Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

BCM a let-down on water overpayments

Dear editor, BCM say they are making improvements in the running of this municipality but I have yet to see any such improvements! If one...

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...

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...

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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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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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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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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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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’...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Drifting away on sound cloud of old masters

IF YOU were sitting in my lounge and I asked you to identify the pianist performing so elegantly on my CD player at the...

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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...

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...

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...