Dear South Africa… a letter from Terence Mentor

Dear South Africa,  Increase empathy. Kind regards, Terence P.S. Sorry, I’ve just realised that you may not know what I mean. Here’s the deal - it really shouldn’t need an explanation or a justification. I shouldn’t have to show you why we need to be open to the idea that other people are complete and complex human beings who don’t deserve to be undermined, insulted, embarrassed, made to feel unsafe or treated as a sub-category [...]

Dear South Africa… a letter from Dalene Reyburn

Dear South Africa... Charles Dickens starts A Tale of Two Cities with this: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had [...]

Dear South Africa… a letter from Ntobeko Mzoli

Dear South Africa, I would have liked to have more of an upbeat and hopeful letter to you but the reality, the real reality, is that we’re a country of deep division and intense trauma. We are a people who do not know each other, once the babalas of the rainbow nation faded away we were left to face the decisions that were made the night before. We had to look into each other’s faces [...]

Word/Phrase for the year 2018

Every year i try to have a word or phrase to focus on and give me some direction and purpose for the year ahead. Last year's word was Interdependence, the idea of things and people being connected to move forward well rather than independence which focuses on going it alone and trying to get ahead. At the start of 2018 my wife tbV [the beautiful Val] and i went to a restuarant in Muizenberg overlooking [...]

By | 2018-01-12T06:34:59+00:00 January 12th, 2018|inspire-ations|0 Comments

Americanah – a book review of sorts

i really loved Americanah - let's just get that out the way - best novel i have read in a long, long time. Also it was written by a black African woman and so ticks a whole lot of the boxes of the majority of books i am trying to read these days - different gender, different colour, different country... tick, tick, tick. Before i got started with the book, i came into contact with [...]

By | 2018-01-11T16:26:47+00:00 January 11th, 2018|inspire-ations, thorts of other people, what i am reading|7 Comments

Dear South Africa… ‘n brief van Jana Niehaus

Liewe Afrikanermense in Suid-Afrika, Ek het nou onlangs terug gedink aan ons laerskoolklas wat elke Vrydag na tweede pouse vir twee periodes (met ander woorde ’n volle uur lank) sangklas gehad het. Gegewe die spesifieke uitdagings hieraan verbonde, kan ‘n mens dus nie ons musiekonderwyseres kwalik neem dat sy dikwels gekies het om ons na stories op langspeelplate te laat luister in plaas daarvan om ons aan die sing te probeer kry nie… Die enigste [...]

They called me Scuba Steve…

So the Protea cricket team took on the Indians at Newlands in Cape Town this week - first of three tests. And we won convincingly, so that was fun. DRESSUP FOR NEWLANDS It has become a tradition for tbV and me with my friend MJ and whoever else might be with us [looking at you, American former housemates!] to pick a theme and go to the cricket dressed appropriately. So last time was Star Wars: [...]

By | 2018-01-09T08:49:38+00:00 January 9th, 2018|adventures, fun, inspire-ations, silly things, South Africa|0 Comments

Dear South Africa… a letter from Thandi Refilwe-Rose Nkomo

Dear South Africa, LOVE BLACK PEOPLE It only dawned on me recently, how we need this. Desperately need this. I cannot speak for all Black people, I cannot even speak for the majority of Black people, but I can speak for Black people like me. Love us. It has been alleged that the idea was ‘stolen’ from someone else, so I will not state where I saw it, but the premise was that people from [...]

Dear South Africa… a letter from Thandi Gamedze

My friend Thandi Gamedze is an exceptional poet and wordsmith and her 'Dear South Africa...' comes in the form of a poem Beloved South Africa, I bless you to let loose the oceans of tears that you have carried, and cry For your sons that have been trodden down and stripped of their dignity And your daughters that have been raped, abused and dehumanised For your fathers that have turned to unfeeling stone, under weight [...]

Dear South Africa… a letter from Wayne Eaves

Dear South Africa: I wanted to write you a love letter, but it does not feel like a good idea right now. I want to write about hope but it just doesn’t feel like the right time. We keep talking about how far we have come and so many are saying we have not come far at all. We are stuck, not simply because we can’t admit how deep in the shit we are, but [...]

By | 2018-01-04T08:17:25+00:00 January 4th, 2018|inspire-ations, South Africa, thorts of other people|0 Comments