HELLO & WELCOME to Thislife Online Magazine

AND WELCOME to Cape Town, South Africa, a regular on the world’s top cities lists (not that we’re ones to boast 😉 )

We’re thrilled you’ve landed on our stories of hope. We get so encouraged writing them down – and we hope you’ll get just as invigorated reading them.

Eek, how stressy life can be, even in this glorious city! Take the daily slog, add some tough relationships, health issues and a few curve balls, drizzle with a few global angsts of your choice (pandemics? terrorism? corruption? global warming?), and voilà!  Your very own recipe for never getting out of bed again.

But (hallelujah) there’s a flip side. The good news, friends, is that instead of lying down and taking it, so many of you are rising up from your ashes and soaring (ok, there’s some intermittent staggering too, but forward you still go). Down here in Africa, wonderful things are happening daily, and we’ve got some diverse and lovely examples right here to inspire every one of you, whichever part of the globe you’re stashed in (cos if we can do it, so can you!)

Our list of people overcoming life’s challenges and health issues is as long as your arm, and we’ve just as many stories of everyday heroes making a difference to those around them. The people on our pages say God often helps them over life’s road bumps. Read on if you’d like to hear their stories and send us yours from wherever you live.

Finished them all already? Try our humour: Grant Clark’s mountain biking whinge proves a nice little grumble does the psyche wonders. Then there’s sport and food (thank you, Lord, for making our breakfast bakes possible in addition to creating the universe). And how about healthy life, parenting, work life? Plus our authentic cinema page, made possible by students-on-the-rise at a film school in Manenberg, an area of Cape Town beset with challenges. This, people, is a smorgasbord of digital delights.

Finally, whet your appetite for Cape Town life and if you’re not from these parts, why not come on down and see what all the fuss is about?

‘So often, in this land of contradictions, even in its darkest corners there are inspiring rays of light,’ wrote veteran South African journalist and Harvard Nieman fellow, Allister Sparks. Spot on, Allister. They make everything worthwhile.

Katy Macdonald


Ed having a worthwhile moment
Our Team

EDITOR Katy Macdonald – editor@thislifeonline.co.za

ADVERTISING Dean Herrick – 082 558 3722 and dean@thislifeonline.co.za. Check out our great advertising rates!

WRITERS Rose Cohen, Kat Farquharson, Susan Segar

VISUALS  Nicky Elliott, Leentjie du Preez, Ronelle de Villiers, Annette Davis


AD DESIGN Simone Potter

PROOFREADING Natasha Curry, Erin Meissner


BOARD Brian Burnett, Brian Hill, Katy Macdonald


We love hearing from you. Let us know what you have to say – gripes included! Mail our editor Katy or the whole team on editor@thislifeonline.co.za


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Thislife and its stories of hope are not for profit and have evolved out of a group of churches which make up St John’s Parish, Wynberg, Cape Town (www.stjohnsparish.org.za)

Above: The physical magazine we evolved from in order to reach people wherever they are on the globe…
Thank you to our beloved sponsors for recognising the difference in life that hope can make!
Sue Bashall, Judy & William Bates, Sue Bentley, Ebbie Broadley, Claire Brocklebank, Clyde & Pam Broster, Daphne Colburn, Colinton Surgery (Newlands, Cape Town), Jorg Demnitz, Emma & Cris Dillon, Dorrington Jessop Incorporated Attorneys (Claremont, Cape Town), Corinne & Peter Golding, Wendy & Garth Grobler, Brian Hill, Mary Holgate, Margi Linegar, Lucy Linley, the Lovric family, Charlie Miller, Janet Mills, Manuela & Rob O’Hanlon, Heidi Olson, Amanda Prout-Jones, Alan Ramsay, Kathy Scott, Pippa Shaper, Cynthia Sneddon, The Sowers Trust, Claudia Treagus, Monique Vanderlinden, Liesel & George van Niekerk, Lisa Walters, Cindy Webber, Neville Wellington, Helen Wilson, Liz Wilson, Mike & Barbara Wilson, William & Gill Woods, Bonnie Yule-Kuehne. Plus ‘anonymous’ of Cape Town (you know who you are)