Strikes, Spookytown, and a traumatic exit from feudalism

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In the Western Cape, scenic is an understatement: lush vineyards festooned with bougainvillea at the feet of colossal bare rock escarpments; dinky, opulent colonial towns – all church spires and verandahs and 4×4s. Perfectly asphalted roads, the infrastructure of modern ag – sprinklers, trucks, tourism (wine tasting, restaurants), a vision of plenty. But where are […]

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Nokuthula with some of her pupils. Photo: Matthew Willman/OxfamAUS

Keeping them safe: Nokuthula’s story

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In our latest blog post about keeping South Africa’s most vulnerable children safe, the irrepressible Nokuthula talks about running her creche with “power, passion and love”.

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Some of the children at Teresa's creche. Photo: matthew Willman/OxfamAUS

Keeping them safe: Teresa’s story

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This week, we meet Teresa, one of the refugee women that RSS has helped to set up a home-based childcare centre. Here, Teresa talks about the challenges and satisfaction of keeping vulnerable children safe.

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Folders of interviewees at the RSS office, South Africa. Photo: Matthew Willman/OxfamAUS

Keeping them safe: building a community

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In part 2 of her interview, Yasmin tells us more about RSS’s work with refugee women, supporting them as they rebuild their confidence and find a place in their new communities.

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Kids absorbed in their colouring-in class at a home-based childcare centre, Durban. Photo: Gcina Ndwalane/OxfamAUS

Keeping them safe: how home crèches help

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So where did this genius idea to train refugee women in South Africa to run their own home-based creches come about? Oxfam partner Refugee Social Services. In this blog post, their director tells the story.

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Women from South African organisation 'Women on Farms' meet with GROW ambassador Julie Goodwin. Photo: Michael Myers/OxfamAUS

Challenging the hunger myths around NSW

Our South African guests, Colette, Roseline and Gertruida, continue their Australian speaking tour in Sydney, where they meet local food producers and chefs, while spreading the word about tackling hunger the sustainable way.

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With ABC’s 774 Drive Show host Rafael Epstein. Photo: OxfamAUS

Challenging the hunger myths around Victoria

Currently in Australia are three women from Oxfam partner organisation ‘Women on Farms Project’, based in South Africa. The women, Colette, Roseline and Gertruida, are here for two weeks to speak at a series of public events. Here are some highlights of their first week.

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L-R: Roseline Presence, Gertruida Baartman and Collette Solomon from the Women on Farms project. Photo: Michael Myers/OxfamAUS

Meet our South African guests in Western Australia

Join Oxfam on Thursday 14 June for the GROW Africa Night. Hear the stories from two exceptional women from the ‘Women on Farms Project’, South Africa.

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Mother and daughter stoke climate change action in WA

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By sheer coincidence, a mother and daughter from the Western Australian town of Nannup have both organised ‘Land is Life’ exhibitions to raise awareness of the effects of climate change.

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World Water Day — 22 March 2012

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World Water Day (22 March) was established by the UN to raise public awareness about safe water. This year, its focus is the relationship between water and food security – a topic Oxfam Australia just happens to know a thing or two about…

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Photo: Sarah Crozier/OxfamAUS

Community care workers in South Africa have their say

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Oxfam partner Woza Moya provides care and support to people affected by HIV and AIDS in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. In these videos, their community care workers talk about their work.

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World AIDS Day 2011: glimmers of hope

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Today, across the world, 4,900 people will die because they have AIDS. Another 7,100 will be infected with HIV. That’s 12,000 people directly affected in one day – not including the families and community members who are also affected when a person they know contracts HIV. A staggering three-quarters of those deaths and two-thirds of […]

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Keep the dream

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In South Africa over 1.5 million children are orphaned as a result of HIV. Keep the Dream 196, is a community-based child protection organisation that uses mentoring programs to provide better care for orphans and vulnerable children. He went from failing school to getting a bursary to do computer programming so he’s changed his life. […]

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Photo: Cedric Nunn/OxfamAUS

Reading, writing and HIV

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For Thandekile Chonco, the literacy class she attends in Qomokuphila village, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is not just about learning how to read and write. By attending the classes four times a week, she can now sign her name instead of using a thumbprint; she can count out money to avoid getting ‘robbed’ of correct […]

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A fragile existence

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A seven-year drought is forcing poor families in KwaNibela, South Africa, to take desperate measures to get water to drink. For the families who live in KwaNibela, a remote part of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, water has become a precious commodity. The once lush green landscape is now bone-dry. Streams have dried up, trees are a […]

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