The Ons Plek Book

“ONS PLEK – A Place for Us.”

The story of the Ons Plek Projects Girls’ Shelter in Cape Town.

by Pam Jackson and Renée Rossouw.

Copyright Ons Plek Projects 2006. [Citation]

 

Copies available in University Libraries in the Western Cape.

Free download here – click on chapter to download.

 

Chapter 1

The stolen child, the murderer and Ons Plek’s elite detective Team.

… in which an overview of Ons Plek’s work is presented through the telling of Thuli’s true life story

 

Chapter 2

A Place for Us.

…in which we introduce Ons Plek, describe life on the street and sketch the brief history of anything but an uneventful time.

 

Chapter 3 Back with my family.

Family Reunification.

…in which dancing in a shebeen becomes a key work task for child care worker Zuziwe and colleague Cynthia reluctantly takes off her brand new high heels on the muddy Transkei hills… all in the professional pursuit of family reunification

 

Chapter 4

Counselling at Ons Plek

…in which the stone hearts of some children are warmed so that they can feel again… and the counselling process is shared

 

Chapter 5

Life Story Books-Weaving together the strands.

…in which some children are helped to tell some very personal stories

 

 

 

 

Chapter 6

The welltrodden path to death’s door.

…in which the phone rings several times and we learn to rise to the occasion when death pays a call

 

Chapter 7

“The Bold and the Beautiful”.

…in which staff help children to talk about the private topic of sexual abuse and the focus is on ways of dealing with sexual ‘acting out’

 

Chapter 8

Discipline through consequences.

…in which the girls try to stay one step ahead of the staff and discipline becomes as empowering as it can be

 

Chapter 9

Quiet weekends and when to quit.

…in which we come to terms with the reality that “there is no helping some people”

 

Chapter 10

“Sifunda Ukuphila” – “We are here for our future lives”.

…in which we paint a picture of what the girls haven’t learnt at school and what to do about it

 

Chapter 11

Responses to Frequently Asked Questions.

… and presenting some intense debates

 

Chapter 12

The real Bold and Beautiful Ons Plek’s staff members.

….work of the heart (link to the team)