Load-Shedding and Rolling Blackouts South Africa

South Africa is facing critical social and environmental challenges. Corruption, unemployment, a sluggish economy, violent crime, immigration, street gang violence, and land expropriation top the list. High priorities include education, energy, and government effectiveness. Surprise load-shedding yesterday got everyone’s attention and emphasized South Africa’s energy crisis! Why Load-Shedding and Rolling Blackouts? I’ve experienced load-shedding in…

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Cape Town South Africa 2019

It’s fantastic being back in Cape Town! A location that completely stole my heart during the very first visit in 1987. The beautiful coastal city is surrounded by incomparable Table Mountain. I arrived on May 2nd after a series of flights beginning in Catania Sicily and passing through Rome and Addis Ababa Ethiopia – including…

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Hot Oregon Summer – Berlin Next

Gardening and Wildfires It’s been a restful, contemplative summer in Oregon working in my garden with deer, wild turkeys, annoying yellow jackets, and a stray Goth-looking black cat. Sadly, dry and windy conditions combined with a record-breaking heat wave resulted in raging wildfires all around us. The massive Carr Fire near the California / Oregon border created terrifying “fire tornadoes“.…

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Lindiwe Mazibuko

Lindiwe Mazibuko is a South African politician and Member of Parliament (MP). She is the National Spokesperson for the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Shadow Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform (see May 18th blog on SA political parties). The DA is South Africa’s only major opposition party to the ruling African National Congress…

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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng South Africa

Mogoeng Mogoeng Chief Justice Constitutional Court Despite strong opposition from human rights groups, on September 8 President Jacob Zuma appointed Mogoeng Mogoeng as Chief Justice of South Africa’s Constitutional Court and head of the country’s judiciary. Mogoeng served as a justice for two years. As Chief Justice he will lead the court during the last…

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Crossroads Squatter Camp Cape Town South Africa

Cape Flats Crossroads Township was a large squatter camp (shanty town) in the Cape Flats area on the outskirts of Cape Town. Many people moved to camps like Crossroads to get closer to work opportunities, health care, and education services unavailable in poorer rural areas. Crossroads History Settlements like Crossroads consisted of thousands of shacks made…

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ANC Wins Local Elections

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in Pretoria, South Africa reported that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party won the majority of local elections last week. None of the major cities in South Africa changed hands. Discontent over a lack of jobs and basic services lifted support for the ANC’s main opposition party, the Democratic…

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