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They are the HEROES OF DAILY LIFE. They are the people who create, innovate and improve their life and their stories deserve to be told. This is a place for only good and positive stories of humanity, that will send out a message of courage, endurance and strength to the world through their pictures and words.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Siyanda's Dream

We have been silent over the last few weeks because we are in the final phase of the editing process for the E-book version of " The Mdantsane Way " which is scheduled to be published at the end of October 2011. This has proven to be a task much more labourious than ever anticipated in our wildest dreams or nightmares. But there are some good and exciting news to tell. 
We are proud to introduce Siyanda Nkoyeni as our first guest blogger. Siyanda, born and bred in Mdantsane, saw an article about our book that has been published in our local newspaper " The Daily Dispatch" - thank you Daily Dispatch ! - and approached us with the proposition to contribute to the future online-magazine for Mdantsane that we are in the process of creating as well.


Siyanda has more than one story to tell. In 2010 he started a community newspaper with a friend in Mdantsane called the MDASB CONNEXION. Both men ran and funded the newspaper out of there own pockets and without assistance from any governmental institutions. The MDASB CONNEXION was well received by the Mdantsanians.
Community newpapers are not only a very important and sometimes the only source of education for people who live in underdeveloped areas with a lot of infrastructural problems but they are the people themselves. But even though the efforts of both men have done Mdantsane proud the CONNEXION died due to a lack of funds.When looking at the edition of April 2010 which Siyanda has kept as a memory (a memory not to forget his dream) it can only be said it was professionally printed and the standard can absolutely be compared to that of many other community newspapers.

Siyanda still has his dream which is to run a newspaper in Mdantsane for Mdantsane. And we are happy that he took the decision to contact us. That is what we wanted and what we were looking for.

Welcome Siyanda, we are looking forward to your stories and to your contribution. We also like the picture. 

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