Impact Stories

Mark Johnston

Position: NSF Programme Manager Mark worked as a journalist from 2000 to 2011, before heading overseas to study in New Zealand. After completing a degree in economics and politics, he worked for the New Zealand government’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, but decided to return to South Africa in 2016. Mark is passionate about […]



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Niki

Niki Alexander

Niki Alexander Position: Programme Coordinator Academic Qualification: Bachelor in Business Administration and Entrepreneurial Leadership, TSiBA (2011) Other Qualification(s): First Aid Level 1 Field Study Program in Social Entrepreneurship Number of years with Educo Africa: 7 years Niki is passionate about gender work, education and human development. She is deeply driven by the power and potential […]



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Change starts with you

I always wanted to make a change, but I did not believe in myself and my ability. So, I would always complain about how things were not going the way they are supposed to be. Instead of trying to change the situation in my community, I would post a complaint on Facebook. However, things started […]



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Inspired by a pair of shoes

He is a tall man, young…younger than he looks. Deeply Xhosa, proudly so. A man who grew up amongst the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape. His name is Dumisa. He came with us to the mountains in April, hiked in the mountains, shared his story. We have watched and shared in Dumisa’s story since that Mountain Time.



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Dynamite

Thembinkosi is not a physically big man. You would never know this when you spend time with him as he stamps through the community of Mfuleni, seeming to bring radical change with each breath. Vigour and passion exude creating a massive personality of a young man committed to bringing positive change.



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cloak of mandela

Who wears the cloak of Mandela

Go to the mountains and the mountains will offer you a reflection of who you are.



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Slowly and with Digidy 2012

Slowly and with Digidy

It has been quite a day; many hours have been spent rock climbing and abseiling.



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mother

Mother

I have a photograph on my screensaver, it is of Jacqueline and our two children, taken somewhere in the Cedarberg. She looks beautiful as mother, our children younger than they are now.



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Joannes story

Jo-Annes story

Jo-Anne* had been raped when she was four, then again when she was nine.



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Its a kak story

It was a k** storie

On all our programmes we practice a “leave no trace” ethic. Essentially what goes in leaves with you. For young people from city environments this oftentimes creates a degree of shock and disbelief.



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I hate foreigners

I hate foreigners

“My brother was lying in his own blood – holes in his body – dead.”



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sisonke

I will become the father

It is a Tsiba course. There is a man hiking alongside of me. Late evening, we are not yet an hour from Base-camp. He is wearing a superb hat. Old leather, crazy angles, absolute style.



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backpacking

Backpack

There I was sitting on a bluegum stump outside of a building on De Hoop Nature Reserve. My boss approached me, “this is for you.” He said, passing me an indiscriminate package.



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