Monday, March 25, 2019

How a martyred saint became a Valentine’s Day legend

Ah, Valentine's Day, a special time of the year when love truly is in the air. February 14 has become a global phenomenon but have...

Today’s pen is as mighty as the sword

The world of communication, like most human undertakings, cannot escape the vast changes driven by technological advances and pivotal innovations. In fact, communication both...

Xolobeni ruling restores people’s power

In November 2018, last year, the High Court of South Africa made a landmark decision in the ongoing struggle between the Xolobeni community on...

‘Boys will be boys’ excuse holds no water

I’m sure we’re all well aware by now of the latest drama from Selborne High. Allegedly, 15 boys got into an altercation with another which...

Creature comforts vs the planet

I’ve talked a lot about environmentalist issues here in the Go. One of my first Message to the Editor columns was about a report...

Writing will open up your world

Everyone has something they are really passionate about. For some, it’s tending to their garden. For my boyfriend, it’s cooking up new and exciting...

Appropriate time to reflect on our teachers

The start of the year means a new academic year, work and other opportunities, those interesting and sometimes challenging resolutions, and a time to...

GO! stories that hit the headlines

And just like that, 2018 is over and you are now holding the last copy of the GO! & Express to come out until...

All cut up about lost carving skill

Celebrating Christmas here in SA is a joyous occasion when many families tuck into a full-on roast meal with all the trimmings. A roast though...

Strikers shouldn’t fall into the trap of destructive behaviour

Well, it's finally over. After three gruelling weeks, the South African Municipal Workers (SAMWU) strike has reached an end. I don't think I need to...

Facebook has lost face

I detest Facebook. I mean I really detest Facebook. Just thinking about that site makes me mad, from the way it's purposefully designed to...

Hold loved ones in your heart forever

At 4.01pm on Monday, November 26, I heard about the passing of my grandfather. I’m writing this at 5.40pm on Tuesday, having spent the last...

Cinema like a horror movie

I’d like to take a break from the more “heavy” material that has occupied this column and talk about something less serious. So over the...

Better public transport is the key

Earlier this week we shared a story on our website about the future state of traffic in Johannesburg and Pretoria. According to the Electronic...

Change elite’s impact – not climate

In the glut of terrible news that seems to have become the norm recently, there was one particular story some of you may have...

Wonderful window of opportunity

References to reflections and windows abound in poetry and prose in powerful and evocative images that arguably embrace the full tapestry of life. From Albert...

Stories about our own community

  Do you remember a few months ago when we ran those “Meet the Team” segments we ran a few months back? They were just...

Unite to help the poor

Two weeks ago, I wrote about how the continuous fuel hikes we’ve been experiencing since May disproportionately affect the poor and working class of...

Music an inspirer of note

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to...

Let’s get to know East London’s amazing riches

In this week’s GO! & Express, we carry two stories about a very interesting book, The Fishy Smiths. One is an interview with the author...

The poor just get poorer

Another month, another fuel price hike. At this point, such news is no longer shocking. Since May the country has had to endure a...

Looking back (17)

Circa 1905-1919 -Lazy Sunday afternoon, down the Buffalo River. Despite the era, the ‘ladies’ loved to join in, in what was considered a “man’s...

Newspaper howlers not out of character

When I joined the Daily Dispatch in what now seems to be another life, the newspaper was still being printed with the hot metal...

Looking Back (16)

It’s difficult to believe that this magnificent old home, once stood high on the east bank of the Buffalo Harbour, East London.  The grounds...

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East London Orient Beach circa 1915. Isn’t this card incredible? The children pool, so busy and fun. The Victorian era was such a ‘pretty’...

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This amazing postcard, dated 28-06-1902 shows the ultimate evidence of the importance of East  London and the harbour, in its peak years. What is...

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Green Point camping enclave, was tucked against the bank of the river, well out of inclement weather. Fondly remembered by scores of ‘old East Londoners’...

OPINION | The depression stigma is still very real in 2018

The devastating effects of depression and mental health in general reared its ugly head yet again last week after the family of one of...

Looking Back (12)

Green Point in East London was an immensely fashionable picnic and boating spot from almost the late 1800’s until 1930’s. Ferries were available to...

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An exquisite old post card circa 1907- the mouth of the Buffalo River,  East London, showing two ‘barques’ against the breakwater on the right;...

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The ‘tender’ (passenger boat on the left) owned by The Union Castle Line. She was much bigger that the Koodoo, a previous boat, and...

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East London beach front near east beach, the circus came town, every year. Circa late 1930’s, it would stay for a month, just prior to...

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Despite the many large hotels along the beachfront, the town was extremely popular as a summer holiday resort. The entire stretch from near the harbour...

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East London Green Point Tea Garden, down the Buffalo River. This exquisite pavilion type building hosted genteel Sunday teas. The area in its heyday, was a...

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East London aquarium, in exquisite ‘sepia’ photography-card’, The aquarium is the oldest in South Africa. Officially opened on the 2nd of December 1931, this makes it...

Money alone can’t fix Eskom – analyst

Energy expert Chris Yelland says government has to fix the real problems at Eskom‚ not just throw money at the parastatal. Speaking to TimesLIVE on...

Looking back (5)

Landing basket, or ‘Bosuns Chair’- used for many years by ships to carry passengers from ship to land, often too- from ship to ship...

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  Endlessly changing, East London Buffalo Harbour. The barge, Anne, “a tug-towing”– with two Barques, moored at the dockside in the distance. A hand tinted postcard from...

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  The Orient Beach was named after the ship The SV Orient, wrecked on the beach in July 1907. Fierce storms, wrecked two ships in almost...

Looking back (2)

  East London, or, as it was known as ‘Port of East London’  sprung and grew as a result of the important harbour at the...

Looking back (1)

We will be taking you on a weekly, iconic journey through ‘old East London’ and possibly stir up memories of a gentle era in...

BCM festive focus: what you said…

  What should the Buffalo City Municipality focus have been on over the festive period to ensure that visitors to the area had a positive...

Ramaphosa can be SA’s Number One immediately

By Ranjeni Munusamy Who will be South Africa’s next president?  With Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa giving a clear indication in television interviews on Sunday that...

Call of the sea echoes with pollution

MANY would agree that the ocean evoke a range of emotions – from awe and appreciation to fear and trepidation ... are the source...

Black, blue on Black Friday

“WOW,” I said to myself when the TV news presenter told us that sales amounting to more than R10-million were made in two hours...

Peppermint can aid digestion and calm the tummy

IT IS near that time of the year again – busy with shopping, holidays and gauging ourselves with more fast food! Year end festivities...

No response to whopper BCM bills

Editor RE: ERROR ON BCM ACCOUNT I have been phoning and e-mailing Buffalo City Municipality (BCM) billing enquiries regarding an electricity account that I received in...

Zuma initiates special probe into car licence fraud

By Times LIVE President Jacob Zuma has authorised the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate allegations of unlawful or improper conduct relating to registration and licensing...

Get your daily dose of happy vibes

EVER wondered why people seem more relaxed and happier when they are outside in the sun? The answer may well be that they are...

Why South Africans and the world do not believe Gigaba

By Justice Malala State capture Malema's party won't let us forget what finance minister has done to our economy Last Wednesday the EFF once again protested...