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World Post Day ... but not in South Africa

Today, 9 October, is World Post Day.  It commemorates the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland.  People were able to communicate in writing with others all over the world and these postal services became a vital means of communication. 285 more words

South African Culture

Random Kak 2: Living, loving, learning and laughing in South Africa

Somehow I missed the first Random Kak book by Trevor Romain.  I would explain the word kak as shit to foreign readers, but somehow foreign readers aren’t really going to be able to relate to this book which is a real “homey” book about South Africa back in the “olden days” when I was young. 374 more words

South African Culture

Rosh Hashanah

So my friend, Mandi Friedman, the owner/manager of Indulgence Cafe in Northcliff, invited us to her Rosh Hashanah dinner.  She has been concerned at the recent onslaught of anti-semeticism which has arisen in recent months with the Israel/Gaza tensions. 307 more words

South African Culture

Being Borderline...

It is difficult to describe the average community psychiatry clinic to someone who doesn’t know the South African public system. For the most part when people hear the word clinic, they automatically assume that these clinics roughly equate to the private hospitals in South Africa (also often called clinics) which are usually clean, quiet, well organised and efficient- so to speak. 1,301 more words