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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 … 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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Thinking about Robben Island on Nelson Mandela Day

July 18, 2014 Since this is the first Nelson Mandela Day since Madiba died, it might be worthwhile to reflect on the profound jolt I got when visiting Robben Island.  I have provided a picture of just a section of the … Continue reading

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Bracing the tastebuds for Biltong and Boerewors

July 8, 2014 After two weeks in South Africa and one week in Grahamstown,  I had to bear down and really eat like a local.  Yes, I had African stew at Marco’s in Cape Town, Nando’s chicken in Sea Point  and … Continue reading

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The grocery store serves as entry to Cape Town life

June 27, 2014 A trip to another country raises expectations of the exotic and unusual. I hold to this notion that the people in this country or that – China or Ireland or Trinidad or South Africa – will somehow … Continue reading

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