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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…

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…

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.

Elections, the basis of democracy

Are South Africans satisfied with the state of democracy in our country? Blogger Fred Boshoff ponders over the election mania present everywhere at the moment and debates whether or not the new dispensation has been a success.

On the death of a legend

Blogger Fred Boshoff pays tribute to a literary legend upon his death and remembers the writer’s body of work fondly.

Origins of Worker’s Day

Blogger Fred Boshoff takes a look at the origins of Worker’s Day, and its connection to cultures around the world.

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Fred takes a look at some entertaining entries made into a hospital registry.

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