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Isn’t it funny that suddenly it’s normal to have a curfew as an adult? I never thought I would have that until maybe the day I move into a retirement home – way, way, way down the line.

Life imposes things on you that you can’t control, but you still have the choice of how you’re going to live through this.

Celine Dion

I also never thought that my vocabulary would include words such as social distancing, global pandemic, COVID-19, contact tracing, community spread, herd immunity, epidemic curve, flattening the curve or lockdown. I could never have imagined a life without seeing people smile.

I could never have imagined that my world would shrink to my apartment with my husband by my side 24/7. I could never have imagined being cut off from family that lived across provincial borders and waiting for a hastily-made vaccination to give me access to the rest of the world again – as after all, we just got both their passports sorted when this all started.

One day at a time.

I could never have imagined that my kids would have had to go to school with masks or that I would be sitting and making mask at a sewing machine my mom bought in the early 90s.

When this is all over I am scrubbing my vocabulary from the words that have kept us apart for more than a year – because these words should never have been part of my vocabulary.

One day this will be over and we will be grateful for life in ways we never felt possible before.

Matt Haig

The Walt Disney Company Africa today announces the launch of the Ultimate Princess Celebration in South Africa, joining the global year-long event spotlighting the courage and kindness these Disney heroines and their stories inspire in fans of all ages.

  • Ultimate Princess Celebration is a new, global campaign championing the qualities of courage and kindness
  • Disney releases free Tales of Courage and Kindness Storybook Collection, featuring 14 new Disney Princess stories and illustrations to help inspire a kinder world
  • Courage+Kindness is this year’s theme for Casual Day

To kick off the celebration, a new, empowering short storybook collection, will be released. Entitled Tales of Courage and Kindness, the 14 original stories feature unique illustrations by artists from around the world and demonstrate how the Disney Princesses, as well as Queens Anna and Elsa, exemplify these qualities, each in her own way. Seeking to inspire them to create a kinder world, Tales of Courage and Kindness is being gifted to kids and families and will be available for free download, beginning today through the end of August at DisneyPrincessStories.co.za.

In a second collaboration with Disney Africa, Courage+Kindness will also be this year’s theme for the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities’ (NCPD) flagship awareness and fundraising project, Casual Day.From June, South Africans are encouraged to order Courage+Kindness merchandise and digital stickers from www.casualday.co.za and, from July, special-edition Courage+Kindness stickers and wristbands will also be available for purchase at participating retailers. The proceeds will go to supporting Persons with Disabilities at over 600+ beneficiary NGO’s and schools. On Casual Day, this year on 3 September, the public can show their support by dressing up with the Courage+Kindness stickers, wristbands and merchandise, or their very own interpretation of this year’s theme.

“Disney stories are timeless, and while each Disney Princess character has her own admirable qualities, courage and kindness connect them all,” says Luke Roberts, General Manager, Consumer Products, Games and Publishing, The Walt Disney Company Africa. “We hope that Tales of Courage and Kindness, our collaboration with Casual Day as well as the many other planned initiatives in the Ultimate Princess Celebration, will help inspire audiences to celebrate and share these qualities, all helping to create a kinder world.”

“Persons with Disabilities, like so many other groups, have been greatly affected by the global pandemic and so the call to show courage and kindness could not be more timely,” says Therina Wentzel-du Toit, National Director, National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities. “We are thrilled to be working with Disney Africa for a second year in a row, in helping inspire South Africans to show their support for the full inclusion and equity of persons with disabilities.”

Looking forward, the Ultimate Princess Celebration will feature a number of highlights as it rolls out, including:

  • On Disney Junior (DStv, Channel 309), Disney’s heroines will be celebrated during the month of May in special Princess-themed Sunday marathons of Sofia the First and Elena of Avalor. Catch these episodes from 9:00-13:00 (CAT), in which some of the Disney Princesses themselves make an appearance.
  • Fans can listen to their favourite Disney Princess songs now on a curated playlist from Walt Disney Records
  • Global superstar and Grammy® Award-winning recording artist Brandy, who starred as the beloved princess in The Wonderful World of Disney, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, has recorded a new original song called “Starting Now.” The “Starting Now” single, produced by Grammy® Award nominee Oak Felder and written by Jason Mater, Jordan Powers, and Darren Criss, will be released globally by Walt Disney Records on May 21 along with a lyric video
  • Fans of all ages will be able to access content across Disney Africa’s digital and social channels right through the year in brand new shorts, music videos and more
  • The Ultimate Princess Celebration will be brought to life at participating retailers across the country this August, with a broad range of the latest Disney Princess product across toys, fashion and accessories, beauty, home décor, books, games, and more.

More Ultimate Princess Celebration initiatives and news will be revealed in the coming months, fans in the meantime are encouraged to share their own tales of Courage and Kindness, their favourite Disney Princess story and more on social media with #UltimatePrincessCelebration and #CourageandKindness

RAVEN’S HOME

Monday 10 th to Thursday 13 th and Monday 17 th to Wednesday 19 th May at 17:25

Raven and the gang are back with new episodes, as season four of Raven’s Home launches on Disney Channel! Premiere episodes air from Monday 10 th to Thursday 13 th and Monday 17 th to Wednesday 19 th May at 17:25

There are new moves, new laughs and new visions, as Booker, Nia and Tess embark on new adventures. In the season launch episode Baking Bad (Monday 10 th May at 17:25) when Booker, Nia and Tess discover someone is passing Nia’s photo off as their own social media avatar, the kids try to unmask the culprit before Nia’s real-life rep takes a hit.

Premiere episodes of Raven’s Home season four air from Monday 10 th to Thursday 13 th and Monday 17 th to Wednesday 19 th May at 17:25, on Disney Channel.


DISNEY CHANNEL FRIDAY NIGHT

MOVIES – Programming event – Fridays throughout May at 17:00

Disney Channel’s Friday treat for film fans continues throughout May with great entertainment to celebrate the start of each weekend. There’s a marvellous movie every Friday at 17:00, repeated on Saturday at 10:40. The fun starts with Zombies on Friday 7 th May, followed by its sequel Zombies 2 (Friday 14 th May), How to Build a Better Boy (Friday 21 st May) and Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (Friday 28 th May), all at 17:00.

Zombies (Friday 7 th May) is a music and dance filled story set in Seabrook, 50 years after a zombie apocalypse. When zombies are finally allowed to enrol in Seabrook High School, the charismatic zombie Zed, who wants to play football, meets Addison, who dreams of being a cheerleader. Addison and Zed work together to show Seabrook what they can achieve when they embrace their differences.

Viewers can see these great Disney movies on Fridays throughout May 2021 at 17:00, repeated on the following Saturday at 10:40, on Disney Channel.

FANCY NANCY CLANCY

Premiere episodes
Weekdays from Monday 3 rd to Friday 7 th May at 14:00

Fancy Nancy Clancy has fun with family and friends, as she finds the extraordinary in the ordinary, and – with a little imagination- transforms the plain into the exquisite! Nancy returns to the channel with premiere episodes on weekdays from Monday 3 rd to Friday 7th May at 14:00.

In the first of these premiere episodes Bon Voyage, Nancy! /Nancy’s New Friend (Monday 3 rd May at 14:00) Nancy is disappointed when a family car trip isn’t the epic adventure she imagined. Then Nancy makes friends with Lionel’s favourite cousin Sean, who just happens to be autistic. Premiere episodes of Fancy Nancy Clancy air on weekdays from Monday 3 rd to Friday 7 th May at 14:00 on Disney Junior.


BLUEY

Premiere episodes
Weekdays from Monday 24 th to Friday 28 th May at 05:00

Delightful Blue Heeler puppy Bluey is back on the channel this month, with premiere episodes featuring her adventures on weekdays from Monday 24 th to Friday 28 th May at 05:00.

In the episode Trains (Monday 24 th May at 05:00) Bingo is a model citizen, commuting to work on the Dad-Train, dropping her daughter at day care and working as a vet. Bluey on the other hand is much more intent on having fun! Premiere episodes of Bluey air on weekdays from Monday 24 th to Friday 28 th May at 05:00, on Disney Junior.


MIRA: ROYAL DETECTIVE

Weekdays from Monday 10 th to Friday 14 th May at 14:30

Super sleuth Mira’s back on the trail, as premiere episodes of Mira Royal Detective air on weekdays from Monday 10 th to Friday 14 th May at 14:30.

As newly appointed royal detective to the Indian-inspired land of Jalpur, the brave and resourceful Mira travels throughout the kingdom helping royals and townspeople alike. With the help of her friend, Prince Neel, her cousin, Priya, and her mongoose sidekicks, Mikku and Chikku, Mira uses her unique lens to investigate each case that comes her way. In the first of these episodes, Mystery at the Marketplace/ Mystery in the Sand Dunes (Monday 10 th May at 14:30) Mira tracks down the spice merchant who has an essential ingredient for Meena’s ladoos. Then, while testing Neel’s new vehicle, a sandstorm causes the vehicle to become lost. Premiere episodes of Mira Royal Detective air on weekdays from Monday 10 th to Friday 14 th May at 14:30, on Disney Junior.


Elena of Avalor

Sunday 16 th May at 12:00

Disney Junior is celebrating our much-loved Disney Princesses this month, with episodes and specials on Sundays featuring these royal favourites. As part of this exciting event there is a premiere episode of Elena of Avalor on Sunday 16 th May at 12:00.

In season three Elena’s epic journey continues as she strives to protect her kingdom from a family of wicked wizards while learning how to control her new magic powers. In this premiere episode, entitled The Family Treasure (Sunday 16 th May at 12:00), Elena and Isabel help two feuding brothers find a valuable treasure hidden by their mother. This premiere episode of Elena of Avalor airs on Sunday 16 th May at 12:00 on Disney Junior.

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My littlest human constantly yells at me to “go away mommy”, “no mommy”, “don’t look at me mommy” and the very next second I get hugs and kisses. Some days I literally just walk from the kitchen to the couch past her and she yells at me. Should I be worried?

If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent.

Bette Davis

Please, someone just tell me that I am not the only one to get that from a kid!

Sometimes I don’t know what is worse, husband letting the kids have their way all the time to keep the kids happy or the neighbours thinking they can knock on my door telling me my kids are too noisy. (I don’t live in an old age home.) It’s a vicious cycle, by doing this my husband is reinforcing the idea with the kids that they can do what they want, when they want because we will jump when they yell at us just so we can keep them quiet so as not to have knocks on the front door. The more I say f-it i don’t give 2 peters about the neighbours, the more hubby gives a tweet.

I don’t think I am the perfect parent, but I don’t want to raise a bunch of brats…

If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.

Dolly Parton

Competition now closed

We marathon-watched Marvel movies since last month. Last night it was Venom. The night before that it was Spiderman… Avengers, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Thor – you get the picture. My husband even makes us watch it in order of the storylines!

The one thing my husband has not been able to get me to watch is Star Wars… That is where I draw the line.

My favourite part of watching these Marvel movies at home is to see if I can spot Stan Lee first and loudly point him out to my husband – and to traipse from the couch to kitchen without stepping on a Lego to make popcorn! (I think my kids plant their Lego to test my spryness.)

I love Legos for kids, but the words that I have to bite back when I step on them will make a pirate blush. Lexa is already playing with small Lego – and we even have her dad’s childhood Lego in the mix – and she can build little structures like there is no tomorrow.

Disney Campaign – From Our Family To Yours

If ever there was a time to remember to keep traditions, it is in times like these. I wish I could spend just one more Christmas with my mom.

From Our Family To Yours is Disney Africa’s largest festive retail campaign to date and will offer the perfect opportunity to stock up on those gifts for every member of the family – from stocking fillers, toys, apparel, books and more. 

Currently on-air and across Disney’s social pages, the festive advert features the track Love is a Compass from  up-and coming UK-based artist Griff. According to the singer, “The lyrics of the track and the storytelling in the advert are powerful, and important. The theme of family and loved ones are so front of mind for many of us –  especially this Christmas.” The song’s is now available nationwide here: https://WarnerMusicSA.lnk.to/CompassM7). You may also watch a behind-the-scenes interview with Griff here: https://fb.watch/1_zVyrgSMa/

Inspired by the advert, the theme songs and the message around it, starting from 1 December, five shopping malls across the country will feature mesmerising Disney plush toy-adorned Christmas trees. Sandton City and Clearwater Mall in Johannesburg, Woodlands Boulevard in Pretoria, Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Durban and Canal Walk in Cape Town will all be getting in on the festive fun and are offering a special give-back opportunity for mall-goers. When visiting the trees, shoppers will have a chance to make a donation of R50, which will secure one of the plush toys that, together with the donation, will be donated by the malls to of both the Smile Foundation (Sandton City, Gateway Theatre of Shopping) and Reach for a Dream (Clearwater Mall, Woodlands Boulevard, Canal Walk) – creating festive magical moments for the young patients and beneficiaries of these charities.

Furthermore, Disney Channel fans will be pleased to hear that Disney, together with Nedbank, are currently hosting a wonderfully cheerful competition on the channel, DStv channel 303, where 10 lucky viewers will each win a magical Christmas-In-A-Box hamper worth R10 000 each, including a R2,000 Ackermans voucher. Existing Nedbank account holders will also receive a further R2,000 cash. Entrants simply have to watch Disney Channel, snap a picture of Mickey Mouse in his Santa hat when he appears on screen and ask their parents or care-givers to SMS their details to stand in line to win.

Fans can also head to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and share their own past and present festive memories and traditions using #FestiveWithDisney and #FromOurFamilyToYours.

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  • 1 x Star Wars Advent Calendar – R600 + 1 x Lego Marvel Spider-Man Jet vs Venom Mech – R800 > Annalize
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Enough is enough, I will no longer stand on the sidelines or keep quiet. I am a farmer’s daughter. My people are getting murdered on farms in the most brutal and savage ways by fellow South Africans. They have sung “kill the boer, kill the farmer” but have now added a new song to their repertoire that includes the words “Burn the Farmer”. Just 4 days after that song was sung outside of a court in a rural town called Senekal where 2 farm murderers we’re applying for bail, they set alight farms in the Freestate province of South Africa. They wear red shirts and red berets and believe that throwing rocks and violence is the answer to cleansing South Africa of minorities. They constantly tell the white minority Afrikaner that they are settlers, visitors in our own country.

Farm murders not a priority crime

Bheki Cele, Police Minister in South Africa

The government of South Africa has failed in recognizing farm murders as a serious crime. These crimes are not only directed at white farmers but extend to farm workers and black farmers.This is the same government that cannot control corruption within their own ranks. It is the same government that has failed to put criminals behind bars; has failed in standing against GBV; has failed the people of South Africa in every possible way.

“Contrary to the irresponsible claims of some lobby groups, killings on farms are not ethnic cleansing. They are not genocidal. They are acts of criminality and must be treated as such.”

Cyril Rampaphosa, President of South Africa

I am tired of reading about yet another bloody farm murder every morning. I am tired of worrying about the people I love who live and work on farms. I am tired of being called a settler, visitor in my own country. I am tired to be told to go back to Europe. I am EFFing tired. I will no longer be silent about farm murders and farm attacks in South Africa.

I want the world to know that in my country my people are murdered on a daily basis on farms while the government stand on the sidelines too scared to intervene, because they might lose support.

I have translated this piece into a few languages below. Apologies, I used Google translate as I am only fluent in Afrikaans and English.

Afriforum & other stats

AfriForum is a non-governmental organisation – registered as a non-profit company – with the aim of protecting the rights of minorities.

“The claim that violent crime on farms is part of an orchestrated campaign by blacks to drive white farmers off their land is simply not borne out by fact.”

Cyril Rampaphosa, President of South Africa

Look, this is what it looks like when criminals burn farms

Plaasmoorde in Suid-Afrika – Genoeg is genoeg (Afrikaans)

Genoeg is genoeg, ek sal nie meer langs die kantlyn staan of stilbly nie. Ek is ‘n boer se dogter. My mense word op die wreedste maniere deur mede-Suid-Afrikaners vermoor. Hulle het ‘kill the boer, kill the farmer’ gesing, maar het nou ‘n nuwe liedjie by hul repertoire gevoeg wat die woorde “Burn the Farmer” bevat. Slegs vier dae nadat die lied buite ‘n hof gesing is in ‘n plattelandse dorpie met die naam Senekal, waar twee plaasmoordenaars vir borgtog aansoek doen, het hulle plase in die Vrystaatse provinsie aan die brand gesteek. Hulle dra rooi hemde en rooi barette en glo dat die gooi van klippe en geweld die antwoord is om wit Suid-Afrikaners the verdryf. Hulle sê voortdurend vir die blanke minderheid, die Afrikaners dat hulle setlaars is, besoekers is in ons eie land.

Die regering van Suid-Afrika het daarin misluk om plaasmoorde as ‘n ernstige misdaad te erken. Hierdie misdade is nie net op wit boere gerig nie, maar ook op plaaswerkers en swart boere. Dit is dieselfde regering wat nie korrupsie binne hul eie geledere kan beheer nie. Dit is dieselfde regering wat nie daarin slaag om misdadigers agter tralies te plaas nie; nie daarin kan slaag om teen GBV te staan nie; het die mense van Suid-Afrika op alle moontlike maniere gefaal.

Ek is moeg om elke oggend oor nog ‘n bloedige plaasmoord te lees. Ek is moeg om my te bekommer oor die mense vir wie ek lief is en wat op plase woon en werk. Ek is moeg daarvoor om ‘n setlaar te genoem te word en uitgekryt te word as ‘n besoeker in my eie land. Ek is moeg om te hoor ek moet teruggaan Europa toe. Ek is EFFing moeg. Ek sal nie meer stilbly nie.

Ek wil hê dat die wêreld moet weet dat my mense daagliks in my land vermoor word terwyl die regering te bang is om iets te doen, omdat hulle steun kan verloor.

Farmmorde in Südafrika – Genug ist genug (German)

Genug ist genug, ich werde nicht länger am Rande stehen oder schweigen. Ich bin eine Bauerntochter. Mein Volk wird von anderen Südafrikanern auf brutalste und wildeste Weise ermordet. Sie haben “Kill the Boer, Kill the Farmer” gesungen, aber jetzt ein neues Lied in ihr Repertoire aufgenommen, das die Worte “Burn the Farmer” enthält. Nur 4 Tage nachdem dieses Lied vor einem Gericht in einer ländlichen Stadt namens Senekal gesungen wurde, wo zwei Farmmörder, die wir gegen Kaution beantragen, Farmen in der südafrikanischen Provinz Freestate in Brand setzen. Sie tragen rote Hemden und rote Baskenmützen und glauben, dass das Werfen von Steinen und Gewalt die Antwort auf die Säuberung Südafrikas von Minderheiten ist. Sie erzählen der weißen Minderheit der Afrikaner ständig, dass sie Siedler und Besucher in unserem eigenen Land sind.

Die südafrikanische Regierung hat es nicht geschafft, Farmmorde als schweres Verbrechen anzuerkennen. Diese Verbrechen richten sich nicht nur gegen weiße Bauern, sondern erstrecken sich auch auf Landarbeiter und schwarze Bauern. Dies ist dieselbe Regierung, die Korruption in ihren eigenen Reihen nicht kontrollieren kann. Es ist dieselbe Regierung, die es versäumt hat, Kriminelle hinter Gittern zu bringen. hat es versäumt, sich gegen GBV zu stellen; hat die Menschen in Südafrika in jeder Hinsicht gescheitert.

Ich bin es leid, jeden Morgen über einen weiteren blutigen Farmmord zu lesen. Ich bin es leid, mir Sorgen um die Menschen zu machen, die ich liebe und die auf Bauernhöfen leben und arbeiten. Ich bin es leid, Siedler und Besucher in meinem eigenen Land genannt zu werden. Ich bin müde, gesagt zu werden, ich solle nach Europa zurückkehren. Ich bin müde. Ich werde nicht länger schweigen.

Ich möchte, dass die Welt weiß, dass mein Volk in meinem Land täglich ermordet wird, während die Regierung zu ängstlich am Rande steht, um einzugreifen, weil sie möglicherweise die Unterstützung verlieren.

Moorden op Boerderijen in Zuid-Afrika – Genoeg is genoeg (Dutch)

Genoeg is genoeg, ik sta niet meer aan de zijlijn of zwijg. Ik ben een boerendochter. Mijn volk wordt op de meest wrede en woeste manieren vermoord door mede-Zuid-Afrikanen. Ze hebben gezongen “kill the boer, kill the farmer” maar hebben nu een nieuw lied aan hun repertoire toegevoegd met de woorden “Burn the Farmer”. Slechts 4 dagen nadat dat lied werd gezongen buiten een rechtbank in een landelijke stad genaamd Senekal, waar we 2 boerenmoordenaars vragen om borgtocht, staken ze boerderijen in de provincie Freestate in Zuid-Afrika in brand. Ze dragen rode shirts en rode baretten en geloven dat het gooien van stenen en geweld de oplossing is om Zuid-Afrika van minderheden te zuiveren. Ze vertellen de blanke Afrikaner voortdurend dat ze kolonisten zijn, bezoekers in ons eigen land.

De regering van Zuid-Afrika heeft het moorden op boerderijen niet als een ernstig misdrijf erkend. Deze misdaden zijn niet alleen gericht tegen blanke boeren, maar strekken zich ook uit tot landarbeiders en zwarte boeren. Dit is dezelfde regering die de corruptie binnen hun eigen gelederen niet kan beheersen. Het is dezelfde regering die er niet in is geslaagd criminelen achter de tralies te zetten; is er niet in geslaagd om tegen GBV op te komen; heeft de bevolking van Zuid-Afrika op alle mogelijke manieren in de steek gelaten.

Ik ben het zat om elke ochtend te lezen over weer een bloedige moord op een boerderij. Ik ben het zat om me zorgen te maken over de mensen van wie ik hou die op boerderijen wonen en werken. Ik ben het zat om een kolonist, bezoeker in mijn eigen land te worden genoemd. Ik ben het zat om te horen dat ik terug naar Europa moet gaan. Ik ben moe. Ik zal niet langer zwijgen.

Ik wil dat de wereld weet dat in mijn land mijn mensen dagelijks worden vermoord terwijl de regering aan de zijlijn staat te bang om in te grijpen, omdat ze misschien hun steun zou verliezen.

Meurtres à la ferme en Afrique du Sud – Assez c’est assez (French)

Assez c’est assez, je ne resterai plus à l’écart ou ne me tairai plus. Je suis la fille d’un fermier. Mon peuple est assassiné de la manière la plus brutale et la plus sauvage par ses compatriotes sud-africains. Ils ont chanté «tuer le boer, tuer le fermier», mais ont maintenant ajouté une nouvelle chanson à leur répertoire qui comprend les mots «brûler le fermier». À peine 4 jours après que cette chanson a été chantée devant un tribunal dans une ville rurale appelée Senekal où deux meurtriers agricoles que nous demandons à être libérés sous caution, ils ont incendié des fermes dans la province de Freestate en Afrique du Sud. Ils portent des chemises rouges et des bérets rouges et pensent que jeter des pierres et la violence est la réponse pour nettoyer l’Afrique du Sud des minorités. Ils disent constamment à la minorité blanche Afrikaner qu’ils sont des colons, des visiteurs dans notre propre pays.

Le gouvernement sud-africain n’a pas reconnu les meurtres à la ferme comme un crime grave. Ces crimes ne sont pas seulement dirigés contre les fermiers blancs mais s’étendent aux ouvriers agricoles et aux fermiers noirs. C’est le même gouvernement qui ne peut pas contrôler la corruption dans ses propres rangs. C’est le même gouvernement qui n’a pas réussi à mettre les criminels derrière les barreaux; n’a pas réussi à se défendre contre la violence sexiste; a laissé tomber le peuple sud-africain de toutes les manières possibles.

Je suis fatigué de lire chaque matin un autre meurtre sanglant à la ferme. Je suis fatigué de m’inquiéter pour les gens que j’aime qui vivent et travaillent dans les fermes. Je suis fatigué d’être appelé un colon, un visiteur dans mon propre pays. Je suis fatigué qu’on me dise de retourner en Europe. Je suis fatigué. Je ne me tairai plus.

Je veux que le monde sache que dans mon pays, mon peuple est assassiné quotidiennement alors que le gouvernement reste trop effrayé pour intervenir, car il risque de perdre son soutien.

Jordbruksmord i Sydafrika – Det är tillräckligt (Swedish)

Det räcker nog, jag kommer inte längre stå på sidan eller hålla tyst. Jag är en bondedotter. Mitt folk mördas på de mest brutala och brutala sätten av sydafrikaner. De har sjungit “kill the boer, kill the farmer” men har nu lagt till en ny låt i deras repertoar som innehåller orden “Burn the Farmer”. Bara fyra dagar efter det att den sången sjöngs utanför en domstol i en lantlig stad som heter Senekal där två gårdsmordare vi ansöker om borgen, satte de eld på gårdar i Freestate-provinsen i Sydafrika. De bär röda skjortor och röda basker och tror att kasta stenar och våld är svaret på att rensa Sydafrika för minoriteter. De berättar ständigt för den vita minoriteten Afrikaner att de är bosättare, besökare i vårt eget land.

Sydafrikas regering har misslyckats med att erkänna gårdsmord som ett allvarligt brott. Dessa brott riktar sig inte bara mot vita bönder utan sträcker sig även till lantarbetare och svarta bönder. Detta är samma regering som inte kan kontrollera korruption inom sina egna led. Det är samma regering som har misslyckats med att sätta brottslingar bakom galler. har misslyckats med att stå emot GBV; har misslyckats med Sydafrikas folk på alla möjliga sätt.

Jag är trött på att läsa om ännu ett blodigt gårdsmord varje morgon. Jag är trött på att oroa mig för de människor jag älskar som bor och arbetar på gårdar. Jag är trött på att kallas en nybyggare, besökare i mitt eget land. Jag är trött att få veta att jag ska åka tillbaka till Europa. Jag är EFFing trött. Jag kommer inte längre vara tyst.

Jag vill att världen ska veta att mitt folk mördas dagligen i mitt land medan regeringen står på sidan för rädd för att ingripa, eftersom de kan tappa stöd.

You know that toy that the kids think is great… and you hate it? Well, that’s Foam Alive…

The kids love the feel of the flowy, fluffy stuff. They also thought it would be funny to throw it around the house like confetti. It is fairly easy to clean up… except if it lands in your very long hair! Granted, my kids are a bit younger and it is recommended for kids 5 and up… but under supervision, I think it’s safe to say they can play with it again.

Foam Alive almost feels like water dripping from your fingers – except it’s not liquid. You can press it together but once you put it down it melts like ice cream. It’s a great sensory toy for kids.

There is one very important thing about Foam Alive you will want to know… It never dries out!

As mentioned, Foam Alive is aimed at children aged 5 and up.  It is great for those who love arts and crafts – which all kids do! The range can be purchased from selected Spar stores, Toy Kingdom, Toy Zone, a small range on Takealot and Westpak as well as online from The Kid Zone.

It is quite affordable with the recommended selling price for a single pack at just over R100 and the 2 pack at R270.

I have some great news… YOU CAN WIN a FOAM ALIVE hamper valued at R500! The competition is happening on Instagram, so follow me and Prima Toys.

To win all you have to do is follow me on Instagram plus tag one friend and @PrimaToys on the Instagram post – follow Prima Toys on Instagram too – and answer the question on the same post.

What would you like to create with Foam Alive?
This is the post you will need to get to to enter 🙂

Remember, you can win a Foam Alive hamper with 2 single packs and a double pack valued at R500! Go, go, go! Follow me and Prima Toys.

 TERMS & CONDITIONS

Competition ends 13 September 2020 at Midnight. Competition is open to SA residents only.  Competition is not affiliated with Facebook or Instagram.  T&C’s apply. Decision is final and we reserve the right to disqualify winners should entry mechanisms not be followed.  Products are not redeemable for cash. Winners of any @PrimaToys competitions in the last 6 months will not be eligible to win.   

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Do you remember when you got your first Barbie? I do! My parents were visiting friends in Northam. I remember my mom’s face when she gave me that Barbie doll in a pink and purple jumpsuit. I remember holding her while still in that box and admiring her beautiful blue eyes, shiny blonde curls and soft pink lipstick. She was the most beautiful thing I ever owned.

Imagine if you could do the same for another little girl when you buy a Barbie for your own little girl…

Mattel South Africa recently announced that, as part of its Barbie #ThankYouHeroes programme, it will donate a Barbie doll for each eligible career doll purchased from ToysRUs stores nation-wide. This initiative taking place from the 3rd of August 2020 to the 31st of August 2020, is aiming to donate about 1500 dolls to the Children’s Hospital Trust (CHT).

The CHT is an NPO that raises funds to advance child healthcare through the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. From upgrades to its buildings and facilities, to the implementation of several projects and programmes and upskilling of medical professionals from across Africa.

The Barbie #ThankYouHeroes programme is part of Mattel’s broader “Play it Forward” platform, which focuses on leveraging Mattel brands to give back to communities in times of need.

The ‘buy a doll, donate a doll’ initiative will see dolls handed over to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital will then be distributed to patients diagnosed with the corona virus. The aim is to bring joy and encourage children to aspire to become whatever they would like to be in the world.