Category Archives : 1000.South Africa

DAPHNE JANSEN (South Africa)

“Domestic violence happens all the time. It is not predictable when it is going to take place. Peaceful homes and peaceful communities is what we wish for, and for it to happen we must work hard.” Daphne Jansen is a project coordinator for the Network on Violence Against Women in Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town. Born […]


“My disabled child became a blessing to me to learn about disability and about other things like HIV/Aids and children’s rights.” Busisiwe Hlomuka (1965-2005) was born in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. She fled from her home with her disabled child because her family and neighbours did not accept the child. Two years after she fled, […]


“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is praiseworthy, think about such things.” Phillippians 4:8. Nikiwe Nyamakazi (47) is a strong religious woman, who is raising her two children on her own. She is a member of the local Methodist Church. Nikiwe […]


“Children are the custodians of our culture and way of life. This helps to instill pride of self and culture.” Regina Makunga was born in 1950. She grew up within the rural villages of Transkei. She loves children and has dedicated herself to nurturing and caring for them. Although she attained only primary level of […]

ROLENE MILLER (South Africa)

“Women are the first agents of change; the first teachers because they are the bearers and nurturers of culture. If change has to happen, it must start with women.” Rolene Miller, born in 1938, is a qualified social worker from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. For five years, she worked as a teacher […]


“Women’s empowerment is the key to social change. Women have to learn skills and must have knowledge that they can impart to their children.” Mam’u Mirriam Malala was born in 1936 in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Mam’u Malala founded the Zanoxolo Junior Secondary School in 1978 in Sinyonwani. It catered for children who had […]


“If rural women can build their self-confidence and learn coping mechanisms, they can become self-reliant and independent instead of depending on their male partners. Rural life would be manageable.” Nosandla Malindi was born in 1960. She has diplomas in business counseling and democratic development. Nosandla is trainer and coordinator of Development Education Leadership Teams in […]


“In the name of maintaining law and order, South African Police have used autocratic methods in dealing with criminals. These methods often fail them and the communities they are serving.” Adelle Potgieter (35) graduated from the University of Port Elizabeth in 1991 with a BA degree, majoring in political science and public administration. Born into […]