Cape Town 2019

It’s fantastic being back in Cape Town! A location that stole my heart during the 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 two plane…

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Eleanor Kasrils Secret Agent

The Unlikely Secret Agent is a book written by Ronald Kasrils, a South African politician and former Minister for Intelligence Services, about his remarkable wife Eleanor. Kasrils held many posts both before and after the first fully democratic elections in South Africa in 1994, including: Member National Executive Committee of the ANC Member Central Committee…

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The Dalai Lama’s Visa

“Our government is worse than apartheid government, because at least you were expecting it from the Apartheid government…” “We were expecting we would have a government that was sensitive to the sentiments of our constitution…” “People were opposed to injustice and oppression and people believed that we South Africans would be on the side of…

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Julius Malema Ethics Charges

Julius Malema, President of the African National Congress Youth League – ANCYL (see May 22nd post) is on the front page of South African newspapers again. He’s under investigation about claims that he helped businesses win government contracts in return for personal payment. Malema – the sole trustee of a “secret” family trust fund said…

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Crossroads Squatter Camp Cape Town South Africa

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. History Settlements like Crossroads consisted of thousands of shacks made of wood, tin,…

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