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The South African Military Veterans Organisation of Australasia (SAMVOA) is proud to bring to the Australian and New Zealand public, the opportunity to visit some of the battlefields that their forefathers might have fought on more than a century ago.
 
 
 
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Posted by Tony Macquet
26 Mar 2012
A group of local South African and Zimbabwean expats will this week launch an advertising campaign to thank Australia and their new hometowns on the Sunshine Coast for the warm welcome received upon their arrival to the community.
 
 
 
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Posted by Lani Wilson
07 Mar 2012
Jonathan Butler made a name for himself in the U.S. with his self-titled album, Jonathan Butler, back in 1987. Twenty four years later, he is a Grammy nominated guitarist and singer who sings and plays across many genres, including contemporary jazz, R&B, gospel and adult pop. Through it all, he has remained true to his musical and cultural heritage, weaving the rhythms of his native South Africa into his music. Since the apartheid system officially ended and was replaced by a democracy in 1994, Jonathan Butler was free to return to his homeland, after many, many years, and make music.
 
 
 
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Posted by Beryl Segers
13 Feb 2012
Last November, I flew to Johannesburg to spend some time visiting relatives and do some travelling before I begin a new job in Melbourne, in February this year. When I decided to go over to SA in about May 2011 my initial plan was to work for my Aunt's business as I would be based at her home in the South of Johannesburg. By the time I actually booked my flights, it was close to the end of August and I then began thinking about the fact that I did not actually need to work and would rather spend my time volunteering. I decided immediately that I would visit Nkosi's Haven, a home for destitute HIV/AIDS infected mothers, their children, and resulting AIDS orphans (infected or not). At the end of September, I then decided to do some fundraising; my initial goal being $500.
 
 
 
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Posted by Caitlyn Black
29 Jan 2012

I sometimes wonder why I need to be twelve thousand kilometres away from all the precious memories that had become engrained in me. Maybe this is for me to hear a touching story of people that do not necessarily share my culture, a story that has stayed with me since I heard it.

“Grantham is a tiny town west of Brisbane, in the Lockyer Valley that was devastated by flash floods on the 10th of January 2011. Many people have tragically lost their lives, homes and businesses with much of the town destroyed. The town has become known as “Australia's Ground Zero”. (Yahoo News, 15 January, 2011)

 
 
 
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Posted by Dr James Scott
19 Jan 2012
SAMVOA (South African Military Veterans Organisation of Australasia) was formed in Melbourne, Victoria on 3rd of June 2004. Currently there are branches in all the Australian capital cities and two in New Zealand.
 
 
 
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Posted by Garth A Pienaar
17 Dec 2011
My in-laws were avid collectors of South African artists. My husband use to tease them by saying their house looks like an art gallery. After their passing, our home has become the gallery.
 
 
 
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Posted by Helena Pretorius
10 Dec 2011
Local Gospel artist; Sifaniso has been nominated for Best Songwriter and Best Praise Album at this year's Crown Gospel Awards. Akehluleki is Sifaniso's debut album which was released in 2010 under Shammah Records (owned by award winning musical couple, Tshepo Mngoma and Swazi Dlamini). Since then, it has reaped much success having won last year's Best Jazz album at the 2010 Crown Gospel Awards.
 
 
 
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Posted by Jade Gallop
24 Nov 2011

ONE of the challenges for new migrants to overcome is a feeling of lost identity as they struggle to fi nd their place within a new community.

Feeling disregarded for lacking “local understanding and knowledge”, it takes tenacity to earn recognition for who they really are and what they can achieve.

 
 
 
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Posted by Anelia Blackie
17 Nov 2011
An exhibition inspired by life experiences from Zimbabwe to Kununurra, expressed in a collection of work by local award winning artist Paula Wiegmink.
 
 
 
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Posted by Paula Wiegmink Artist/Author
14 Oct 2011
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