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…

Goodbye, Noorjehan

I met Noorjehan Abbass many years ago, in my past life as a legal secretary at an attorneys’ firm in Cape Town. I can’t remember exactly how long we worked together, and I lost touch with her afterwards. She phoned me once in the intervening years, and told me that she had had two adorable…

My last day at UCT

… has finally come to an end. It’s close to midnight, and we’ve just returned home from campus after another marathon session. Yesterday, I’d been at work until late at night, reconciling accounts… a skill I’d learned from my previous boss. It feels good to do reconciliations and to make sure that the numbers balance:…

The uproar around Sax Appeal 2009

Every year in February, the Remember And Give (RAG) team at the University of Cape Town publishes an irreverent, funny, satirical – and sometimes offensive – magazine known as Sax Appeal in order to raise funds for the Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO), which does truly amazing and inspirational work in very difficult…