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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…