Feature Project

Voortrekker High School

Voortrekker High School was founded in 1934, as an ALL WHITE Afrikaans medium school, whose aim was to entrench the divisions of Apartheid.

Today Voortrekker High is a school that is inclusive of all South Africans. Its aims are to find innovative ways in which it we can overcome the inequalities of the past so as to create a rich, diverse society that is well equipped to deal with the challenges of the 21 Century.

This will be achieved by

  • Empowering its Educators and students
  • Including the parents of present day students as well as reaching out to past students.

We acknowledge that the past still continue to deeply affect us all, and it is our belief that It is only by us embracing ALL aspects of our past that we can create a united future.

For some Voortrekkers is a name of White pride, while for others it is a symbol of oppression.

For us, the school’s challenge is how do they unite their community so that their students can be the NEW pioneers of an inclusive, prosperous and united South Africa.

Let us help unite your school, your children and your community as we show you new ways of communication and relationships.

We would love to run this program in school’s in the poorer areas of South Africa. This program costs money please donate.

DonateGet us in your school

Sponsor a Cup Of Tea

We would love to listen to the heart’s of South Africans no matter where they are within our beautiful country.

This all costs money, our costs include flights, accommodation ,car hire and film production costs so we need your donations to enable us to capture stories from the 4 corners of South Africa.

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Passion Project

Gender - Brian's Passion Project

South Africa has one of the highest Gender Based Violence rates in the world. I am not sure about you, but when i feel criticised I contract and withdraw. When this happens I too feel unsafe which results in me suppressing my emotions, even further.

How can we have this most important gender conversation in a different way, in a way in which neither male or female feels blamed, shamed or guilty. It is from my experience that when we are able to create this environment, we shift worlds, in which not only are we able to get a greater understanding of ourselves but also of the other.
I understand that most men have greater physical and economic power than woman*. But contrary to popular belief this does not mean that we as men are empowered. For unless we are able to learn how express our emotions safely, we will remain enslaved to our reactive sides of anger, excess practicality etc.

Your donation will go help fund Dialogue Initiators around the country who will be well trained in showing both men and woman how they can communicate their emotions in a safe way.

Long Term Projects - Documentary Series

My Other Unofficial Mother

For most white South Africans age 40 and above we all had long term domestic workers that worked in our parents homes. For most black South Africans, their mother, grand-mother or close relative is or has been a domestic. What are the memories and untold stories of bonds and dysfunctionalities from all sides that are well known, and also less shared.

Help fund production of this film.

Long Term Projects - Documentary Series

Aphiwe’s Journey

Like so many South Africans Aphiwe grew up in poverty in the “former homelands”, he was the oldest of 6 children, with an absent father who was always in the city working. In his own words “I never passed a Grade in my life. I went through school telling lies to teachers. I would make up a sad story just to be allowed to the next class it appeared I was good at these stories through deception I went up to grade nine which is where my academic life ended.”

In poverty, without and education, unable to speak English, the only real skill he could develop was that in the lucrative “crime business.” As a child years he was part of the gang “26” and was brought many times before community judges for his “small” misdemeanours. The community judges hoped that with each reprimand- that Aphiwe would become a better human being however, the reality was quite the opposite – from each of these experiences he only became worse and more defiant. He let his rural village to go to the big city, where he “graduated” and became a master of stealing cables, house breaking drug abuse. As an established criminal with a criminal record, his philosophy was – “steal do it big” – with his favourite quote being “get Rich or die tryin” by 50 cent.

Committing a brash daylight robbery at a local butchery, in George, changed his life. He was caught, and with the possibility of facing a long term jail sentence, he realised that maybe crime is not such a great idea, and so his transformation began.

Join Aphiwe in his story as he revisits so many of his childhood and adult memories, and as he talks bluntly about poverty, his dis-empowerment, his wrestle with tradition and his struggle to become a man, in his own right, even although he has had no formal education.

German Projects

A Conversation Initiative Project from Germany

For most South Africans the struggle of Apartheid is a lot more relevant than that of the 2nd World War. And so the this project might feel a bit distant to you. I am sure that you have all heard, in some form or another about the horrors of the holocaust and the murder of the 6 million Jews… Join the Conversation Initiative in our journey to go beyond the Victim and the Perpetrator.

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