Keep up the fight to stop violence

One of our lead stories this week was the opening of the One Day at a Time (ODAAT) Alcohol and Drug Recovery Centre in...

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...

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...

Four-day work weeks the way to go

One of the most famous catchphrases in cartoon history has got to be Garfield's resigned declaration of “I hate Mondays”. No matter who who you...

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...

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...

Time to take heart matters seriously

Matthew Field’s excellent column recently on burnout in the workplace (‘Mismatches’ lead to burnout, February 28) is so relevant in this day and age...

Little has changed since Marikana

On August 16 2012, hundreds of platinum miners working in the Lonmin-owned mines in Marikana, North West Province, gathered to protest against poor living...

Readers have their say on Semenya ruling

Given the controversy surrounding the recent ruling against Caster Semenya, the GO! & Express asked our readers over Facebook whether they agreed with the...

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...

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...

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...

Decision to not vote could be valid

In just a week, the country takes part in one of the most important rituals of any democratic society: elections. Some people are even saying...

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...

Identifying different kinds of GBV

JACKIE ORSMOND Domestic violence is violence or abuse in a domestic setting- with someone that you live with such as in marriage or cohabitation. Gender-based violence...

Looking back (9)

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...

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...

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...

Fond memories of growing up

Exactly nine months after my late father returned from active service in North Africa in May 1945, I made my appearance in the big...

Ode to unsung heroes

Human nature and the conventions of society have developed systems which produce heroes who enjoy immense fame and, often, totally disproportionate wealth. Clever marketers 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...

How distraction rules our lives

With the inevitable arrival of Covid-19 on our shores, I was debating what to say about it for this week’s column. However, short of reminding...

US woman’s fight to fete mothers

While it is true that events celebrating mothers go back as far as pre-historic times, Mother’s Day as we know it today,has its origins...

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...

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...

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...

Safeguarding yourself online

The age of the internet has brought us many benefits, but it has also brought with it its share of risks. As our lives migrate...

Looking back (3)

  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...

Be full of beans this winter

ANASTACIA SAMPSON Beans are a cost-effective and highly nutritious, energy-packed food widely available in processed tin forms, sprouted or commonly in dried packs. As beans can...

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...

Challenge to BCM to justify its exorbitant water penalities

LETTER TO THE EDITOR The citizens of Buffalo City are fed up with the inconsistency in the application of water tariffs and the lack of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Letter to the editor: Good Samaritans all around

On October 26, my husband John and I went to Retail Park for lunch. On the way back to our car (it was drizzling, John...

Balance must be found between fun and bad behaviour

In the pursuits of mankind, the variety of experiences, events, defining moments and human interactions know no bounds. While there will be many aspects of...

We’re heading for Herbert’s desert-planet future

One of the best scenes for me in Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, Dune, is also one of the least eventful, considering this is the same...

Vaccine is a vital step in combatting Covid-19

or the first time in what feels like forever, there is some genuinely good news about the Covid-19 pandemic. Earlier this week Margaret Keenan, a...

Put beliefs into action and move mountains

I’m not a Christian and haven’t been for a while, but after finally growing out of my edgy teenage atheist phase (to the relief...

Father’s Day started by grateful daughter

Last month, we celebrated Mother’s Day by looking at the history of the event so it only made sense to do the same thing...

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...

Poetry opens unique windows on the world

The world of literature records, entertains, challenges, teases the imagination and stretches the intellect. It conveys messages and reflects philosophies. Much of the knowledge acquired...

Stage Six was a long time coming

“Hello darkness, my old friend” Simon & Garfunkel The best description of the recent load shedding announcements that I've seen so far comes from Ed Stoddard...

A tribute to Richard Mogg

One evening last week at the close of a perfect day, I stood on the balcony of my little first-floor flat here at Berea...

Quinoa reclaiming its superfood status

ANASTACIA SAMPSON Quinoa has once again received its due applause by being labelled a superfood. Quinoa is a seed, yet may often be considered to be...

Looking back (4)

  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...

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...

Taxis need to be better provided for on SA’s roads to...

A recent article in the Daily Dispatch this week raises concern over taxis blocking driveways and delivery points during peak traffic hours. There’s a lot...

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...