Monday, February 19, 2018

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...