For this year’s Mandela Day and the Trading Live Mandela Week organised by Rhodes University Community Engagement, the awarenet team offered their services for a IsiXhosa lesson. With Mcvay as a native speaker and Kjetil being fluent, we decided to take up the challenge and teach the guys from the Department of Human Kinetics and Read more about Namkelekile![…]


This week was #‎GivingTuesday‬ and we wanted to give thanks. We are grateful for all that we have achieved over the years and wanted to give back to the community. #GivingTuesday is a global movement that kicks off the charitable season and unites the world for good. Anyone, anywhere, can make a difference. We decided to celebrate generosity and Read more about #GivingTuesday[…]

Listen Up!

On the 9th of November, we were invited for an interview at Rhodes Music Radio to talk about the Village Scribe Association, the awarenet programme and the work we do at the Joza Township here in Grahamstown. We had lots of fun and are grateful for the opportunity to talk about our current projects on air. Read more about Listen Up![…]

awarenet Madiba Project 2015

Due to Nelson Mandela’s death in December, our last project of the academical year is always Mandela related. In remembrance of him and the beautiful batik silk shirts he used to wear, we are designing our own Madiba shirts with our learners. We started the project with some introductory sessions on who originally designed the Read more about awarenet Madiba Project 2015[…]

VSA takes part in Trading Live for Mandela-Day

by Rieke and Antje   From the 18th to the 25th of July the event “Trading Live for Mandela Day” took place all over Grahamstown. The basic idea for Trading Live is that all Rhodes staff, students and community organizations donate 67 minutes of their time to build new relationships in the community. All members of the community could Read more about VSA takes part in Trading Live for Mandela-Day[…]

Thank you, Nelson Mandela, for showing us the way!

As a white person growing up under apartheid, the name of Mandela was the dark face of armed uprising and rebellion. And just as Nelson freed his people, so too his name freed me. I was lucky enough to have several teachers who opened my eyes to the ANC struggle, to the lies of apartheid Read more about Thank you, Nelson Mandela, for showing us the way![…]