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Mandela Day 2014 – Today we do not mourn his loss but we think about his legacy

Bring me men to match my mountains, Bring me men to match my plains, Men with empires in their purpose And new eras in their brains. These words from the poem The Coming American, written by Sam Walker, could have been written for Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Today we celebrate Mandela Day — for the first…

Lojale verset nou nodig

Die afgelope paar weke was daar weer roeringe oor Afrikaans, Afrikaners en Afrikanerskap. Die SABC het gelukkig afgesien van ’n plan om Afrikaanse nuus en TV-programme van SABC2 na die veel kleiner SABC3 te skuif nadat ’n herrie hieroor ontketen het. Indien die programme sou skuif sou dit beteken dat inwoners van afgeleë plattelandse gebiede…

Are we heading towards a recession

This is a discussion of the present state of the South African economy for dummies. The word ‘recession’ has been bandied about lately by economists and the media when they refer to the South African economy. What is a recession and are we headed that way? A recession is a period of temporary economic decline…

Gebruik rooiwyn vir die pyn

Nog ‘n juweeltjie uit Louis Leipoldt se kookboek Polfyntjies vir die Proe. Rooi Wyn Die droewige geskiedenis van grootoom Gieljam is iets waaroor ons in ons familie so min as moontlik gesels. In my jong dae was dit gewoonte om, as van Grootoom gepraat word, die kinders uit die kamer te stuur. Natuurlik met die…

Confessions of a on-line dater

Online dating has become very popular these days. There are many ways to think about this. Today, with technology becoming more accessible to people of all ages, ‘instant’ relationships has become the in-thing. Many people feel that this is a type of ‘technological’ relationship and for the most part lack any depth or feeling, it…

Ons faal ons kinders

Die grootste vorm van geweld en onreg teen kinders kom egter voor waar ons hulle in uiters haglike omstandighede laat leef weens armoede.

Councelling the councillors

Overheard in a debt counsellor’s office: Counsellor: “State your full name please.” “Tshwane metro.” Counsellor: “Your ID number?” Metro: “Minus 4,7 billion.” “Occupation?” Metro: “I wear various hats. Partygoer. Financial juggler. Manager of accounts and people’s general unwelfare. Striker. Dodging people with complaints. Train driver of gravy train. Tenderpreneur, and much more.” Counsellor: “You seem…

Devastating ripple effect on the broad South African economy

The strike in the platinum sector has a devastating ripple effect on the broad South African economy. Stats SA last week released results for first quarter GDP growth which slowed to 3.8 %. This is the first time that the economy contracted since the recession in 2009. Mining output plunged the most in 47 years…

Africa Day celebrated

Many readers may wonder what interest there can be for the average Pretorian in this continental celebration.

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