Syndrome,  which  affects   WKHXSSHUERG\.HYLQJUHZXSLQ'XUEDQYLOOH&DSH7RZQWKHVRQRID¿QDQFLDO planner  and  an  infant  swimming  teacher.  He  moved  to  Port  Elizabeth  at  the  age   of  11,  where  he  later  attended  Grey  High  School.  In  addition  to  training   25  hours  per  week  for  the  2016  Rio  de  Janeiro  Paralympics,  he  is  studying  for   a  law  degree  at  Nelson  Mandela  University,  where  he  has  just  completed  his   third  year.  Kevin  has  two  sisters.

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ost irritating  habit  in  self?  Stressing  out   for  varsity  tests!  When  I  swim,  I  want  to  be   the  best  in  the  world,  and  at  varsity  I  want   to  be  the  best  in  class!  Otherwise  I  really   am  a  chilled  guy…

Most irritating  habit  in  others?  Not  much  gets  me,  but  I   suppose  I’d  say  people  who  try  to  impress  with  things  that   don’t  really  matter

Ultimate comfort  food?  Chocolate.  I’m  a  Bar  One  guy,   and  when  I  travel,  I  buy  Milka,  which  my  mother’s  Swiss   German  side  of  the  family  introduced  me  to.  I  have  it  with  a   cup  of  rooibos  with  the  family  in  the  evening,  and  manage   to  keep  it  down  to  about  four  little  squares.  I  have  to  eat   pretty  healthily… Make  me  president  and  I’d…?  Give  disabled  people  in   South  Africa  equal  rights.  They  have  them  on  paper,  but   not  always  in  reality.  Things  are  getting  better  and  better,   but  they’re  not  there  yet.  I’m  not  in  a  wheelchair,  but  I  teach   kids  who  use  a  wheelchair  to  swim,  and  I’ve  seen  how  difÄJ\S[SPMLJHUILMVY[OLT One  thing  not  a  lot  of  people  know  about  Kevin  Paul   is…?  I  don’t  like  getting  wet!  If  the  family  is  swimming  at   home,  I  prefer  to  sit  out.  I  spend  so  many  hours  hurting  in   the  water  that  being  in  a  pool  represents  work  to  me.  But   0»SSZWLUKOV\YZPU[OLZLHZ\YÄUNVYZ^PTTPUN The  exact  nature  of  your  physical  challenge?  I’m   missing  chest  and  back  muscles  on  my  left  side,  and  my   SLM[ZOV\SKLYZ[Y\J[\YLPZKPɈLYLU[(SZVT`SLM[HYTPZ shorter  than  my  right  one,  and  my  left  hand  is  smaller What  issues  has  it  presented?  When  I  was  born,  the   doctors  said  there  were  a  lot  of  things  I  wouldn’t  be  able  to   do,  but  my  parents  didn’t  listen  to  them.  They  could  have   felt  sorry  for  themselves  and  me,  but  they  refused  to  let   that  happen.  They’re  a  large  part  of  why  I’m  where  I  am   [VKH`;OL`HS^H`ZW\[P[[VTL[OH[0OHKHKPɈLYLU[HIPSP[` and  that  I  needed  to  use  it.  They  encouraged  me  to  tackle   things  head  on,  and  to  do  everything  I  could.  It  took  me   longer  to  tie  my  shoelaces  and  button  my  shirts,  and  I  had   to  build  up  functionality  in  my  body  over  the  years,  but  I   ended  up  playing  provincial  water  polo,  A-team  rugby,  and   swimming  able-bodied  nationally  until  I  was  16     How  did  you  feel  about  it,  growing  up?  My  left  hand  has   ^LIILKÄUNLYZHUK0NV[[LHZLKH[ZJOVVSHIV\[OH]PUN ºMYVNÄUNLYZ»HUKUV[ILPUNO\THU5VVULLUQV`Z[OH[ and  in  my  most  self-conscious  teen  years  I  didn’t  want   to  show  my  arm  to  people  I  didn’t  know.  But  it’s  probably   made  me  who  I  am  today.  Now  I  don’t  care:  look  at  my   hand  and  judge  me  if  you  like!

How did  you  get  into  swimming?  The  doctors  told  my   parents  it  would  be  one  of  the  few  sports  I  could  do.  When   I  realised  I  was  still  using  armbands  and  my  friends  weren’t,   my  ego  took  a  little  knock,  and  I  told  my  mum  I  wanted  to   Z^PT0YLTLTILYT`ÄYZ[YHJLH[ZJOVVSH[[OLHNLVMUPUL going  across  rather  than  along  the  pool!  I  won  it,  and  got   hungry  to  win  from  then  on.  I  swam  against  able-bodied   swimmers  initially,  but  when  we  all  hit  puberty  and   started  growing,  I  didn’t  have  the  muscles,  and  the   KPɈLYLUJLZ[HY[LKZOV^PUN:VTLVUL[VSKT`WHYLU[Z about  the  Paralympics,  and  I  went  to  the  Beijing  Olympics   in  Grade  11   Best  sporting  moment  to  date?  Winning  gold  at  Beijing.   In  the  morning  heats,  I  remember  looking  around  for  my   [PTLHUKOHYKS`ILSPL]PUN[OH[0OHKZOH]LKVɈMV\Y^OVSL seconds.  I  started  to  realise  the  possibility  ahead  of  me.   ;OH[^OVSLKH`0OLHYKPUT`OLHKº0JHUKVHSS[OPUNZ through  Christ  who  strengthens  me’,  which  is  from  Philippians  in  the  Bible,  and  I  sort  of  knew  that  I  had  the  race.   (M[LY^HYKZ0ZH^OV^P[\UP[LZ[OLJV\U[Y`HUKHSSKPɈLYences  of  race  and  religion  go  out  of  the  window  as  people   get  behind  you Why  do  you  believe  in  God?  Every  day  I  see  little  miracles   that  make  it  impossible  to  believe  there’s  no  God.  I  think   we’re  here  for  a  reason  beyond  ourselves     Have  you  ever  felt  a  little  peeved  with  God?@LZP[»Z almost  a  daily  thing.  As  with  any  relationship,  it’s  not  going   to  be  all  good.  I  often  ask  why  something  hard  is  in  my  path Coolest  thing  about  God?  Seeing  Him  at  work  on  a  daily   IHZPZMVYL_HTWSLZLLPUNWLVWSL^P[OV\[HYTZHUKSLNZ using  their  talent.  God’s  always  on  your  side.  Like  that  story   of  the  footprints  on  the  beach,  when  someone  asks  God   where  He  has  been  during  their  hard  times:  we  often  can’t   see  two  sets  of  footprints  because  He’s  been  carrying  us   all  the  time Your  advice  to  others  with  challenges?  Overcoming   them  all  comes  down  to  how  much  you  want  to  achieve   something,  and  what  it  means  to  you What  would  you  like  to  be  remembered  for?  Not  as  a   Z^PTTLYI\[HZZVTLVUL^OVTHKLHULɈVY[[VPTWHJ[ WLVWSL»ZSP]LZHUK^HZU»[ZLSÄZO^P[O^OH[[OL`^LYLNP]LU Your  feelings  about  the  saga  surrounding  your  fellow   South  African  Paralympian,  Oscar  Pistorius?  It’s  time   for  the  whole  country  to  think  of  both  families.  There’s  such   a  media  frenzy  about  the  shooting,  but  we  need  to  remember  that  it’s  people’s  lives  we  are  talking  about.  How  would   any  of  us  like  to  be  under  such  scrutiny?

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John  Broster,  Thulani  Mpamba,  Portia  Lujabe,  Caroline  Petersen  and  Chris  Cloete:   what  goes  on  under  their  polite  classroom  exteriors?

aroline Petersen is in Grade 10 at 6SULQJĂ°HOG&RQYHQW:\QEHUJ She has two older sisters and OLYHVLQ(OĂ°QGDOHZLWKKHUPRWKHU DQGIDWKHUDFKDUWHUHGDFFRXQWDQW Âş0Âť]LJOVZLUZ\IQLJ[Z^OPJO0YLHSS`LUQV`ZV I  quite  like  most  lessons.  The  bad  days  are   when  I  feel  tired  or  cold,  because  then  nothing  really  gets  absorbed.  My  main  school   NYPWLZHYLWHY[PJ\SHYS`IVYPUNVYKPÉ&#x2030;J\S[ lessons,  and  when  we  get  a  huge  load  of   tasks,  projects,  orals  and  tests  all  in  the   same  week.  And  I  hate  it  when  a  teacher   picks  on  me  for  talking  or  disturbing  a  lesson   when  it  clearly  isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  my  fault.  I  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  mind   answering  questions  in  class  because   normally  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  paying  attention.   I  never  let  on  to  teachers  the  amount  of   stress  and  pressure  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  under.  Mostly  I   stress  about  things  like  schoolwork,  my   HWWLHYHUJLT`M\[\YLT`L_[YHT\YHSZT` MHTPS`HUKT`YLSH[PVUZOPWZ^OLU[OLYLÂťZ JVUĂ&#x2026;PJ[0OH]LMV\UKYLSH_PUNTLKP[H[PVU calms  me  down.  I  sometimes  play  the  guitar   [VNL[T`TPUKVÉ&#x2C6;[OPUNZ 0Ă&#x201E;UKP[\WZL[[PUN^OLU[LHJOLYZHYL[OV\NO[less:  once  a  teacher  shouted  at  me  in  front   VMT`^OVSLJSHZZZH`PUNOV^\UĂ&#x201E;[HUKSHa`

I  was,  and  in  fact  I  was  struggling  because   of  asthma.  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  never  forget  it.  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  great  to  get   encouragement  from  teachers,  and  to  hear   appreciation  for  hard  work.   My  worst-ever  day  was  last  year  when  I  went   to  school  knowing  someone  was  mad  at  me,   had  a  tough  day  full  of  work,  was  ignored   by  a  great  friend,  came  home  feeling  terrible   and  had  a  fat  lot  of  work  waiting  for  me.  I   probably  should  have  stayed  in  bed  that   day!  However,  most  schooldays  are  good,   especially  when  I  wake  up  telling  myself   that  today  will  be  a  good  day.  I  try  to  act  as   Jesus  would  do  as  I  go  around  school  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  but   doing  that  can  be  tough,  and  I  often  forget!   At  break  it  seems  that  almost  every  day   something  more  hilarious  comes  up  with  my   group  of  friends    â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  normally  something  to   do  with  embarrassing  moments,  memories,   boys  or  food!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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º0UP[PHSS`0^HU[LK[VKVZVJPHS^VYR0UL]LY saw  myself  as  a  teacher  but  here  I  am,  

enjoying  it!  Teaching  English  is  sometimes   like  teaching  something  as  foreign  as  French   to  the  kids,  but  I  love  it  when  I  see  them  trying  so  hard  to  be  articulate.  It  makes  me  so   happy,  even  if  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  only  a  few  that  make  the   LÉ&#x2C6;VY[(ZH[LHJOLYLZWLJPHSS`HSHUN\HNL teacher,  I  tend  to  advise  them  in  a  lot  of   KPÉ&#x2C6;LYLU[ZWOLYLZUV[Q\Z[[OLPYZ[\KPLZ The  workload  stresses  me:  administration,   marking,  changing  a  curriculum,  the  huge   number  of  learners  in  classes  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  the  list  is   endless.  Because  work  has  to  be  done,  I   LUK\W[HRPUN^VYROVTLHUKZHJYPĂ&#x201E;JL[PTL I  should  be  spending  with  my  babies  and   O\ZIHUK/V^LSZLJHU0JVWLMVYL_HTWSL with  a  class  of  41  Grade  12s,  each  with  two   creative  writing  pieces  to  do  per  term? But  I  feel  joy  in  my  heart  when  I  consider   the  children  whose  lives  I  touch  on  a   personal  basis,  and  see  them  change  and   blossom.  One  particular  boy  always  made   me  birthday  cards  and  even  called  me  to   wish  me  a  happy  birthday.  Then  there  are   three  colleagues  who  have  touched  my  life   ZPNUPĂ&#x201E;JHU[S`!VULPZSPRLHZLJVUKTV[OLY[V me  and  the  other  two  have  revealed  in  me   strengths  and  capabilities  that  I  hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  seen   in  myself.  They  are  my  true  buddies!  

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6\YSLHYULYZJVTLMYVTWVVYHYLHZHÉ&#x2C6;LJ[LK by  crime  and  gangs,  and  from  illiterate   households.  Parents  educate  their  children  to   improve  the  entire  household.  Many  learners   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  take  education  seriously.  I  get  frustrated  when  I  see  them  missing  tasks  and  being   absent  unnecessarily. When  I  teach  something,  I  try  to  relate  it  to   the  kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  daily  lives,  and  thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  when  they   often  open  up.  I  can  proudly  say  I  have  a   very  close  relationship  with  my  learners.  An   L_W\WPSZ[Y\NNSPUN^P[O[LY[PHY`LK\JH[PVU came  recently  to  tell  me  what  keeps  her   going  is  the  Mariah  Carey  song,  Hero,  that  I   once  played  in  class.  I  couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  help  but  cry   with  her.     Some  pupils  are  funny,  imitating  how  I  read   novels  to  them  with  my  high-pitched  voice.   And  I  made  the  whole  school  laugh  when  I   accidentally  attended  school  assembly  in   [^VKPÉ&#x2C6;LYLU[ZHUKHSZ;OL^VYZ[[OPUN[OH[ÂťZ ever  happened  to  me  at  school  was  when   some  learners  rampaged  and  destroyed  the   school  admin  building.  They  threw  stones   and  later  burst  inside.  I  was  in  tears,  traumatised  and  injured.  But  my  grade  12s  comforted  me  and  assured  me  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d  come  to  no   harm.  This  calmed  me  and  still  gives  me  the   courage  to  get  up  and  go  to  work. I  would  have  gone  crazy  without  Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  presence  in  my  career.  He  keeps  me  calm  and   gives  me  courage  to  face  all  challenges  that   come  my  way.  In  some  situations,  I  also  get   guidance  from  the  Bible  on  how  to  handle   things  and  people.  And  praying  every   morning  gives  me  sanity.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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RUWLD/XMDEHLVKHDGJLUORI &ODUHPRQW+LJK6FKRRODQG OLYHVLQ.KD\HOLWVKDZLWKKHU PRWKHUVLVWHUFRXVLQQHSKHZ JUDQGPRWKHUDQGJUDQGPRWKHUâVDXQW+HU PRWKHUKDVDVPDOOIDVWIRRGRXWOHWDQGKHU IDWKHULVDODZHQIRUFHPHQWRIĂ°FHU  º;LLUZYLHSS`SPRL[LHJOLYZ^P[OHZLUZLVM humour.  I  think  the  biggest  mistakes  teachers  make  are  being  too  forceful,  not  giving   the  students  enough  time  to  understand,  and   being  too  strict  outside  the  classroom.   Being  head  of  school  is  obviously  a  huge   WYP]PSLNLI\[ILPUNZO`0HSZVĂ&#x201E;UKP[HJOH llenge.  It  can  be  hard  to  give  speeches  at   YHUKVT[PTLZ[LSSWLVWSLVÉ&#x2C6;HUKZWLHRPU public.  Also,  my  uniform  has  to  be  perfect   HSS[OL[PTL[VZL[HUL_HTWSL;VJVWL^P[O stress,  I  listen  to  some  music  or  go  to  a  quiet   space.  I  ask  God  to  help  me  to  see  the  positive  side  of  things.  I  like  to  talk  to  someone   I  trust,  like  friends  or  my  mom.  She  always  

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advises  me  to  keep  praying  about  my  problems.   The  most  important  things  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  learnt  at   school  are  critical  thinking  and  leadership,   and  not  to  give  up  easily.  There  have  been   lots  of  times  when  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  wanted  to  give  up:  too   much  homework  on  one  night,  family  situations,  but  you  have  to  be  strong.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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>LOH]LH]VS\U[HY`Z[HÉ&#x2C6;WYH`LYTLL[PUNH[ which  we  pray  about  all  aspects  of  school  life.   6\YWYH`LYZHYLWYVMLZZPVUHSHUKJVUĂ&#x201E;KLU[PHS!Z[HÉ&#x2C6;TLTILYZMHPYS`VM[LUZLUKWYH`LY requests  to  the  group,  ranging  from  life-anddeath  scenarios  to  a  pet  dog  in  need!  In  my   personal  prayers  at  present,  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  praying  for   a  family  in  the  throes  of  a  trial  separation.   This  potential  dissolution  of  a  family  unit  is   OH]PUNHKL]HZ[H[PUNLÉ&#x2C6;LJ[VU[OL`V\UNZ[LYZ involved. Teaching  is  an  enormous  privilege.  The  kids   I  teach  have  potential  to  achieve  far  more   than  I  have,  to  become  captains  of  industry,   SLHKLYZ(ZH[LHJOPUNÂş]L[LYHUÂť0Ă&#x201E;UKUV kudos  in  my  class  doing  well  because  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  all   been  done  before:  my  school  has  had  the  top   marks,  a  pupil  has  scored  100%,  weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  won   awards.  My  concern  is  for  you,  the  individual.   Do  your  homework  and  study  hard,  so  that   you  can  do  the  best  you  can.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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Zizi  Sapepa,  

cleaning  supervisor  at   Rustenburg  Girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  High   School,  Rondebosch

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live  in  Gugulethu  with  my  mother,  son  and  grandson,   HUK^HRL\WLHYS`HYV\UKHT;OLĂ&#x201E;YZ[[OPUN0 do  is  pray,  thanking  God  for  another  day.  Then  I  make   breakfast  for  Okuhle,  my  grandson,  and  get  him  ready   for  crèche.  My  son  Chad  is  in  Matric,  so  thankfully  he  gets   OPTZLSMYLHK`MVYZJOVVS1\Z[ILMVYLZP_0JH[JO[OLZO\[[SLMYVTT`OV\ZL[V[OL[H_PYHURHUKMYVT[OLYL0[HRL[OL [H_P[V4V^IYH`;OL[H_PKYVWZ\ZH[[OL[YHÉ&#x2030;JSPNO[ZQ\Z[ before  the  Red  Cross  Hospital,  so  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  just  a  short  walk  along   the  common  to  the  school.  I  usually  get  to  work  at  about   OHSMWHZ[ZL]LU0YLSH_^P[OHJ\WVMJVÉ&#x2C6;LLHUKZVTLJLYLHS before  the  dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  work  starts.  

insecurity I  really  love  my  job,  but  there  was  a  time  when  I  travelled  to   work  with  a  heavy  heart.  This  was  in  2011,  when  I  was  the   supervisor  of  a  group  of  contract  cleaners  at  the  school.   We  were  very  worried  when  the  company  we  worked  for   went  into  liquidation  just  before  Christmas.    Thankfully,  the   school  decided  to  employ  us  on  a  permanent  basis,  and  we   were  able  to  start  straight  away.  I  was  so  relieved,  but  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   know  my  problems  were  just  starting.  I  was  asked  to  stay  on   as  supervisor,  and  this  caused  insecurity  with  some  of  the   ladies  whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d  been  working  there  for  a  long  time.  Rumours   ^LYLĂ&#x2026;`PUNHUKP[^HZH]LY`KPÉ&#x2030;J\S[[PTL;OL[LUZPVU^HZ unbearable.    We  work  very  closely  together,  but  we  could   hardly  be  in  the  same  room  together.

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At  that  time,  I  had  joined  the  parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  prayer  meeting  on  a   Friday  morning  and  one  day  I  poured  my  heart  out  to  them   YLNHYKPUN[OL[LUZPVU0^HZL_WLYPLUJPUN;OL`WYH`LKMVY me  and  encouraged  me  to  invite  God  into  the  situation,  so   thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  what  I  decided  to  do.

clean  slate I  spoke  to  the  ladies  and  told  them  that  I  wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  there  to  take   anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  bread  out  of  their  mouths.  Instead  of  seeing  me  as   a  supervisor,  they  should  see  me  as  someone  who  was  there   to  work,  just  like  them,  part  of  the  team.  I  said  we  needed  to   be  like  a  family,  and  asked  if  we  could  pray  about  the  situation.  I  said:  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  come  together  and  ask  for  forgiveness.  

Even  if  we  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  think  weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  done  wrong,  letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  start  with  a   clean  slate  and  get  rid  of  the  bad  feelings  between  us.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;    

They  agreed.  So  we  prayed  and  hugged,  and  made  peace.   Since  then,  we  get  together  every  morning  at  about  11  to   pray.  We  pray  about  our  dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  work,  and  for  the  school,  and   for  each  other.  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  been  such  a  blessing  to  share  prayer   together  and  invite  God  into  our  midst  every  single  day.   One  thing  I  love  about  my  job  is  that  I  work  with  people.    But   [OL`JHUILKPÉ&#x2030;J\S[ZVTL[PTLZHUK[OH[ÂťZ^O`0WYH`0WYH` constantly,  talking  to  Christ  every  step  of  the  way.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;VE  NEVER  CLAIMED

 to  be  a  big  thinker,  in  fact   to  be  perfectly  honest  with  you,  I  try  not  to  think  at  all  if  I  can  help  it.   I  prefer  to  live  by  instinct,  kind  of  half-untamed  wild  animal  and  halfman,  a  sort  of  modern  day  manimal,  if  you  will.  I  like  to  tap  into  my  inner  hunter  and  rely  on  my  God-given  instincts  to  get  me  through  life.   ;OL3V]LS`1HJZÂş;31ÂťZH`Z[OH[[OPURPUNPZWYVIHIS`[VVT\JOLÉ&#x2C6;VY[ for  me,  and  if  I  tap  into  my  inner  manimal  one  more  time  and  pee  on   OLYKHÉ&#x2C6;VKPSZZOLPZNVPUN[VJ\SSTL(UKZOLJHSSZOLYZLSMHNYLLUPL Anyway,   the   point   is   this.   I   was   recently   called   on   to   think   when   someone  asked  me  how  I  managed  to  remain  such  a  robust  specimen  of  masculinity  living  in  a  house  full  of  girls.  Of  course,  raising   [OYLLKH\NO[LYZOHZHÉ&#x2C6;LJ[LKTL7YVIHIS`VULVM[OLTVYLKPZ[\YIing   changes   I   have   noticed   is   that   my   one-liner   references   have   changed.   Arnold   Schwarzenegger   used   to   be   my   go-to   one-liner   guy.  Whereas  before  my  conversation  was  littered  with  Shwarzenisms   such   as   â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll   be   backâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   or   â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hasta   la   vista   babyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 0 UV^ Ă&#x201E;UK that  my  one-liner  guy  is  in  fact...  Judy  Garland.  Nary  a  day  passLZ ^P[OV\[ TL ZWV\[PUN HU HÉ&#x2C6;LJ[LK â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Toto,  I  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  think  we  are  in   Kansas  anymoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;\Z\HSS`^OLU0HTSVZ[^OPSLKYP]PUN^OPJOVMten  graduates  in  a  panic  situation  to   â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;There  is  no  place  like  home,   there  is  no  place  like  homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.  Quite  when  Judy  Garland  insinuated   OLYZLSM PU[V T` SPML 0 HT UV[ Z\YL I\[ 0 Z\ZWLJ[ WYVSVUNLK L_WVsure  to  the   Wizard  of  Oz,  a  movie  my  girls  adore,  has  not  helped. Of  course  TLJ  hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  helped  matters  much  either.  I  have  way  too   T\JORUV^SLKNLHIV\[SHKPLZÂťZ[\É&#x2C6;PUT`OLHK[OH[PZ[HRPUN\W]HS\able  sport-trivia  space.  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  fairly  sure  that  as  a  man  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  supposed  to   think  that  a  pashmina  is  some  sort  of  Ukrainian  rodent  and  that  a  GHD   PZH\UP]LYZP[`X\HSPĂ&#x201E;JH[PVU`L[0KVUÂť[0RUV^L_HJ[S`^OH[[OL`HYL At  least  I  have  my  braai  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  not  one  of  those  yuppy  metal  things  that   SVVRSPRL:W\[UPRÂś0ÂťT[HSRPUNHIV\[T`Ă&#x201E;YLWP[H[[OLIV[[VTVM[OL garden.  The  last  stand  of  masculinity  at  our  house!  A  place  where  if   you  return  with  your  eyebrows  unsinged,  you  havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  done  it  properly!  So  what  that  my  room  is  a  girly  colour?  Sure,  my  duvet  cover  has   a  cherry  blossom  motif,  and  of  course  there  is  no  watching  rugby   when  it  clashes  with  a  Barbie  movie  rerun  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  but  I  have  my  braai.  My   IYHHPPZ^OLYL0ÂťTRPUN0[ÂťZ^OLYL0Y\SL0[ÂťZ^OLYL-H[-HJLT`KVN and  I  can  eat  an  entire  big  bag  of  Nik  Naks  without  any  form  of  judgement.  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  where  I  can  spill  marinade  and  just  leave  it  where  it  falls   [VWL[YPM`V]LY[PTL0[ÂťZ^OLYL0JHUKYVWTLH[VU[OLĂ&#x2026;VVYHUK[OL Ă&#x201E;]LZLJVUKY\SLWPJRP[\WX\PJRS`HUK[OLNLYTZKVUÂť[Z[PJRPZZ[PSS OVUV\YLKHUKZVTL[PTLZL_[LUKLKHYIP[YHYPS`^P[OV\[H]V[L0[ÂťZ where  I  can  do  what  I  do  best  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  think  about  absolutely  nothing  at  all. ;OH[ ILPUN ZHPK [OL NPYSZ KPK NV [V H SV[ VM LÉ&#x2C6;VY[ [V WSHU[ HSS [OVZL Ă&#x2026;V^LYZ HYV\UK T` IYHHP HUK [OL )HYIPL J\ZOPVUZ HYL very   comfortable   on   those   hard   benches.   I   also   did   get   that   super   Jamie   Oliver   recipe   book   for   my   birthday   with   that   wonderful   hummous   recipe   which   will   make   a   great   pre-braai   snack.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Grant  Clarke  is  an  attorney  specialising  in  maritime  law.   He  is  also  an  elder  at  Common  Ground  Church,  Constantiaberg.

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foodielife LOVE  COOKING  WITH  SUPER-FRESH  HERBS,  but  severely  limited  for   gardening  space?  Or  maybe  you  just  never  had  the  courage  to  grow  anything?  You  can   still  out-foodie  the  best  of  them.  Gardening  in  smaller  places  is  taking  off  as  the  joys  of   greening  the  world  become  ever  clearer,  and  Capetonians  are  discovering  thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   nothing  like  the  taste  and  satisfaction  of  a  ready  supply  of  their  own  fresh  herbs.  

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Not  a  lot.  Most  important  is  your  container.  Use  anything  

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that  holds  soil,  from  old  zinc  buckets  to  state-of-the-art   urns.  Whatever  you  choose  must  have  drainage  holes,   and  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  go  for  anything  totally  tiny:  a  pot  thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  too  small   wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  hold  enough  moisture  for  the  plant  to  thrive.  NB:   Use  relatively  lightweight  containers  to  prevent  overstretching  the  goodwill  of  a  balconyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  structure!   Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  simple  to  prepare  your  pot.  Just  put  a  few  small   Z[VULZVYIP[ZVMIYVRLUJSH`WV[VU[OLIV[[VTVM`V\Y JVU[HPULYHUKÃ&#x201E;SS^P[ONVVKX\HSP[`WV[[PUNZVPSMYVT`V\Y local  nursery.  When  planting  up  a  big  pot,  try  sinking  a   plastic  bottle  with  holes  pierced  into  the  bottom  with  the   top  just  protruding  above  the  soil.  Fill  this  with  water  to   keep  the  soil  moist  for  longer. Plant  each  seedling  by  making  a  hole  in  the  soil  with  your   Ã&#x201E;UNLYWVWWPUNP[PU[V[OLOVSLHUKWYLZZPUNKV^UX\P[L Ã&#x201E;YTS`HYV\UKLHJOWSHU[HSSV^PUNZVTLZWHJLIL[^LLU each.  Water  immediately,  and  keep  in  a  sunny  spot.  Make   sure  you  water  daily  in  very  hot  weather,  though  if  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   growing  sage,  water  it  sparingly.  

.L[[VRUV^[OLTPJYVJSPTH[LVM`V\YIHSJVU`>VYR out  the  hottest,  coldest,  windiest,  sunniest  and   shadiest  positions.  Find  out  from  your  nursery  what   each  herb  needs,  and  position  it  accordingly.

Â&#x2039; >H[LY`V\YOLYIZYLN\SHYS`>PUKHUKOLH[VUH  balcony  will  dry  out  plants. Â&#x2039;     

-LY[PSPZLYLN\SHYS`7SHU[ZJHUSP]LMVYTHU``LHYZPU containers  if  their  nutrient  needs  are  met.  Use  any   VYNHUPJSPX\PKMLY[PSPZLYVYº^VYT[LH»H[SLHZ[VUJL every  fortnight.

Â&#x2039; 5PWVÉ&#x2C6;HU`Ã&#x2026;V^LYZ[VLUJV\YHNL`V\YWSHU[Z[VNYV^  more  leaves. Â&#x2039; 9V[H[LOLYIZPUJVU[HPULYZMYVT[PTL[V[PTL[V   increase  your  yield,  and  control  disease  and  insects.

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56>;9@;/0::(3(+  (even  if  you  bought  your  herbs!)

,QVWHDGRIPDNLQJKHUEVSDUWRIDVDODGZK\QRWPDNHWKHVHIUHVKÃ&#x20AC;DYRXUIXOJUHHQVthe  salad?   Just  a  few  well-­dressed  bites  on  a  small  salad  plate  adds  a  taste  explosion  to  any  meal.   WHAT  YOU  NEED  (serves  around  6)  Â&#x2039;[ZWZOLYY`^PUL]PULNHYÂ&#x2039;[ZWYLK^PUL]PULNHYÂ&#x2039;[IZWL_[YH ]PYNPUVSP]LVPSÂ&#x2039;-PULZLHZHS[[V[HZ[LÂ&#x2039;-YLZOS`NYV\UKISHJRWLWWLY[V[HZ[LÂ&#x2039;NMYLZOÃ&#x2026;H[SLHMWHYZSL` SLH]LZJHYLM\SS`KLZ[LTTLKYPUZLKHUKKYPLKÂ&#x2039;NMYLZOJOP]LZYPUZLKKYPLKHUKTPUJLKÂ&#x2039;NMYLZOKPSS SLH]LZJHYLM\SS`KLZ[LTTLKYPUZLKKYPLKHUKJOVWWLKÂ&#x2039;NMYLZO[HYYHNVUSLH]LZJHYLM\SS`KLZ[LTTLK YPUZLKKYPLKHUKZLWHYH[LKÂ&#x2039;NMYLZOTPU[KLZ[LTTLKYPUZLKKYPLKHUKSLH]LZZLWHYH[LK WHAT  YOU  DO  In  a  large,  shallow  salad  bowl,  whisk  together  the  vinegars  and  salt,  then  whisk  in  the  oil   and  pepper.  Taste  and  season.  Add  all  the  herb  leaves  and  toss  to  coat  the  greens  evenly.  Taste  and  season   HNHPU:LY]LPUZTHSSWVY[PVUZHZHUHJJVTWHUPTLU[[VYVHZ[JOPJRLUVYNYPSSLKVYWVHJOLKÃ&#x201E;ZO Sandwich   suggestion:   Other  good  mixes  include  parsley,  mint  and  tarragon.  Or  consider  an  all-­mint  salad  to  accompany   Place  your  dressed   grilled  lamb,  all-­tarragon  salad  for  grilled  chicken,  or  sage-­heavy  salad  with  roast  pork.  The  idea   salad,  open-­sandwich   fashion,  on  top  of   is  to  mix  and  match  judiciously.  Just  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  use  so  many  herbs  that  they  lose  their  personality! grilled  bread  thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   been  brushed  with   olive  oil.   Yum. For  more  green  info,  visit  the  SA  Nursery  Association  website  www.lifeisagarden.co.za,   or  join  their  Facebook  page:  www.facebook.com/lifeisagardensa. More  good  sources:  w ww.margaretroberts.co.zaVY1HUL»Z+LSPJPV\Z/LYIZI`1HUL.YPMÃ&#x201E;[OZ

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foodielife Zing up  your  meal  with  a  gourmet  herb  salad!  

Herbalicious How to  green  your  home  and  plate   (without  buying  a  country  estate)

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Would you  love  me  more   if  I  showed  less   thigh? Would  you’ve  spared  me  pain   if  I’d  loved  you  more? >V\SK`V\»]LSVVRLKHZPKL ZLLUTLILZPKL PM0»KZOV\[LKOHYKLY tiptoed  more  softly? Did  you  love  me  less   ’cause  you  loved  her  more? Do  you  love  me  less   ’cause  you  love  her  more? Will  you  love  me  less   now  she’s  been  before?

Desiree ´ de  Villiers  processes   [OLWHPUVMPUÄKLSP[`

You’ve dropped  my  heart   òWPLJLZL]LY`^OLYL¯ Does  it  matter  though   now  that  she’s  been  there?

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goodness

I am  struggling to  see  the  self I  suspect  is   somewhere [OLYL In  hiding  or  in  utero 0»TUV[Z\YL Still  sheathed  in  shadow her  pupils  cannot  face the  glare   of  day  just  yet and  so  she  sleeps still  breathing VUS` When  she’s  awake I’ll  come  to  call ò^LRUV^LHJOV[OLY HM[LYHSS

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pastor by  training,  Desirée   de  Villiers  is  now  a  writer  and   public  speaker  who  lives  with   her  husband  and  two  children  in  Cape  Town.   Following  the  discovery  of  her  husband’s   PUÄKLSP[`ZOLWYVJLZZLKOLYWHPU[OYV\NO poetry,  and  found  redemption  from  an  unL_WLJ[LKZV\YJLº(ZZVTHU`OH]LKPZJV]ered,  the  single  greatest  treasure  of  loss  is,  

the life!

I am  sipping   the  welcome  warmth of  my  morning  tea  in  an  unpretentious house  by  the  sea I  await  the  dawn   with  no  uncertainty All  of  this  pleases  me

If I  allow  myself  to  dream there  is  a  river  of  goodness [OH[ÅV^Z[V^HYKTL It  laps  my  ankles strokes  my  thighs encircles  my  waist then  reaches  high  to  full  enclose TL^P[OJVYLLULYN` (I\UKHU[S`P[IHW[PZLZTL 0KVUV[KYV^U If  I  allow  myself  to  dream there  is  a  river  of  goodness [OH[ÅV^ZMYVTTL It  seeks  out  mourners despondents  and withered  hearts all  universal  torn  apartness and  submerges  them  in  air 4HY]LSSV\ZS`P[JHYWL[ZJHYL ;OL`JLHZL[VMYV^U

PYVUPJHSS`^OH[VULÄUKZ»ZOLZH`Zº(Z[OL layers of  my  various  identities  were  removed,   this  painful  catalyst  confronted  me  with  my   true  self.  What  satisfaction  to  be  graduHSS`PU[YVK\JLK[VºTL»HUK[VÄUK^P[OH cautious  surprise,  that  I  really  enjoyed  her   company.  I  hope  my  poems  will  help  people   feel  normal  and  hopeful  again.’

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A copy  of  R AW  by   Desirée  de  Villiers   Simply  SMS  R AW  to   MVY`V\Y JOHUJL[V^PU Competition  ends   13  January  2014

Read more  at  www.desireedevilliers.co.za   or  follow  Desirée’s  updates  on  Facebook:   Deeper  with  Desirée  de  Villiers.  Look  out  for   her  second  book,  Women@Prayer,  aimed   at  helping  women  develop  a  prayer  life.   Buy  RAW  through  St  John’s  Church,   Wynberg,  021  797  8968,  The  Protestant   Book  Centre,  Mowbray,  021  685  3015,   or  at  www.loot.co.za   thislife.org.za      |      issue  9

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LGA  MACINGWANE  was  born  in  the   Free  State  in  1959.  She  left  school  at   the  age  of  19  with  a  standard  7  (grade  9)  pass  to  work   as  a  garage  attendant.  There  she  met  her  late  husband,   9X\LVLOHDVVKH¿OOHGKLVFDUZLWKSHWURO6KHKDVWKUHH children  and  two  grandchildren,  and  lives  in   Zweletemba,  near  Worcester,  in  the  Western  Cape

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y  husband  and  I  came  to  Zweletemba  on  honeymoon  and   loved  the  Cape  so  much  that  we  made  it  our  new  home.   We  started  our  family  straightaway,  and  life  was  good  for   us.  Vuyisile  provided  well  as  a  farmer  and  businessman.   He  bred  and  raised  goats  and  other  livestock  in  Zweletemba,  which  he   took  to  the  slaughterhouse  in  Worcester  to  sell.  Vuyisile  was  17  years   VSKLY[OHUTLHUKSVVRLKHM[LYTLHZPM0^HZL_[YLTLS`WYLJPV\Z/L wanted  me  home  to  raise  the  children  rather  than  at  work  and,  because   he  had  had  no  schooling  himself,  he  encouraged  me  to  continue  with   mine.  I  felt  proud  to  complete  grade  11  while  looking  after  our  three  small   children.   On  that  fateful  Christmas  Eve  in  1996,  we  went  to  Worcester  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  me  to  do   my  Christmas  shopping,  and  Vuyisile  to  catch  the  train  to  De  Doorns  to   invite  friends  to  our  Christmas  meal.  We  left  home  at  about  10am,  with   TLZH`PUN[V[OL[OYLLJOPSKYLUÂş:[H`PUZPKLHUKILNVVK0^VUÂť[IL long.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;  They  hopped  up  and  down,  thinking  of  me  coming  back  with  cool   drinks  and  other  Christmas  treats.  I  said  goodbye  to  Vuyisile  at  the   station  in  Worcester,  and  walked  on  to  the  OK  Bazaars.  

festive  atmosphere 0OHKĂ&#x201E;UPZOLKT`ZOVWWPUNI`HIV\[HUK^HZMLLSPUNYLSPL]LKH[ leaving  the  crowded  Christmas  shops  to  get  back  to  my  children,  when   I  bumped  into  my  sister-in-law  who  persuaded  me  to  go  with  her  to   Checkers.  We  went  into  the  shop  at  1pm  through  the  back  door.   Immediately  I  smelt  what  seemed  like  a  tyre  burning.  I  still  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  know   what  this  was.  I  tried  to  ask  people  around  me,  but  couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  pull  their   attention  away  from  the  festive  holiday  atmosphere  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  many  were  jiving   18 thislife.org.za      |      issue  9


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but we  couldn’t  eat.  My  daughter  Philiswe,   who  was  11,  was  so  traumatised  that  I  hadn’t   come  home  that  day  that  she  couldn’t  eat  for   nine  days.

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4`PUQ\YPLZ^LYLL_[YLTLHUK0JV\SKU»[^HSR for many  months.  The  bomb  left  a  hole  in   my  left  leg  through  to  my  calf  bone.  I  went   to  the  Zweletemba  hospital  on  crutches  for   treatment  every  week  but  otherwise  stayed   at  home,  too  scared  to  leave.  Apart  from  the   wounds  to  my  chest  and  arms,  I  had  deafness  and  ear  damage.

Beloved husband:  Vuyisile  was  killed  in  a  hit  and  run  accident,  and  his  loss  still   devastates  Olga

The queues  were  long,  but  eventually  our   items  were  rung  up.  As  I  put  my  money  in  the   shop  assistant’s  hand,  everything  changed.   There  was  a  deafening  bang,  so  loud  that  I   MLS[[OH[0OHKL_WSVKLK;OLUUV[OPUNULZZ everything  went  black.  No  sound.  No  sight.   Just  darkness.  I  could  not  feel  anything   HYV\UKTLL_JLW[T`ZLSM0MLS[SPRLHZ[YHUNLY to  myself,  and  was  surprised  to  still  be  standing,  holding  onto  the  counter  to  keep  upright.   When  I  tried  to  walk,  I  couldn’t  move  my  legs.   My  chest  and  arms  were  burning  with  the   shrapnel  that  had  pierced  my  skin.   I  saw  a  woman  in  a  Checkers  uniform  calling   and  beckoning  to  me  in  what  seemed  like   slow  motion.  I  fell  down  and  crawled  towards   her  until  I  felt  the  hot  pavement  burning  my   hands  and  knees,  and  realised  I  was  outside.   I  had  wounds  on  my  hands  and  chest,  and   my  legs  were  useless.  Suddenly  I  heard  the   terrifying  sound  of  another  blast  nearby.   Later,  I  heard  this  was  a  second  bomb,   planted  near  the  pharmacy. Two  policemen  came  and  carried  me  between  them  to  a  kombi,  where  I  collapsed,   unconscious.  The  time  was  just  after  1pm.  I   became  conscious  again  at  7pm  that  evening   in  the  Worcester  Mediclinic,  tied  to  a  hospital   bed.  I  asked  a  nurse  what  was  happening   20 thislife.org.za      |      issue  9

[VTLHUKZOLZHPKº@V\»]LILLUOP[I`H bomb.’ There  were  other  bomb  victims  in  the   ward,  and  the  sound  of  children  crying  and   women  wailing  was  too  much  to  bear.   My  sister-in-law  was  shaken  but  unharmed.   (M[LY[OLIVTI^LU[VɈZOLZLHYJOLKMVY me  in  the  crowd  outside  Checkers  and  she   looked  all  afternoon,  going  from  hospital  to   hospital,  checking  names  on  lists  of  wounded   WLVWSL[OLU[OLKLH[OSPZ[Z^P[OV\[ÄUKPUN TL¶0OHKU»[ILLUPKLU[PÄLKILJH\ZL0^HZ unconscious.  She  went  home  to  tell  my  husband,  her  brother,  that  she  thought  I  might  be   KLHK4`O\ZIHUK^HZPUP[PHSS`MYHU[PJ[VÄUK me,  then  began  to  grieve  my  death.  

Four years  later,  I  was  reading  the  newspaper   at  home  when  I  found  an  article  about  what   had  happened  in  Worcester  that  day.  I  read   that  the  bombers  were  four  white  Afrikaans   men  who  had  planted  bombs  in  areas  where   black  and  coloured  people  shopped,  in  order   to  kill  as  many  of  us  as  possible.  Four  people   were  killed,  two  of  them  were  nine-year-old   children,  and  67  of  us  were  injured.  The  

The doctor  allowed  me  home  for  Christmas   and  by  the  time  I  arrived,  after  8pm  and  in  a   municipal  vehicle,  the  village  thought  that  I   was  in  the  mortuary.  Friends  and  family  were   standing  together  mourning  on  our  street.   Their  faces  changed  when  they  recognised   me  through  the  vehicle  window,  and  many  of   them  began  crying.  

food parcel I  saw  trauma  on  the  faces  of  my  children  and   my  husband  when  I  went  towards  the  front   door  on  crutches,  my  legs  bandaged.  My   husband  began  crying  with  relief  that  I  was   alive,  and  sorrow  at  how  much  pain  I  was  in. >OLU0^VRL\W[OLUL_[KH`HS[OV\NOP[ was  Christmas,  a  blackness  had  come  over   the  village.  The  mayor  sent  us  a  food  parcel  

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to the  Macarena  as  they  shopped.  I  left  my   sister-in-law  at  the  parcel  counter,  telling  her   UV[[VTV]LZV[OH[^LJV\SKÄUKLHJOV[OLY in  the  crowd  afterwards,  and  went  to  the  tills   to  pay  for  what  we’d  chosen.  

Today, my  legs  still  swell  and  hurt  in  summer.   I  walk  with  a  limp,  my  neck  hurts  and  my  left   LHYVVaLZW\Z0HTHɈLJ[LKI`UVPZL0OH]L ºOLHYK»HUKYLSP]LK[OLIVTIL_WLYPLUJL ever  since,  and  still  don’t  feel  safe  in  public   areas.  I  have  never  been  given  any  compensation  for  the  medical  costs,  or  for  being   unable  to  work  since  the  bomb.  

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I lived  on  my  own,  and  was  completely  alone   apart  from  when  my  husband’s  family  could   bring  my  children  to  visit.  In  2009,  13  years   after  the  bombing,  I  was  contacted  by  a   member  of  the  Khulumani  Support  Group,   which  had  been  formed  for  reconciliation   in  our  country.  I  went  to  a  meeting  with   them  and  other  bomb  victims  in  Worcester.   There,  they  told  me  that  one  of  the  bombers,   UPJRUHTLKº:[LMHHUZ»*VL[aLL^HZZLLRPUN amnesty,  and  wanted  to  meet  his  victims.  I   was  shocked.  The  other  victims  felt  too  afraid   to  face  the  person  who  had  hated  them.   But  I  was  angry.  I  wanted  information,  and  I   wanted  to  keep  this  Stefaans  in  jail  where  he   belonged.  I  went  in  a  car  hired  by  Khulumani   to  Pretoria  Central  Prison.  I  had  nothing  left   to  lose.

like a  child It  was  2pm  when  I  was  led  to  a  room  inside   the  prison.  When  I  entered,  I  saw  a  young   man  in  prison  overalls  arranging  chairs.   Someone  told  me  he  was  Stefaans,  the   bomber  who  wanted  to  meet  me.  He  was  a   small  man  and  he  seemed  like  a  child  to  me,   although  he  was  30.  I  was  surprised  because   0OHKL_WLJ[LKHUVSKLYWLYZVU^OVSVVRLK more  like  a  criminal.  We  sat  in  a  circle  and   the  people  who  were  there  asked  Stefaans   questions,  while  I  sat  quietly,  watched  and   listened.  Someone  encouraged  me  to  talk.   ,]LU[\HSS`0ZHPKº:[LMHHUZ0KVU»[RUV^`V\ and  you  don’t  know  me.  Why  then  did  you   KV[OPZ[VTL&»/LZHPKº6SNH0OH[LKISHJR people.’   It  turned  out  that  he  was  taught  to  hate  black   people  from  when  he  was  small.  His  father   drank  a  lot,  and  his  mother  was  careless.  He   was  put  in  an  orphanage  when  he  was  nine   and  did  not  go  to  school.  When  he  was  a  little   VSKLYOL^HZ[H\NO[MYVTHUHKHW[LKº)PISL» by  Johannes  Van  Der  Westhuizen,  who  was  

a member  of  the  Wit  Wolwe,  that  people  who   did  not  have  white  skin  were  no  better  than   HUPTHSZPUHÄLSK Van  der  Westhuizen  took  Stefaans  to  a  farm   outside  Beaufort  West  when  he  was  16  to   train  him  to  kill,  and  to  make  bombs  like   the  one  that  had  injured  me.  Stefaans  told   me  that  in  prison  he  asked  for  a  Bible,  and   realised  that  what  he  had  been  reading  had   been  changed  so  much  that  it  wasn’t  the  real   )PISLH[HSS/L[VSKTLOL^HZUV^HKPɈLYLU[ person.  Prison  had  given  him  the  chance  to   walk  with  God,  and  learn  right  from  wrong.   I  thought  to  myself  that  this  could  be  my   sister’s  child.  He  was  used  as  an  instrument   of  hatred.  How  would  I  feel  if  this  was  my  child   asking  for  forgiveness?  Every  day  of  my  life   since  I  was  a  little  girl,  I  had  said  The  Lord’s   7YH`LY!º3VYKMVYNP]LTLT`[YLZWHZZLZHZ0 forgive  those  who  have  trespassed  against   me’.  So  how  could  I  not  forgive  Stefaans?  It   felt  like  the  most  natural  thing  to  do  when  I   stood  up,  put  my  arms  around  him  and  said   PU?OVZHº*VTLOLYLIV`0MVYNP]L`V\ Whether  what  you  have  told  me  is  true  or  not   is  between  you  and  God.  I  am  not  your  judge.’   Stefaans  cried,  I  cried,  everyone  in  the  room   cried.  

freedom Little by  little  since  that  day,  I  have  begun  to   heal.  Although  I  long  for  my  husband  and  I   would  like  to  live  without  pain,  I  am  motivated   by  the  small  glimmer  of  hope  that  I  received   after  forgiving  Stefaans.  I  have  worked  since   that  day  as  a  volunteer  with  the  Worcester   Khulumani  Support  Group,  and  they  use  me   to  manage  meetings  between  Stefaans  and   the  Worcester  bomb  victims,  because  I  know   how  much  freedom  it  gave  me  to  forgive.  Because  of  this,  35  of  the  victims  have  been  to   Pretoria  Prison  to  meet  Stefaans.  I  asked  if  he   could  be  transferred  to  the  Worcester  Prison   for  more  discussions,  and  he  was  taken  there   in  August  2013. It  saddens  me  that  Stefaans  has  had  no  family   or  friends  visit  him  since  he  went  to  prison  13   years  ago.  No  one  should  be  so  alone  in  this   world.  I  am  trying  to  get  to  see  him  whilst  he   is  in  Worcester  because  I  love  him  as  my  own   child.  I  told  Stefaans  that  when  he  gets  out   of  prison,  he  and  I  should  team  up  to  try  to   change  this  country.

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IVTILYZ^LYLºISHJROH[LYZ»[YHPULK[VRPSS All of  them  had  been  captured  and  were  in   prison.  Although  this  information  made  me   feel  both  angry  and  sad  at  what  had  happened  to  me  and  to  the  other  victims,  I  was   relieved  to  know  at  last  what  had  happened,   and  that  the  bombers  were  in  prison. In  2003,  seven  years  after  the  bombing,   Vuyisile  was  killed  in  a  hit-and-run  car   accident.  I  was  devastated.  He  had  been   riding  his  bike  in  Worcester  when  he  was   hit  by  a  vehicle  at  high  speed.  Losing  my   husband  was  like  losing  my  hand.  It  was   the  worst  thing  that  had  ever  happened  to   me,  and  for  a  time  I  did  not  believe  that  God   L_PZ[LK0SVZ[T`^PSS[VSP]L4`JOPSKYLU^LYL taken  from  me  to  live  with  my  in-laws  as  I   was  too  depressed  to  look  after  them,  and   because  I  had  no  income.  

Olga’s three  children  (left  to  right):   Theliswa,  Siyabonga  and  Bulelani   Mcdonald live  in  two  prisons,  one  around  your  body  and   one  around  your  heart.’ When  I  get  angry  and  bitter,  not  only  about   my  past  and  the  pain  but  because  I  am  poor   and  unable  to  work  as  a  result  of  the  bombings,  I  get  down  on  my  knees  and  pray  to   God  for  help.  When  my  children  ask  me  why   I  am  prepared  to  grant  interviews  and  keep   working  for  peace  when  my  situation  doesn’t   JOHUNL0ZH`º)LJH\ZLP[PZT`^VYR» In  2012  I  was  given  an  award  by  Archbishop   Desmond  Tutu  for  the  Institute  of  Justice  and   9LJVUJPSPH[PVUH[[OL+PZ[YPJ[:P_4\ZL\TMVY forgiving  the  bomber,  and  for  my  commitment   to  community  reconciliation.  I  was  surprised   to  have  been  awarded  for  what  I  think  should   come  naturally  to  all  of  us.   ;H[H4HKPIHPZT`YVSLTVKLS/LZHPKº@V\ must  sit  with  your  enemies  and  you  must  eat   with  your  enemies.’  I  will  do  this,  and  I  will   continue  to  trust  God.’

I read  in  a  newspaper  article  that  in  prison   :[LMHHUZTL[HTHUPUOPZZP_[PLZ^OV^HZ serving  more  than  one  life  sentence  for   ISHJROH[LT\YKLYZ^OVZHPKº:[LMHHUZPM you  don’t  stop  thinking  that  you’re  superior   because  of  the  colour  of  your  skin,  you  will   this  page  proudly  sponsored  by  Neville  Wellington,  Charlie  Miller  and  Eric  Kok thislife.org.za      |      issue  9 21


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Does a  prayer  a  day  keep  the  doctor  away?  Quite  often,  says  Ali  Bourne

with Alison Bourne,  prayer   clinic  co-­ordinator :6*0(3>692,9(30:65 )6<95,  was  born  in  Zimbabwe   and  moved  to  South  Africa  as  a   young  girl.  After  many  years  at  an   NGO,  she  started  working  with   prayer  and  pastoral  care  needs  at   Christ  Church,  Kenilworth,  where  she   has  been  for  the  past  11  years.  She   lives  in  Wynberg    

What is  prayer?  In  my  life,  it’s  speaking  to  God  as  you  would  to  a  friend Why  pray?  I  believe  God  loves  to   answer  our  prayers  and  help  us  out.   He  can  do  anything  but  He  doesn’t   just  barge  into  our  lives,  He  waits  to   be  asked.  Why?  I’d  say  because  He   wants  a  relationship  with  us,  it’s  a   mutual  thing   How  did  the  prayer  clinic  start?  A   group  of  doctors  at  Kenilworth  Medicross  were  inspired  to  set  it  up  after   hearing  about  some  Christian  doctors   in  the  UK  who  arranged  for  people  to   pray  for  patients  in  their  practice     Who  and  what  do  you  pray  for?   Anyone  who  asks,  and  for  anything:   stressed  teenagers,  people  with   JHUJLYZVYLIHJRZTHYP[HSJVUÅPJ[ loneliness,  even  pets! Modus  operandi?  A  team  of  three   volunteers  prays  for  an  individual  in   a  session  lasting  about  20  minutes.   *VUÄKLU[PHSP[`»ZJY\JPHS Examples  of  answered  prayer?    So   many!  We  often  see  immediate  healings  of  back,  knee  and  spinal  problems.  We’ve  recently  been  privileged     [VZLLYLHSIYLHR[OYV\NOZPUKPɉJ\S[ family  relationships,  cancer  tests  have   come  back  clean,  and  God  has  lifted   L_[YLTLHU_PL[`

Are all  prayers  answered?  We   believe  God  hears  every  prayer,  and   weeps  with  us.  Sometimes  there’s   instant  healing,  at  other  times  the   outcome  is  delayed,  or  answered  in   H^H`^LKPKU»[L_WLJ[:VTL[PTLZ people  come  back  weekly  for  a  long   period  of  time  and  it  turns  out  that   [OLYLHYLSH`LYZVMZ[\Ɉ\UKLYULH[O [OLWYLZLU[PUNWYVISLT-VYL_HTWSL I  need  prayer  for  a  very  painful  neck,   but  stress  in  my  life  is  contributing  to   the  problem,  and  the  neck’s  just  the   symptom.  I  think  God  hates  all  illness   HUKZ\ɈLYPUNI\[HSZV\ZLZKPɉJ\S[ situations  to  draw  us  closer  to  himself:   because  we’re  desperate,  we  cry  out   to  Him.  Why  He  doesn’t  heal  everyone   HZ[OL`TPNO[L_WLJ[[VILOLHSLKPZ often  clear  with  hindsight,  but  can  also   remain  a  mystery Isn’t  ‘answer  to  prayer’  just  coincidence?4VZ[KLÄUP[LS`UV[>LZLL [VVTHU`L_[YHVYKPUHY`YLZ\S[Z[V[OPUR otherwise.  We  also  see  the  peace  that   Jesus  can  give,  despite  no  apparent   healing  or  change  happening Best  thing  about  doing  this?  Seeing   how  God’s  incredible  love  and  kindness  change  every  situation  and   person.  Being  able  just  to  listen  and   love  the  people  who  come  is  also  a   great  privilege  for  us

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