Facts are not treated as facts in South Africa when it comes to questioning the government and political parties. It is especially tiring and frustrating for me, as a white activist, to continually hear black ANC and ANCYL leaders blaming their current mistakes on historical apartheid. Apartheid sucked and fuelled disparity – no one doubts that! But disparity is deep in most countries around the world, determined globally by power and greed, not race. And, in South Africa, i am only in a 9% demographic of the population. The other 91% need to take some blame too…and turn it into … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Comedy is sometimes more truthful than reality. These short skits by John Bird and John Fortune make fun of the Recession but also express the foolhardiness and greed that got us to the tough times we are in. They are brilliant so well worth 15 minutes of your day! Laugh while you learn…'Click here to read full article...'
Middle and upper class South Africa is more likely to be concerned about the loss of a Springbok or Bafana Bafana game than the degradation of our lives. Nationalism is more than sport or propaganda peace missions in central Africa. Nationalism doesn’t belong to the blind! Nationalism belongs to those with eyes and hearts wide open. Nationalists don’t criticize without dedicating themselves to action. Tim Pepper, a USA musician i knew from the years he spent in Durban, wrote this poem. You could take it as a warning but much better to take it as advice: LITTLE WHITE CROSSES Cover … ‘Click here to read full article…’
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 … ‘Click here to read full article…’
What’s worse, South Africa’s rage or its apathy? This video, which has gone viral around the world (over half a million views on YouTube alone), shows an assault by a Bloemfontein taxi driver:'Click here to read full article...'
Afrikaner Blood is an 8 minute documentary of video interviews and still photographs capturing right-wing Afrikaners training teenagers to hate. It’s worth your time… Visit the filmmaker’s website for more info – www.froginatent.com.'Click here to read full article...'
I’ve battled to survive with a roof over my head…so how did the old vagrant stay alive by living in the bushes in my road during winter? I wonder how Knysna still stands with the majority unemployed? I’m unable to comprehend how the masses of poor (so far) can look down, from their nearby hills, at the thousands of large houses and cars without succumbing to debilitating depression or overwhelming anger? How do people live in such a small town but, after years, have never visited what they can see opposite them, whether it’s a Khayalethu resident walking on the … ‘Click here to read full article…’
I’ve been critical of local tourism for insufficiently targeting domestic tourism. As we need travelers from booming economies such as Brazil, India and China, so we need the farmer and his family from Bloemfontein and the new middle class of black people that’s growing rapidly in South Africa’s major cities. Capitalism has it’s flaws but one strength is that the desire for income can override racial barriers. Here in Knysna, there’s a great divide. And black tourists are as rare as the Knysna elephant. What will we do about it? I don’t believe in discussion purely for discussion’s sake but … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Occasionally i come across well-written commentaries which i share with you. I’ve already expressed my admiration for the Mail & Guardian from which this piece by Koos Kombuis comes from. The winds of change have finally started blowing for the ANC government, just as they started blowing for the National Party government in 1960. In 1960, this event was formally announced by former British prime minister Harold Macmillan in his famous address in Cape Town on February 3 that year. In this Year of our Lord 2011, a similar announcement was made by Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu. The situation … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The greatest tragedies of the Recession can be found in small towns like Knysna where so many are struggling to survive. It’s also where the greatest braveries can be found. Forget, for a while, empty shops and windows screaming, “For Rent!” Instead, think on those who are working their arse off to hang onto their business and keep a roof over their family’s heads. Being a business owner takes more courage than taking a salary ever will. Let’s admire, sympathize with, and support these individuals of oak who we, without, would not have a town at all! SALUTING YOU A … ‘Click here to read full article…’