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Ubuntu in Germany Column

Night of a 1000 Drawings in Berlin raises funds for feeding scheme in Johannesburg

(Editor: Alex Smit-Stachowski is speaking in her column about life as a South African now living in Germany. The South African journalist lives in Krefeld, in North Rhine-Westphalia/ Germany).

Earlier this year, I wrote a story on the founder of 1000 Drawings Berlin, Claudia Retief and how she planned the „Night of a 1000 Drawings Berlin” event at the Willner Brauerei in Berlin at the end of May. About 600 people attended to look at the many drawings on sale to raise funds for three charities, including one for homeless South African children.

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© More than 600 people turned out to look at local art in Berlin who was sold for three charities, including a South African feeding scheme for the homeless. The „Night of a 1000 Drawings Berlin” event was a great success. (Source: Dietmar Gust)

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Ubuntu in Germany Column

Stewardess to raise funds for South African and German needy with art from Berlin

(Editor: Alex Smit-Stachowski is speaking in her column about life as a South African now living in Germany. The South African journalist lives in Krefeld, in North Rhine-Westphalia/ Germany).

Lufthansa stewardess Claudia Retief (43) is a German-Italian married to an Afrikaans South African. She started the enthusiastic art community volunteer initiative, „Night of a 1000 Drawings Berlin“ and their exhibition in May will raise funds for less fortunate South Africans and Germans.

    © After seeing an art exhibition in Johannesburg, Lufthansa stewardess Claudia Retief took the concept to Berlin. Ubuntu-Columnist Alex Smit-Stachowski talked with the "Night of a 1000 Drawings Berlin" founder.

© After seeing an art exhibition in Johannesburg, Lufthansa stewardess Claudia Retief took the concept to Berlin. Ubuntu-Columnist Alex Smit-Stachowski talked with the „Night of a 1000 Drawings Berlin“ founder.

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Ubuntu in Germany Column

Goodbye Germany: Ubuntu columnist Alex Smit-Stachowski intends to trek back to South Africa

(Editor: Alex Smit-Stachowski is speaking in her column about life as a South African now living in Germany. The South African journalist lives in Krefeld, in North Rhine-Westphalia/ Germany).

© Ubuntu columnist Alex Smit-Stachowski will leave Germany and to go back to South Africa, her birthplace. Her most important reason for this, is love.

© Ubuntu columnist Alex Smit-Stachowski will leave Germany and to go back to South Africa, her birthplace. Her most important reason for this, is love.

I recently flew to South Africa to have a short holiday with the man I had fallen in love with. After spending five days in Johannesburg, I decided that within the next year, I will move back to my mother country.

Leaving Germany – with its modern, efficient business-like manner and thriving economy for the multicultural, often haphazard and conflicted country at the bottom of the world map is not an easy decision but one I am making for several reasons – the primary one being love.

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Ubuntu in Germany Column

Doggygate bites Zuma

(Editor: Alex Smit-Stachowski is speaking in her column about life as a South African now living in Germany. The South African journalist lives in Krefeld, in North Rhine-Westphalia/ Germany).

President Jacob Zuma has caused a furore in South Africa after his speech in Impendle,  KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Midlands on Wednesday, where he spoke of people who loved dogs more than people as “having a lack of humanity”.

© President Jacob Zuma said that dogs are belonging to white culture. A new generation of young black Africans is trying to adopt white lifestyles. Black people should stop adopting the habits of other cultures, said Zuma. (flickr/ Jimmy Rehak)

© President Jacob Zuma said that dogs are belonging to white culture. A new generation of young black Africans is trying to adopt white lifestyles. Black people should stop adopting the habits of other cultures, said Zuma. (Source: flickr/ Jimmy Rehak)

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Ubuntu in Germany Column

Krismis in Africa or Deutschland?

(Editor: Alex Smit-Stachowski is speaking in her column about life as a South African now living in Germany. The South African journalist lives in Krefeld, in North Rhine-Westphalia/ Germany).

I was born to Germans, raised partly in Namibia but mostly in South Africa and nine years ago, I left SA and moved to Germany. Now that Christmas is here – the question is – where is better – in South Africa or in Germany?

    © Alex Smit-Stachowski is the "Ubuntu in Germany" columnist of "SÜDAFRIKA - Land der Kontraste". The column is dealing with South African lifes in Germany. We are wishing you and your family a merry christmas/ season´s greetings. (Source: flickr/ Eléonore Klein)

© Alex Smit-Stachowski is the „Ubuntu in Germany“ columnist of „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“. The column is dealing with South African lifes in Germany. We are wishing you and your family a merry christmas/ season´s greetings. (Source: flickr/ Eléonore Klein)

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Congratulations !!!

„SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ has become 2 years old

(2010sdafrika-editorial staff)

Today, „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ – the German Gateway to South Africa –, has become two years old. Much has happened since then. This online media is evolving constantly. More and more users are aware of the project. The required user-friendliness has now been largely implemented. Well over 112,000 visits, about 1,000 Facebook friends and 300 Twitter followers are pursuing „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ – rising figures with each passing day.

© "SÜDAFRIKA - Land der Kontraste" has become 2 years old!

Just more and more personalities from the German-South African relations will be interviewed. Moreover, it is reported daily updated, more exclusive news provided and further editors involved.

However, the national press in Germany possessing an ambivalent relationship to „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“. Ghassan Abid, Managing Chief Editor of this media, emphasizes the need of two opposed positions as an advancement for this nonprofit project: “Only on the basis of supporters and rejectors we are able to to realize our strengths and weaknesses. We have much to learn as a team and improve existing communication processes.

Research costs, communication costs and also volunteer work requires a lot of free time on the staff. Accordingly, small donations are always welcome. Alternatively, if family members, friends and acquaintances made aware to „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“, then this would be a great appreciation of this German-South African cultural and educational project.

We still need your suggestions, your constructive criticism and ideas. We say thank you for your loyalty to „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste”!