“There is always something new out of Africa.”
 Ex Africa semper alliquid novi
–Pliny the Elder AD 23 - 79


A dweller on the threshold

After breakfast the doors were opened and it was as one man stumble stumble trip all fall down. All over the grounds littered like corpses patients were lying around sleeping on the lawns.

A full force gale

There was a guy who once stopped drinking his pills. He very soon discovered that he had quite a lot of energy.

A mathematical defence

Having grown up in a rural Afrikaner community Prof Sauer once told me the following story:

A Tribute to Selby Logan

In Memory of Selby Logan ( 1934 – 2007 ) Pretoria , August 2007 (Originally) Thank-you for the privilege to speak on behalf of the Brown family. To...

Aunty Annie's Bible study sessions

We met at a normal conventional Bible study I was a visitor. I was treated well by the young people and felt welcome. Mary-Anne was apparently more of a guest speaker.

Bible Punching

They see you coming from a mile. It is often really really hard to break loose once they have their grip. They are wolves in sheep's clothes...

Disability and employment

One wonders how people with a mental illness qualify in sport. They are disabled but usually not physical in any way so they must compete on even...

Jacques: Picking up pebbles

Picking up pebbles and throwing them into the sea See the days of my childhood The white foam comes washing them all back to me When he was still a...

Jacques: Whole of the Moon

My brother is a lover and a poet, an unashamed dreamer with a brilliant fearless imagination. I saw the crescent, you saw the whole of the Moon –...

Love & Chess

Chess is the ultimate board game but one could easily overdo it. Especially youngsters because the ambition always is to be the best, to be world...

Love Longsuffering

And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her. ~ Genesis 29: 20 As a hart roams in the...

Making wishes

Dear V. Reflecting on advice long remembered: Watch out what you wish for, you might get it. Careful what you ask, you may not want what you get! Most of the time I’ve been fortunate.

Mr B and The E.

The Kruger Park Just graduated and full of love of abstraction enthusiasm and vigour I attended my first conference, paid for entirely with saved pocket money.

My Father

My father could be a pig. My father was fat and sweaty and shiny. He was a slob. He was dirty, ugly and nasty, crude and obscene. He could get rowdy...

Precious Time

Often I staggered as if drunk. I was working too hard with little rest and lost conciousness twice of exhaustion. I awoke with a fright terribly startled every morning.

Sand heaps

They were our neighbours we moved in the same day we were both five years old. There were french drains and gravel roads and a blackout with each thunderstorm.


Mercedes-Benz fire engines in the bleak-deserted half-dark hangars are patiently waiting in echoes, polished to mirrors. A few men are still playing at cards and darts, there’s a chess game going.

The 125

Our friend V. from next door was very aware of his masculinity even from the word go. At cricket practice after school when dropping the ball the teacher shouted at him: “Jou Koei!” (You Cow!).

The consultation

Lyttelton 1994 Dr v.Vake’s consulting rooms - - - “Please, have a seat. Your name?”, “Timothy Tucker.” “The complaint?”, “Chronic diarrhea.”

The Flag

Make no mistake South-Africa was preparing for full scale war. The enemy being “The Communists” with the “state religion” of Atheism, who were...

The guy

There was once a guy. On a typical day in the life of the guy he was woken by his mother's domestic worker with a mug of sweet tea next to his bed...

The misty mirrors of childhood

“The land of Song within thee lies, Watered by living springs; “Holy thoughts, like stars, arise, Its clouds are angels' wings.”

The wicker basket

Dad was holy on his Sunday afternoon nap. It usually resulted in good sports followed by a descent hiding all round.


The Zulu salutation is “Yebo” (or YeeEbo!) Yes! And the greeting is returned by, how are you? “Ninjani!” Customs and traditions in South-Africa

You're maybe wrong

You're maybe right “Friday night I crashed your party, Saturday I said I'm sorry Sunday came and thrashed it out again

Sprinkler Rainbows

My father was a qualified petrol mechanic but he didn't own one new car in his life. He was very good and was reliable at his work. He had a problem...

Mr P and Mr B

There I fell in love with his daughter but soon found him much more interesting company. Since my friends and those guys said he was a master “ 'n...


She worked for the education department for more than forty years. At the start it was mostly private companies and computer programming. These were...

Bread upon the water

We weren't actually supposed to be there but we discovered a hole in the fence you could get your bicycle in through too or lifted over the fence...

Fishing Magic Morning

Up early still dark excited and happy we can't wait everything is ready. We wake and get up even before the early birds the empty streets very quiet...

Our President

Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa A High School Essay December 2019 The apartheid secret police had him in solitary for eleven months. Can you imagine how...

N1 Highway

This stretch of road they call the hell highway, past near that familiar silhouette of the famous ghost house of Pretoria. My brother had an accident...

2020 South Africa 80s'

There have been many stories and books movies and documentaries about struggle heroes freedom fighters and the terrible suffering under apartheid and...

The bottle and spanner

I came into this world with a bottle in one hand and a spanner in the other, in my nappies I didn't know what I was in for. My dad explained the moon...

Attack and destroy!

In the mini bus our motto was “Val aan en vernietig!” Attack and destroy! For our away matches the team spirit was more like a rock band than a chess...

The Mathematician

One could go to his office with a problem anytime. It was correspondence university so there weren't too many students to be a bother. You could ask...

A world of fantasy and wonders

As a small child after an afternoon shower walking alone along the road I saw a small dirty oily puddle with all kinds of magic colours flowing into...

Exploring a New world

Butterflies dragonflies frogs and tadpoles from streams and pools between reeds and lilies catching ladybugs and digging up earthworms under rocks...

The Miracle Worker – Eugène Marais

Eugène Nielen Marais was a South African lawyer an advocate, naturalist, journalist and editor, writer as well as accomplished and famous hypnotist...

The Doctor

He was my first doctor at outpatients he had assisted in the shock therapy he knew me. I was devastated. Even then already he warned of drinking and...

Out Patients

Still in the old building Dr Joburg spent a lot of time when I saw him he knew me from the shock treatment already. He was my first doctor at...

Covid Optimism

South Africa Freedom Day Today we celebrate the freedom of our young rainbow nation and our beautiful land and give thanks and gratitude in prayer...