Kairos News Tabloid Volume 13

The Youth Day Uprising And Its Aftermath…BY: LORRAINE RICHARDS

Students from numerous Sowetan schools began to protest in the streets of Soweto in response to the introduction of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in local schools. It is estimated that 20,000 students took part in the protests. They were met with fierce police brutality. The number of protesters killed by police is usually given as 176, but estimates of up to 700 have been made.

On the morning of 16 June 1976, between 10,000 and 20,000 black students walked from their schools to Orlando Stadium for a rally to protest against having to learn through Afrikaans in school. Many students who later participated in the protest arrived at school that morning without prior knowledge of the protest, yet agreed to become involved. The protest was planned by the Soweto Students’ Representative Council’s (SSRC) Action Committee, with support from the wider Black Consciousness Movement. Teachers in Soweto also supported the march after the Action Committee emphasised good discipline and peaceful action.

Although the government backed on its Afrikaans language policy in July 1976, schools throughout the country continued to be disrupted until the following year. Many student leaders were detained, over thousand were killed, mainly through police action, and many thousands more were wounded.

In Austerville, following the uprising, among those who were involved in the ripple effect of riots were; Keith Joseph, Robert McBride, Derick Mcbride, Marcel Andrews, Clifford Collings, Greta Apelgren, Myrtle Beaunoir, Trevor Bonhomme, Vincent James, Gordon Webster, Antonio Du Preez and Kevin Curtis. We salute them and others who are not mentioned here.

In remembrance of these events, 16 June is now a public holiday in South Africa, named Youth Day.

Ninety Year Old Lucia-The Secret Of Longevity -Flee From A Depressive And Stressed State Of Mind

On Thursday June 4, Lucia Louis celebrated her ninetieth birthday. This vibrant soul is sociable, talkative and loves to be surrounded by interesting people at all times. She is highly passionate and easy-going, and always ready for an adventure or intellectual conversation. Those who can keep up with her train of thought often find her hilarious. This easy-going nonagenarian was a teenager during the second world war, which was in many ways a period of conformity with traditional gender roles, it was also a decade of change, when discontent with the status quo was emerging. Popular culture and the mass media reinforced messages about traditional gender roles, consumer culture, and the ideal of domesticity, but the reality of women’s lives did not always reflect these ideals.

Non-white women faced particular difficulties in the pursuit of post war and material abundance. Popular portrayals of ideal femininity and home life ignored the lives of minority women and families. Born Lucia La douce, in Houghton Road, Clairwood, she is the progeny of Mauritian immigrants who arrived in South Africa in the 1870s. After failing Afrikaans, she left school in standard seven, and began working in a clothing factory. In 1970, she married Julian Louis, the love of her life. “The secret to longevity is understanding yourself in a better way, and getting a sense of direction and purpose in life, while unravelling your true potential and fleeing from a depressive and stressed state of mind”; she says.

                                           90 year old Lucia and family

Myrtle Beaunoir-Charismatic And Resilient

The struggle for freedom from apartheid rule was a long-drawn one. In these clashes where lives were lost and sacrifices were made, women, too, played major roles. While many of these women have found a place in the pages of history, many have not been given credit for their contribution to the country’s freedom. Their efforts have gone largely unnoticed. Apartheid activist, late Myrtle Beaunoir is among these unsung heroines. We know all about the United Democratic Front (UDF) movement, and the discontent that spread among black South Africans, pushing them to take a stand for their country, and the national awakening that followed. Yet we know little about the people who made it possible. Battles such as this are not won by the few leading figures standing on pedestals, but by the scores who decided to put the cause above their well-being. Their stories are usually lost or hidden between the wrinkled pages of history. For some, they are even erased. The brave are among those fighters, whose stories of self-sacrifice have had very few listeners and even less physical records. Yet, the story of Myrtle Beaunoir’s bravery continues to inspire, even though only in hushed tones.

As described by her sister, Jean Beaunoir; Myrtle was always extremely convivial and often helpful and empathetic when she felt the need to do something for those around her. Beside this great sense of social awareness she was also passionate and tried to live life as worry free as possible. During her time in the struggle, she was always secretive. Besides being persuasive and a great organiser, she spoke her words with entanglement, while her behaviour, together with her way of social activity, became increasingly mysterious. Her participation in the struggle was an indication of how bold she could be when she had the right reason. That said, she was also passionate and charming. Jean recalls; back in 1985 in a pre-dawn raid, how calm Myrtle was during her arrest. Together with Keith Joseph, and Trevor Bonhomme, she was arrested under The Internal Security Act of 1982, and taken to an undisclosed detention centre. The Internal Security Act, 1982 (Act No. 74 of 1982) was an act of the Parliament of South Africa that consolidated and replaced various earlier pieces of security legislation, including the Suppression of Communism Act, 1950, parts of the Riotous Assemblies Act, 1956, the Unlawful Organizations Act, 1960 and the Terrorism Act, 1967. It gave the apartheid government broad powers to ban or restrict organisations, publications, people and public gatherings, and to detain people without trial. The Act was passed as a consequence of the recommendations of the Rabie Commission, which had enquired into the state of security legislation.

Although aspects of her conditions in custody were better than she had anticipated, she was impatient to have her trial settled and know her sentence so that she could adapt to the life that lay ahead. However, three weeks later, she was released. Myrtle also started the group called Citizens on Patrol, that consisted of a group of 10 women who patrolled the area around Wentworth High School and ensured that no children bunked school, or were late. She urged the community to get involved. “Take your stocking off your head, take off your pyjamas and get on the street and make sure your children are going to school,” she said to wild applause. Myrtle was known as a fiery orator, who wasn’t afraid of speaking her mind or courting controversy. She was also a candidate for ANC councillor of ward 68 in 2016. Jean Beaunoir, her sister, said; “She was daring, powerful and embraced her life to the full”. Through her charismatic and resilient stance, she defied all obstacles put up by a society that barred people from pursuing their dreams. With a sound knowledge of the history, and the challenges facing the time and society in which she lived, she was a woman far more advanced and progressive than her contemporaries. She used the power of the word to raise her voice against the challenges and had the vision for the emancipation of the youth of Wentworth from drugs and gangsterism.

Through her charismatic and resilient stance, she defied all obstacles put up by a society that barred people from pursuing their dreams. With a sound knowledge of the history, and the challenges facing the time and society in which she lived, she was a woman far more advanced and progressive than her contemporaries. She used the power of the word to raise her voice against the challenges and had the vision for the emancipation of the youth of Wentworth from drugs and gangsterism. On 5 October 2016, just two days after her birthday, she succumbed to her battle against diabetes, and left this world victoriously. 

  By: Lorraine Richards                                                                   

Article on career and achievements

Raised in the small town of Ladysmith located in northern Kwazulu-Natal, Mr Taswald Moodley has overcome many hurdles to be enrolled as a PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering at the University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN) Howard College campus. This is a short biographical piece which should inspire youngsters’ who want to pursue their dreams.

A small town boy with big dreams as it were, Taswald has always had a keen interest in the pursuit for academic excellence. A memory fondly shared is the prestigious UKZN Schools essay writing competition in which he placed first in, in 2004 at the tender age of 15. “I based the essay on my uncle who overcame the struggles of Apartheid to graduate as a medical doctor at the highly-rated Mandela School of Medicine in the 1970s” he adds. After winning such a competition, it would be easy to rest on one’s laurels but Taswald continued to persevere and was rewarded with another first place, this time in the Coca Cola ABI essay writing competition in 2005. He goes on to point out “My dad still enjoys the use of the cooler bag and other spoils from that victory – 15 years later- now that’s a quality prize!”

Having been ranked as the top matriculant in his district in 2006 with straight A symbols across the board, one would be justified assuming that Taswald would have pursued a career that involved creative writing after his essay writing exploits.

Much to the surprise of many- including his own parents- he decided to study Chemical Engineering. “After completing my matric, my parents expected me to accept the offer I received to study at the Mandela School of Medicine like my uncle, however I decided to follow my passion which is Maths and Physics and accepted the offer the offer from UKZN to study Engineering instead. I always encourage youngsters to go with what your gut tells you, as difficult as it may seem at the time.”

Studying engineering came with its challenges, least of which were the financial burdens. “I was not fortunate enough to receive a bursary so I relied on my mum Sherine, who is a school teacher and my dad Truter, a local factory worker.” They sacrificed so much and I owe everything to them.” The financial strain resulted in the need for Taswald to take out massive student loans in order to graduate with his Honours degree in 2010. “I was happy i graduated but i still did not have a job and knew that it was my duty to help out at home where i could”. Due to his excellent undergraduate results, Taswald subsequently accepted an opportunity to pursue a Masters degree(MSc) in Chemical Engineering with the financial support of a Johannesburg-based government research company called Mintek.

Having completed an MSc project based on Flotation in December 2012, Taswald subsequently accepted a position as a graduate engineer based in the Minerals Processing Dept at Mintek in Johannesburg. Steady progression through the ranks has resulted in promotion to the position of Chief Investigator specialising in Flotation, a position which he currently holds. Having worked on a variety of projects involving commodities such as platinum, gold, copper and rare earth minerals, he has vast experience in developing flowsheets to optimise ore grades and product recoveries. Apart from day-to-day work activities, Taswald has presented Flotation research at the 2014 MinProc conference in Cape Town. In 2017, he was granted sabbatical leave to undertake a full-time PhD study at UKZN in Durban, where he is currently based. He is currently a member of the Particle Technology Group headed by Prof Indresan Govender. One can view their research at https://ptg.ukzn.ac.za/.

A devoted Christian, Taswald says that if one doesn’t find him at his laptop burning the midnight oil, he is probably at his local church enjoying the sermon. He goes on to say, “I owe so much to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, without whom, I won’t be where I am today”.    By: Taswald Moodley

Quinton Nicholas’s Harvest For The Hungry

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity has increased globally. This is particularly true for households with young children.

In light of this, good Samaritan, Quinton Nicholas, together with his helper, Vincent Myeza have started a food garden project through which he seeks to ameliorate issues of food access and food security for people living in the Austerville area with low access to fresh produce. Within this initiative, he wishes to promote community gardens as vehicles to reclaim unused space, to produce fresh vegetables locally. He wishes to start a variety of community gardens to grow food for donation to feeding schemes as part of a programme to benefit socioeconomically disadvantaged people in the Austerville community. However, the ability for these gardens to evolve will require neighbourhood participants to provide the benefits attributed to community gardens.

Jennifer Meyer, a resident of Vasco Road, has allowed Quinton to use part of her property with the shared aim of starting a community garden to provide fresh vegetables, as well as contributing to a sense of community, and connection to the environment, and an opportunity for satisfying hunger as well as neighbourhood improvement.

Quinton has already begun digging a compost trench-bed, which is an inexpensive way of planting fresh vegetables. The local feeding schemes have supplied him with organic matter to fill the beds. This small trench-bed can be easily watered, and is easy to check for pests, diseases and weeds, while every part can be reached, without stepping on the bed.

Tyla Wheatley and Kevin Meek, have shown interest, and would also like to contribute to this public-spirited cause. Meek’s mother is the founder of ‘Therapy Gardens’.

Quinton said; “I’m inspired to establish vegetable gardens in the community:

To bring gardens back and encourage people in the community to learn to grow their own vegetables. Food security is a concern, the world population is over 8 billion people and earth resources are already struggling to sustain all of us. Therefore, we need to look at urban gardens/farming as a proactive measure to aid against food scarcity in the future. Growing your own vegetables would save on food costs and would be much healthier than commercially grown vegetables”

It is a fact that community gardens can be beneficial to the environment, and to the health and wellbeing of community members. The introduction of community gardens may reduce the impact of food scarcity in low-income areas, like Austerville, and allow residents greater access to nutritious food that is necessary to live a healthy life. We certainly applaud Quinton Nicholas for this benevolent initiative.

If anyone would like to contribute to this project, please call Quinton at; 0611806056                       By: Lorraine Richards

SPONSORSHIP WORLD MARTIAL ARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020: DEVANTE NERO

Good day everyone in the midst of the violence and negativity in the South Durban Basin township of Wentworth, a glimmer of light shines yet again with the talent of the youth in the area.

There is a new karate kid on the block and his name is Devante Nero. This young man stands head and shoulders among his peers with a talent demonstrated on a provincial and even on a country level. He has a host of achievements under his belt and has participated in a number of tournaments that has resulted in him been selected to represent our country at an International Tournament in Douglas in the Isle of Mann, United Kingdom from 6-8 October 2020.

The sport has been his inspiration to do better and the motivation to remain a disciplined and focused young man. Devante is among many children in the area who has grown up in a single parent household. His mother Tasmyn Nero encourages his love for the sport and his interest in competing. This young man was brought by three generations of strong woman and lives in the house with his mother, grandmother and great grandmother who is in eighties.

  • Devante’s talent can surely take him far, with the support of our generous community, who have rallied in support of many other youngsters. This karate kid is going to need R40 000 to realise his dream of taking his talent to an international level. Let us take this opportunity to make a difference in the life of our youth who are our future leaders. It takes a community to raise a child, so be the change you would like to see in our young people of the area, and support by contributing any donations, including
    ideas to raise funds, which will be of appreciation to make his dream become a reality.

Contact Tasmyn via Whatsapp: 084 494 4615                                                                          Cell: 071 383 3784

30 Ways Sport And Recreation Benefits People And Communities

  • Brings people together, providing opportunities for social interaction.

  • Empowers, inspires and motivates individuals.

  • Keeps kids away from the TV or computer screen!

  • Kids who participate learn better and are more likely to enjoy school.

  • Improves mental health.

  • Eases pressure on the health system.

  • Contributes to social capital.

  • Healthy workers are more productive and take less sick days.

  • Creates positive alternatives to youth offending, antisocial behaviour and crime.

  • Reduces pollution – promotes use of active modes of transport like walking and cycling.

  • Provides a vehicle for inclusion, drawing together people of different races, religions and cultures.
  • Creates opportunities for, and promotes, volunteering.

  • Contributes to higher levels of self-esteem and self-worth.

  • Helps to sustain the environment through protecting open space and natural areas.

  • Provides work/life balance.

  • Binds families and communities through shared experiences.

  • Helps shape our national character and pride.

  • Creates employment opportunities.

  • Promotes a healthy, active lifestyle.

  • Develops life skills and leadership abilities.

  • Provides a sense of belonging.

  • Fosters community pride.

  • Tones and strengthens the body.

  • Galvanises communities in times of need.

  • Economic growth through business investment, employment, major events and tourism.

  • Contributes to lifelong learning.

  • Great opportunities for networking.

  • Reduces obesity.

  • Can help to prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers.

  • Sport and recreation clubs are the hub of community life, especially in the regions.

Sports and recreational policies.2019. The value of sport and recreation. Western Australia: Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (adapted)*

Pastor Granver Essen’s Spiritual Feeding Scheme…

By: Lorraine Richards

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced religious congregations to stay at home after the doors have been closed to all churches, across the country. However, religious life has not stopped. Congregations are discovering new ways to meet virtually on online video platforms. In this time of great anxiety, leaders of all faiths have both an opportunity and responsibility to step up with words of comfort and compassion, drawing on the depths of their sacred traditions and Divine messages. Pastor Granver Essen has recognised this much needed spiritual sustenance, and decided to address it by starting his spiritual feeding scheme, every Sunday, from 10h00, to 12h00.

Chairs will be provided and social distancing protocols will also be adhered to. “I believe that God has called us at this time to preach the gospel of the kingdom, as we are living in trying times. One thing I can say about covid 19, it made the great in the earth look so weak, but that is exactly the place that the Lord wanted us to be in, so that God’s strength could come in through a people that would call upon Him. And that’s what we are doing right now as a church, reaching out to the community with the good news of the kingdom. Letting everyone know that Jesus Christ is still in the business of salvation, and that He is still the answer for a dying world today”; Pastor Essen stated.

The lasting effect of covid-19 on worshippers remains to be seen. Will people flock back to their places of worship when finally allowed to? Or will habits be broken and connections lost as people discover other ways to pray and nourish their spiritual lives outside of Sunday church? Perhaps the creativity that these new circumstances demand will lead to a wider range of expressions of worship, and fundamentally change the nature of churches in the 21st century. Whatever the future looks like, creative and new forms of care and worship are emerging. It is hard to imagine these won’t leave a lasting legacy on worshippers. We can rest assured that people like Pastor Granver Essen will be there to provide us with the necessary spiritual nourishment.

Miss July 2020, Esmeen Usher

Our Miss July is Esmeen Usher, political and social activist, and entrepreneur. She is the embodiment of Artemis, one of the fiercest, most widely respected Olympian goddesses. She was the goddess of the Moon, but was also known as the goddess of hunting, wilderness, childbirth, virginity, and as a protectress of young girls. In Greek mythology, Artemis was usually portrayed as a young maiden with a hunting bow and arrows. She was a virgin and afraid of men, that is why she used to live in the woods and only went for walks at night. Artemis was also very modest, shy and extremely emotional.

Esmeen possesses an innate sense of stability and this is what she craves most. She is very sensitive and imaginative and needs to be surrounded by people who can protect her and offer the right environment for her to grow, like the Queen Bee that she is. She tends to put on her emotional glasses when it comes to discovering the world she lives in and this offers her a unique vision of everything. She is sensible, tenacious and creative, she loves children, and is extremely protective of teenagers. She is surprisingly active and protective, and a great organiser.

Kind, calm, maternal, compassionate, dedicated, direct, yet nurturing at the same time, she is fiercely loyal and protective of her home and family. She abhors injustice in any form, so anyone who messes with the people that she loves and respects will certainly feel her wrath.

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