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Many South Africans arrive in Australia and live well and prosper, but unfortunately some immigration experiences are not smooth sailing, and some people face immense difficulties or traumatic incidents in a country where they have little support as a result of having

recently relocated. Since being contacted by Mark Elsing (see Never Give Up, Article 1502), and with an increase in people being made redundant, Sabona has been called on to assist more and more Southern Africans living in Australia.
 
 
 
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Posted by Cheryl Goodenough
29 Oct 2009

“When things go belly-up, we can turn things around and we can climb every mountain. Never, ever give up. There is always another way.” This is the advice from Mark Elsing, who faced seemingly insurmountable challenges in his immigration journey, but has emerged determined to assist others. I am in awe of this man's energy and inner motivation. It is inconceivable that only nine months ago he could not see the path ahead and was willing to end his life. “I am no longer embarrassed to tell people what happened because of the positive outcome. Sometimes you just have to get out there and show you can overcome obstacles,” he says.

 
 
 
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Posted by Suzette van der Heijden
29 Oct 2009

22-year-old Sonti Rametse recently did South Africa proud by being crowned the first princess in the Miss Africa Perth competition. The event was attended by over 450 people including politicians, African elders, diplomats, fashion editors and socialites. It was truly a star-studded affair with guests treated to a red carpet arrival and photo shoot, and entertainment provided by local and international artists.

 
 
 
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Posted by Cheryl Goodenough
29 Oct 2009
Winning last year's Miss Africa Perth beauty pageant was a catalyst for Fadzai Matambanadzo to start achieving her lifelong dream to make a difference in Africa. Fadzai - her name means ‘Happy' – has been living in Perth for 10 years, and is an Australian citizen. But she was born in Zimbabwe and her heart is pure African gold. “I've always wanted to make a difference in Africa.
 
 
 
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Posted by Doug Horak
29 Oct 2009

In the circle of life Gold Coast clothing designer Joanne Burger has made more than just a few u-turns. The attractive brunette has a New Zealand passport and supports the All Blacks, yet spent most of her life in Zimbabwe.

 
 
 
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Posted by Lara Robinson
29 Oct 2009

Afrikaans radio shows broadcast from the Australian towns of Geelong, Bundaberg and Fremantle…who would've thought? Abrama Ahlers and Erik Vosloo host a show on Radio Pulse 94.7FM in Geelong, Victoria, Rochelle Nieuwenhuizen's show Afrikaans is broadcast on Coral Coast Radio 94.7FM from Bundaberg, Queensland, and Erika von Kaschke hosts Oppiestasie on Radio Fremantle 107.9FM in Perth.

The hosts had no previous experience in radio and responded to advertisements from the radio stations looking for people from different ethnic groups who would host their own programs.

 
 
 
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Posted by Cheryl Goodenough
29 Oct 2009

Mount Tamborine was a definite favourite spot for those attending a recent get-together of the Sabona Coffee Club in Brisbane. Everyone was asked to share some of the places that they had visited that they would recommend to others.

 
 
 
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Posted by Cheryl Goodenough
29 Oct 2009
Recently we've had two reminders of how easily puppies and kittens can become victims of misadventure. Having a completely indoor cat in a high rise apartment, Tiger's owners thought she'd be safe from the perils of an outdoor lifestyle. That was until they forgot to close the veranda door and Miss Curiosity explored the balcony.
 
 
 
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Posted by Dr Kevin Cruickshank
29 Oct 2009

Wake up. Get dressed. Feed the kids. Get to work. Handle the emails. Start the projects. Curse the interruptions. You know the deal. That's life, we say. Oh no. Shame! Just like a current advert on TV: That's not life, honey. That's a schedule.

 

 
 
 
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Posted by Catherine Palin-Brinkworth
29 Oct 2009

July

Bianca and the boys picked me up early from work on Friday and we headed off to Prestbury Farm near Toowoomba for the weekend. The food box and esky held supplies for more than a week. We arrived to a warm welcome from the farmer's wife Sally and one of his three daughters who showed us our cottage which already had smoke billowing out of the chimney. Our friends, the Fields, arrived a short while later and it wasn't long before we had our feet up and were nursing some red wine in front of the fire.

 
 
 
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Posted by Migrant Saffa
29 Oct 2009
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