Assumptions we make

I (Diane) had such an eye opening experience recently.  It gave me food for thought and led me to put pen to paper and write this blog. I was part of a day’s training on financial literacy for crafters from communities around Durban and Howick. The ladies and gentlemen in the room make a living by creating and selling handmade products.   I had a brief chance to chat to one of the Gogos who I know has learnt to crochet.  She is a quiet, gentle soul, shy of strangers. We had finished the co...
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Literacy blog September 2017

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ― W.B. Yeats So often lifelong learning involves a change of mind set or looking at something from a different perspective or a gaining of new knowledge. This may be incidental or deliberate learning through courses, reading, our experiences or even a chance conversation. Soul Action has been working alongside crèches in Mariannridge during 2017 around the topic of developing phonological awareness skills. The final worksh...
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Blogs, a treasure chest of information

Where do we find information to grow and develop our craft businesses?   Books, coaches, networks …. and of course the internet! If you are reading this you probably already know what a blog is, but just in case you don’t here is a definition: a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group that is written in an informal or conversational style. Business blogs are generally written by people who work in the business sector.  They share their knowle...
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Philanthropy in South Africa

Dominant narratives of philanthropy often portray Africans as mere recipients of aid, usually from well endowed, Western almoners - the West distributing charity to impecunious Africans.  Do you agree? Recently I attended the book launch for ‘Philanthropy in South Africa, Horizontality, Ubuntu and Social Justice’ by Shauna Mottiar and Mvu Ngcoya. The contributors to this volume turn this argument on its head and ask: what about the beneficent spirit of multitudes of Africans whose acts of gene...
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