To increase the size of the pie or share the pie more equally?

A friend of mine once did a study which found that your income level is the greatest predictor of your economic view. He found that people who earn over a certain amount per month almost exclusively believed the key to dealing with poverty is to increase the size of the pie, while people who earned under a certain amount...

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Gentrification – a response to International Business Times article

A few of my friends have posted a link to this article or talked about “how amazing Maboneng, Newtown or Braamfontein is”. While these areas are indeed trendy and great places to go for good coffee, they have come at a tremendous cost to the urban poor. In order to create these areas, the poor are mostly displaced to...

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Listening to a 14 year old, black, female Jesus

On Saturday evening, the Hillbrow Theatre enacted a localized walk-about-Hillbrow-edition of the Passion play with some rather creative adapted parables and accounts of the life and death of Jesus. The story was tailored to reflect the struggles of the most vulnerable in our community. A brilliant scene was a recreation of the...

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Light in the Asphalt Jungle – by Vincent Harding

  Deeply stirred by this poem… oh how we need folk to move into neighbourhoods like Hillbrow all over the world… it is long but worth a read           Light in the Asphalt Jungle – Written by Vincent Harding I I had a dream. And I saw a city, A city that rose up out of the crust of the earth. And...

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A story I heard today…

We had coffee today with a man (and his brother) who was sent to prison (and spent 9 years there) for a crime he says he did not commit. He has now been out of prison for 9 years. While awaiting trial in prison he met a mutual friend Colin Bompas who all those years back attended all of his court appearances, visited him,...

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