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If you are wanting to connect with Steve and Val Hayes of Tshwane, South Africa, this is the place to come

E-mail: Steve or Val

If you try to visit our main family web pages at Bravenet you will be told that the page has “expired” (whatever that means). It seems that Bravenet is expiring, and we have now found what we hope will be a more reliable host and you can find our web pages at

If you want to contact us about:

Family history – check our family history blog or family history wiki, or e-mail us (see above)

Orthodox Mission – check the Orthodox mission forum or the main blog (click Home above)

Books and literature – check Steve’s Good Reads page or the NeoInklings book discussion forum

General chat – try the Worldchat discussion forum, or e-mail us

Snail mail: – PO Box 7648, Pretoria, 0001 South Africa

9 Comments leave one →
  1. 14 October 2010 6:53 pm

    Dear Steve Hayes,
    Khanya blog carried a response to the Hermitage of Divine Wisdom Appeal in June.It was positive and sympathetic. However, your blog has also included since June the libellous gossip of someone
    who conceals their name but writes under the pseudonym Guardian Angel. I have known and worked with Karen Markham for ten years.This is slander and defamation of character. My sense of your blog is that it is inspired by Orthodox Christianity and by values of charity and decency. Legal advice is that in U.K. law, there is here a strong case of libel and defamation of character.But the legal route is surely a last resort.Would you consider removing this item from your blog and so from the Google entry under Karen Markham and the Hermitage of Divine Wisdom? Bishop Michael , the trustees of the Hermitage Trust and all who know Karen,would be very grateful. Greetings, Priestmonk Silouan.

    • 15 October 2010 3:40 am

      I have removed both the original post and the comments on it from public view.

  2. 15 October 2010 4:22 am

    Many thanks.Your response is both gracious and swift.All concerned will be grateful. Greetings of peace, Hieromonk Silouan. Monastery of St Antony and St Cuthbert,Gatten, U.K.

  3. GeorgeYuri permalink
    16 September 2011 12:44 am

    Hello and Blessings from Canada,
    At the risk of sounding ridiculous, is there any Orthodox aid being sent to the Horn of Africa famine and drought victims?

  4. Siya Mkhize permalink
    27 August 2012 11:32 pm

    Hi,I went to the Greek church in Durban twice but I am not going back.It is shocking how the rich greeks sit in front and ignore less afluent members and those of other races.The greeks also have a habit of staring at you up and down.I would rather buy icons and pray at home.

    • constantine permalink
      3 July 2014 4:38 pm

      Shopkeeper mentality

  5. HIS permalink
    21 September 2013 4:04 pm

    I write a blog about memorial drinking fountains and would like permission to use your photos of the Victorian drinking fountain in Burgersdorp. I would, of course, credit and link back to your website.
    You can view my blog at

  6. 3 November 2013 10:23 pm

    Dear Father Stephen,
    I do not know of a Web site for deacons to communicate and share with one another, but it might exist. Hope you can connect with your brothers in Christ.

    Meanwhile, you might be interested in looking at our Web site,
    It has a good deal of information about the diaconate.

    Your sister in Christ,
    Marilyn Rouvelas

  7. 6 May 2016 1:36 pm

    Have you a branch in Tanzania? if so connect me and my bible group to join them. Richard Mwita Ondyek, Box 152, Tarime, Mara, Tanzania, +255683416991

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