From baboons to warthogs, animals are aplenty in South Africa

Sept. 6, 2014
My time in South Africa has allowed me to see and interact with animals I had only previously seen in books or at zoos.
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And of course,  I encountered a few species in grocery store meat counters and restaurant menus as well as in the wild. Welcome to Africa.

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A snow-covered Hogsback lures South African “snowbirds”

Sept. 1, 2014

In the U.S., people who flee New England snow in the winter for Florida are nicknamed snowbirds.  mtnswsno1

But in South Africa, where snow is rare, I witnessed a different type of snowbird: the ones who flock to it when it actually hits the ground.

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Makana government inspires “rainbow coalition” of protest

August 27-28, 2014

Municipal employees who face sporadic paydays, black and white residents who still don’t have running water and township folks who are fed up with the failure to deliver on a 20-year-old promise of housing converged on City Hall at noon in Grahamstown in protest of shoddy government practices on all those fronts. Continue reading

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Getting water the old-fashioned way by bucket or jug

August 27, 2014

IMG_0458The Makana Municipality decided to provide Rhodes University and Grahamstown folk with a blast from the past with a running water outage starting last weekend.

So let’s count this as Day 5 of the shutdown due to electronic pumping and ruptured pipe issues at the reservoir. Continue reading

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The elephants of Addo warrant the term “awesome”

August 14, 2014

My second trip to Addo Elephant National Park proved to live up to all my expectations. eleberm3To find the elephants, you can’t go too early or too late, especially in winter. Continue reading

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The early bird catches the rare lion

August 14, 2014

While seeing elephants was the No. 1 aim of my lionlickingCUtrip to Addo Elephant National Park, about a 100-minute drive from Grahamstown, I knew that the park also featured some of the other big five African game attractions such as the lion, leopard and rhino.  I also knew that to spot a lion, you had to get out early.

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The gut-wrenching link to Marikana and Missouri

August 16, 2014

Today marks the two-year anniversary when a “police action” led to 34 miners being shot to death at a strike in Marikana, South Africa and the end of a week or more of “police action” that left a Missouri teenager dead and press freedom trampled in Ferguson, outside St. Louis.

The video from then here and from now back home are inextricably linked in my mind, reflecting the problem of extreme use of force against people often as a means of protecting property. Continue reading

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