Usually, when the Deep South community of Ocean View is in the news, it’s to do with reports centred around gang activity and murder.
For example, earlier this year, the tragic murder of 7-year-old Emaan Solomons, struck by crossfire between warring gangs, led to enraged residents torching the homes of alleged drug dealers and vigilante justice.
Whilst these news stories highlight the community’s struggle, they only scratch the surface of what daily life in Ocean View really looks like, and the balancing act that those who live there must constantly navigate.
Written by Corrine Wilson, in conversation with Ingrid De Storie, Shine a Light tells the story of two women, from very different backgrounds, who set out to rescue and care for Ocean View’s vulnerable animals, and in doing so realise their shared humanity.
Corrine and Ingrid co-founded 1 Kennel At A Time, a non-profit organisation in Ocean View, back in 2015.
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While the narrative winds its way along the troubled streets, it becomes clear how animals provide a unique platform for dialogue and, in turn, healing.
Through Ingrid’s eyes, and in conversations with people who would never have otherwise spoken – gangsters, drug dealers and addicts – Corrine slowly begins to feel her perceptions waver when she learns that behind every broken animal is a broken human, and just because someone can speak, it does not guarantee them a voice.
At times uplifting and inspiring, and at times a gut-wrenching reminder of the stark inequality that divides Cape Town, Shine a Light takes readers inside a community that for many is just an afterthought en route to Kommetjie and beyond.
For each copy bought through the book’s website, R50 will go towards an animal charity of your choosing.
You can also order the book via Takealot, or find it in all major bookstores across the country.
There will also be a book signing soon, where you can meet Corrine and Ingrid, so check in here for news on that front.
Any books bought at the signing will also see R50 go towards an animal charity of your choosing.
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