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Change a Life – Mike Thomson murder feedback

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

We received the following incredible feedback from the Mike Thomson Change a Life Trust that we wish to share…

It was eight years ago that Mike Thomson was tragically murdered and the Mike Thomson Change a Life Trust was formed in his memory. In all these years his killers had not been brought to book but his mother, Diana, reports that the wait for justice is finally over.

On Tuesday, 26 July 2016, the final member and leader of the gang responsible for Mike’s murder was sentenced to 15 years for armed robbery and 20 years for murder. Although the sentence will run concurrently with the 37 years he is serving at present, it will add to the years he will not be eligible for parole. Diana says that, after all the years Razor Zulu has been completely unrepentant and has pleaded not guilty to the crime, he made an about face the day before the trial and plead guilty to the crime.  He also apologised to Diana and Lorna, Mike’s widow.

Two members of the gang had previously pleaded guilty and turned state witness against Razor Zulu and another man named Stofele. They were given 25 and 20 years respectively.  The final outcome has been that of the five members of the gang, three are in prison, one was killed during a gun battle after escaping from prison and Stofele was released for lack of evidence against him.

Mike’s family can finally take comfort that these people will not be at liberty to continue with their reign of terror for many years to come.

The DNA Project wishes to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Mike Thomson Change a Life Trust for their many years of amazing support.

Their continued support enabled us to bring about a positive change not only through our various projects and awareness campaigns, but most importantly in allowing us to champion the need for effective legislation in South Africa – which ultimately lead to the passing of the new ‘DNA Act’ – to make better use of forensic DNA evidence as a crime fighting tool.

Thank you!

Change a Life Masquerade Cycle Tour 2014

Friday, September 12th, 2014

The Mike Thomson Change a Life Trust, launched by Computershare in 2008, is one of the DNA Project’s most generous sponsors which is dedicated to a peaceful future for all South Africans.

Change a Life’s primary fundraiser is an annual Change a Life Cycle Tour and the 2014 Masquerade Cycle Tour, scheduled to take place from 13 to 18 September, promises to be one of their most dramatic tours yet.

In keeping with the exclusive luxury and pampering our high profile executive cyclists have become accustomed to, the 2014 tour is designed around the fabulous Rovos Rail – rated one of the world’s top 25 trains – which will provide quality accommodation and transport between the stages.

Without giving too much away, Change a Life confirms that the four day 500 km cycle tour starting in the beautiful Western Cape will more than fulfil their participants’ expectations of an extreme challenge, while the après cycle experiences will be filled with all the drama and intrigue of a masquerade ball.

We wish all of the participants a wonderful and enjoyable ride!

Sponsor and profile of the month

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

The work we accomplish as the DNA Project is in no small part thanks to the dedication of an amazing group of individuals that encompasses the DNA Project family as well as the incredible help and generous support we receive from our sponsors.

As a thank you and means for our supporters to learn more about the the DNA Project, we’ll be showcasing one of our sponsor’s or team member’s profiles each month beginning from February.

This month’s chosen sponsor is the Mike Thomson “Change a Life” Trust.

The Mike Thomson Change a Life Trust, launched by Computershare in 2008, is one of our most generous sponsors which is dedicated to a peaceful future for all South Africans. It supports effective, grassroots programmes that aim to address the causes and symptoms of crime. The DNA Project is fortunate to be one of the beneficiaries of this incredible initiative.

The Change a Life Trust currently supports the DNA Project, iChoose to Change a Life, the Martin Dreyer Change a Life Academy, the Allan Thomson Kushido Karate-do and Nemato Change a Life.

Change a Life’s primary fundraiser is an annual Change a Life Cycle Tour and the 2014 Change a Life Masquerade Cycle Tour, scheduled to take place from 13 to 18 September, promises to be one of their most dramatic tours yet. The four day 500 km cycle tour will start in the beautiful Western Cape and looks to be an extreme challenge for all participants.

The 2014 Change a Life Masquerade Cycle Tour, scheduled to take place from 13 to 18 September promises to be one of our most dramatic tours yet. In keeping with the exclusive luxury and pampering our high profile executive cyclists have become accustomed to, the 2014 tour is designed around the fabulous Rovos Rail – rated one of the world’s top 25 trains – which will provide quality accommodation and transport between the stages. Without giving too much away, we can confirm that the four day 500 km cycle tour starting in the beautiful Western Cape will more than fulfil our participants’ expectations of an extreme challenge, while the après cycle experiences will be filled with all the drama and intrigue of a masquerade ball…

To learn more about Change a life please visit http://dnaproject.co.za/change-a-life or http://changealifecycle.co.za.