Monthly Archives: August 2014

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 … Continue reading

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Getting water the old-fashioned way by bucket or jug

August 27, 2014 The 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 … 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. To find the elephants, you can’t go too early or too late, especially in winter.

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The early bird catches the rare lion

August 14, 2014 While seeing elephants was the No. 1 aim of my trip 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Vervet ‘varmints’ vex my efforts against being fooled

August 14, 2014 Along the road and in the bushes of the Eastern Cape, the black-faced vervet monkey seems to be at the ready to bound across and around vehicles and people on the lookout for cheap eats, i.e. people’s … Continue reading

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A lively Natl. Arts Festival but a distant yet fond memory

August 9, 2014 A month has past since the 40th National Arts Festival transformed Grahamstown from a nice college town into a throbbing center of dance, drama, wry stand-up comedy, food, music, poetry, debate, politics, and pageantry.

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