Author Archives: Meghan

Honouring Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Because the 9th of August was Women’s Day, August is Women’s Month, and Sunday, the 26th of August is Women’s Equality Day, OurHood has decided that every Tuesday we will discuss one woman in history whose brave actions paved the way for women today.…

South African Bloggers Who Inspire Us (Part 2)

Because it’s Women’s Month, OurHood decided to chat to 10 beautiful female bloggers around South Africa, who we thought are using their talents to put some positive energy out into “internet land”. They also reminded us what a stunning and diverse place we…

Honouring Dr Frene Ginwala

This Thursday, the 9th of August, is not only a public holiday, but also a very important day in our country’s history. Thursday is Women’s Day. August is also Women’s Month, and Sunday, the 26th of August, is Women’s Equality Day.   Picture…

South African Bloggers Who Inspire Us (Part 1)

Today, it has become common for people to share their lives on social media; letting others know what they’re up to, their thoughts, their opinions, their cat’s movements… Blogs, however, allow people to express themselves much more creatively, doing deeper research on topics of…

You CAN Make A Difference

Anyone and everyone is able to be a major part of a community, regardless of social or economic status. “You don’t need to come from wealth or privilege to make a difference.” – Joni Ernst   Pic credit: Creative Commons Forget about hierarchy.…

BE THE LEGACY

“It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.” OurHood celebrates and honours Nelson Mandela, and what would have been his 100th birthday. 18 July 1918 – 05 December 2013    Photo credits: Left: Creative Commons…

Dogs are your Community’s Best Friend

  Credit for both pics: Funda Nenja The first recorded use of the phrase: “man’s best friend”, was made by Frederick the Great, King of Prussia (1740-1786). Frederick referred to one of his Italian Greyhounds as his best friend. Dogs have been used…

How Is Facebook Affecting Us And Our Neighbourhoods?

Pic credit: Creative Commons. The social network company, Facebook, has seen several changes, since 2005, in the way the platform has been used. It started as a way for individuals to show day to day activities in one’s life. The platform has morphed…

Youth Day

Thousands of black students went on a protest rally, in Soweto on the 16th of June 1976. The students were protesting against an official Government order which made Afrikaans compulsory in all medium schools throughout the country, many of which had neither language in their…

June is World Blood Donation Month

Pic credit: SANBS. “Approximately 3300 units of blood are required in South Africa every single day,” according to Ivor Hobbs, Regional Marketing Manager at the South African National Blood Service (SANBS). So, why don’t you donate blood? Are you scared of needles? We understand if you are.…