Author - Common Good

Lean In, Listen In

This podcast series is all about us getting a better understanding of the lived reality of people in Cape Town and their experience of land and space. So many times, the topic of land can be spoken about at a head level, quoting facts and statistics. Other times, it is so emotive that people switch off when engaging. So [...]


Meet Ncebakazi

Ncebakazi Tingwe loves to cook and dreams of opening a cooking school for youth in Langa. Unfortunately, her previous efforts to study for a profession in the hospitality industry have been disappointed: she left a chefs’ learnership after finding out that it wasn’t correctly accredited, and  had to drop out of food and beverage management classes at the Cape [...]

A new early life initiative is born

“When you pay attention to the beginning of the story, you can change the whole story” – Raffi Cavoukian Science tells us that the first thousand days of life, from conception to two years of age, is a short but critical phase of development that ultimately determines the trajectory of each young life. This is when the building blocks for [...]

Boundary Primary joins Common Good

Common Good is delighted to welcome Boundary Primary to our growing network of collaboration schools. Boundary is the second school that we are partnering with in the Bonteheuwel community, joining Disa Primary with whom we have already enjoyed a year-long association. The school currently serves 494 learners from Grade R – 7, and has a teaching and leadership staff of [...]

Toddler years (12-24 months)

Spiritual development of a child Psalm 78: “2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, 3 things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and [...]

On the move (3-12 months)

As Jesus entered Jerusalem, his triumphal entry caused the whole city to be stirred. People everywhere were asking ‘who is this?’ Jesus goes to the temple, drives out the moneychangers, heals the blind and lame. At this point, Matthew points out the response of two groups of people: the religious, rule abiding adults and the children: “But when the chief [...]

The fourth trimester (0-3 months)

Birth is an incredible thing. So many ‘firsts’. Little baby goes from being inside her mother, to breathing air for the first time, seeing light for the first time and being able to grip onto her mother and father. Mom and dad get to hold her for the first time, seeing her. Very quickly everything changes. Nine months of [...]

New Life (Pregnancy)

It is profound to consider the myriad of processes that take place in the womb. Consider how many cells must multiply to get from two cells joining together to an infant at birth. We marvel at these incredible concepts. When we introduce our faith into this, we have even greater reason to stand in awe. Psalm 139 tells us: “For [...]

Parents first

If you were asked: what does a child in the first thousand days need? Fairly quickly you could describe what an infant needs. It isn’t one thing – it is a range. And it isn’t only one demographic of child that needs this. All children everywhere need a combination of things to thrive and develop. The ‘building blocks’ of [...]

Dads don’t babysit

How do you get ready for fatherhood? Men facing fatherhood may have a range of questions that can be overwhelming: Am I enough for this? Can I provide enough? What is going to change in my family? New dads may feel that they can’t add value, that they have nothing to do, that they cannot soothe baby, or get [...]