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Peter John Moses

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Born and bred on the Cape Flats, Peter John is a social commentator, writer and a well known ultra runner in the Western Cape. He is a proud father to two boys.

Mr Ramaphosa, our girls deserve better. An open letter.

Access to free sanitary pads has been on the table for multiple years and countless ministers and leaders and yet this seemingly simple service has simply not been effected. Peter John Moses writes an open letter to the president, imploring him to be better than the rest and to provide a simple solution for something that affects nearly half the population. 

Mining for gold in forgotten communities

Reflecting on the Commonwealth Games, Peter John Moses asks why certain communities - ravaged by drugs and gangsterism, are excluded from sporting investments. Not...

Libraries: an escape, an investment

The South African National Library was established 200 years ago in 1818. The fact that it still exists today is a testament to the courage and dedication of many generations of librarians, whose love and passion for maintaining the records, literary works and vast volumes of collected knowledge have kept the institution of the library going throughout our country’s turbulent past. Peter John Moses explains why he believes we owe libraries and their custodians a debt of gratitude for giving us access to our history, for providing safety, and for the opportunity to build a better future.

Transport in SA: Going nowhere fast

There is little dignity for those at the mercy of poor rail services in South Africa. Affected by crime, lack of safety, endless delays and broken promises, the failing transportation system disproportionately affects the poor. Peter John Moses reflects on the situation that many of his fellow commuters are fed up with. 

A new academic year of hope and worry

The journey from Grades 1 to 12 is fraught with equal measure of hope and concern. Parents hope for a quality education that will lead to a better life, but there is also concern for the quality of education and whether our politicians, planners and teachers are doing our children justice. But for many, the concern is amplified by their surroundings. For many school-goers, the journey to school is fraught with life-threatening dangers. Peter John Moses shares his hopes and concerns for his children during the new academic year. 

No place for young men

Cape Flats are reminiscent of the calls from the 1990s that gave birth to community vigilantism at the time and resulted in the area becoming a war zone. While the vigilantism has all but disappeared, the gangs live on and the number of victims continues to rise. Indeed, the situation is no better. In the absence of safety and hope, and in territory synonymous with some of the worst crime statistics on the planet, Peter John Moses believes we are seeing a new call to arms. 

The shared roads we travel

Runners from all walks of life get together every weekend to run and when they do, they become better humans. Peter John Moses considers how much better the country would be if we all ran a little.

Celebrating differences without reinforcing racism

Is it possible to celebrate our differences without resorting to racism? Peter John Moses believes we can and should.

Running away from stereotypes

How does one break out of a negative and dangerous societal cycle without hope, help, education or opportunity? One man ran away.

The car guard that taught me life lessons

Peter John Moses looks back at a time when he thought car guards were a contribution to unemployment and how he was wrong.

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Mr Ramaphosa, our girls deserve better. An open letter.

Access to free sanitary pads has been on the table for multiple years and countless ministers and leaders and yet this seemingly simple service has simply not been effected. Peter John Moses writes an open letter to the president, imploring him to be better than the rest and to provide a simple solution for something that affects nearly half the population. 

When padding an issue is the only thing to do

There are few things that a school-going girl should worry about. A period getting in the way of learning should never be one of them.

Libraries: an escape, an investment

The South African National Library was established 200 years ago in 1818. The fact that it still exists today is a testament to the courage and dedication of many generations of librarians, whose love and passion for maintaining the records, literary works and vast volumes of collected knowledge have kept the institution of the library going throughout our country’s turbulent past. Peter John Moses explains why he believes we owe libraries and their custodians a debt of gratitude for giving us access to our history, for providing safety, and for the opportunity to build a better future.

No place for young men

Cape Flats are reminiscent of the calls from the 1990s that gave birth to community vigilantism at the time and resulted in the area becoming a war zone. While the vigilantism has all but disappeared, the gangs live on and the number of victims continues to rise. Indeed, the situation is no better. In the absence of safety and hope, and in territory synonymous with some of the worst crime statistics on the planet, Peter John Moses believes we are seeing a new call to arms. 

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