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Add up all the forgotten, small towns in South Africa and you get millions fighting for survival.
The economic danger to small places such as Knysna, where i stay, is far more intense than in the cities yet the situation and consequent challenges are mostly absent from the media and the verbal diarrhea of politicians without action. I may use my home as an example but maybe there are many of you out there who can relate to the situations i present to you.
I am in love with Knysna, the prettiest town in South Africa. She is my lover, sister, friend and confidant. She can’t be my mother for she is in need of fathering. She is a child to be loved and nurtured. Continue reading
Thanks to Mike Wood, the author, for his first contribution to Knysna Keep. It is always welcoming to find someone who can see both sides. We have to bridge the divide between Knysna central, its islands and the poor areas that surround them. Concordia, Khayalethu, Smutsville and Hornlee are Knysna suburbs too!
Last night I had supper with departing friends at a well known, up-market Thesen Island restaurant. It’s the first time I’ve been back for a year and a half. Why? Because I’d imposed a personal boycott. How so?
Well, the last time I took my other half there (in the company of a visiting United Kingdom Ambassador in Addis Ababa, and his wife) they nearly poisoned her with a plate of manky prawns which smelled so awful that it caused, let’s say, a physical reaction at the table. Continue reading