Open Community Encounters

Co-creating our future through conversation


We invite you to join people from different neighbourhoods in and around Sophiatown to connect and share thoughts, ideas and possibilities to collectively create a new story for South Africa.

We have had enough of division, line drawing and camps fighting each other. We are interested in a new story for South Africa that forges an “us” story for “our” country instead of one that reinforces separation.

If we hurt, let’s hold one another.

If we are angry, let’s express it safely, where people can listen.

If we dream a new dream, let’s inspire each other.

As the National Development Plan’s Vision 2013 states, we see a future where:

We have created a home where everybody

feels free yet bounded to others; where

everyone embraces their full potential.

We are proud to be a community that cares.



Name: Open Community Encounters

Date: 14 November 2015

Time: 13:00 until 16:00 – Note we will start at 13:30 sharp. Please come earlier if you want to chat and have a cup of tea or coffee.

Venue: “the Mix”, Corner Toby and Edward Streets, Sophiatown (entrance at 71 Toby). Get directions  here:

RSVP:  SMS your name to 0606183032 by 13 November

Entry: Bring ID document, driver’s licence or some kind of identification.

Refreshments: The Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre will offer refreshments on sale. All proceeds will go to the centre in support of its work in the community.


Who are “we”?

Alison Gitelson, Susan Williams and Petro Janse van Vuuren are three coaches who have come together to create a space for open community encounters. All three of us live in the suburbs around Sophiatown and we dream of a real “New South Africa.” By the next encounter, we hope that this “we” includes you.

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