Supporting Education In South Africa: 1 Kilometer At A Time

Community in Action founder Carla Annas will participate in her second (self-organized) Ironman 70.3 distance triathlon on Saturday, November 27, 2022. She aims to raise R500,000 by race day at Pringle Bay Route. All proceeds will cover a full seven-year primary tuition fee at the Stellenbosch Waldorf School.  

Read more about Stellenbosch Waldorf School 

Who is Carla Annas Ironman 70.3 Triathlete

Carla grew up in Stellenbosch and works as a Chief Stewardess on a 65m motor yacht overseas. She completed her first Ironman 70.3 distance race in June this year. An entire course was mapped out to ensure all official rules were followed. Her family and friends helped organize the sporting event.

Carla Annas

It was a tough race, battling strong wind and waves all day, but the support of those waiting to cheer me on around almost every corner was overwhelming. I felt honored and privileged.

The experience inspired her to set up the Community in Action (CIA) Scholarship to support education in South Africa through sports.

 “Already during my first solo race, I decided that I wanted to do more. The mere satisfaction of completing the race was not enough. I wanted my races to mean something, so I decided to start the CIA movement and create the CIA scholarship.’’

The triathlete works with her coach and trains six days a week. They have six days of training consisting of swimming, cycling, running, and strength training. On four of the six days, she has double sessions and the other two days have one long session built-in.

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For her upcoming race on November 27, Carla shares her excitement that South Africa’s current top-rated full Ironman triathlete Bradley Weiss will also be participating in a section of the race to show support for the cause.

Bradley Weiss is the 2017 and 2019 XTERRA World Champion.  A full Ironman race is made up of a 3.9km swim, a 180 km cycle, and a 42,3km run. Weiss crossed the finish line 17th at the Kona, Hawaii in the World Champs earlier in the month. He was the first South African to cross over the line.

How Can You Help

You can help Carla raise  R500,000 for the Community in Action (CIA) Scholarship Fund to give one child a full primary school education using this link: 

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You can track Carla’s training by following her Instagram page, @carla.annas.

Read Carla Ironman 70.3 background story on her blog, Carla Annas: Triathlete

Before You Go

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and has inspired you to make a donation to the CIA Scholarship. My family and I have donated, will you do the same?

I would love to hear your thoughts, please share your comments below. We can discuss more on the quality (or lack) of education in South Africa.

Like us on our FB Page. Better yet share this post with a friend who needs to see this. They might want to make a donation no matter how small it is.

PS: There are many benefits that come with donating to a fundraiser. For one, you’ll be able to see how your money is being used and what impact it is having.

This is a great way to ensure that your donation is going to a good cause. Education is one of the most important things a child can have, so by contributing to this fundraiser, you’ll be playing a role in helping to shape a better future.

Related topic: 5 Ways To Get Involved In Annual World Book Day

Chat soon,



Book Review Weeping Waters | Karyn Brynard – Not Everyone is Your Friend

Weeping Waters by Karin Brynard is a crime fiction novel that is set in a small community by the Karoo, Northern Cape. The community setting is particularly important here, as this novel explores how people can be affected by what happens in their surrounding environment.

We’re introduced to a police detective Inspector Albertus Beeslaar. He swapped his high-paced job in Johannesburg to settle in a town where the only crimes are in stock farming. On his arrival, the gruesome murder of Freddie Swarts and her daughter welcomes him. Freddie’s throat was slit and her adopted daughter lay in a pool of blood.
Besides the murders, the inspector has to deal with his young unimpressionable detectives. Both detectives are not schooled on how to treat a crime scene. This of course annoys the hell out of the inspector. He already has a triggered temper which makes him out to be a racist when he scolds his two sergeants.

Inspector to the Superintendent, “There was no racism…My impatience with his (Sergeant Gershwin Pyl) shoddy work isn’t racism!”

All the while reading this story I could not place who the killer was. My first suspect was the mysterious farm manager, Dam de Kok. Dam and Freddie seem to have had some kind of relationship. We read later that Freddie left the farm to Dam, in case something happened to her. And his alibi was always cagey.

On his whereabouts that fateful Wednesday, Dam claims he was at the bank. Yet, he cannot explain where and what he was doing during that hour while waiting for the bank to reopen.

Could he have driven back to the farm, murder his boss, change his clothes, and go back to the bank?

Then there were more murders. Among the murders, an old monkey is found with a throat slit off with a piece of wire across its forehead. That would only mean, Dam would not be suspect any longer. He loved animals and birds, a falconer he said. In any case, why would he slit a monkey’s throat and place it in front of his house?

Later, a character is introduced. This character is a wanted suspect in Joburg. He drives a BMW and is identified as leaving a murder scene.

Why would he murder Freddie?

Freddie was a genuinely nice person. She had hopes of adopting a child with alcohol syndrome. Again, she wanted to help the community of the Griquas in getting their land back. The writer then narrates a bit of the history of the Griquas through the local museum’s curator.

Who would benefit from killing Freddie?

Her need to be the ‘Messiah’ annoyed the local farmers. Had her petition to find the land’s rightful owners, the farmers would have to leave or sell their farms. Her death meant that no one would interfere and would threaten their livelihood.

Then there was her ”best friend”, Nelmarie. She promises to make Freddie one of the renowned artists, she believes in Freddie’s talents. Throughout the story, there is no hint that she could want to kill Freddie and why would she?

By the end of the book, the author reveals who murdered poor Freddie and why. It was a twist of events for me on realising who did it



Weeping Waters by Karin Brynard

Weeping Waters is a translation of the Afrikaans bestseller Plaasmoord. Generally, the book was a page-turner and very fast-paced. Weeping Waters is a book that will make you think about how your own country and history have shaped you and influenced the present day. My only excuse for being late to the Karin Brynard party is that crime fiction is not my choice of genre, I am more of a historical fiction kind of girl.

“A slow-burner that gets hotter and hotter as the pages turn.’’ – Mike Nicole

I found Weeping Waters at our local library, Muizenburg Library

Get yourself a copy from @exclusivebooks 

Product: Weeping Waters

Author: Kary Brynard

Publisher: Penguin Random House SA

ISBN: 9780143539124

Genre: Crime Fiction

All African Books – Online Book Store Launches


All African Books – South African Online Book Store Launches

Cape Town, 29 Nov 2016 – We are excited to announce the launch of our online bookstore, All African Books. An independent online bookstore in Cape Town, South Africa selling to a niche market interested in African Literature. We will be opening our “doors” on Thursday, December 01, 2016.

We opted to go online for the convenience of the contemporary shopper but mainly to reach an expanding community of readers and authors living in the new post-colonial era. A community that is calling to celebrate authors writing about or set in Africa. The new contemporary African Literature reader from what we researched, are thirsty for stories that they can relate to and stories that they are familiar with.

Whilst the gap in the market is glaring, after gathering information on this topic and learning the trade, we recognize that there is indeed a whole lot of work that still needs to be done. Recently there was a hullabaloo that emerged on social media about a similar book store in Kenya accused of being ‘racist’ by only selling African books.

“Honestly, when the idea first came to me, I wanted a bookstore for a reader of whatever race, who like me want to go into a shop that has a huge variety of African book titles. I never anticipated that when I mentioned African book store, I was being selective on the race,’’ admits co-owner, Angy Webster.

She adds, “First mission is to entice self-published authors to see this as another useful platform to sell their books and second to sell stories that can have some kind of relation with the reader. Selling will sustain the business but more than anything, my book store has to be an outlet to open conversations around the Independence of African Literature.”

Our book store is meant to carry books written not only by South Africans, not only Black South Africans but for all races living in East, West, North and South Africa. Our aim is to reach readers, authors, and publishers in South Africa and beyond its borders. Also, to entice a community who would not necessarily have a book written by an African author as his or her first choice.

We are starting very small, receiving our inventory from major publishing companies in South Africa. We are desperately thankful for their open communicative lines.  Our selection is based mostly on what we have researched from readers likes and preferences. We have categories of both non-fiction and fiction featuring renowned investigative journalists, thought-leaders, and politicians as well as modern fiction authors.

To take a look at our selection, please visit us here:

We can be found also on the social media networks as @AllAfricanBooks.