Monthly Archives: July 2014


She helps with homework: It became a business

There’s a lady in my community who goes out of her way to help where she can and make a difference.

If people are struggling to get school uniform, other items of clothing, or even food – you can go to her for help. She’s opened a training program for Grade 12 learners who struggle to understand and do their homework. She even gives advice to them about how to go about doing their tertiary studies after they’ve passed Matric. Mrs Mashego offers free computer literacy classes.

I admire her a lot for all the hard work she puts into improving the lives of the people around her. We live in the “rurals” so we don’t have much access to computers and those sorts of resources. But thanks to her we now have some insight as to how to operate them and use them to our benefit as we do research for school and search for jobs.

I’m in Grade 12 now and I really want to be like her when I grow up. I want to have a positive impact on my community too. I plan to study Social Work after I Matriculate.

She was the first person in our village to go to university and I plan to be the next. It’s really amazing that when people rise – they take others along on the journey with them.

It’s thanks to her that I’ve realized the importance of education and how it really can open doors. Things would be so much better in my community and in the country at large, if more people were like her.
Is there a Mrs Mashego in your community who inspires you to dream and want a better life for yourself? (AARON TRIDDER MOTHOTOANA)Blog spot . reader Adelaide is motivated by this role model. Are role models plenty in your area or are they few and far between?



Are dreams meant to be real? Or are they just fake? And why do we dream? Do we dream of better situations we hoped they had occurred in our past life? Do we dream about anything too spectacular? Do we even just dream?

Dreams are mixtures, composed by different chemicals. No one can modify that mixture and if someone actually does that, well, then dreams won’t be the same for a while.

I could tell you tales about passionate couples or bewitched witches who lived alone for 300 hundred years. As this is supposed to be not a regular story, but a made up story about dreams and how to catch them.

There aren’t any precise tools or instruments. There aren’t people specialized in catching dreams.In fact,everyone can catch a dream while they sleep,as that every time you go to bed,you dream.

There are this extremely awkward instruments called dream-catchers. You stick them to the wall and they “catch” dreams. Just something made up. Because even that you think you didn’t dream of anything last night,you always dream. Sometimes you just don’t remember what your dream was like.

I used to have dreams about witches and princesses. Now I dream of things of my own age: problems I’m dealing with, trips, friendship or even my school crush… When we’re younger, dreams are even dreamier than on my age.

If after this story you feel bored, go to your bedroom and sleep a bit. Who knows what kind of dream you might have? (Lool)



Community – I love my home: It’s the best!

I grew up in a small village called MOshate GA-mamabolo in Limpopo. It’s not the kind of place you would notice on a map – it’s so small I wouldn’t be surprised if some maps didn’t even mention it.

But my home has one thing going for it that can’t be argued; it’s beautiful there. Perhaps the most beautiful place in the world.

Growing up my parents were unemployed and poverty was a reality for a lot of people. Unemployment was more the rule than the exception. We depended on the ocean for fish to eat and sell, the mountains and forest offered up animals to be hunted, and we grew crops on the fertile land.

I didn’t have all the toys that I wanted, I didn’t go on overseas holidays with my family, but I had an amazing childhood.

It was when I turned 18 that I went to live in a big city. And as much as I’ve adapted the truth is, there’s still no place like home. I value my visits – the space to go home for the holidays, relax and detox from city life where the air is clean and the stars are brighter.

I wouldn’t have my roots anywhere else.

Do you feel as passionately about your hood as AARON TRIDDER MOTHOTOANA’s article? Tell us why you think so by sharing the highlights about where you come from.


Want to get closer?

Want to keep your marriage happy? Apparently sleeping naked is the way to do it. A poll conducted in Britain found that people who sleep in the nude were happier than their counterparts who go to bed fully clothed.

1004 people took part. 57% of those went to bed naked claimed that they were happier in their relationships. This was compared to the 48% who slept in PJs, the 43% who wore nighties, and the 38% who wore onesies.

40% of the people in Britain say they sleep naked. And almost one in every two of them are interestingly over 55. Meaning the spark doesn’t necessarily lessen with age.

Has your level of undress affect your sense of contentment in your relationship? Do you find that when you’re angry with your partner you’ll cover up but when you’re happy you’re leave little to the imagination?

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