God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

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05.07.2010 New website

Creating a new website is always a bigger story.. chosing the right features, the right functionality. We are re-designing in the moment our HOPE Cape Town website and lots of work will go into every detail. Checking all the information, adding new ones, chosing the right pictures.. it is amazing what one has to consider to get it right at the end. And whether we get it right or not, that our supporters will decide – they have to like it and to find the information easily they want to know about.

So today another meeting on the new website – and an interview with the “Domradio” in Cologne – not about HIV and AIDS but about the soccer world cup and the perception of Germans in South Africa. One can feel that the world cup draws to an end, more requests came in on interviews for the coming week and the topic is always the same: What has this soccer world cup brought to the ordinary people of South Africa? We know that FIFA got their share on proceeds, that SJB could promote himself in many ways (and advertising himself as a good candidate for the Nobel Peace Price) – but what is the ordinary person thinking? What will be the legacy – and the debt for the future of South Africa? What does it mean for the fight against HIV and AIDS?

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07.06.2010 Website and more

At 9 am my first radio interview for the day with a broadcaster from Berlin about South Africa before the Soccer World Cup 2010.  Then meeting at HOPE Cape Town offices to discuss the layout for the new HOPE Cape Town website. We are living in a time where the internet presentation is of importance. The discussion goes around details in layout and how it will be maintained afterwards. It is a very intensive debate. From Tygerberg back to town for a meeting before heading back to be ready for the next interview – same topic plus additional information about HIV/AIDS and South Africa. In between emails and getting an overview over the weeks agenda.

In the evening then a house mass @ Resi’s place – a tradition of many years. 8 people around the table, a service and afterwards a meal and a lively discussion ranging from soccer to the state of affair of our church. It is one of the occasions where I feel what it means to be a priest, connecting to people in a way, which is becoming so rare with all the management duties, a priest of  our days has to perform.

When I come home I realise, that now the talk show is aired where I was participating last Monday – well, let’s see what the reactions are in the next days to come… AIDS prevention and the invention of “the pill” – topics where one as a priest has a difficult stand in our days…

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