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Motoring to mountain goat country from Paradise, one of our favourite pit-stops is a picturesque and pristine town. Friendly folk, cosy coffee and curio shops and top quaint eateries. An ideal place to take a break from umpteen road stoppages and terror trucks. Until recently, that is.The town joined the queue of protesters, this time motived by some emotive local council issue. And not unlike protests this one was coupled with violence and - Read more...
09:29 (GMT+2), Fri, 23 June 2017
The principal of a prominent local school gave boys in Grade 1 a final written warning for fighting on the playground during break. It started quite innocently as a game of chase. At some point the boy being pursued stopped. He turned and slapped his pursuer. This was the end of the game. Two other boys joined in to “lend a hand” in the retaliation. Positioning himself on top of his buddy being held down by the other two boys, the boy giving - Read more...
14:58 (GMT+2), Thu, 22 June 2017
The fires started two weeks ago, Knysna has been scorched, fires are under control now and life must go on.But how? And when will normality return? I only had to evacuate my house and was blessed that it did not burn, but the desperate stories that we all hear as journalists at the Knysna-Plett Herald, keep coming. In last week's dedicated 48 pages we devoted as much space we could to the damage, to people stories, to the fires.This week, again, - Read more...
14:03 (GMT+2), Wed, 21 June 2017
Prontuit by Louise Mouton
SomsLoop my hart wilde paaie.SomsSit my gedagtes op loop.SomsSit ek op my knieë.SomsVra ek God vir hoop. SomsWens ek my lewe was volmaak.SomsWens ek, ek kan aan God se voete raak.WantEk weet met die aanraak vanSy Soom,sal alle twyfel uit my gedagtesstroom.Sal my wensemy geloofmy hoopMy 'n nuwe paadjiesaam my Skepper laat loop. Ek wens ek kan pyn wegvatEk wens ek kan lewe geeEk wens ek kan my geliefdes seseer - Read more...
09:23 (GMT+2), Wed, 21 June 2017
I don’t want to write about the recent Knysna fires (7 June 2017). Everyone is writing about the fires. So here’s me not writing about the fires.  The last 3 weeks of my life revolved around the fires in Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and pretty much all over the Garden Route. If you haven’t heard by now, it was the firestorm of the century. Some even called it the end of the world…Do they have any idea how big the world is? The world is not - Read more...
11:55 (GMT+2), Tue, 20 June 2017
"The level of power someone has over one is determined by the level at which one allows it."- Hannes wisdom - Read more...
10:15 (GMT+2), Tue, 20 June 2017
So, apparently you can now make edible helium balloons!   Surprise your friends at your next dinner party or birthday celebration.      - Read more...
10:11 (GMT+2), Tue, 20 June 2017
Some weirdo suggests I write my memoirs. Whatever for? And to whom? The life of a journalist is one big bore, so to write about anything significant or exciting is a misnomer.In my case there’s an additional dull period at the start of my career. Banking. Nothing can be duller than working in an environment surrounded by folk whose lips are permanently stapled. Computers were still unknown, so cheques were physically transported in satchels to - Read more...
07:31 (GMT+2), Thu, 15 June 2017
Kantlyn | Margin by Cornelle Carstens
"Dis nie te koop nie." Knysna, 2013. Die eienaar van die winkel in Thesen-eiland wat peperduur leerbykomstighede van eksotiese velle verkoop sien ek kyk na die handsak in 'n vertoonkas uitgestal. Dit lyk kosbaar agter die glas met 'n lig wat spookagtig daarop skyn. Die handsak is 'n rooi hart, wat amper soos die ware Jakob lyk behalwe vir die silwer klinknaels wat gevaarlik soos spykers na buite steek. "Ek het 'n winkel in New York gehad, naby - Read more...
07:16 (GMT+2), Thu, 15 June 2017
The Knysna-Plett Herald was alerted of one fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning and by midday the lid had blown off the pressure cooker. There were fires everywhere, there was thick smoke in town, there were rumours of all sorts of buildings and places burning down. It was virtually impossible to make sense of what was happening. Our phones were ringing off the hook from terrified people asking for information. Somehow our office got - Read more...
13:59 (GMT+2), Wed, 14 June 2017
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