Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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  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...

Luhabe’s still full of running – at 90

WITH the world marathon season in full swing, I was reminded this week of the words of that lovely old song “... and if...

Thyme to brush up on tips for fresher breath

Herb used since ancient times for oral hygiene THERE is a lot to smile about, spring is here and the year-end festivities are around the...

Bowled over by high prices

I HAPPENED to wander into a sports store the other day and was gob-smacked at the cost of sports goods these days. Boy, have...

JZ’s house of cards tumbling around him

By Sibusiso Ngalwa On this day in 2008, the then ANC national executive committee (NEC) met to deliberate on the controversial Nicholson judgment. The die had already...

Going dilly while put ‘on hold’

You press your key and sit through The Four Seasons overture for 15 minutes when a voice interrupts the good parts ... IS IT just...

How game of rugby should be played

FIVE or six years ago I had the privilege of meeting one of nature’s gentlemen – a man for whom I have the greatest...

No point in protecting patriarchal customs if men behave like monsters

By Phumelele Lavisa Customs and traditions no longer serve us if they are not for the betterment of the people. Lately I have been receiving requests to...

ANC’s fight to the death

By Justice Malala Welcome to the dirty war. Welcome to the age of untruths, half-truths, fake news, manufactured scandal, smear, slander and lies. Welcome to...

State help for Pondoland’s green fingers

By ASANDA MDITSHWA Cannabis has been produced as a cash crop in the Eastern Cape’s Pondoland villages for decades. It is the livelihood for many households...

OPINION: Woman president could take us to greater heights

By Lolonga Tali There is a distinct possibility that South Africa may have a woman president in the near future. It may or may not happen in...

Give your view on current situation at EL Zoo

The uproar over the poor living conditions of the animals, and the general poor condition of the animals at the East London Zoo is...

Search for secret of dad’s sacred 90 minutes

UNLESS he has young children, the 90 minutes between half-past five and seven o’clock of an evening are probably regarded by the average man...

The good, bad and ugly of EC school closure

By NIKA SOON-SHIONG and MASIXOLE BOOI In September last year, Vuyani Sipambo, principal at Nkupulweni Junior Secondary in Matatiele, received a letter informing him his...

Academic’s arrest throws spotlight on this unversity’s gender faultlines

I spent the past week in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. While I was there it was interesting to observe that the interviews...

A man called Bill Payn giving a go at Comrades

IT’S COMRADES Marathon time again and on Sunday, a 20000-strong swathe of slightly insane but happy humanity will emerge into the sunrise of a...

The fresher the better

ALAN HAWKINS writes, Best before or worse after what date? Pure coffee never becomes completely unusable and nor does it go rotten, the taste merely fades...

When newspapers get it all wrong….

BECAUSE of the constant race against time, newspapers sometimes make embarrassing errors. With the best will in the world and in spite of the...

Table etiquette a mouthful for some

‘Distasteful’ manners give food for thought IF YOU were caught using your finger or tongue to clean your plate when I was at school as...

Moosa’s comedy show set for Guild

THEY say, “Life begins at 40”. Riaad Moosa invites the audience along to his brand new one-man show, Life Begins, to join him in...

Jafta now oncologist

THE Rotary Club of East London has welcomed back Rotarian Dr Zuki Jafta who recently qualified as a radiation oncologist. Jafta spent four years commuting...