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e-Pollen Newsletter – Second Quarter 2023

Winter Celebrations & Collaborations

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Dear Friends of Novalis Ubuntu

A local newspaper recently asked ‘Would you consider yourself “Proudly South African” ‘?

We have been asking ourselves the same question as we endeavor to awaken the Spirit of Ubuntu in all that we do here at The Novalis Ubuntu Institute.   With a small team of volunteers, lifting our organization to its fuller potential, we are meeting ‘africanacity’ at its best.   We celebrate our 2nd Quarter wins like we do the Mzansi and Khayelitsha Youth Choirs.   We celebrate all our SA Sporting heros.   We salute the incredible social worker at Dora Nginza Hospital who found a kidnapped baby and returned it to his mother.   Every day we witness millions of tiny acts of goodness that happen in this beautiful nation of ours.   And we know how this greatness comes about, as we celebrate Nelson Mandela July Month inviting small acts of kindness, contribution, and giving.   Do you have 67 minutes ? Thank you for reading our newsletter. 

We were thrilled to host two International Conferences in April with Interfaith Leaders as well as an Energy Medicine Practitioners’ gathering, embracing various faiths and modalities respectively.  Both events were highly successful and met the deepest wishes of the participants.  We strengthened our bonds between local and international friends and organisations, who understand our local journey towards fulfilling a greater purpose as well as closing the gap of inequality, so glaringly evident not just ‘cos the statistics say so’.

We launched our Winter Link Up Magazine, and held many events including La Magic Concert with high-level incredible local talent.    The Thrift markets continue to thrive. 

We completed the 18-month Novalis Library Climate Change project on a high note, with some 69 school learners from 4 schools together with principals and teachers joining in,  as the youth presented their research findings on the impact of Climate Change on the South Africa environment and its peoples.   They led with courageous solutions on how individuals can play a part to ameliorate the devastating consequences in creative, human-scale and collective community ways.    We felt mighty proud of their exploration and presentations.  A big shout out to Klaus Fischer and Team from Schulweg.e.V. in Germany for supporting this initiative.    Mzwandile Sangweni, the project manager made us all proud. 

We maintained our collaboration with various local Anthroposophical branches and initiatives.  Our CEO joined the Social Sciences Section study group led by Joan Sleigh and we participated in a famers’ workshop led by her on Threefolding in organisations.   The spirit Ubuntu keepers are alive and thriving. 

Furthermore, our organization felt enormous gratitude for being seen as we discovered the article by Dag Blakkisrud for the Norwegian Anthroposophical Autumn 2022 news booklet, entitled Mennesket. 

Having stepped over the mid-winter point here, and glad for outcomes reached this far as a volunteer working group, we have embarked on the next growth cycle. We have sourced a building expert who is busy documenting and scheduling repair tasks to our Centre.  The inverter plus batteries as well as the internet upgrade by CBA is working well, and we have embarked on a rigorous resource mobilization drive to attract more people as well as funding to take our work into more projects in the second half of this year.   We are super appreciative of our regular venue hire clients and renters who keep the lights on.   Thank you Mfukuzela, Rod Witbooi, SAILI and EarthChild.   A big shout out to our donors as well as the volunteer team demonstrating that where there is a will, there is a way.    Africanacity is Ubuntu in Action.  Amandla ! Awethu ! 

We would love to send you our list of volunteer and funding priorities. You do matter to us and we need your support and contributions. Please Contact us on or email, or

Warmest mid-year greetings to our all friends, associates and supporters. 

List of donors include : Schulweg.e.V., Emissaries Local and International,
Anthrosophical Society friends local and international; Friends in UK, USA & 
Canada; Friends in Holland. 

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