The Final Bits of SA – Kliptown, Soweto

Posted on May 15, 2013 in Bing, South Africa

I wouldn’t have been able to say a proper good bye to South Africa without seeing the children in Kliptown, Soweto for one last time. This township (squatter settlement) was one of the first places I had visited when we arrived in Johannesburg more than 2 years ago. The kids had rooted themselves deep into my heart and it felt right to spend a good morning with them in our final weeks here.  Photo credit: Chris Chia If there’s one thing that has been consistent in South Africa, it’s change. Or rather, progression. And it’s glaringly so in Kliptown. More than two years ago, the Kliptown Youth Programme Centre was a humble set up of 2 old buildings with lots of unpaved land as the playground for 400 children who depended on this centre for after-school care and for...

Our Time in Kliptown on Help Portrait Day

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 in Bing, Help Portrait, South Africa

Last weekend was the actual Help Portrait Day. While the volunteers in South Africa pretty much shoot all year round (because we have the opportunity and capacity to), the rest of the world mostly shoots on one appointed day in December. And for many countries this year, it was December 8. The hubby and I found ourselves in Kliptown on December 8. It was weird. And it must be fate. That we would end up chilling out at one of our favourite places in Johannesburg on Help Portrait Day. The sun was blazing hot and it was way too early on a Saturday morning to be perky, but we were. Very energised actually. I shouldn’t have felt surprised. Because that’s how it always works for me. I wake up at an ungodly hour. You’ll hear me mumble a string...

We Danced The Gumboot Dance

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 in Bing, Friends, South Africa

When my friends from Singapore were visiting me in Johannesburg, I took them to visit one of my favourite places in South Africa – Kliptown. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in this township (squatter settlement) and have a lot of affection for the youths in the Kliptown Youth Programme (KYP). I couldn’t wait for my friends to meet this wonderful bunch of young people. These days, many of the kids recognise me. Few Asians step into Kliptown on a regular basis, and I think the kids have finally gotten used to seeing me walk about with my camera in their territory. Although many of them would shyly come and sit next to me or huddle up to me for a Sharp! thumb bump, they get completely confused when I camwhore with them. LOL! The boys performed their...

Kliptown Youth Programme at The Flyover Show

Posted on Apr 02, 2012 in Bing, South Africa

A few days ago, I had shared that the kids from the Kliptown Youth Programme (KYP) were going to perform at the Flyover Show. So the big day arrived last Saturday, and a bunch of friends and us went down early to Freedom Square to give the kids and the show our support. The stage was huge and gorgeous! It was obviously a costly set up. In addition to the huge stage, we could hear an impressive sound system, and see strong security control and a nice long row of mobile toilets. It was a really posh outdoor concert set up! Here’s little Thando and I, admiring the stage. Tomo stayed indoors that morning. He doesn’t like the sun and it was the hottest day ever. Thando is South African, so he didn’t mind the heat. =) Unfortunately for...

The Flyover Show In Johannesburg

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 in Bing, South Africa

I wasn’t familiar with The Flyover Show and didn’t really give it much thought when I read about it and saw the posters online. But then the Kliptown Youth Programme (KYP) posted on their Facebook that they were going to perform their gumboot dance at the show, and I perked up. Everyone knows I adore the kids at the KYP and we’ve done lots for and with them last year. I would not miss a chance to see their gumboot dance again. Which, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, is just the most amazing performance one can ever see in their life. I was invited to a pre-show workshop to watch the key performers of The Flyover Show interact with the KYP kids. Their performances blew my mind away. It was spectacular. I sat on the...

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