Last month at OurHood, we changed our Social Media strategy to allow us to highlight our top posts for the month in different categories.

We want to make sure that we proudly show off our top South African citizens, food and places, in order to connect our community and create pride among everyone.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


and we wanted to honour all those affected by Breast Cancer.

Breast cancer among South African women is increasing. It is one of the most common types of cancer, affecting women, according to the National Health Department.

Read more on our blog.

#WomanCrushWednesday of the Month:

Yvonne Chaka-Chaka

Yvonne Chaka-Chaka is an internationally recognised South African singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher.
Dubbed the “Princess of Africa”, Chaka-Chaka has been at the forefront of South African popular music for more than 27 years.

#ManCrushMonday of the month:

Chad Saaiman

Having graduated from the University of the Western Cape with a B.A. Degree in English Literature and Communications, Chad is a prolific songwriter who has penned radio singles for some of SA’s biggest artists and has written over 40 songs playlisted on the radio over the last 10 years.

#TravelTuesday of the month:

The Panorama Route

Photo credit: Nomad Tours

With attractions like God’s Window, the Blyde River Canyon and numerous waterfalls, the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga is a scenic road in South Africa, connecting several cultural and natural points of interest.

Our Top #FridayFood of the Month:

We couldn’t choose one, so we chose two!

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Click here for the Recipe.

Bacon and Camembert Pull-Apart Garlic Bread:

Click here for the Recipe.

Our #SmallBusinessSaturday of the Month:

Stationery + Signage by Kirstin Simone

Kirstin makes wedding and event stationery.
“My services range from invitations to on the day stationery, including hand-painted signs, handwritten chalkboards and creating custom decor pieces.

Every client deserves something unique for their wedding or event and I pride myself in being able to fulfil that need. If I haven’t made it before, I’ll figure it out and make it happen. I’m here to make your Pinterest dreams come true!”

Instagram: @kirstin_simone
FB: Stationery + Signage by Kirstin Simone
Email: [email protected]

Another special day this month was


The mission of World Animal Day (4 October) is to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.

Building the celebration of World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilising it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals.

Through increased awareness and education, we can create a world where animals are always recognised as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.

This goes hand-in-hand with one of our #ManCrushMondays, local animal welfare warrior, Michael van Jaarsveld.

Van Jaarsveld will be donning the Animal Welfare Society of South Africa‘s colours at this year’s iconic Impi Challenge and Festival, where he plans to raise awareness and funds for AWS SA.

You can support him by making a donation, here.

Other holidays this month:

2 October


International Day of Nonviolence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of nonviolence.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948).

5 October

#WorldTeachersDay and #WorldSmileDay

#WorldTeachersDay is held every year on 5 October to honour teachers and recognise their contributions to education and development.

We’d like to emphasise the importance of teachers and learning, to increase the awareness and understanding of the teaching profession.

Give your teacher a big hug and an appreciative smile, because it also happens to be #WorldSmileDay!

10 October


This year, the theme is: “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.” “Suicide and substance abuse numbers have been steadily rising and LGBTQ youth are feeling alone and persecuted for being true to themselves.

Young adults are at the age when serious mental illnesses can occur and yet they are taught little to nothing about mental health.”
– The South African Federation for Mental Health

Ways to help loved ones suffering from mental illness:
– Be informed.
– Start dialogues, not debates. – Avoid being judgemental.
– Respect their limits.
– Ask what helps.
– Stay in touch.
– Look after yourself.


OurHood wants to say thank you to all the emergency room nurses for their hard work, dedication, service and commitment to their patients and families and their loyalty to the emergency nursing profession.

17 October


This year marks the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the General Assembly as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The theme for this year is: “Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity.”

What can you and your community do to help eliminate poverty, once and for all?

18 October


Advertise your business on OurHood’s Local Deals page, and grow your business by taking the time to get to know your customers.

You can use OurHood to find out their wants, needs, likes and dislikes; allowing you to plant a seed that will be sure to flourish!

For more information, email: [email protected]

28 October

#NationalChocolateDay AND #ChampagneDay were on the same day!

What more could you want?

Then, our 2 favourite


These old-school soup bowls and this old Mnet logo!

And for #TuesdayTunesDay, we loved:

Mandoza’s “Nkalakatha”!

Last, but not least,

tonight is Halloween!

For #FlashbackFriday last week we looked back at some photos of how people celebrated the holiday in the past

We also wrote a blog post about the holiday and how you could use the OurHood platform to organise a fun Halloween event for the children in your neighbourhood, at the same time, getting to know your neighbours.

We hope you enjoyed this month with OurHood. If you have any people, places, recipes or businesses you would like to recommend or nominate for next month, you can comment below, or email us at: [email protected]

From your friendly neighbours at OurHood!