Tag Archives: South Africa

Reflecting on Mike van Graan’s analysis of the Oscar Pistorius case and the South African psyche

The multiply horrendous tragedy of Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp. Where does one start? Despite myself, I’ve been gripped by the unfolding of this terrible case, along with the rest of the country, the rest of the world. I ¬†knew … Continue reading

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Kate, William and the horn of the rhino

Dear William and Kate It’s getting a bit disturbing, isn’t it? The phalanx of paparazzi staking out the hospital. The Australian prank caller. The fictional royal baby tweeting on behalf of a blastocyte. I have an admission to make. I … Continue reading

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Crime scares

I’ve been noticing lately what frightening levels of anxiety permeate ordinary life in South Africa. It started with the new house. New sounds, new routes, new patterns to daily life. New doors, with new keys. I haven’t lived on my … Continue reading

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Highs and lows of voting day 2009

I feel cheered to notice all the inked thumbs last night and today. Everyone at book club last night had the telltale inky stain. Pam arrived at work this morning with hers. I went swimming at the gym, and noticed … Continue reading

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Africa is not one country

The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance of it – George Kimble, geographer, b1912. I took a screenwriting course last year. We were told: In Hollywood movies, you don’t specify that your characters are black, unless there … Continue reading

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Lily white Olympians and other bedside stories

You know, I deal with fractions quite often. I write maths textbooks, so me and fractions have quite a close relationship. I can write neat little exercises that’ll teach your 6-year-old to define fractions, compare them, convert them to a … Continue reading

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