A short film message David Linberg made based on his “favourite quotes from Alan Watts about how the way of looking at your life as a journey can be the most destructive way”. Consider this as you make your new year’s resolution…
There’s something about a mass of black, African voices that sends joyful shivers through me. It’s not about the lyrics (i’m an ignorant bugger) but something emotional on a primal level, something my whitie ancestors maybe lost as they were building ships to populate foreign lands they had no intention of belonging to. This isn’t political commentary. Times have changed. Colonialism is dead and i’m a White African, born and bred through tough and love. This is appreciation for the minute of joy as i heard Knysna’s Percy Mdala High School teens singing in this video at their morning assembly. … ‘Click here to read full article…’
That Susan Campbell is recently at the centre of controversy in Knysna means that she’s shaking the trees of corruption in all the right places. SUSAN CAMPBELL Susan Campbell practised as an attorney in Johannesburg before moving to Knysna in 2003. She’s a founding member of the Western Heads/Goukama Conservancy (and its first Chairperson). She’s an adviser to the Knysna Ratepayers’ Association. In 2016, she became a member of the Knysna Municipal Planning Tribunal (KMPT). Through a property she owns in an environmentally sensitive area, she developed an interest in environmental matters. Choosing to preserve the fynbos and coastal forest, … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Our soundtrack for our National Women’s Day public holiday is the soothing 1965 sounds of Miriam Makeba and Harry Belafonte. The song ‘Malaika’, above, is sung in Swahili. Makeba had her records banned in South Africa after she testified to the United Nations Committee Against Apartheid in 1963. It was with justice that, 3 years later, she, together with Harry Belafonte, won a Grammy Award for Best Folk Recording for the album ‘An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba’ (from which this song comes). ‘Khawuleza’ and Train Song’ came from the same album.'Click here to read full article...'
WOMEN, PLEASE STOP SAYING “SORRY” unnecessarily. I won’t participate in a sexist environment by allowing you to apologise for trivialities or nothings. I’m no fan of ego-fueled chauvinism or feminism. I’m happy for us to be boys and girls, different in our ways but working towards being human together. Don’t apologise before asking for something. Don’t apologise for your beliefs. Don’t apologise to a guy whose in your way in a shop or at work. Don’t “Sorry, can i have the bill” to the waitron. Don’t apologise for the way you look – realise that you look better than every … ‘Click here to read full article…’
In South Africa, the criminals are winning and the justice system is failing. I believe that crime must be stopped before it starts. Crime prevention shouldn’t be about more guns or more reactionary violence, it should be about helping children not becoming criminals. Consequently, i love this TED Talks video! Please watch it. “When a kid commits a crime, the justice system has a choice: prosecute to the full extent of the law, or take a step back and ask if saddling young people with criminal records is the right thing to do every time. In this searching talk, Adam … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Pravin Gordhan’s 2016 budget speech gave me more hope in one shot than i’ve felt in a whole year. Sure, we have enormous challenges ahead of us but we have to work with what we’ve got and create what we haven’t. He allocated lots more money to education and promised to reduced state entities – SAA is finally heading to a shake-up – hallelujah! He’s also getting rid of 21 municipalities and promising more oversight over the 257 that will remain. It was bold talk, it was good talk! I believe that imagination can make a better reality so, please, … ‘Click here to read full article…’
This month, more than any other the past 4 years, 9 months, i need your help. You need to help yourself and Knysna too. Read all the way to the bottom please. The Cape Times has written a short but powerful piece on what happened when we presented our allegations of Knysna corruption to Parliament yesterday. Click the picture to enlarge and read more easily. There are two other media postings online and the SABC recorded my conversation with them earlier (the line was bad and i could barely hear so i’m guaranteed to suck on that one – hopefully … ‘Click here to read full article…’
It’s well known that Knysna’s fishing stocks have been depleted but there seems to be no action taken towards improving the situation. This documentary about international fishing starts by telling us that fishing increased by 500% the past 60 years, depleting ocean stock by half! But it’s also a practical documentary as it provides examples of countries successfully combating the problem.'Click here to read full article...'
Tim Minchin tackles every topic most people avoid, from the Pope and evolution to fat kids and the value of swearing. Here, as always, he makes uncomfortable points about why we half-halfheartedly help poor people. A lot of that happens around xmas time. Our politicians certainly did their rounds. This is a reminder to be real!'Click here to read full article...'