“OK, let’s look at highlights of the past year” Jacques said and gave en enthusiastic smile, but that’s where it stayed, unfortunately. The year had simply “swooshed” past in spectacular fashion and there wasn’t much to remember. How bad is that? 365 days gone and I can’t think of much. There was 22 June (when … Continue reading Where do the days go?
Today marks the 95th birthday of South Africa's father of democracy. Happy birthday Madiba! Thank you for all the sacrifices you made to bring us where we are today! Thank you for all your selfless acts, acts which brought democracy and unity to our country! On this day I can't help but think about … Continue reading Happy Birthday Madiba!
Tell us about the farthest you’ve ever traveled from home. It's really difficult being the perpetual traveler in your soul, but not ever having done anything about it. I have never left South Africa, let alone the continent and there are so many places I would love to see. Jacques and I are planning our … Continue reading Far From Home
Today 18 years ago old President Nelson Mandela lifted the Word Cup trophy at Ellispark. It was a triumphant moment, not only in terms of rugby, but also as a symbol of how far we have come as a country in 5 short years. Today, South Africa and the world wait with bated breath for … Continue reading What happens when Madiba dies?
You’re asked to nominate someone for TIME’s Person of the Year. Who would it be, and why? I am completely flabbergasted at the fact that our beloved Madiba have never received an individual Person of the Year award! In 1993 he was co-recipient as Peacemaker with Yassar Arafat, F.W. de Klerk and Yitzhak Rabin. As … Continue reading Tata Madiba for Person of the Year
Remember the young taxi guard who made me cry? His name is Chippa. I asked around and found the reason why he spoke Afrikaans so beautifully. For some obscure reason the poor man stutters incredibly when he speaks his mother tongue, Xhosa. When he turns to Afrikaans however, the stutter disappears completely! How astonishing is … Continue reading I made Chippa cry
South Africa, the country of my birth. The only country, in fact, I have ever known. I have always been proudly South African; I love this place, truly, deeply and passionately. Sure it has it's problems, but then again, as does all countries, hey? Our land is filled with a multitude of races, religions, cultures … Continue reading On being hugged by a black guy