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...

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...

Golden oldies I remember so dear

The recent passing of Doris Day at 97 has sadly severed yet another link with my youth and filled me with nostalgia. Day was “top...

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...

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...

Give your back a break

WITH the festive season fast- approaching and many people heading out on a much-needed holiday, catching up and celebrating with friends and family, it...

Old age goal posts now closer to 100

ONE of my all-time favourite entertainers was Max Bygraves. Remember him? The cockney lad who delighted millions with his song- and-dance routines, and who...

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...

Knights thankful for your donations

Dear residents of East London THE Catholic Order of the Knights of da Gama wish to say a big thank you to the citizens of...

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...

Can I change my tenant’s locks?

‘Your tenant can obtain an urgent court order against you with costs “I’VE been leasing a small townhouse to a young tenant. Unfortunately, the tenant...

JUSTICE MALALA: Will Zuma’s exit mean a new beginning for the...

WE WILL end the year pretty much as we started it. Educational outcomes and the centrality of science and mathematics will be a key...

Zille carried on digging hole deeper

As the ANC continues to disintegrate, it is becoming more important to assess the quality of available alternatives. As a result, opposition parties like the DA...

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...

Drug legacy no favour to world

Drug-orientated generation a big problem THE “silly season” has ended and daily work commitments for the new year have begun afresh. But for many the...

Cats eyes just don’t cut it for Two Oceans runners

TWO things caught my attention during last weekend’s Two Oceans marathon. One was that Cape Town had again lost a golden opportunity to publicise...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Fond memories of a former sports journalist

Languishing in splendid isolation together with the rest of humanity has had me reflecting on some of my own little newspaper career memories here...

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...

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...

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...

Shaka, Jan Braai and a ‘messy’ rainbow nation

By now, you’ve surely well aware of what is coming next Tuesday. It’s hard to miss with just about every store – especially grocery...

How you can help survivors of gender-based violence

LETTER TO THE EDITOR JACKIE ORSMOND I would like to respond to the enlightening article which was published recently by the GO! & Express. Masithethe Counselling Services...

Greens and guns: a former journo reminisces

Let me thank all those readers who found the memories of my newspaper career expressed in a recent column, entertaining. Here are two more. Many of...

Looking back (6)

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...

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...

GameStop’s Bizarre Adventure, or How the Internet Took on Wall St...

Strap in, kiddies, this is one wild ride. On most days, I avoid business news. It's usually dry stuff and I could never really wrap...

Santa and the true magic of Christmas

Some years ago I recall my sister-in-law, Deanna Bosse, telling me how heart-broken her grandson was when his parents explained to him that there...

Looking back (15)

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’...

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...

Municipality failing motorists with poor roads

My name is Tougheeda Jacobs. I am from Cape Town and am currently having a break in East London. I was just focusing on the...

Grandparents also faced crisis of World War 2

RORY HASCHICK Dear Charles Beningfield Thanks for your weekly column and especially the recent story of your lockdown emotions and your dear wife’s handling of them...

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...

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...

Lack of bin provision adds to our litter woes

Our front page story this week is about an admirable new recycling initiative that aims to not only help clean up the streets, but...

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...

The masks we hide behind

The physical wearing of masks has taken on a significance of epic proportions globally during the Covid-19 pandemic, but its figurative relevance to life...

Human Rights Day is the perfect time to unite

Thursday March 21 sees the country mark Human Rights Day, a day where we as a country reflect on the rights many fought and...

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...

Coronavirus widens stark education divide in SA

At the time of going to print, schools in the BCM area would have been open for just under two weeks. When it was first...

Looking back (14)

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...

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...

When it cost R263 to sail on honeymoon to London and...

Remember the lavender-hulled mailships which called into East London twice weekly on their way to and from their home base in Southampton? Do you remember...

Wisdom of elders vital as youth face uncertain future

Many lessons are learned on the journey of life. In days gone by, sons learned from fathers and girls from mothers, and of course there...

Looking back (10)

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

Free and fair elections are under threat from data mining

Netflix’s The Great Hack, 2019: “Nobody wants to admit that propaganda works because to do so is to admit our own susceptibility to it.” March...