Where to from here? - January 2014
As the year clicked over from 2013 to 2014, South Africans might well ask the question – Where to from here?
The envisioned future is what we aspire to become, to achieve, to create – something that will require significant change and progress to attain.
The past month provided time to reflect on the life of Madiba and our progress as a nation during his lifetime. Whilst the world mourned, it also celebrated the way in which he spread his magic and influence on those around him. We need to simultaneously acknowledge the other many great men and women who in turn had an influence on Madiba's life and our country. South Africa is proud to have 4 Nobel Peace Prize winners: Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela said the following:
"I am what I am both as a result of people that respected me and helped me and of those who did not respect me and treated me badly"
During the holidays I was thrilled to re-discover a book, Walter and Albertina Sisulu – In Our Lifetime
, which had been mislaid. Written by Elinor Sisulu, In Our Lifetime
is the unforgettable biography of the life of Walter and Albertina Sisulu and a vivid history of the liberation struggle. It gives thought-provoking insights into men and women of every colour who with exceptional courage and commitment fought uncompromisingly for a future which would see the liberation of our country and the emancipation of all our people.
In the memory of Mandela and all those who committed their lives to a peaceful South Africa, we salute today’s citizens who are continuing to influence the future by crusading for human rights - people who are actively engaging with a can-do attitude and rolling up their sleeves to make a positive difference in society.
It is people such as these, the Change Makers that inspire hope for the future. People who are profiled on the Together SA site -
AID My Journey
Kingdom Christian College
One such Change Maker is Trish Beaver, a top journalist with 22 years’ experience. She is giving up a full time job with a leading newspaper to write inspiring stories – stories of ordinary people who are creating change in the lives of others. If you would like to assist in giving the Change Makers the recognition they deserve, your smallest contribution to these stories will go a long way. To donate please contact
Di Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org
or Awesome SA’s Pietermaritzburg Office No: (+27 33 3472247)
We wish you an inspired 2014.
Di Smith - on behalf of the Awesome SA team
This article is dedicated to the thousands of people who are stepping up to the mark and actively participating in activities which are improving the lives of others.
South Africans Positively Influencing the Future.