Provocative Pieter-Dirk Uys at Evita se Perron: The voice of our collective conscience

The quaint little village of Darling, more or less an hour’s drive north of Cape Town off the R27, and midway between Yzerfontein and Malmesbury, is the home of South Africa’s most famous White lady: Evita Bezuidenhout. She lives and performs at a most unusual theatrical venue: Darling’s old railway station, which has been lovingly…

The Analogy of the Bird Feeder

I found the following insightful analogy on the Facebook site of Helen Zille, our new Premier of the Western Cape. One of her fans had posted this comment. I thought it was quite clever, so I’m borrowing it to post on my blog: “I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch…

Bushisms

A couple of days ago I received an email that purported to contain a whole list of Bushisms – those sometimes bizarre, often incomprehensible, and frequently (unintentionally) funny things said by ex-President G W Bush. I was about to post the whole thing because it was really funny, when Richard asked me: “Are you quite…

Xenophobia

For the last few weeks, starting around the middle of May, terrible violence has flared up in some of our townships. There have been attacks on foreigners, primarily on migrants, refugees and asylum seekers from other African countries, for example Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Malawi, Nigeria, the Congo, Somalia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola. They have fled civil wars,…

Err… rather talk to the criminals nicely

Is our government predictable, or what? Poor Minister Shabangu seems to be having a tough time. She’s being roundly scolded, severely reprimanded, and threatened with permanent unemployment for having the courage to acknowledge that crime is (literally) killing us. Most of the political parties as well as the Human Rights Commission are criticising her for…

Shoot to kill?

I was astounded to see the following headline this morning: “Kill the bastards, Minister tells Police”. It appears that our Deputy Safety and Security Minister Susan Shabangu made some really bold statements to both residents and the police in Pretoria West yesterday at an ‘anti-crime imbizo’ (which I suppose is a kind of community meeting…