My name is Jan Eirik Breen. In the summer of 1981 I started building my sailboat, Leviata, at Riis Farm in Nordby of the Ås municipality, Norway. My dream certainly wasn’t to sail far, but to build a boat for my family.
The demanding road to a fairer distribution of South Africa’s resources.
South Africa is at the top of the world index that ranks the difference between rich and poor within a country. There are many historic reasons for this.
In 1913 came the law that gave the Europeans the right to 91% of the country’s area. In 1936 this law was adjusted so that the black population got the right to 13% of the area.
During the Apartheid time (1945-94) 10 Bantustans or «Homelands» where established in South Africa. Some also called them «black spots». See the map below, taken from Tore Linne Eriksen’s newly published, and good, book about South Africa’s history.
Several of these 10 Bantustans were not geographically connected. In IMPANDE we work in Transkei, the largest of the Bantustans.
Meaningful projects are being established in the aftermath of grief and bereavement connected to the loss of family members
The Løvlie family have built Hanne’s Shelter – a centre for women exposed to violence in the Ugu District in Natal in South Africa. The centre has been built in memory of their daughter Hanne, who was killed outside the government building in Oslo. It is a realization of Hanne’s engagement for this group of women and this area. The centre was opened in April this year and you can see a picture below.
I: Building crèches at the grassroots level in earlier Bantu area
As little as 13% of South Africa’s geographical areas were designated for the black population during the apartheid time. These areas, “Bantustans” were characterized by great increase in population, erosion, lack of water, too little grazing area, epidemics and social disintegration. Even today the areas have these characteristics. These Bantustans were given their own administration and attempts were made to create a specific national consciousness within them. The idea was that the black Africans in time should lose their South African citizenship and only be able to claim rights within their Bantustan.
Tone Pahlke, who has been responsible for IMPANDE’s economy over the past 8-9 years, died last week after a short period of illness. Tone was a central and strong contributor in the work towards giving children and young people from poor background in KwaZulu Natal Tone Pahlkebetter living conditions. This was an engagement that was very close to her heart. She contributed with countless hours of unpaid work as our economic leader. In addition, she obtained economic support that has contributed to the structuring and implementation of the 23 projects IMPANDE has accomplished. In this work her multicultural understanding, competence in languages, and ability to find operative solutions was unmatched. She has also transferred her accounting competence to African workers in the projects.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day (#IWD2016) is Pledge for Parity (#PledgeForParity) – the urgent call to action to accelerate gender pay. The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take [...]