Dane Duplessis (right) and Cassiem Augustus (far right), advise a fisherman (left) at the Cape Town Port

A bid for freedom: Rescuing Trafficked Fishermen as they Dock

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Less than a mile from Cape Town’s picturesque waterfront shops and cafes, dozens of fishermen work on docked vessels on the other side of the port, unseen by tourists strolling down the boardwalk.  Many of the men are victims of abuse and forced labour. As published in the Guardian 11 August, 2016.  Read More

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Stand-off at Place de la République

A growing climate of fear

Monday, November 30, 2015

It was meant to be one of the “biggest civil disobedience events” ever, and spur on effective political action on climate change, but the protests in Paris on Sunday were muted and marred by tit-for-tat violence between masked youths and riot police.     Read More

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Friday night far from Home

Saturday, November 21, 2015

My phone blinks repeatedly with news alerts of an unfolding plague. I read them two, three times and still struggle to believe what I’m reading.  Gunmen and suicide bombers are on a killing spree across my adopted city. It’s a city I have not only come to love like no other; I’ve persuaded the woman of my dreams to start a new life there.  Now she’s somewhere in Paris and I’m unable to reach her.   Read More

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Friday night far from Home

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My phone blinks repeatedly with news alerts of an unfolding plague. I read them two, three times and still struggle to believe what I’m reading.  Gunmen and suicide bombers are on a killing spree across my adopted city. It’s a city I have not only come to love like no other; I’ve persuaded the woman of my dreams to start a new life there.  Now she’s somewhere in Paris and I’m unable to reach her.  Read More  Read More

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Not far from the beaches and cafés of seaside Cape Town, is the township of Du Noon, where children play in rubbish-strewn streets near pools of stagnant water and lop-sided rows of outdoor toilets. “They play and eat without washing their hands, so it’s not healthy,” says local health care worker, Nontuthuzelo Debesse, who is […]

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A bid for freedom: Rescuing Trafficked Fishermen as they Dock

Dane Duplessis (right) and Cassiem Augustus (far right), advise a fisherman (left) at the Cape Town Port

Less than a mile from Cape Town’s picturesque waterfront shops and cafes, dozens of fishermen work on docked vessels on the other side of the port, unseen by tourists strolling down the boardwalk.  Many of the men are victims of abuse and forced labour. As published in the Guardian 11 August, 2016.