What a year - Dec 2011
Thank you to all fellow Awesome South Africans
“The great powers of the world may have done wonders in giving the world an industrial and military look, but the great gift still has to come from Africa – giving the world a more human face” The words of Steve Biko in 1971.
What an eventful and wonderful year it has been for Awesome SA. Looking back at the people we have met over the past year makes one realise that we do have strong leaders in our country.
We met the outspoken and controversial Jonathan Jansen at the literary festival in May. His latest article on the Times Live website is a testament to his incredible leadership.
The environmental campaigner, Lewis Pugh attended the You’re Awesome book launch and has provided input into the proposal to mine our wild coast.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who wrote the forward for our book called You’re Awesome, kept us laughing with his wonderful sense of humour at the Cape Town book launch. We would like to say thank you to the Archbishop for leading the Table Mountain campaign. We won!!Table Mountain is one of Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
As the year comes to an end Awesome SA would like to thank you for your support.
Thank you to the 100 000 people who received our newsletters and attended our presentations and talks this year.
Thank you to those who assisted us in collecting thousands of books for Gcina Mhlophe to distribute to schools for her Nozincwadi project.
Thank you to the hundreds of people around the country who attended the You’re Awesome book launch, including those who stood on the pavement when they could not fit into the Book Lounge venue.
Thank you to the 28000 people who have made the Awesome South Africabook a best seller. Because of you the book was shortlisted for this year’s Book Sellers’ Choice Award.
Finally Awesome SA would like to encourage you to support the drive to make Christmas meaningful and local. So many people have forwarded the email to us and we encourage you to continue spreading the message.
Thank you South Africa.
Regards from the Awesome SA Team
Sustaining the Wild Coast
Industrial development is in the pipeline. There is a proposal to mine titanium on this stretch of coast. Although a toll road through the Wild Coast and the mining are ostensibly two separate ventures, there are obvious links between the two. It won’t be possible to exploit the mineral deposits effectively without good road access, and while government denies that it wants the road in order to facilitate the mining, the coincidence is more than curious. Read more.
You’re Awesome, Living A Fulfilled Life
Looking for a meaningful and life changing gift? Written by Di Smith, photography by Terrence (Mzi) Mtola and foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.You’re Awesome, living a fulfilled lifeis visually and textually, one of the highest-quality products that South Africa has produced in Youre Awsome Cover Mar 2011a-2 Final Coverrecent times.
Do we want to see change? Is it possible that the missing link isn’t a change in government, or commerce, or sports coaches – in ‘them’ and their behaviour – but a change in you and me and the way we live our lives?
Glen Lewington from SAFM had this to say about the book –
“The title You’re Awesome - that is basically the feeling you get when you close the book. You do feel like you can change the world.”
Awesome South Africa
Looking for a fun and inspiring gift which will bring laughter to the receiver then Awesome South Africa will be sure to leave a lasting memory.
The book is filled with fun, facts and trivia and captures the heart and souls of the nation. South Africans have a tremendous sense of humour and this is the reason the book is proving to be so popular and has sold over 28 000 copies to date.
Described by Mike Wills on Cape Talk Radio as“a terrific publication that’s quirky and offbeat with both positive fun and serious stuff which is not just cheer and a lot of upbeat stuff but also has a lot of realism”.
Both books are available in bookstores countrywide or Order on-line on the Awesome SA website.
South Africans Positively Influencing the Future.