Five Things You Should Stop Telling Me To Do

Five Things You Should Stop Telling Me To Do

We all see this every day: headlines that scream, 'Five things you should stop doing right now!' 'Three things you need to know.' 'Scared of the stock market? Do this today!' And on and on and on, from all corners, all comers, every wannabe pundit and pretend journalist and (groan) aspirant 'influencer.' Who are these [...]

A Biden Hope

A Biden Hope

The great thing about Canada, Canadians will tell you, is that it’s so boring. No big drama, no insurrections on the steps of Parliament, no QAnon lunatics impeaching the prime minister, and no prime minister, for that matter, doing his damndest to overthrow a legitimate election. Just law, order and good government. It’s national news [...]

When is a rhino just a rhino?

When is a rhino just a rhino?

Sometimes a rhino is just a rhino. This big fellow, bringing up the rear of a group of white rhinos as they lumbered up a rutted track to the top of a ridge before disappearing down the other side, maintained a watchful eye as we jolted along in his wake, in the open LandCruiser, last [...]

What to do in a lock-down?

What to do in a lock-down?

What to do in a lock-down? This is a question to myself, you'll be glad to hear, not another of those claims to instant expertise, sunny wisdom, righteous outrage or uniquely personal angst or fear that seem to be spreading around the globe with the speed and virulence of, well, a Coronavirus or a Donald [...]

Bird on a Wire

Bird on a Wire

Here's a good one. A prisoner in a Turkish prison goes to the prison library, and asks for a particular book. The prison librarian replies, 'We don't have that book. But we do have the author.' Signs of the times, you might say - the modern dystopia. History has not ended - in fact, it's [...]

A week is a long time in politics

A week in politics is more than a long time, sometimes: it can mark the beginning or the end of an era. It is hard to believe that it was just this time last week that the man who sold his country, former president Jacob Zuma, was flatly refusing to step down from office. By [...]

‘Inxeba’ – Distilled

‘Inxeba’ – Distilled

Bergman-esque in its intensity, the South African film Inxeba - The Wound - has rightly won praise and awards around the world, along with the usual quota, for a film that speaks openly, and painfully, about homosexuality, masculinity, homophobia and 'traditional culture' in an African community, of threats and vitriol. In Cape Town, supposedly a [...]

The President’s Keepers

The President’s Keepers

'The President's Keepers,' by Jacques Pauw, published by Tafelberg, has caused something of a sensation here, not least because of government's clumsy attempts to suppress it - the best publicity that Pauw and his publisher could ask for. Copies of the book have sold like proverbial hot cakes - I had to place a copy [...]

South Africa in the news

For our overseas family and friends: South Africa is in the news again, and for all the wrong reasons. President Jacob Zuma's "night of the long knives," in which he purged a third of his cabinet, including the respected finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, and Gordhan's deputy, Jonas Mncebisi,  has caused consternation and a growing backlash, not [...]