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The miracle of ARVs

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Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 by Leigh Worswick

Tommy’s story all began in Lesotho where he lived with his birth parents. Shortly after Tommy was born his father moved to Johannesburg to work on the mines. When Tommy was ten months old he and his mother travelled from Lesotho to Johannesburg to visit his father. On arrival in Johannesburg Tommy’s mother discovered her husband with a girlfriend.

She attempted to stab her husband and his girlfriend, which led to her arrest. Tommy was then left at a shebeen for three months until a woman eventually phoned Thea who ran an orphanage called TLC. Tommy was taken in by Thea and TLC.

Tommy was constantly sick and his doctors had done various tests but were unable to come up with a diagnosis. He was admitted to hospital. The doctors said that he had three weeks to live.

Tommy was then diagnosed with HIV at the age of three. This changed Tommy’s life as he was put on ARVs. Tommy now had the chance to be a “normal kid”; he finally had the chance to go to school. He had previously been unable to attend school because he had been too ill. “I had a lot of catching up to do and I thank God every day for my medicines because they are the only way I can live a normal life.”

Tommy found it extremely frustrating to go to school with people who are completely ignorant about AIDS and HIV. Who would have thought that in this day and age teachers would be advising their students not “share lunch boxes with people with AIDS”. They advised his fellow students to “cover their mouths with a shirt when you are around people with AIDS.” Tommy is currently a prefect at Randor School and is involved in talking to children at various different youth centres about living with HIV. He shares his story with other youths his age in the hope that it may help them.  Tommy believes that he can help and teach others from his experiences.

South Africa a democracy?

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Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 by Leigh Worswick

South Africa has been putting pressure on Zimbabwe to adopt a democratic approach to running the country. One of the fundamental aspects of  a democracy is the freedom of press. Without this essential element a country cannot claim to be democratic and fair if its people’s ability to express their views is oppressed. South Africa is being somewhat hypocritical in their conduct, as government backs proposals for a new law aimed at muzzling the press. “If the protection of Information Bill becomes law South Africa will have crossed a dangerous threshold towards a corrupt, dysfunctional and impoverished autocracy.”

Football – the basics

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Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 by Leigh Worswick

A field and a ball made out of old plastic packets and twine. All you need to get started.

Young stars

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Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 by Leigh Worswick

Soccer wars

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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 by Leigh Worswick

A sports commentator recently compared the soccer world cup to the 2nd world war saying something to the effect that the French have surrendered, the Americans came into it late and the English were left to do battle with Germany.

Ghana: “Keeping the Africa in Africa’s World Cup

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Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 by Leigh Worswick

The whole of Africa unites in celebration of Ghana’s victory over the USA.  Africa has every reason to be extremely proud of Ghana who “match the best qualities of athleticism, stamina and never say die spirit”. Player Asamaah Gyan said “We’ve done it before … Ghana is one of the best in the world cup, not for Ghana alone but, for Africa”. I am personally very impressed with Ghana’s performance as they are not capable of matching the USA in terms of money and expenditure put into sport, but yet they are able to not only match, but also better the USA’s performance on the pitch.