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Paying tribute to our ‘greatest treasure’

Paying tribute to our ‘greatest treasure’

One of Nelson Mandela’s most pertinent quotes was: “Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation.” “This year’s Child Protection Week was supported by many events throughout the country, the main theme of the events was to highlight… READ MORE…

Fires flare and set sensitive areas ablaze

Fires flare and set sensitive areas ablaze

Around midnight, fire broke out in the Kwa Mai Mai informal settlement in downtown Johannesburg on Sunday, June 12, killing one person and leaving many injured, and hundreds of residents homeless. The cause of the blaze is unclear. Within hours more than 400 shacks were burnt to the ground. Victims watched helplessly as the fire… READ MORE…

Love comes in warm knits

Love comes in warm knits

Exquisite hand-knitted jerseys and beanies presented to the Ethembeni Children’s Home, were so special one felt they could have been inspired by top fashion couturiers.  They were lovingly made by the ‘knitting’ ladies at Riverside Manor Retirement Estate and the Bryanston Sports Club Bowls Section, says Major Bongi Zulu administrator at Ethembeni. This has been… READ MORE…

Bikers bring truckloads of blessings to Mission

Bikers bring truckloads of blessings to Mission

It’s Sunday morning and there’s an excited buzz at the Krugersdorp Family Mission Centre, as the residents and staff lay out tables and chairs in the garden and staff in the kitchen are hard at work preparing hot dogs and bacon and egg rolls.  Then, suddenly all you can hear is the revs from 150… READ MORE…

Vicious floods destroy much of KZN

Vicious floods destroy much of KZN

In April and May this year, deep in the night, the heavens opened up and unleashed the most vicious storms in KwaZulu-Natal, storms that not only ravished homes, washed away infrastructure, and worst of all took lives. Awakening to this massively destructive noise made the shock of the event even more devastating. Rushing floodwaters not… READ MORE…

A father-figure in spirit

A father-figure in spirit

Last year Lindiwe Ngcobo* matriculated with three distinctions, thrilling “Daddy” Owen, formally known as Lt. Owen Mutize. After quite a short time at Carl Sithole he endeared himself so much to the kids, so desperate for a family, that they started referring to him as Daddy. This is how “our children” think of Salvation Army… READ MORE…

The art of handling success

The art of handling success

Elizabeth* came to Joseph Baynes Children’s home in Pietermaritzburg as an orphan of just two years old. A happy and cheery child, she always excelled at school and it was no surprise when she passed matric last year with a university entrance. She is now at Pretoria University doing a three-year degree in Creative Arts.… READ MORE…

Kids face terror-loaded transition

Kids face terror-loaded transition

There’s a saying that’s attributed to some long-ago movie star “Old age is not for sissies!” Yet, in this day and age the challenges that face the young, who’ve come through massively disadvantaged backgrounds, are terror-filled. Nobody understands these more than The Salvation Army who have nurtured many such young people throughout their lives. Our… READ MORE…

Hope for the future

Hope for the future

Passionate and enthusiastic, Lt. Owen believes everyone is born with hope and a need to make a difference, sadly this hope is too often crippled in life by lack of opportunity. The Salvation Army has an excellent reputation for giving our children the kind of caring and attention that makes them excel. Of course, this… READ MORE…

The Reporter – Spring 2021

The Reporter – Spring 2021

The heartbeat of 80/156 broken hearts, now joined in a joyous reach for a good life, creates a symphony that vibrates through the Carl Sithole Centre in Klipspruit, Soweto. It was named after this Major of The Salvation Army who devoted his life to bettering the lives of young people and so help them rise… READ MORE…

The Reporter – Autumn 2021

The Reporter – Autumn 2021

When the Cape’s forest fires get out of hand in a blaze, the sight is spectacular. When the blaze in the informal settlement of Masiphumelele, near FishHoek, took hold before Christmas it was terrifying. There can be few experiences worse than seeing your entire life go up in flames. Frightened and helpless, residents watched as… READ MORE…

The Reporter – Autumn 2020

The Reporter – Autumn 2020

Lisa* was a lovely young mother of three when a gang of males decided to have their ‘fun’ with her and set about raping her for what seemed like hours. Her tears and screams did not stop them from continuing to have their enjoyment. Inevitably their crime resulted in a pregnancy. Nine months later Precious*… READ MORE…

The Reporter – Spring 2019

The Reporter – Spring 2019

It was glorious, warm Highveld weather − perfect to celebrate Mandela Day. There was a sense of excitement as tables were brought to the front of our Salvation Army headquarters in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Then Karina Haynes and her friendly staff arrived from the Parktonian Hotel (our neighbour) with two enormous, piping hot pots of soup… READ MORE…

The Reporter – Autumn 2019

The Reporter – Autumn 2019

The trip into the heart of Northern KZN takes you through some glorious scenery – the majestic Amajuba Mountains, carpeted with pink, mauve and white Cosmos as Easter approaches, through flatter, once-rich, coal mining areas into Vryheid. Then deep into the sparsely populated, undeveloped really rural Zululand, steeped in centuries-old traditions and today’s scourge –… READ MORE…

The Reporter – Spring 2018

The Reporter – Spring 2018

When a mother and her kids have been through the trauma of abuse, and are still in a state of shock and fear, when even a slightly raised voice can turn them into quivering wrecks, their transformation when they come to Carehaven is almost miraculous. At this Salvation Army shelter for abused women and their… READ MORE…

The Reporter – Autumn 2018

The Reporter – Autumn 2018

  That’s a pretty sharp description of The Salvation Army Montpelier Corps (church) in Durban − a hive of non-stop activity, helping an unceasing flood of humanity desperately in need of care and assistance. At 6:45a.m. it’s as if a hot, wet blanket’s been wrapped around you, it’s already that hot and humid in Durban… READ MORE…

The Reporter – Spring 2017

The Reporter – Spring 2017

The viciousness of the fires that ravaged the Eastern and Western Cape this winter brought to mind the fury of the flames of hell. Some victims described to us how they watched, helplessly, as 50-foot high flames (15 m) marched inexorably onto their properties, their precious homes, at relentless speed, devouring and killing everything in… READ MORE…

The Reporter – Autumn 2017

The Reporter – Autumn 2017

THE TRAGEDY OF ORPHANS WITH NO ONE TO CARE Set among rolling hills and valleys and majestic forests is our Northern KwaZulu-Natal Division. Yet beneath the beauty of this countryside, with its picturesque thatched kraals dotting the landscape, lies a community that is plagued by poverty and the devastation to family life wrought by diseases… READ MORE…

The Reporter – Spring 2016

The Reporter – Spring 2016

WHERE WOMEN RECOVER FROM THE UNSPEAKABLE When you hear the stories that come out of Beth Shan, a Salvation Army protective home for abused and trafficked women, it’s difficult to believe that this is happening today … that this is what so-called human beings are doing to women, adults and children. Here they come to… READ MORE…

The Reporter – Autumn 2016

The Reporter – Autumn 2016

‘Good Samaritans’ purvey evil This sickening story, related to a Salvation Army worker by a victim and ultimate survivor of human trafficking, proves that this abomination of mankind is flourishing in South Africa. Jenny* and her friend Fiona* set off for a long weekend, full of fun and laughter. The sky was blue, cattle grazed… READ MORE…

The Reporter – Spring 2015

The Reporter – Spring 2015

The harsh reality behind the glamour The ladies of the night. What a charming euphemism to describe the women in the world’s oldest profession, hinting at glamour and romance. But the reality of prostitution is sad – and sordid. So what was I, Major Carin Holmes, doing mingling with these women on this dark, cold… READ MORE…

The Reporter – Autumn 2015

The Reporter – Autumn 2015

Recent activities have turned the popular perception of The Salvation Army on its head. Last year we shocked South Africa by taking a stall at a Johannesburg ‘Sexpo’ to highlight our work against human trafficking. We made a fantastic impression – and garnered a lot of support! READ MORE…

The Reporter – Spring 2014

The Reporter – Spring 2014

The kids from Flamingo Park, the informal settlement in Claremont, Cape Town, come from pretty tough backgrounds. Parents are invariably drug or alcohol addicts – and there’s no other social support. READ MORE…

The Reporter – Autumn 2014

The Reporter – Autumn 2014

It’s a Saturday in Gauteng, the rain is belting down and there seems no let up. At lunch time my cellphone rings: it’s Major Tersia Finn at the Krugersdorp Family Mission Care Centre. “I doubt if it will be worth coming to the Kids’ Club today”, she says, “the rain is bound to put them off”. READ MORE…

The Reporter – Autumn 2013

The Reporter – Autumn 2013

It’s five a.m, starting to get light, wake-up time for school-goers at the Joseph Baynes Children’s Home in Pentrich, Pietermaritzburg. A scramble to wash faces, brush teeth, get dressed, make it to breakfast – nourishing oats and milk – by 5.45. The kids grab their sandwich and juice lunch-pack and rush for the buses that leave at 6:30 sharp to head for the 16 local schools. READ MORE…

The Reporter – Summer 2012

The Reporter – Summer 2012

Altough The Salvation Army has been in Swaziland for 25 years, it seems to be a fairly well-kept secret, so we’d like to introduce ourselves formally. The name is, of course, well known but all the activities with which we are involved, here in Swaziland, are not common knowledge. READ MORE…

The Reporter – Spring 2011

The Reporter – Spring 2011

It’s Mandela Day and the excitement is almost palpable at Diepkloof Combined School in the Diepkloof township and informal settlement west of Johannesburg. It’s a fact that many children living in Diepkloof come to school on an empty stomach, and have no food to eat at lunchtime. READ MORE…

The Reporter – Autumn 2011

The Reporter – Autumn 2011

She picks up the tiny mite crying in her cot. She holds her tenderly, rocking backwards and forwards till the crying becomes a whimper, then stops altogether. In a warm, spontaneous gesture, her cheek rests gently on the baby’s head and she quietly speaks the baby’s name. READ MORE…