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the question of anger

What do we do with anger on the internet? It's five days later and i have found writing part II of this anger piece pretty difficult. Part I dealt with Jesus and His take on anger and violence which was, in essence, a book study, and so pretty straightforward - this is what i read, this is how i interpret it... while now we are talking about people and a thousand of them so different [...]

Dear Fish: What do we do with the anger?

i received an email from a friend of mine on Facebook who is asking some questions that relate quite strongly to some stuff i have been giving a lot of thought to, especially this last week. i think it's a bit of a minefield, to be honest. But i also think it's high time we stepped into this one: Morning 😊 I've been thinking about ANGER and VIOLENCE. I think that so many people dismiss [...]

21 votes of confidence

Jacob Zuma is still the president. Not too many surprises there i don't think, although the 21 vote margin may have been a lot closer than many people suspected. But it certainly was no Brexit or Trump sideswipe [maybe we're saving that for 2019!] and the result of the vote of no confidence certainly revealed some things. While we try to figure out what that means and doesn't mean, here is a repeat of yesterday's [...]

By | 2017-08-09T07:48:29+00:00 August 9th, 2017|activities, positive ideas for change, South Africa|0 Comments

No Confidence in the No Confidence

When i hear the words 'secret ballot' i immediately change them to 'secret ballet' and feel like there is some kind of underground mysterious quite-possibly-Russian dance extravaganza happening that i wasn't invited to. And will there or won't there be need for the traditional tutu? But then i hear that it's a No confidence vote in the president, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma and i instantly realise that his middle name is a lot more creative than mine, [...]

The Better Coloured/Black/Indian

i first heard the term 'the better black' from a friend of mine who i am hoping will share a bit of her story for this series at some stage. It was shared in the context of her being part of a church congregation that looked very diverse on the outside but where she felt pressure to look and behave in ways acceptable to white people so as to fit in. Phrases like; "You speak [...]

Some thoughts about Economics and Theology

i mentioned that the other night about thirty of us of various ages, genders and races hung out at The Warehouse in Wetton to discuss Economics and Theology. Wayne Eaves chaired a bit of a conversation between Ashley Visagie and Cobus van Wyngaard and then the floor was opened to questions. Here are some things that i learned or found interesting beyond the History isn't over point i spoke about in my previous post: # [...]

Open letter to the Proteas cricket team

Another major tournament, another exit. Traditionally that would be the end of my day and i'd be in an emotional slump for the next couple of hours and quietly sad for the next few days as i try and get over the emotional burden another South African cricket loss places on me. But this time it's different. Because i don't even care. The emotional burden that i do carry is from the fact that i [...]

By | 2017-06-11T19:04:05+00:00 June 11th, 2017|South Africa, sport and games|9 Comments

The revolution is happening [bring hashtags!]

There is a hashtag that reads #NotOnOurWatch - if you've been around for a bit you've probably seen me write it or heard me speak about it. Well as heavy winds rip trees out and strong rains lash Cape Town far and wide, i am hopeful that more and more the movement is starting to take place. My friend Joanne Peers [who is quite a legend when it comes to processing all kinds of issues [...]

Deep Dive Dinners: If you invite them

i had an exciting conversation with my friend Annie yesterday about an upcoming Deep Dive Dinner we are hoping to organise around Race Conversations. Then last night i chatted with my friend Jess in Durban who recently hosted a follow up dinner to the one we did when we were up there - also exciting stuff. i realise that Deep Dive Dinner Conversations are something i have blogged about quite a bit and so you [...]

By | 2017-06-02T08:43:06+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|activities, inspire-ations, race vibes|7 Comments

Deaf White People

Sorry, that should read 'Dear White People', a super helpful, brilliantly made series on Netflix that i am busy watching, which does an excellent job of unpacking many of the race issues i try to write about here. From a range of perspectives. [Disclaimer: it is quite sexualised for people who don't particularly enjoy watching that but still sho so powerful] Or should it? Because yesterday i posted this request on my Facebook wall... Friends of [...]