Cameron Norrie’s rise to tennis stardom

I think it safe to say that as of Sunday October 16 this year, the tennis world now know who Cameron Norrie is after...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Abe Lincoln’s lessons for modern politicians

Anyone remotely interested in American politics will know by now that, in spite of the best efforts of incumbent president Donald Trump to overturn...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Leave the matrics alone

The first thing I'd like to do here is offer a big congratulations to the Matric Class of 2019. Your dedication to your studies...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Novel’s eerie 2020 parallel

Some 18 months ago, I idly picked up a book and began reading. It was rather a thick book – more than 700 pages -...

Our home is on fire and it’s time to panic

During the Davos Climate Conference in January, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg gave a speech in front of before the various celebrities and world...

Setting healthy boundaries within the family

KATE CURRIN Setting boundaries in a family between family members is a concept which many people can really struggle with. Are we allowed to say no...

Change elite’s impact – not climate

In the glut of terrible news that seems to have become the norm recently, there was one particular story some of you may have...

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...

Charity can’t just be a once-off

Thursday July 18 marks the ninth annual Mandela Day, an internationally recognised celebration of Nelson Mandela chosen to coincide with the late statesman’s birthday. First...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Reader letter: Retiree’s amazing creations

TYRA WARREN A retired East London gentleman has taken his boredom and turned it into something very creative, taking things we see as trash and...

Fearing ‘them’ in a pandemic makes no room for even ‘us’

By TOM EATON Two weeks ago, a convoy of six buses made its way towards a sanatorium in the small Ukrainian town of Novi Sanzhary. On...

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...

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...

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...

Looking back (8)

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...

Avoid being another statistic this Christmas period when the roads are...

For a lot of South Africans, packing up the family and driving down to the vacation spot of their choice is a proud tradition...

The woeful plight of sporting ‘widows’

One Sunday morning a little while ago, my wife Naomi came out of the kitchen and found me on the couch watching the Proteas...

Marriage is a balancing act

One for the women this morning. Given the choice, would you remarry your husband? That was the question asked in a survey done in Italy...

Wind Atlas boosts green planet ideal

One of our leading stories this week is the launch of the third iteration of the Wind Atlas for SA (WASA), a high-resolution map...

Thanks to patrons who open hearts

The Catholic Order of the Knights of da Gama wish to say a big thank you to the patrons of the two Spars mentioned...

Don’t underestimate the Oxford Comma

When it comes to the English language, there are two subjects which are sure to arouse fierce debate: US vs British spelling and 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...

Blueberries boost healthy cholesterol

ANASTACIA SAMPSON In the 1985 Disney animated television series Gummy Bears, the titular bears would drink a super-charged berry juice. In real life, berries are able...

Give some of your precious life-blood

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) recently held a blood drive here at the Daily Dispatch office where I donated my 22nd pint...

Looking back (11)

An exquisite old post card circa 1907- the mouth of the Buffalo River,  East London, showing two ‘barques’ against the breakwater on the right;...

Today’s pen is as mighty as the sword

The world of communication, like most human undertakings, cannot escape the vast changes driven by technological advances and pivotal innovations. In fact, communication both...

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...

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...

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...